Three Minute Thesis (People’s Choice Award)

Thank you to everyone who voted for my Three Minute Thesis! I am proud to be your People’s Choice winner of the annual graduate competition held by UMass Amherst! If you’d like to read more about how the Three Minute Thesis changed from year to year during a global pandemic, check out my article posted onContinue reading “Three Minute Thesis (People’s Choice Award)”

Science Policy and Communication Podcast

I had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Bayer and my father, Bill Dauster (who has returned to the Senate since recording this podcast), on politics, science, communication, and everything in between. In this episode, we dove into the overlapping worlds of research and policy-making. We discussed the importance of a brief and informative report,Continue reading “Science Policy and Communication Podcast”

Inclusive Teaching

The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) is one of my favorite organizations producing regular, asynchronously available, digestible webinars on interrogating academic biology as we know it and creating a more inclusive environment. Dr. Bryan Dewsbury gave a SABER talk and a workshop at UMass through the Inclusive Excellence Program. In thisContinue reading “Inclusive Teaching”

How We Learn to Trust (Video)

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Carrie Palmquist for a virtual Science Cafe. Dr. Palmquist studies the social and cultural clues that kids use to understand and navigate the world, including who to trust and who not to trust. Our interview for a general audience digs into her research on childhood learning and nonverbalContinue reading “How We Learn to Trust (Video)”

Inherited Trauma

People who live through trauma such as the Holocaust or slavery are not the only people suffering from the biological and psychological effects of that trauma. The effects of trauma can be experienced in subsequent generations via epigenetics. In this article, I outline the major findings of several groundbreaking studies on the epigenetics of trauma.Continue reading “Inherited Trauma”

Cómo entrar a un laboratorio

To read this article in English, click here. Quiere entrar a un laboratorio. ¿Donde lo escoge? ¿Cómo muestra su interés? ¿Que diga? “Creo que pudiera estar interesada en investigaciones científicas, pero no supiera hasta que tengo experiencia tratándolas.” “Las investigaciones científicas que hacen este grupo son muy guay! ¿Cómo puedo involucrarme en las?” “Yo séContinue reading “Cómo entrar a un laboratorio”

Built Different

Alzheimer’s and depression are more commonly diagnosed in women, while Parkinson’s is more commonly diagnosed in men. Why is that? Alzheimer’s, depression, and Parkinson’s are just a few examples of disorders that affect females and males differently. Recent research found differences in male and female brains that might account for these sex differences in pathology.Continue reading “Built Different”