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The Research Her

Dr. Elissia T. Franklin

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Scicomm for you sis! The Research Her highlights Black women researchers and research topics relevant to wellbeing. Essentially, it's your source for sisterly science. We dive into biology, sexuality, behavioral and physical science, and everything in between. Research Scientist, Dr. Elissia Tenea, is a chemist and science communicator who brings the realness to keep us improving our lifestyle. You're guaranteed to love it here!
 
From archeology to zoology, real-world science is everywhere in Star Wars! Every episode includes an interview with an expert discussing how Star Wars relates to their field of study. Explore the many ways science is represented in a galaxy far, far away with hosts Melissa Miller and James Floyd, both freelance writers for Star Wars Insider magazine. Part of the Skywalking Network
 
“Pathways to Enhance Rigor: A Collection of Conversations” is a limited-series podcast featuring neuroscientists discussing ways to better embed rigor into every part of the scientific process, from experimental design to sharing with the public. These conversations highlight the past, present, and future of rigor in neuroscience and emphasize how individuals can contribute to creating a culture of rigor in their lab and beyond. This podcast is a part of the Society for Neuroscience’s Founda ...
 
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The latest episode of Star Warsologies focuses on limb replacement and prosthetics in Star Wars! Dr. Gerald Stark, senior clinical specialist and prosthetician for Ottobock, joins us for a discussion about bionic limbs, exoskeletons, and other prosthetics and orthotics. How close are we to Luke's bionic hand in real life? How is the work of a prost…
 
Dr. Samuel M. Goodman is the author of Beyond Carbon Neutral: How We Fix the Climate Crisis Now, a book about how to reverse climate change. He is a chemical engineer by training who earned a doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder after undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Following graduate school, Dr. Goodman c…
 
Dr. Samuel M. Goodman is the author of Beyond Carbon Neutral: How We Fix the Climate Crisis Now, a book about how to reverse climate change. He is a chemical engineer by training who earned a doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder after undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Following graduate school, Dr. Goodman c…
 
The latest episode of Star Warsologies focuses on astrophysics in Star Wars! Astrophysics professor Dr. Lisa Will joins us for a discussion about planets, moons, and asteroids. She breaks down just what the phrase "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" actually means in terms of space and time as we know it. We also learn about real-life plane…
 
The latest episode of Star Warsologies focuses on recording history in Star Wars! Join us for a discussion with journalist and historian Chelsea Tatham Zukowski. Learn about the important role of journalism in a just society and how the Empire managed to erase the history of the Jedi. Chelsea talks about what beat she would like to work, and why An…
 
The latest episode of Star Warsologies focuses on alcohol and brewing in Star Wars! Join us for a discussion with Reed Miller about brewing, fermentation, and distilling. What we see in cantinas and casinos isn't the full story. In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all…
 
The guest in this episode is Dr Bill Sullivan, the author of "Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are" (2019, National Geographic Books). Sullivan is a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies genetics and microbiology. An award-winning researcher, teacher, and…
 
The latest episode of Star Warsologies focuses on psychology in Star Wars! Join us for a discussion with Dr. Drea Letamendi about the psychology of our favorite characters in Star Wars. How is The Mandalorian coping with the knowledge that he was raised in a cult? How does Leia handle her grief? And why is Kylo Ren so emo? Drea's thoughts on pop cu…
 
In this episode, Mr. Daniel Simmons, Principal of Simmons Energy & Environmental Strategy and former Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from 2019 to 2021, speaks to his experience as a political appointee within the DOE; advocating for affordable reliable clean energy; balancing lea…
 
A special bonus episode of Star Warsologies is up! Star Warsologies comes to Comic Con At Home 2021! Thanks to The Fleet Science Center in San Diego for hosting this great panel, The Science of Star Wars. James and Melissa moderate a panel of three scientists (geologist, biologist, and astronomer, oh my!) plus a concept designer who has worked on a…
 
Dr. Ambika Bumb is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow working in the Crisis Management and Strategy Office at the U.S. Department of State. Within this office, she was part of several tasks forces that played major roles during the coronavirus pandemic, including the Repatriation Task Force that brought home American citizens stranded abroad du…
 
The latest episode of Star Warsologies is up! Electrical engineer Justin Gagne joins us to chat about designing technology to go into space. What starts as a discussion of real-life ion engines also covers radiation exposure, landing telemetry, and even quantum entanglement. Justin worked on the Mars helicopter Ingenuity and does a great job helpin…
 
Polar biologist Angela Zoumplis joins us for an episode all about life at the extremes. What do tauntauns eat to maintain their large size? How is life adapted to the heat of Mustafar? And how does that space slug survive in an asteroid when ships aren't flying right down its throat? It turns out there are similarities to bacterial life here on Ear…
 
In honor of Megan Thee Stallion's THOT Shit release, we talk about hoe shit, the history of being considered a hoe, the politics of body autonomy, and the practice of pleasure activism. We get into the origin of the word, the work of pleasure activists, the history of control over black women's bodies, and how to ways to pursue personal liberation.…
 
Ibrahim Mohedas earned his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. His doctoral research, supported through a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, focused on the use of ethnographic techniques during the design of medical devices for low- and middle-income countries, collecting data in healthcare settings …
 
It's the second episode of Star Warsologies! In the NEW podcast Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. The newest addition to the Skywalking Network brings you a monthly po…
 
The narrative about being single is often seen as monolithic. Every single person is expected to want a relationship. There are stereotypes about educated Black women and their desires. In this episode, we two Black women share their story. In this episode we discuss: Family and friends putting pressure on single women to find partners Women's desi…
 
In this week’s episode our guest is Dr. Maryann Cairns, who talks about her career path and her studies on pathogens in water. Dr Cairns is an environmental anthropologist who uses using creative research designs and cultural understanding to safeguard the environment and human health. Her work has examined the politics of water and sanitation syst…
 
Welcome to the debut episode of Star Warsologies! Hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. The newest addition to the Skywalking Network brings you a monthly podcast about science and Star War…
 
As we continue our conversation after Teacher Appreciation week and celebrate Mental Health Aware Month this May we discuss recruiting and retention in the teaching profession with Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson who dives into the topic of teacher's mental health and how to create better spaces for teachers. Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson received her Interdis…
 
Star Warsologies is a Podcast about Science and Star Wars! From archeology to zoology, real-world science is everywhere in Star Wars! Every episode of Star Warsologies will include an interview with an expert discussing how Star Wars relates to their field of study. Explore the many ways science is represented in a galaxy far, far away with hosts M…
 
We are revisited by the wonder Dr. Arianna Stokes from episode 20 of the show. She educates us on her dissertation titled "Faculty Perceptions of Persistence Among African American Students Enrolled in Distance Education Courses at Community Colleges" and much more. In this episode, we discuss Challenges faced by online learners Disparities in dist…
 
Dr Roberto Delgado has a doctorate in Biological Anthropology from Duke University, where he did research on the social behavior and calls of male orangutans. So how did he end up becoming the Program Director for the Arctic Observing Network (AON) in the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs – as far removed from the jungle of Bor…
 
In this two-part episode, Dr. nature McGinn talks about how the AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellowship helped to give her skills and open doors for a permanent job in federal government and the work she does in her current position to help safeguard the environment and species in the world's last true wilderness area - Antarctica. This podcast…
 
Dr. Nature McGinn is currently the Environmental Policy Program Manager and Antarctic Conservation Act Permit Officer in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. Nature has been at NSF for over eight years, with her first two years as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow (STPF) in the Office of Polar Programs, before e…
 
With so many children currently attending school virtually on laptops, tablets and other smart devices, there is concern about how the extended use of these devices affects them. While much attention has been given to the cognitive effects of extended device usage, Dr. Regina Pope-Ford has instead investigated the physical effects. In this episode,…
 
With all the talk and skepticism about vaccines, it is a great time to take a sit back and evaluate the science of vaccines. Today, we have the pleasure of learning from Natasha Duggan. Natasha is a virologist whose work is centered around understanding antibodies for potential HIV treatment. In this episode, we discuss: -Why vaccines work after vi…
 
“Pathways to Enhance Rigor: A Collection of Conversations” is a limited-series podcast featuring neuroscientists discussing ways to better embed rigor into every part of the scientific process, from experimental design to sharing with the public. These conversations highlight the past, present, and future of rigor in neuroscience and emphasize how …
 
The Society for Neuroscience’s (SfN’s) Foundations of Rigorous Neuroscience Research (FRN) program aims to inform and empower neuroscientists at all career stages to enhance the rigor and reproducibility of their research. Begin this series with Oswald Steward and Lique Coolen as they cover the genesis of the FRN program, the objectives of the podc…
 
When developing a study, there are many sources of biases that can affect experimentation or interpretation of results. Join Christie Fowler, Olavo Amaral, and Kip Ludwig as they discuss the various considerations neuroscientists must face to conduct research while minimizing bias and maximizing objectivity. Pathways to Enhance Rigor: A Collection …
 
Join neuroscientists Letisha Wyatt, Jane Roskams, and Maryann Martone as they delve into the challenges neuroscience has faced regarding data storage, management, and sharing. They discuss the historical transition from analog to digital data, the complexities of neuroscience data, and paths forward to foster more sound data stewardship for the lar…
 
How can researchers shape modern scientific culture to incentivize more sustainable, rigorous science? Hear from Michael Lehman, Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili, and Tanita Casci as they cover the critical importance of incentivizing rigorous research today, as well as ways you can advance rigorous research practices at any level in your career to invigorate…
 
Although there are many hurdles to enhancing rigor in neuroscience, one fact is clear: implementing rigorous research practices today will enhance the credibility of the field tomorrow. Wrap up this series with Emily Sena, Eric Nestler, and Walter Koroshetz as they discuss the rewards to conducting rigorous research, how institutions, journals, and…
 
Professor Kelly Knight is a mother, wife, professor, Ph.D. student, and sarcoma survivor who researches how to improve the middle school to STEM career pipeline for girls of color. Right after being accepted to a Ph.D. program, she was diagnosed with sarcoma. staying busy helped her keep life going as normal. She speaks to surviving sarcoma during …
 
Let's start a conversation. Let’s talk about settling for less out of fear of being single. Dr. Stephanie S. Spielmann explores the dynamics of romantic relationships. One topic that she has probed is the idea of settling for less out of fear of being single. In this episode, we discuss: The idea of losing oneself in a relationship and dealing with…
 
In today’s conversation with Dr. Dominique Barnes-Walker, we discuss the impact of the Strong Black Woman Archetype on romantic relationships. The Strong Black Woman Archetype is a culturally relevant term to describe Black woman's perceived roles, expectations, and experiences. In addition, we discuss how one’s income correlates with relationship …
 
In today’s conversation with Camille Mosley, we talk about biological research on fish, the push from white institutes to have diverse perspectives in predominantly white spaces, and therapy in graduate school. Mosley is the Co-President of the Black Graduate Student Association, where they do fun activities that help relieve stress. In this episod…
 
Today’s conversation with Ashley Walker discusses the complexities of Saturn’s icy moon, Titan, different space missions, and promoting more Black and Brown people to be in these same spaces during planetary atmospheres. Walker is the co-founder of Black in Chem and tells us the ups and downs with Chemistry and Engineering News. In addition to Blac…
 
Dr. Hareder McDowell is a dedicated and passionate woman who has researched, worked, and served communities, corporations, and the educational arena’s to ensure that African-American female sexual empowerment and education remains at the forefront of all industries to ensure sexual equality, health, and safety. Dr. McDowell serves as an adjunct pro…
 
Bio is from the time of the interview: Dominique Barnes-Walker is a Licensed Social Work and, an Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist. Dominique works with a wide variety of individuals in therapy but loves working with people of color. She endorses several other skills within the field and as a research assistant, she focuses on engaging Black…
 
Dr. Ruthie Arumala is an Ob/Gyn at Texas Hugley Medical Associates in Mansfield, Texas. Dr. Arumala is a young, vibrant physician that provides individualized, comprehensive care to women with a range of Ob/Gyn concerns. Dr. Arumala began her collegiate journey at the University of Maryland College Park where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree…
 
This is a replay of Episode 9 where I interview my biggest inspiration. My mother. At the time of the interview, Dr. Erica Jordan was a school counselor for Chicago Public School where she had worn many hats. We discuss how she went from not being able to write a 10-page paper to write a full doctoral dissertation. As a single mother in college, sh…
 
No, I do not want you out here musty. There is some knowledge that everyone should know about so that they can make their own informed choices about their use of a product. Antiperspirant is one of those products. There is an association between antiperspirant usage and breast cancer, but not in the way that you may think. This episode breaks down …
 
This episode was inspired by Side Hustle Pro Episode 144 where Katonya Breaux, the founder of Unsun Cosmetics, discusses how she started making mineral sunscreen out of having adverse effects to chemical containing sunscreen. I discuss why sunscreen is necessary for everyone regardless of skin complexion and talk about the chemicals that are in sun…
 
In this episode, I break down endocrine disruptors and why we should avoid them for optimal health. I talk about the best practices for avoiding harmful chemicals in hair products. Here is a list of chemicals to avoid although they may not actually be listed on the product ingredients list. A trusted hair care company - Curl Mix Connect with me: We…
 
Here is a REVIEW of Episode 5. It was originally published in the Spring but the same applies beyond. It is important that we begin to understand how our cleaning habits affect our health. It is a great time to discuss how we can improve our cleaning routine such that we are not causing adverse issues with our health. I share ways of eliminating ai…
 
Dr. Melanie Peffer is the author of “Biology Everywhere: How the Science of Life Matters to Everyday Life”, a book that reveals how biological concepts taught in the classroom are connected to the world around us. In this episode, we discuss key concepts from the book including changes to the way science is taught, how creative processes are used i…
 
Dr. Arianna C. Stokes graduated from Jackson State University with her B.S. in History Education. While at Jackson State University, she was active in several organizations. Throughout her undergraduate career, both through organizations and independently, she gave service to children and those in need. In May of 2018, she received her M.Ed. in Edu…
 
In the episode, we discuss the research behind hair drug tests and cultural bias. how hair products that are mainly used by people of African descent can bathe drugs in the environments on the hair what leads to higher rates of false-positive drug test results for Black people Connect with me: Website: TheResearchHer.com TikTok: @TheResearchHer Ins…
 
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