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”

Los Sentimientos que Permanecen: Lo Bueno vs. Lo Malo

English translation can be found here. ¿Porque son tan poderosas las cosas malas sobre las buenas? La respuesta se puede encontrar en la evolución. Terminaste una cena deliciosa. Cuando caminaste a tu casa, un ave se cagó encima de tu cabeza. Ahora la noche bonita entera se arruino. Muchos científicos han estudiado este fenómeno enContinue reading “Los Sentimientos que Permanecen: Lo Bueno vs. Lo Malo”

¿Son las Ciencias Para las Mujeres?

English translation can be found here. Si mujeres están o no en un campo dominado por hombres, ¿cuáles son las implicaciones para las mujeres? Yo soy muy afortunada de ser una mujer trabajando en las ciencias. Yo me despierto cada mañana, recojo mi pelo, y voy al laboratorio donde trabajo rodeado de mujeres. Mi jefaContinue reading “¿Son las Ciencias Para las Mujeres?”

Gender in Science Radio Interview

My friend Louis Colaruotolo has an awesome radio show called “We Know Some Stuff” in which he interviews PhD students about their science passions. He is earning his Food Science PhD in Canada, and invited me to be an *international* guest on the show. In my episode, we discussed gender in science from the strugglesContinue reading “Gender in Science Radio Interview”