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Author: Emilia Huerta-Sanchez and Rori Rohlfs

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Emilia and Rori are two renowned scientists on a mission to make the world of science more welcoming and amplify the contributions of women. Get ready to be inspired as they delve into the personal journeys of scientists who share with them the highs and lows that helped shape their careers. Enjoy motivating discussions filled with invaluable takeaways to guide you on your personal journey. Listening will feel like confiding in your wisest auntie, who just happens to be a badass scientist.

ABOUT THE HOSTS:

Emilia Huerta-Sanchez is an Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Brown University.

Rori Rohlfs is an Associate Professor of Data Science at the University of Oregon.
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Emilia and Rori, host Dr. Fatimah Jackson, covering her groundbreaking journey as an African American woman in science, her significant contributions to understanding genetic variation in Black populations, and her challenges and triumphs in academia. Jackson shares insights from her early life, her exploration of human biology stirred by personal experience and cultural heritage, and her academic career path that led her from Cornell University to Howard University. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:01:56 Dr. Jackson's Early Life and Influences03:59 From Tight Jeans to Biological Anthropology06:06 The Journey to Cornell and Beyond09:32 Adventures and Learnings in Tanzania13:23 Returning to Academia with a Mission21:08 Faith and Science: Dr. Jackson's Perspective24:28 Navigating Academia: A Personal Journey25:46 Challenges and Triumphs at UC Berkeley37:39 Embracing Opportunities at Howard University40:08 Reflecting on a Journey of Learning and GrowthCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Maribel Quezada Smith. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.
Rori and Emilia discuss their takeaways from their conversation with Dr. Maria ElenaZavala. They highlight the importance of drawing lessons and inspiration from one's family, thevalue of mentors beyond shared identities, and the necessity of diverse mentorship types. Theconversation also covers personal growth through mentorship, both as mentors and mentees,and the impact of community and support networks in academic and scientific careers.EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:01:21 Lesson One: Drawing Inspiration from Family03:15 Lesson Two: The Importance of Trust and Rapport in Mentorship08:18 Lesson Three: The Value of Diverse Mentorship11:35 Leveraging Networks and Building Relationships13:27 Closing Thoughts and GoodbyesCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. SoundEngineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A DiferenteCreative Production.
Rori and Emilia engage in an enlightening conversation with the remarkable Dr. MariaElena Zavala, a pioneering plant developmental biologist, and the first Latina to receivea PhD from UC Berkeley's botany department. Dr. Zavala shares insights into her earlyfascination with plants, and navigates through her educational and professional path,revealing the challenges and triumphs of being a woman of color in science. Dr. Zavalaalso delves into her impactful work in mentoring and amplifying the participation ofunderrepresented groups in STEM fields, which has earned her prestigious awards andrecognition. Her story highlights the crucial role of mentorship and representation infostering diversity within the scientific community.EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:00:37 Celebrating Dr. Maria Elena Zavala's Trailblazing Journey in Science06:07 The Power of Curiosity: Choosing Science Over Tradition13:38 Mentoring and Making a Difference: Learning from Life and Academia16:11 Navigating Academic Challenges: From UC Berkeley to Indiana16:51 Transition to Yale: Pursuing Pollen Longevity and Roots18:19 Choosing CSUN: A Decision Driven by Student Potential26:50 The Power of Mentoring: Shaping Futures Beyond the Lab29:09 Revise and Resubmit: Reflecting on a Career Without RegretsCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. SoundEngineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. ADiferente Creative Production.
Emilia and Rori highlight their main takeaways from their conversation with Dr. Sue Rosser. Such as the importance of building relationships with those who share your identity, setting ambitious goals, and seeking mentorship during career transitions. Dr. Rosser's story is a powerful example of overcoming adversity and making significant contributions to feminism and academia.EPISODE CHAPTERS:00:43 Life of Dr. Sue Rosser00:58 Lesson One: The Power of Shared Experiences02:04 Lesson Two: The Courage to Demand Recognition05:29 Lesson Three: Embracing Big Ambitions and Necessity07:27 Lesson Four: The Importance of Mentorship in Career Transitions11:37 Signing Off: The Value of Mentorship and CommunityCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.
Rori and Emilia engage in an enlightening conversation with Dr. Sue Rosser, a pioneering figure for women in STEM. Having started her career in the 1960s, Dr. Rosser has made significant contributions through her research in zoology, studies on the experiences of women in STEM, and her advocacy for feminist principles within these fields. Dr. Rosser discusses the challenges she faced, including sexual harassment and the struggle for recognition in academic publishing. The discussion also touches on her experiences as a lesbian in academia, and her thoughts on the current state and future of women in STEM.TIME CODE OF MAIN EVENTS:02:49 From French Major to Science Trailblazer: Dr. Rosser's Academic Path05:46 Discovering Feminism and Fighting Sexual Harassment12:12 Embarking on a Career in Women's Studies and Biology16:39 Confronting Gender Bias in Academic Publishing20:21 A Personal Journey: Coming Out and Navigating Academia25:00 Transitioning Careers: From Mary Baldwin to a Broader Impact33:11 Leveraging Leadership Positions for Change35:57 Revise and Resubmit: Reflecting on Career Choices37:55 Closing ThoughtsCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.
Rori and Emilia discuss their take-home lessons from Dr. Ivelisse Rubio such as the importance of focus and dedication in research, the value of critical thinking and mathematical logic in navigating life, and the necessity of sustainability in academic and scientific efforts.EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:04:45 The Power of Mathematical Thinking in Life06:11 Learning to Avoid Burnout: Ive’s Organizational Challenges07:50 Sustainable Models for Academic Programs09:07 Reflections and Gratitude: Wrapping Up the EpisodeCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. SoundEngineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A DiferenteCreative Production.
Emilia and Rori chat with Dr. Ivelisse Rubio, a professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, about her impactful educational initiatives, and her significant contributions to promoting diversity in the mathematical sciences. Highlighting Dr. Rubio's academic journey, from her undergraduate studies in Puerto Rico to her Ph.D. at Cornell University, and her passion for creating opportunities for underrepresented groups in mathematics. The episode also touches on the importance of mathematical thinking in everyday life.02:08 From Puerto Rico to Cornell: Dr. Rubio's Academic Journey10:27 Creating CIMU: Fostering Diversity in Mathematics13:41 The Impact of CIMU and Transition to New Projects19:08 Navigating Academia and Advice for the Future21:29 Promoting Mathematical Thinking and Diversity26:20 Finding Balance: Life Beyond MathematicsCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.
BONUS: Emilia and Rori summarize their engaging conversation with Dr. Leticia Marquez Magaña, inspired by her experiences with adversity and lack of mentorship. They reflect on her strategies for navigating and enacting change within academic systems and building resistance capital, drawing from Dr. Marquez Magaña's realizations and changes she'd make in hindsight.EDPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:00:10 Reflecting on Dr. Leticia Marquez Magaña's Inspirational Journey00:43 Navigating Challenges and Learning from Adversity00:57 The Power of Mentorship and Advocacy02:47 Understanding Institutional Dynamics and Advocating for Change06:59 The Importance of Self-Care and Prioritizing Well-being08:47 Gratitude and Acknowledgment of Pioneering WomenCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.
Dr. Leticia Marquez-Magaña, a trailblazer in the science community shares her inspiring journey from being the first in her family to attend college to becoming the first Latina faculty member in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University. Dr. Marquez-Magaña discusses her transition from microbiology to research on health equities, her efforts to make biomedical research more inclusive, and the challenges and strategies she's encountered in advocating for diversity in science. We delve into her upbringing, family life, and the motivations behind her career shift. It highlights the importance of representation, mentorship, and resilience in facing systemic barriers within academia and beyond.TIME CODE OF MAIN EVENTS:02:00 Leti's Childhood: Navigating Challenges and Discovering Science04:47 Overcoming Adversity: Leti's Journey Through Academia06:41 The Power of Data and Resilience Against Bias07:35 Navigating the Academic World: Strategies and Insights18:57 The Impact of Family and Cultural Identity on Leti's Career20:21 The Importance of Diversity in Science and Leti's Legacy22:37 Leti's Personal Strategies for Relaxation and Well-beingCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.
BONUS EPISODE. Rori and Emilia summarize the inspiring journey of Dr. Francine Gachupin and explore key takeaways from her career, such as the importance of understanding one's goals and leveraging opportunities.00:00 Introduction and Admiration for Francine00:05 Francine's Patience and Dedication to Tribal Communities00:44 Reflections and Lessons from Francine's Journey02:10 Francine's Approach to Opportunities and Challenges03:24 Francine's Resilience and Adaptability in Academia05:37 The Impact of Francine's Upbringing on Her Career07:10 Personal Reflections: Emilia's Experience as an Immigrant09:08 Personal Reflections: Rori's Experience as a Military BratCREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.
In this episode of Science Wise, hosts Rori and Emilia interviewed Dr. Francine Gachupin, a professor at the University of Arizona who advocates for health improvement in tribal communities. Influenced by her upbringing and work experience, Dr. Gachupin discusses the struggles she faced navigating academia as an Indigenous scientist, and her efforts to make the world of science more inviting for women and Indigenous communities. With a focus on chronic disease prevention in tribal communities and the protection of subjects in American Indian research, Dr. Gachupin urges NIH and other institutions to respect, appreciate, and understand the importance of tribal communities in scientific research.00:00 Introduction to ScienceWise Podcast00:21 Guest Introduction: Dr. Francine Gachupin01:20 Dr. Gachupin's Childhood and Cultural Background02:15 Impact of Colonization on Native Languages and Cultures02:55 Life in a Tribal Community: Agriculture and Family Bonds04:36 The Importance of Community and Sharing in Tribal Life06:05 Transition into the World of Science and Research06:53 Understanding the Concept of a 'Pueblo'07:27 Early Interest in Science and Health08:10 Impact of Western Medicine on Traditional Healing Practices10:41 Journey into Academia and Challenges Faced13:27 The Role of Patience and Persistence in Career Progression17:12 The Importance of Community Engagement in Research21:51 Challenges and Triumphs in Advocacy for Native Communities24:46 The Need for Greater Institutional Accountability33:16 Balancing Career and Personal Life39:55 Conclusion and GratitudeThis episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative production.
BONUS EPISODE - Emilia and Rori summarize their three biggest takeaways from episode two with Dr. Carmen Domingo. Among them, the importance of a supportive environment in the field of science, and the pivotal role that nurturing relationships and collaborative efforts play towards success. This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative production.
In this episode of Science Wise, hosts Rori and Emilia have an enriching conversation with Dr. Carmen Domingo, the first woman dean of the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. Dr. Domingo, a product of Californian public schools and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, highlights her experiences and struggles as Latina in science. Drawing from her personal journey, she emphasizes on creating an inclusive scientific environment that fosters growth and personal understanding. Dr. Domingo elaborates on her philosophy of prioritizing student welfare and value-based decision-making, while also discussing her measures for handling professional pressure and conflicts. The episode is a testament to her transformative leadership, inspiring dedication, and valuable insights, aimed at amplifying the contributions of women in science.00:00 Introduction to Science Wise Podcast00:22 Introducing Dr. Carmen Domingo00:45 Dr. Domingo's Early Life and Education01:05 Dr. Domingo's Journey in the World of Science01:20 Dr. Domingo's First Interaction with Rori02:29 Dr. Domingo's Childhood and Family Background05:20 Dr. Domingo's Experience in Academia07:49 Dr. Domingo's Challenges and Triumphs13:06 Dr. Domingo's Journey to SF State18:30 Dr. Domingo's Role as a Dean22:13 Dr. Domingo's Personal Life and Parenting30:09 Dr. Domingo's Advice for Her Past Self32:44 Conclusion and FarewellThis episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith (Diferente Creative). Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar.
Welcome to Science Wise! In this episode Emilia and Rori share their personal science journeys, and what you can expect to get out of this podcast. They also emphasize the value of mentorship, sharing wisdom and experiences to aid others in navigating their own career paths, kinda like having science godmothers.Science Wise is a podcast designed to inspire and guide people embarking on a science career. Hosted by Emilia Huerta Sanchez, Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Brown University, and Rori Rohlfs, Associate Professor of Data Science at the University of Oregon, this podcast seeks to amplify the contributions of women in science.00:00 Introduction to Science Wise00:11 Meet the Hosts: Emilia and Rori00:21 The Mission of Science Wise01:11 Rori's Science Journey02:47 Emilia's Science Journey03:57 Why Science Wise was Created04:56 The Importance of Women's Experiences in Science05:35 The Challenges Faced by Women in Science08:23 The Need for a Science Hotline14:01 The Power of Small Interactions16:05 What to Expect from Science Wise16:51 How to Support Science Wise17:16 Closing RemarksThis episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative production.
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