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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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The Urban Scientist

Waking up from a bad dream – Fear of academic writing

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I declared the 2014 as the year to tie up all of my loose ends. I have so many things I need to finish. I mean desperately finish. Thanks to a kick in the butt pep talk from Dr. Isis, my first priority is my research writing. All other writing tasks are secondary – that [...]

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The Urban Scientist

My Story Collider Story – Working Twice as Hard

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I must extend a very, very big thank you to Ben Lillie and Erin Barker of The Story Collider and giving me a chance to share my personal experiences in and with science. Story Collider is an amazing program and vehicle for sharing science stories. If you get a chance to attend or participate, then [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Getting back in the saddle

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I doubted myself many, many times in the wake of all of this. Why did respond to that email in the first place? I should have just ignored it altogether. Then none of this or this or this or this or this would have happened at all. But that is a very selfish wish and [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Responding to No name Life Science Blog Editor who called me out of my name

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Editor’s note (10/14/13): This post was originally published on Friday, October 11, 2013, at 16:58, and taken down within the hour. As fully detailed here, we could not quickly verify the facts of the blog post and consequently for legal reasons we had to remove it. Email to the editor referenced in this post to [...]

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The Urban Scientist

My IDP and Me: Determining what I want to be when I grow up.

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“I see you doing a lot of great things, but when I look at DNLee, I have no idea what she’s going for.” ~ Dr. Isis Nothing like a loving, critical friend to serve you some truth…and a shot of whisky to wash it down with. She is SO right. So she sent me to [...]

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