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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.
  • 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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    Wordless Wednesday: Pouched Rat Research Gif

    Barnes Maze for Pouched Rat

    This is a series of shots of me cleaning this Barnes Maze between behavioral observations of my research subjects, the African Giant Pouched Rat, Cricetomys ansorgei.  The diameter of the table or Barnes Maze is 6 feet across, and is nearly feet off of the ground. Which is why I use an extended squeegee and [...]

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    Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 5

    Engaging girls in STEM: #WomeninSTEM #STEMchat March 18

    #DispatchesDNLee posing with baby rat, panyabukuu African Giant Pouched Rat Cricetomys

    Who are your heroes of science? Mine include Marie Curie, Roger Arliner Young and Rubye Torrey. March is Womens History Month and I’m celebrating Women and Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 9 pm EST, I will be participating in a #STEMchat discussing #WomeninSTEM with @KitchPantrySci, Liz Heinecke,@NGCProject, [...]

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