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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.
  • SEM Link will be at The USA Science Festival in Washington DC

    Curious Kiddies making geodomes with DOTS candies and toothpicks with SEM Link

    This weekend is the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Are you going?  I wish I were.  I met the founder of this amazing event, Larry Bock in 2010, before the inaugural festival of that same year. We met as members of COPUS, the Coalition of the Public Understanding of Science — an [...]

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    Long time coming: African-American Civil Rights Organizations embrace Environmentalism

    DNLee with Majora Carter

    When I started blogging 8 years ago, the blogosphere like a lonely place. I hadn’t yet met another Black Science blogger (and I wouldn’t come across another one for 2.5 years), so when I rolled out the Green Carpet for Earth Day, I felt my voice was puny. This wasn’t a revelation. I seemed to [...]

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    You Should Know: Shareef Jackson

    Welcome to my second installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may have been sleeping on. Introducing…. Shareef Jackson and Shareef Jackson shares interesting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) news related stories at his website/blog of the same name. He discusses science [...]

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    Wordless Wednesday: Pouched Rat having a treat

    African Giant Pouched rat Gambian Pouched rat Cricetomys ansorgei in a cage

    This is a video recording of me introducing a new snack to the African Giant Pouched Rats (Cricetomys ansorgei) – fresh pumpkin seeds. This fellow really seems to like it. I’m super impressed by this species dexterity. His handling of this seeds shows that. This is just a snap shot of an experiment I am [...]

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    You Should Know: Dr Caleph Wilson and 1st Generation STEM


    The hashtag #ScholarSunday is very much like #FollowFriday or #FF for short. Dr. Raul Pacheco (@RaulPacheco and He created it as a vehicle for academics to engage with each other and alert our Twitter followers to who the intelligent, thought-provoking, and awesome colleagues we follow to keep us on our toes, challenge our assumptions [...]

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    Google Doodle Honors Chemist Dr. Percy Julian


    April 11, 2014 would have been Dr. Julian Percy’s 115th Birthday and it was a beautiful site to behold – seeing today’s Google Doodle honoring the man and his science. “Dr. Julian’s story is a fascinating one and I encourage you to read over the ACS and Wikipedia entries. As you might imagine, he faced [...]

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    Go Big Red!! I’m at Cornell and I want to meet you at Yuri’s Night


    I mostly dropped some hints on Twitter and Facebook, but now I am officially announcing it: Trumpet blares: I have transferred to Cornell University. I’m doing the same work, continuing my post doc, but I have a new glammy shingle to hang on my door, embossed insignia on my business card: Last fall I was [...]

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    Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 6

    DNLee Gambian Pouched Rats Cricetomys

    I was trying very hard to share some new photos from but I can’t seen to upload any pictures today. I’m missing my rats, actually, so revisiting the photographs of them makes me recall all of their shenanigans. #OiTNBrats. My equipment isn’t fully set up so I’m not scoring videos yet and I’m still awaiting [...]

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    Wanted: Diverse, Innovative Problem-solvers, Next Generation Scientists


    When I departed for college my grandmother told me to join the debate team, because I was always arguing trying to prove a point. She was correct. I was a chatty Cathy and was always defending advocating my positions.  Debating was the most exhilarating intellectual experience I had had until that time. It was a [...]

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    A night of science and stars at the Chabot Space & Science Museum with OZY and me

    DNLee headshot 12

    There has been much talk about new media organizations as of late. Whom and which are innovative enough, new enough, dynamic enough? Diverse enough? Well, it’s still too early to call it but I am excited about one of the new new players – OZY. It stamps it self as Smarter. Fresher. Different.  So far, [...]

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