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The Urban Scientist

A hip hop maven blogs on urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences
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    DNLee DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Follow on Twitter @DNLee5.
  • What you really need to know: How to negotiate start up packages

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    What you don’t know could hurt your career out of the gate. As a senior graduate student and post-doc you hear people tell you how important it is to get enough start up funds. Negotiating this part of your offer is as essential as your salary and teaching load. However, no one provides details into [...]

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    You Should Know: Pinar Gurel and CauseScience

    Spotlight Pinar Gurel

    Welcome back to You Should Know, my weekly #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. This is installment number 12. Introducing…Pinar Gurel and CauseScience Pinar is one half of the writers behind CauseScience, a blog where scientists are passionate about…. Science! CauseScience is a new science blog, founded in April 2014 by [...]

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    Addressing the science assault problem requires hearing ALL calls for help…& responding

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    On Friday, I saw people responding to reading a New York Times Op-Ed piece (published September 18, 2014) about the Sexual Assault Problem in Science.  In late July several major news outlets reported on this problem, too.  Women in the Sciences Report Harassment and Assault (July 24, 2014) is the most ground-breaking and important research [...]

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    Urban Science Adventure: Snake spotting

    Garter Snake photo by DNLee

    Originally posted at Urban Science Adventures! © on November 2, 2010 as Snakes up close. I’ve got to make a confession. I really don’t give reptile (or amphibians) their just due. I’m a mammalogist, true and through. But I’m also an opportunist, which is why I feature so many plants, flowers, and trees in my [...]

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    You Should Know: Amber Bullingham and Sciency Things

    Amber Bullingham Sciency Things Blog

    Welcome back to You Should Know, my weekly #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. This is installment number 11 and for the first time, we hop across the pond. Introducing…Amber Bullingham and Sciencey Things Amber Bullingham is a Biologist that has always had a passion for writing. She started her blog, Sciency [...]

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    GeekGirlCon or Bust! Help me and my friends bring the #DIYSciZone back


    Back by popular demand. The DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon ‘14! I and my Science-y friends are returning to Seattle to join our friend and founder of the #DIYSciZone, Ray Burks, to bring real-live science to #GGC14 con attendees young and old, and we need your help bringing it back. What is the DIY Science [...]

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    Urban Science Adventure: Be on the look out for squirrels and dreys


    This post was originally published at Urban Science Adventures! © on January 23, 2009 as Urban Wildlife Watch: Squirrels and Dreys. ************************* Squirrels are rodents, so that means they are cousins to chipmunks, mice, rats, voles, and beavers. They are members of the Sciuridae family, which means ‘bushy tail’ and is a perfect way to [...]

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    Wordless Wednesdays: Research Snapshots 9

    DNLee with Gambian Pouched Rat, Cricetomys gambianus

    Confession: I kind of miss my pouched rats

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    What makes a Good Scientist? What makes a Thug? Reflections on how young men like Mike Brown are perceived by the public


    The other weekend I attended SciFoo Camp at Google in Palo Alto, California. It was a real treat to meet and mingle with nearly 200 other scientists, innovators, science communicators and science facilitators. After a robust welcome from Tim O’Reilly himself, each camper introduced him/herself in turn. Near the end of queue, Professor Keivan Stassun [...]

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    Wordless Wednesday: Getting in my pre-Explorer frame of mind

    Wildlife of East Africa Guide

    I am preparing now to return to Tanzania this fall. So, I’m getting into my explorer mode mindset.

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