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Monday, March 11, 2024   

A student-led program at Boise State University is helping make science more accessible for Spanish speakers.

Project Scientia provides Spanish translations for research in areas such as climate science.

Program Director and university Spanish Professor Carolina Viera, Ph.D, says it can be hard to find science sources in Spanish.

"There is a huge population in Idaho," said Viera, "there is also a population in the world, that doesn't actually speak English. So, there is a gap there of communicating science and scientific research only in English."

Project Scientia partners with organizations like The Nature Conservancy in Idaho to help provide lesson plans and information that start conversations on multiple topics in Spanish.

Jada Alcantara is a senior involved in Project Scientia. Through the program, she's been working with Spanish-speaking farmworkers to inform them about harmful pesticides they encounter at work.

"It's important for their health to be informed about what they might be exposed to," said Alcantara, "how to keep themselves safe and their families safe and what effects it might have on their body."

Viera said the program benefits students in other ways outside of science, as well.

"Basically, we are trying to give tools to the students to engage in science communication or communication in general, marketing," said Viera. "There are many things that can intersect with this idea of using Spanish for professional purposes."



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