Another year, another intern! Melania Pugliese is a biology major and art minor, graduating with her B.S. from Monmouth University in May. Despite focusing on getting a degree in science, art found its way into her academic career and Melania has since found a love for ceramics which she desires to pursue further after graduation. She was initially drawn to this project through her deep love of science and a desire to get people invested in the environment. Climate change has been something she has been trying to bring awareness to and was intrigued by the use of art to make the issue more personal as opposed to the more impersonal usage of hard data and charts. Her desire to reach people and educate them has led Melania to look into becoming a high school teacher in order to directly impact communities through teaching biology. She also plans to be part of her school’s art department, hopefully building more art/scientific collaboration!
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper the usual activities of DEcoSelf, so Melania will primarily be working on the website and social media aspects of the project, but she is looking forward to being a part of it!