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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.
  • You Should Know: Dr. Anna Wood and The Science of Scientific Learning

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    Welcome to the twenty-first 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…Dr. Anna Wood and The Science of Scientific Learning The Science of Scientific Learning is a blog features discussions about issues in the learning and teaching of [...]

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    Weekend To Do: Apply for Science Communication Awards, Fellowships & Internship Programs


    Participation of broader audiences in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) requires engaging under-served audiences. The conduit of this engagement is communication. Journalism, or the 4th estate, has been a precious and important part of of social and political life. Today engaged and diverse science communication is needed now more than ever to cultivate an inclusive [...]

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    Remembering NASA Challenger and #STEMDiversity

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    The crew of STS-51-L: Front row from left, Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair. Back row from left, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, Judith Resnik. Monday, January 28, 1986: It was a cold morning. There was no school. It was a snow day and my newborn sister was only a week home from the [...]

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    You Should Know: Nadia Myrthil and A Lady in Neurophilosophy

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    It’s the 20th installment of this series, and the first one of the new year. Happy 2015! You Should Know introduces you to scientists (and engineers), science blogs and now science communicators that offer value information via social media to wider and broader audiences. Introducing…Nadia Myrthil and A Lady in Neurophilosophy Lady in Neurophilosophy is a new [...]

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    Weekend To Do: Apply for paid Summer Research Programs in STEM


    Lately, I’ve been posting a lot of REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) on Facebook (Like my Fan Pages and get updates, too. Here and Here) and Twitter, and now I am going to put it all in one place so that it is easy to share.  REUs are opportunities for students to brighten up their [...]

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    Time To Teach: Supporting Technology for Science Education in Special Education Classrooms

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    As regular readers of this blog are aware, I am deep proponent of science outreach to the under-served. However, I acknowledge one of the areas that I am weak and that’s in my science outreach to individuals with special education needs. I have attended teaching workshops designed to assist educators in revamping courses for students [...]

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    #ReclaimMLK: The Revolutionary and Geek – my thoughts on rejecting sanitized images of Dr. King

    I was a tour guide of Black History and Civil Rights History in Memphis from 1994-1999. I've been in this museum close to 100 times, maybe more and guided groups through it's halls.

    The United States national holiday that commemorates the birth of human and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is always a somber occasion for me. I acknowledge that I am all into my feelings today, because of today, because of the current climate of social injustice our nation is witnessing again. I’m [...]

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    Undergraduate Research Highlights from #SICB2015


    Happy New Year! I hope you all had a restorative holiday break. I spent nearly two weeks with family and friends and it was glorious. I capped off the break attending the annual meeting Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. I attended talks and networked.   The highlight of the meeting was meeting undergraduate researchers [...]

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    Hip Hop Evolution Files: Anaconda Educational Version

    Hip Hop Science DNLee

    I love a great HipHopEd Science Explainer. This one is timely, entertaining, creative, and quite accurate. It’s a satire of Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda. The song (lyrics) and video (images) are not safe for work (or minors). But dang, I enjoy the original song and this “remix” by College Humor. Anaconda – The Educational Version (Nicki [...]

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    You Should Know: Dr. Brandeis Marshall and csdoctorsister chits


    Welcome to the nineteenth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing…Dr. Brandeis Marshall and csdoctorsister chits csdoctorsister chits represents the different facets of Dr. Marshall’s individual personality: she is a Doctor, and Sister, and knows her Computer Science.  [...]

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