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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.
  • #DNLeeLab: Rethinking my feeding enrichment biases

    African Giant Pouched rat eating a grapefruit in a cage

    I’m rethinking my feeding enrichment protocols. My pouched rats, Cricetomys gambianus and C. ansorgei, are food generalists but in the lab we feed them commercially available rodent or rabbit chow. In the past I’ve included dog food as a part of their regular diet to get protein in the diet. Then I would offer fresh [...]

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    You Should Know: Irene Mathieu and Maladi Kache Pa Gen Remed

    Sci blogger spotlight IM

    Welcome to the twenty-seventh installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. I love how this series not only introduces readers to blogs and communicators they have overlooked in this big world wide web, but it also introduces me to [...]

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    April Fools Troll So Hard

    Top 10 Most commented blog posts at The Urban Scientist

    I don’t get very many comments. Much of that has to do with what I blog about – most introductory topics. I focus on curiosity. Yet, I’ve noticed that whenever I affirm a more activist tone in my posts and discuss topics related to diversity or inclusion or access to higher education or the sciences [...]

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    You Should Know: Kristina Campbell and The Intestinal Gardener

    Sci blogger spotlight. KCjpg

    Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. I am also continuing my Women’s History Month shout out and celebrating Dynamic Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and science communication. Introducing…. Kristina Campbell and The [...]

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    When discussing Humanity’s next move to space, the language we use matters.

    Mission to Mars coaster by DNLee

    Elon Musk’s vision for the humanity and colonizing Mars makes me incredibly uneasy. It’s not that Elon Musk has said very many inappropriate things, it’s that so much of the dialogue about colonizing Mars – inspired, initiated and often influenced by Musk – uses language and frameworks that are a little problematic (and I’m being [...]

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    Wordless Wednesday: #DNLeeLab experience with Crystal Violet Vaginal Cytology

    Pouched Rat Vaginal Cytology

    I recently took a look*  at these slides where vaginal epithelial cells from my pouched rats were collected in Summer 2013. One of our goals is to decipher the reproductive mysteries of pouched rat: sexual maturity, cycling, breeding, etc. * By I took a look, I mean I had an undergraduate take a look. This [...]

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    You Should Know: Dr. Melanie Harrison Okoro

    spotlight MHO

    Welcome to the twenty-fifth installment of You Should Know. This week I am kicking off Women’s History Month and celebrating Dynamic Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. Introducing…. Dr. Melanie Harrison Okoro Dr. Okoro uses social media like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to inform and engage readers on topics in environmental science – focusing [...]

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    You Should Know: Dr. EE Just, Forgotten Father of Epigenetics

    Just-postage-stamp

    Welcome to the twenty-fourth installment of You Should Know. Today I am shining a Black History Month spotlight on #BLACKandSTEM historical figure and scientific leader, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Dr. EE Just was a cellular biologist who completed his doctoral studies with Professor Frank Lillie at the University of Chicago in 1916. While completing his [...]

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    You Should Know: Michelle Hunter and Exploring Neuroscience Through Art

    Sci blogger spotlight Michelle Hunter

    Welcome to the twenty-third installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and the Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing…Michelle Hunter and Exploring Neuroscience Through Art Michelle Hunter is an artist that loves science. Her paintings and drawings focus on how different areas of our brain [...]

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    Happy Bornday Darwin

    Hip Hop Science Quiz Show

    Today marks the 206th anniversary of Charles Darwin‘s bornday. February 12 is celebrated as International Darwin Day and many communities and colleges host events and town hall informal science events. If there is an activity happening in your region, I encourage you to attend. At the very least enjoy this replay from the Hip Hop [...]

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