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A hip hop maven blogs on urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences

Wordless Wednesday: African Giant Pouched Rats

I'm convinced I study the most adorable rat species in the world, Cricetomys gambianus, the African Giant Pouched Rat or the Gambian Rat. They are perhaps more famously known as Hero Rats because of their humanitarian work in detecting explosive devices and tuberculosis in biological samples.These are my rats, in the lab...

May 23, 2012 — DNLee

Anecdotes, Stories and Science Communication

Oh my! I've been following the tweets of fellow scientist and science communicators attending the The Science of Science Communication program hosted by the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, DC...

May 22, 2012 — DNLee
Black Studies is not a Course, it’s a Cause. Is it?

Black Studies is not a Course, it’s a Cause. Is it?

I started this post more than a week ago when it was fresh, but stopped abruptly when I was told to scrub in for my niece's delivery. It's probably a good thing that I let the dust settle and calm myself down before responding...

May 11, 2012 — DNLee
In Memoriam: MCA of The Beastie Boys

In Memoriam: MCA of The Beastie Boys

Summer 1986. I was a round fresh face. I had just finished my very first year of junior high school, Riverview Jr High, which had a mixed reputation even then – not all bad, but not good either.  It had it’s fair share of inner-city blues: teen pregnancy, petty crime, just overall veil of economic [...]..

May 10, 2012 — DNLee

Checking in: good news, bad news, great news

I just want you all to know that I have NOT fallen off of the face of the earth. Two major online news stories hit and I started (but never finished posts for them) - one about that Black Studies mess at the Chronicle of Higher Education (check out @TressieMC's Inferiority of Blackness as Subject to get o speed)...

May 9, 2012 — DNLee

Diversifying science and confronting my Impostor Syndrome

I learned a long time ago – as an undergraduate student- that as I'll have to work twice as hard just to be given half of a chance as everyone else. When papers were being returned it amazed me how other students (white and Asian) responded to the scores of Black Students...

April 29, 2012 — DNLee

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