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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!
 
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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.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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. 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…
 
Title: Owning Your Imposter Status: Biomedical Scientist Turned Education Researcher Subtitle: The Power of Work Outside of Lab While Pursuing Your PhD Dr. Kilan C. Ashad-Bishop is a biomedical scientist and advocate for inclusion who has carved her niche at the intersection of science, health, and social change. She is a proud alumna of Morgan Sta…
 
Ebony Butler, Ph.D., a native of Mississippi, is a Licensed Psychologist and Food Relationship Strategist who has made it her mission to help women of color heal and thrive in the areas of trauma and diet recovery. Dr. Ebony is a visionary and teacher. Dr. Ebony earned her B.S in Psychology from Jackson State University and her Ph.D. in Counseling …
 
Raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Malika Grayson (@drmalikagrayson) is a STEM speaker, engineer, and author who has her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University where she became the 2nd black woman in Cornell’s history (and 1st Black American) to receive her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. She is inspired by another great sister of…
 
So that we can get to know you better, please fill out this survey. https://theresearchher.com/survey In this episode with McKenzie Stokes, we start off learning that researchers who inspire her are Dr. Elan Hope, Dr. Qiana Cryer-Coupet, and Kimberlé Crenshaw. McKenzie Stokes and Dr. Elissia Tenea discuss: Why the Intersectionality Theory coined by…
 
We often ask those who are in STEM why they chose their field, but we don't ask why people didn't choose STEM. Research often focuses on understanding younger people's decisions related to STEM. Adults are often left out of the conversation. Raven Baxter decided that she would probe this idea during her PhD studies. Black women rarely see themselve…
 
Please fill out this quick listener survey! (theresearchher.com/survey) In the episode, Teressa Alexander shares her journey from being an associate degree student to a Ph.D. student. She talks to us about her many research endeavors. After working for a challenging advisor, she knew what to look for as she searched for more research opportunities.…
 
September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. We are starting a crowdfunding campaign to provide Black women in graduate school funding to pay for 6 months of therapy. If you want to contribute $0.50 to the Black women's therapy fund, you can send payments to the following accounts. CashApp - $ElissiaF Paypal - elissia@theresearchher.com Ven…
 
Dr. Korie Grayson is a biomedical engineer and a diversity advocate for women in STEM. She is a proud alumna of the HBCU Norfolk State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Korie recently obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University where she researched the "Cellular Delivery of TRAIL to Treat Meta…
 
As a kid, Dr. Ijeoma Kola wanted to be a pediatrician but when she took science in college she realized that she was more interested in the history of science. She wanted to focus more on our lived experiences with health and disease rather than looking at it on a molecular level. While in academia, she faced many challenges as the youngest person …
 
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion broke the internet and climbed up all the charts with the release of their new song WAP, which is an acronym for Wet Ass Pussy. Her we use the term SWAP, not only because we swapped out our photos for theirs in the artwork, but because herein we want to discuss the Science of Wet Ass Pussy. We start off with the defi…
 
In this solo episode, I dive into the research of Debby Herbenick and Dennis Fortenberry in their article Exercise-induced orgasm and pleasure among women. The study had the goals of understanding of exercise-induced orgasm and exercise-induced sexual pleasure. This studied surveyed over 500 women and found out how many experienced orgasms and/or s…
 
Dr. Donna Oriowo wanted to learn more about being a sex therapist after watching Meet the Fockers and that was what led her to find her career path. She is assisting primarily Black women on a journey to understanding their sexuality. Her philosophy is that sexuality is at the core of a lot of mental health challenges. In this episode, Dr. Donna Or…
 
Dr. Ijeoma Opara was not always clear about her career path, but she wanted to be sure that she was an expert in whatever field she chose. Her Nigerian parents did not try to push her into any career but instead just told her to be the best at whatever she chooses. After losing her parents due to complications with diabetes, Dr. Opara wanted to add…
 
The #STEMNOIREstory that I’m telling today is my post PhD hardships. This is what depression looks like. It isn’t all tears and bad hair days. For me its makeup, fake smile, and trying to prove myself to others. Ever notice you’ve never seen any graduation pictures? I told myself I didn’t deserve to celebrate that accomplishment over and over again…
 
In the episode, we are blessed with the presence of Dr. Kristen Nichole. She is a performance artist, scholar, educator, trainer, coach, entrepreneur, mother, and wife. Kristen is a south Florida native and graduate of The University of Central Florida (B.S. in Psychology) and The University of Miami (M.S.Ed in Community and Social Change). Kristen…
 
Growing up in Guyana, Rukia Henry thought that she would be a detective or an author because of her love for writing. She had no clue that she would eventually pursue her Ph.D. in a science field. She describes her passion for learning and understanding life even as a small child playing in her backyard. It was only fitting that in her Caribbean hi…
 
Producing episode 33 of The Research Her podcast was a bust because I could not bring myself to think about anything but the current state of our country. I am sad that in 2020 we still are not seen as human. We are still fighting for basic human rights. With that, I did not curate an episode this week because I still do not know what to say. Inste…
 
I was reading a little bit about affection, what it is, why we need it, and how to show it. My birthday is right around the corner and I like to celebrate on the podcast. I thought this year I would take the time out to remind myself why I love me. This is the most important relationship that I have and it is important to me that this relationship …
 
In this episode, we discuss the benefits of vinegar. We break down the chemical composition of vinegar, the origin of vinegar synthesis, the difference between types of vinegar, its uses, health benefits, and does it help with weight loss. We talk about how it helps with weight loss and even discuss how it could be useful for hair growth. Connect w…
 
I know that we are in the middle of a pandemic and the last thing that we want to talk about is… anything that does not have to do with the pandemic. However, I have something that I want to share. During and after working on my doctorate degree I suffered from depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It was through seeking the necessary help that I was able…
 
Dr. Lauren Michele Jackson teaches in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her first book, White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation, is published by Beacon Press (order here) or on Amazon. Dr. Jackson's work (research, criticism, essays, and – on occasion…
 
Indira C. Turney, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. She graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with a Bachelor in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she was a member of several academi…
 
Dr. Hareder McDowell is the author of Black Women, Sex & The Lies Our Mothers Told Us. She is a dedicated and passionate woman who has researched, worked and served communities, corporations and educational arenas to ensure that African-American female sexual empowerment and education remains at the forefront of all industries to ensure sexual equa…
 
I had the pleasure of speaking with Mrs. Paige Brown. Paige and I discussed her experience working as an electrical engineer & why her research interest is now on black women who pursue electrical engineering as a career. We even got into how she balances being a wife and a PhD student who at the time was pregnant with her beautiful baby. She also …
 
June 1st was my birthday so this episode is late posting. The love was felt on that day with each individual message. Hearing all of the messages together was so powerful so I needed to share this. All of the encouragement is so necessary right now in my life and I am so happy that I chose to readdress this episode. Take out your notebooks and pens…
 
Listen to how Ariana Taylor, J. D. went from dropping out of a masters program to graduating #5 from her law school class. Ariana Taylor is a 2015 graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in communication, with a minor in African American History and a pre-law concentration. Ariana graduate…
 
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