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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.
  • How it feels to be #BlackandSTEM and a Woman

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    I was sitting on this post for a while now. I said I would publish it this week, but I already felt procrastination kicking in. It was going to get pushed into next week or later. Then I got a tweet announcing today’s (October 30, 2014) #BlackandSTEM chat topic: Being #BLACKandSTEM and woman. So, here’s [...]

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    Urban Science Adventure: Make Autumn Leaf Lanterns

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    It’s fall and lovely outside, but you also want to keep your students or grand/children engaged in fun activities. Well, take a look up and then down. Those beautiful autumn leaves are your inspiration and your activity prop. Leaf rubbings are my favorite. FAVE-O-RITE* science arts-and-crafts, but you can do so much more*. And just [...]

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    If you can’t be a good example, be a warning. How EcoInternet’s #Scicomm #Fail can make you a more culturally aware science communicator

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    When I started grad school I was excited. Excited because I saw the pursuit of knowledge as the this special calling, free of the BS that my friends who worked in corporations or the government or even education had to deal with. I was apart of this fraternity of knowledge-seekers. Yea, there’s some hazing of [...]

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    You Should Know: Dr. Dr. Buddhini Samarasinghe and Jargon Wall

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    Welcome to the thirteenth 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. Buddhini Samarasinghe We travel back to the UK to meet Dr. Buddhini Samarasinghe. Dr. Samarasinghe earned her PhD from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. [...]

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    I want to see Season 3 of The Fab Lab with Crazy Aunt Lindsey!

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    I began blogging – at Urban Science Adventures ! © as an outlet and tester for my bigger, bolder dream – to create and star in my own Science Television program. At the time, 2006, there were no people of color, no women, and no Black Women at all who had served as a host [...]

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    Wordless Wednesdays: Pouched Rats enjoying treats

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    I was preparing a post and suddenly realized I prepared the EXACT same post 6 months ago! So here it is. A sentiment so nice, I present it to you twice: Wordless Wednesday: Pouched Rat having a treat. Why? Because Pouched Rats are the most adorbs!  

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    Diverisity in Science Writing addressed at 2014 ScienceWriting Conference


    The annual ScienceWriters meeting is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.  It is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, with content to appeal to both the newest writers and seasoned professionals. This year I am attending for the first time [...]

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    #NABJ14 #HealthyNABJ Recap: Cultivating Diversity in Science Communication

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    I attended the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists meeting in Boston, Massachusetts July 30-August 2014 (NABJ Program book). This was the second NABJ conference I have attended, this time with assistance from the National Science Writers Association. My participation as a panel speaker and networking helped continue a conversation concerning media diversity in science [...]

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    Wordless Wednesday: #madwriting all the live long day


    This is pretty much ALL I’ve been doing day in and day out for several weeks now. Writing, Editing, Revising, Reading references, Re-reading references, Writing some more, etc. I’m focusing on the first manuscript from the Pouched Rat research I’ve been doing the last 2.x years. I’ve hammered out an Intro, Methods, and Results I [...]

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    This Happened: Science Online is no more


    I got the email that many other #sciox-ers got. ScienceOnline the non-profit entity that introduced me to some AWESOME people and spring-boarded my extra-curricular career is no more. The 2015 meeting that was planned has also been cancelled. I’m feeling some kind of way. I really enjoyed the meeting. I regarded it as my other [...]

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