Next “Native Voices in STEM” Seminar to Explore Cultural Fire Practices in California

March 6, 2024
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The second seminar in the Spring series of Native Voices in STEM (NVIS) will be presented on March 12th at noon by Dr. Deniss J. Martinez. Dr. Martinez is a community engaged environmental justice scholar working on cultural fire practices in California. She grew up in a fire prone area, Siskiyou County in California, and when she got her first research experience as an undergrad working with the Karuk Tribe, she was empowered and amazed by how her lens of that problem changed. Dr. Martinez explained, “I didn't feel helpless anymore and I truly felt more grounded within forests I had grown up around. That experience taught me a lot, including how important it is to consider justice when it comes to how we steward our environment. I am incredibly grateful for my time working with the Karuk Tribe and continue to learn from the great work coming from their practitioners.”

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