Knowing Neurons

Translation Project

Knowing Neurons is currently partnering with the UCLA Brain Research Institute and the UCLA Spanish and Portuguese Department to translate the Knowing Neurons site and content into Spanish in order to make neuroscience more accessible to the public. Representation and accessibility in STEM is one of our foundational missions here at Knowing Neurons and we thank UCLA for aiding us in this effort. Below are the talented UCLA student translators that have contributed to this project.

Project Description

The translation of Knowing Neurons articles into Spanish was done by UCLA students enrolled in two Spanish community-engaged learning courses: M172XP Latinos, Linguistics, and Literacy and M165XP Taking it to the Streets: Spanish in the Community. Through outreach projects like this, undergraduate students in these courses connect theory with practice by using their cultural knowledge and linguistic skills to make educational materials and resources accessible to the Spanish-speaking community. In this particular project, students with a passion for both Spanish and neuroscience translate articles from English into Spanish, interview Spanish-speaking neuroscientists (see podcast section), and conduct workshops for Latinx youth on the path to earn a STEM degree. 

The translations were reviewed and edited by a linguist, Dr. Carla Suhr from the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and a neuroscientist, Dr. Rafael Romero-Calderón from the UCLA Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program. Generous support was provided by the Brain Research Institute (BRI) at UCLA.

Faculty Advisors

Carla Suhr

Professor Carla Suhr is a faculty member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA. She teaches Cognitive Linguistics and Community-Engaged Learning and mentors students conducting Sociolinguistic Justice field research.  She earned her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication and Cognition from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She strives for the advancement of knowledge and research through the collaboration between the academia and the community and through the creation of interdisciplinary projects. In her personal life, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and sharing good food and music with family and friends.


2023 Spring Translators

Chenyang Lai

Chenyang is an undergraduate student minoring in Spanish at UCLA. As a STEM major, he loves all flavors of science and hopes to use his Spanish skills to contribute to scientific education.

Maia Jackson

Maia is an undergraduate student at UCLA studying Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology with a minor in Spanish. She is a member of a lab studying clear cell renal cell carcinoma and hopes to one day further her scientific education with a PhD program in cancer biology or related fields. Working with Knowing Neurons in translation and outreach has inspired her to use her Spanish to influence science and continue working to make information more accessible to disadvantaged communities.

Elisa Hernandez

Elisa Hernandez is currently a 4th year student at UCLA, majoring in Biology along with a Spanish minor. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and become a PA. She enjoys learning about biology and psychology as well as reading in Spanish. She is really excited to be involved in a project that combines both of her passions; science and Spanish. Apart from learning, Elisa finds joy in community service. Outside of school, she devotes her time to volunteer work at a local hospital, cooking, and exploring new things.

Angela Zamora

My name is Angela Zamora, I am a 4th year undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. I’m looking forward to working for Knowing Neurons as I enjoy translating content and being able to help my community have access to scientific knowledge that they didn’t have before. Outside of my academics I enjoy watching horror movies, hanging out with my cat and watching random documentaries.

2023 Winter Translators

Reyna Ediss

Reyna Ediss is an undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Spanish and Community and Culture. Her experience volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County has prompted her to apply to medical school after graduation to become a pediatrician. With the lack of bilingual physicians, she has become motivated to assist the underserved Spanish-speaking community and is passionate about advocating for the accessibility of health care resources to the Latino community. Due to her devotions and motivations, it has inspired her to major in Spanish and Community and Culture to demonstrate empathy, cultural sensitivity, and to communicate with the Spanish-speaking population as a medical physician.

Estefany Ochoa Alvarez

Estefany recently graduated from UCLA, receiving her bachelor’s in Spanish, Community and Culture, and Political Science. She is intrigued by the brain and enjoys learning about science as a hobby. Estefany became a translator for Knowing Neurons in Spring 2022 as part of a community outreach class led by Dr. Carla Suhr.

2022 Fall Translators

Elmer Sandoval

Elmer Sandoval is a UCLA student majoring in Spanish Community and Culture and minoring in Chicana/o and Central American Studies. Elmer migrated from El Salvador and became a first-generation college student. His goal is to develop community programs that benefit and improve Central American Communities. After graduation, he hopes to obtain a PhD in education and gain experience to return to El Salvador and help improve rural communities through education.

Keya Vijapure

Keya Vijapure is an undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Physiological Sciences, and minoring in Spanish. Her interests in reproductive endocrinology have prompted her to apply to medical school after graduation. She is passionate about advocating against disparities in the education and healthcare field and therefore enjoys translating articles to bridge the language barrier in scientific knowledge. Outside of school, she enjoys baking, reading, painting and gardening.

Dalí Jiménez

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Julia Clark

Julia is an undergraduate student at UCLA studying Cognitive Science with a minor in Spanish. She is a member of a lab studying human memory and aging. After graduating she hopes to travel the world and explore her passions.

2022 Spring Translators

Adriana Perez

Adriana Perez is a UCLA student majoring in psychology and minoring in community engagement and social change. She is a research assistant in a clinical psychology lab that researches racial/ethnic disparities that exist in youth mental health services. After graduation, she hopes to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology to conduct research on culturally-adapted therapy and provide mental health services to racial and ethnic minority communities

Fernanda Lomeli

Fernanda Lomeli is currently an undergraduate student at UCLA pursuing a bachelor's degree in Spanish, Community and Culture and is also part of the Medical Spanish Interest Group. Her goal is to become a medical interpreter with the neurology department as well as encouraging those with epilepsy to study and move on, since she is epileptic herself. She would also like to help those with epilepsy know the meaning of technology and importance of the RNS device as to how it can be a great cure and change in life.

2022 Winter Translators

Valia Gregory

Sebastián Martínez

2021 Fall Translators

Jenna Hartstein

Jenna Hartstein is an undergraduate student at UCLA studying Human Biology and minoring in Spanish. She is a member of an on campus lab where she is studying the impact of stress processes (depression, anxiety, early life adversity) on perinatal outcomes and infant health. She enjoys connecting the realms of neuroscience with her Spanish minor as a student translator for Knowing Neurons. After her graduation, she hopes to continue her studies in medical school.

Angela Hernández

Angela Hernandez is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles studying Spanish, Community, and Culture and Education. She received an A.S. in Mathematics from Santa Monica College. Angela is Mexican from Zapotec heritage and a first-generation college student. After UCLA, she hopes to enroll in graduate school and obtain her Ph.D. in Education.  Outside of school, Angela spends a lot of her time camping and hiking at National Parks.

Jayleska Johnson

Jayleska Johnson is pursuing a bachelor of science in Cognitive Science and a bachelor of the arts in Spanish, Community and Culture at UCLA. She is interested in developing community programs that benefit and improve Latinx and minority communities in California. Jayleska is also interested in the development of the mind and how societal, and economic circumstances can affect how people respond to situations in life. She hopes to integrate her interests through the creation of community programs to improve Latinx and minority communities.

Delaney Ivey

Daniela Semerjian