Ep 12 - Transitions

May 29, 2018
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Science in Color is back after a long hiatus with a brand new episode addressing the significant changes that have been happening with our website and podcast. Veronica discusses why she had to walk away from her Ph.D. program, Jonte addresses why he is walking away from Science in Color and maybe STEM all together, and Alex brings us in on his journey from grad student to soon to be post-doc. This episode is a heartfelt conversation between our founders about their struggles and successes in the STEM fields. 

 

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Ep 11 - Interview with Irene Park: Questioning Whether to Stay in Grad School or Not

March 29, 2018
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Irene is currently a sixth-year human genetics Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan. While she enjoys benchwork, she enjoys telling people about science more. She was a news reporter at The Michigan Daily for almost three years (and was the only graduate student on the news staff). She also helped to establish Michigan Science Writers, a student organization that trains students and postdocs to write about science for the general public. 

She sits down with us to discuss why she considered leaving her Ph.D. program and what made her decide to stay. 

Sponsor – SACNAS

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Ep 10 - Interview with Neurophysiologist Alena Mohd-Yusof: Finding Your Own Path in STEM

February 26, 2018
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In today's episode, we speak to Alena Mohd-Yusof about her journey in STEM. Alena’s pursuit of high academic standards began in 1998 when she migrated with her family from Malaysia to the United States.  Her parents sacrificed a comfortable lifestyle in Malaysia to provide an array of opportunities for Alena and her siblings. Many of the obstacles her family faced following the transition from Malaysia stemmed from financial distress. However, these struggles have served as motivation to persevere and pursue her passions for higher education.

Despite being undocumented, Alena received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Biological Psychology in 2010 from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She then continued to complete her Master’s degree in General Experimental Psychology at CSUSB.

Currently, Alena is working as a neurophysiologist. She primarily focuses on complex orthopedic spine surgery cases as well as vascular (carotid endarterectomy) cases. She uses various modalities such as somatosensory evoked potentials, electroencephalography, and electromyography to ensure patient’s safety during surgery.

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SACNAS Bonus Episode #2 - Excitement, Accomplishment, and Pride: Interviews from the Exhibit Hall

February 22, 2018
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Ever walk through the exhibit hall and wonder what the story is behind the science? How and How did these people end up here and where are they on their path to success? This bonus episode we speak to people we found standing in front of their posters, but instead of asking about their science, we asked about them. Learn why conferences like the Society for the Advancement of Native Americans and Chicanos in Science is essential and how representation makes a difference.

 

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SACNAS Bonus Episode #1 - First Times and Goodbyes

February 20, 2018
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After being away for several months, Science in Color Podcast is back with a brand new episode. In the first part of this episode, Alex and Veronica Varela discuss their brief trip in October 2017 to the Society for the Advancement of Native Americans and Chicanos in Science (SACNAS) National Conference in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. The second half of the episode is spent discussing why they had to leave the conference early; the passing of Alex's mom. Having a chronically ill family member and subsequently losing them comes with a lot of emotions but going through all of this while in grad school can lend undue stress to an already stressful situation.

Sponsor – SACNAS

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Episode 08 - Spotlight on Jonte Jones: The Dangers of Lack of Accountability in STEM/Academia

October 23, 2017
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Grad school isn’t easy, so why do we do it? People do it for many different reasons. There are some who do it because they’ve always loved science, since the very beginning.  Since they were young, they have enjoyed asking questions about the world around them and finding the answers. Others stumbled onto it a little later in life and found that research and working in a lab gave them a sense of independence and empowerment that they have never experienced before. No matter the reason why, everyone has one thing in common, the path to grad school is terrible, and once you finally get in, you feel a sense a sense of accomplishment. You start grad school ready to learn, ready to start this new adventure,   expecting to be taken under the wing of a mentor to be trained to become a great scientist. But what happens when your mentor hates you from the very beginning? What happens when that training isn’t absent, and instead you are pushed and pulled in different directions, and every misstep is under scrutiny? Today’s episode is a special one featuringScience in Color co-founder Jonte Jones sharing his story about his journey to grad school at the University of Michigan and what happened when he encountered a brick wall in the way of his success, his mentor. 

Sponsor – SACNAS

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EP 09 - How to Navigate your First Scientific Conference

October 18, 2017
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Veronica and Alex share their tips for making the most of a conference!

BONUS EP: AN HONEST CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AFRICAN- AMERICAN MAN IN STEM

October 17, 2017
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This bonus episode builds upon Science in Color’s dialogue with Dr. Kevin Jones by continuing the conversation with Jonte Jones and Tony Larkin, two African-American contributors to Science in Color.  This interview covers issues that uniquely affect African-American men in STEM such as the idea of a heightened imposter syndrome, the extra burden of wanting to give back to your community, and the importance of putting yourself first and maintaining a solid work-life balance.

There is also some discussion of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) versus Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and how the experiences in each compare and contrast.

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EP 07: INTERVIEW WITH DR. KEVIN JONES, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCIENTIST’S JOURNEY TO GREATNESS

October 17, 2017
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In this episode, Veronica has a conversation with Dr. Kevin Jones – an African-American professor in the pharmacology department at the University of Michigan.  This revealing interview covers a wide range of topics via the filter of Dr. Jones’s non-traditional journey to a tenure-track position.  From his injury that cut short his track career, to his time as a postdoc in Spain, to his decision to quit a teaching-heavy tenure-track position to return to a postdoc position to redirect his career to be more research focused; Dr. Jones’s career has taken many twists and turns and lends evidence to the idea that everyone’s path is different and that’s okay. 

 

BONUS EPISODE: SPOTLIGHT ON SCIENCE IN COLOR CO-FOUNDER AND GRAD SCHOOL MOM, VERONICA VARELA

October 17, 2017
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Today’s we have a special bonus companion piece to episode 6 which featured a discussion on the challenges of single motherhood while in grad school. This bonus episode dives deeper into the experiences of a person whose voice we have all come to know—the woman who took an idea and turned it into Science in Color, Veronica Varela. Jonte Jones turns the tables on our host and we hear about her journey through life and path to and through grad school, as well as her struggles as a mom.

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