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The Urban Scientist

#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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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: This Stops Today

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fergusonaction.com #ThisStopsToday: Some of the last words of Eric Garner, the man who died on camera in police custody while being taken down in an illegal choke hold on July 17, 2014. Today the Grand Jury has announced that the NYPD Police Officer responsible for ending this man’s life, Daniel Pantaleo will not be indicted. [...]

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The Urban Scientist

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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The Urban Scientist

What you really need to know: How to negotiate start up packages

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What you don’t know could hurt your career out of the gate. As a senior graduate student and post-doc you hear people tell you how important it is to get enough start up funds. Negotiating this part of your offer is as essential as your salary and teaching load. However, no one provides details into [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Addressing the science assault problem requires hearing ALL calls for help…& responding

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On Friday, I saw people responding to reading a New York Times Op-Ed piece (published September 18, 2014) about the Sexual Assault Problem in Science.  In late July several major news outlets reported on this problem, too.  Women in the Sciences Report Harassment and Assault (July 24, 2014) is the most ground-breaking and important research [...]

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The Urban Scientist

What makes a Good Scientist? What makes a Thug? Reflections on how young men like Mike Brown are perceived by the public

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The other weekend I attended SciFoo Camp at Google in Palo Alto, California. It was a real treat to meet and mingle with nearly 200 other scientists, innovators, science communicators and science facilitators. After a robust welcome from Tim O’Reilly himself, each camper introduced him/herself in turn. Near the end of queue, Professor Keivan Stassun [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Dealing with colleagues who try to throw you under the bus

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It’s probably safe to say I’m a veteran at this science, outreach and social media game. I’ve been struggling to keep my own science career game right (publish chica, PUBLISH!), keep my head above water (my finances and these student loans grrrr!), as well as navigate my professional trajectory (what’s next after this post doc?).  [...]

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The Urban Scientist

#Scio14 Expanding the Dialogue on Diversity: Privilege and the Pursuit of Science

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As I was completing my doctorate studies, I was mounting an insane amount of student debt. I needed to finish. I wanted to finish. However, working an outside job or even a teaching assistantship kept taking up mind space and time and prevented me from just getting things done. I was so financially strapped that I was [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Twitter, Black Women, and Graduate Education – a place for a dispersed community

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I know about a little over dozen African-American Women with or earning a Ph.D. I count both real life friend and on-line associates. When I list them in a Twitter #FollowFriday list it looks like a lot. (BTW, you should follow @TheNaturalHaven, @DrFayOnline, @Lachelle_Dawn, @LuceliaCherie, @DrRubidium, @astroholbrook, @artfulaction, @alondra, @dr_tindall, @BlackDocs, @CoquiNegra, @artcoholic, @meinhermitage, @katellington).  But it’s [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Speaking my mind and signing my name

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I wrote an essay as part of a Group Post at #HopeJahrenSureCanWrite about being your authentic self – name and all – on the internet. Five science bloggers, @HopeJahren, @DNLee5, @JBYoder, @kejames & @hormiga, each of different academic ranks and each with our own ‘vulnerabilities’ share our stories of why we write, but perhaps more importantly [...]

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