Spotlight on Science: Global Health with Dr. Greg Martin #TWiGH

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In my first Spotlight on Science post I talked about Dr. Vincent Racaniello. In January of this year I talked about resources for scientists. If you have been following my blog for some time you know that I am a toxicologist and an aspiring vaccine researcher. Dr. Racaniello and Coursera.org are great resources to check out.

After taking the course and listening to Dr. Racaniello’s #TWIV podcasts I came across Dr. Greg Martin’s YouTube Channel after following him on twitter. Since I have been subscribed to his YouTube Channel for some time now I wanted to spotlight Dr. Martin as my second Spotlight on Science. Dr. Martin is a medical doctor with an MPH and MBA, Editor in Chief of Globalization and Health, and has diverse experience in global health. He is the person to watch if you want to learn more about global health. Continue reading

Professional Role Models in STEM

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If you look at my blog post about why I started Mademoiselle Scientist you will know that one of my goals for Mademoiselle Scientist is to be a resource for women in STEM. Before I started Mademoiselle Scientist the Thesis Whisperer was the first science blog I came across and she inspired me to get started science blogging. After that I found more women in STEM bloggers that have inspired me: Science Mentor#BLACKandSTEM, and Ellekement to name a few. If you have any women in STEM bloggers I should check out share in the comments section.

As I move forward with Mademoiselle Scientist I want to share more of my experiences and blog posts that will help women in STEM. A few months ago I talked about some ways that we can empower women in STEM. I believe the easiest way to do this is by mentoring the future generations of Mademoiselle Scientists. Before I talk about mentoring (I will share in a future post) I want to talk about the importance of professional role models. Continue reading

Fall Reading List

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Fall is here and it’s time for me to share my Fall Reading List. This past summer I have been reading inspirational books and this fall I decided to check out some career and professional focused books. For more career resources check out the myIDP tool.

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Spotlight on Science: Dr. Vincent Racaniello, This Week in Virology (TWIV)

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In my 1st Blogiversary post I shared some of the things you can expect from Mademoiselle Scientist this year. September marks the beginning of Spotlight on Science. If you have been following my blog for some time now you may have checked out my other spotlight series: Mademoiselle Scientist Spotlight. If not check out my most recent blog post about Irène Joliot-Curie.

My goal for Spotlight on Science is to share science resources. For my first Spotlight on Science blog post I will spotlight Dr. Vincent Racaniello. Dr. Racaniello is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He has a YouTube Channel, Blog and is the host of a Science Podcast, called This Week in Virology (TWiV). Not to mention he offered two courses in virology on Cousera.org that I took and loved! Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about my experience using Coursera.org and taking his Virology Courses. I really enjoyed the course and now that the courses are over I like to tune into to his Podcasts and Blog. If you are interested in any aspects of virology you have to check out the links if you have not already. Since I’m interested in vaccine research, learning more about virology was right up my alley.

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Mademoiselle Scientist September Birthday Spotlight: Irène Joliot-Curie

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September is my favorite month and this month I have many things to celebrate. In my last post I talked about how September 2nd marked my 1st Blogiversary for Mademoiselle Scientist. Next week I am starting a new series, Spotlight on Science. Since Irène Joliot-Curie and I share the same birthday (September 12) it makes sense to pick her as my Mademoiselle Scientist September Birthday Spotlight. If you want to check out my other Mademoiselle Scientist Spotlights check out my blog posts about: Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb and Dr. Mae Jemison. These are all amazing Mademoiselle Scientists.

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Irène Joliot-Curie was born on September 12, 1897 in Paris, France. She was the daughter of Marie and Pierre, two physicists that shared half of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 with Antoine Henri Becquerel. Following her parents footsteps she also excelled at science and mathematics. She even worked with her mother, Marie Curie at the Radium Institute in Paris. Like her mother she was committed to science, excellence, research and discovery.

Irène continued to excel and studied at the Radium Institute in Paris where her doctoral thesis focused on alpha rays of polonium. In 1925 after years of research she received her Doctorate of Science. While she was working at the Radium Institute she met a physicist named, Frédéric Joliot and a year later they were married. A few years later she was appointed as lecturer in 1932, and in 1935 their research paid off. They won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their recognition of their synthesis of new radioactive elements. After winning the Nobel Prize in 1937 Irène became professor and later Director of the Radium Institute in 1946. To learn more about their Nobel Prize Award and others check out NobelPrize.org.

Their discovery led to further studies and tools to help with cancer treatment. After many years working with very hazardous materials Irène was diagnosed with leukemia due to exposure of polonium. Later her health began to decline and she died on March 17, 1956 of leukemia at the age of 58 after a lifetime of exposure to radiation.

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Mademoiselle Scientist Turns 1 Year Old: My 1st Blogiversary

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Today Mademoiselle Scientist turns 1 Year Old. It’s my blogiversary! I cannot believe that a year ago today I published my first blog post. I started Mademoiselle Scientist as a way to share my journey as a woman in science. When I started blogging I did not know that I would stick with it. Now, that I have blogged for a year I have learned many things and am ready to take this year by storm! I have many things coming up this month so stay tuned.

This month I am introducing a series called Spotlight on Science. It will highlight different science resources and information that is helpful to other scientists. If you want to check out my other series check out my Mademoiselle Scientist Birthdays or Recent Graduate Series. Be on the lookout for my: networking, graduate school and professional conferences series. If you have any suggestions let me know. This year I am going to share more of my experiences with you and reveal more about myself soon.

Thank you for subscribing to Mademoiselle Scientist. I appreciate you and every comment I receive. I enjoy being a member of the science blogging community. I followed PhD Comics for years and it made me lol while I was in my Masters Program. A few years later I discovered Thesis Whisperer and I emailed her about starting a science blog and she gave me great feedback. She was so helpful and I look forward to her blog posts. This blog is a chance for me to share the things that I have learned through my journey as woman in science. Thank you for coming along with me!

What type of posts are you looking forward to see?

Thank you for your continued support!

Mademoiselle Scientist

Career Corner: Career Exit Strategy Reflection of the #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor

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On Thursday, August 21 I participated in a Twitter Chat #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor. When I found out that Science Mentor would be hosting the chat I knew it would be informative because she has many resources on her blog. Check out her post about Self-Mentoring and using the myIDPtool.

Thursday’s #ECRChat topic was about How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy. A Career exit strategy is a short-term plan (1-2 years) to maintain professional life during a career transition. If you want to find out more information check out Science Mentor’s career exit strategy post. Last year I shared my experience using the myIDP tool. Using this tool helped me get a better idea of what I need to do to get in the career I want.

If you are new to my blog I am a toxicologist and I want to become a vaccinologist, specifically developing malaria and dengue vaccines. I have thought about this career for a long time. Now, that you know a bit more about me let’s get started with my reflection of the #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor:

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Empowering Women in STEM

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If you go back early this year during black history month I shared a post about my reflections as an African-American Woman in STEM #AAWiSTEM. I know that there many women in STEM that read my blog and can relate to some of the things I spoke about in this post.

The other day I was talking to one of my colleagues about why I decided to become a scientist and I talked about empowering women. I like to support organizations that promote women empowerment, especially women in STEM. When I started my blog I shared my 5 Tips for Women in Science and a month ago I wrote a science reflection post about the #LikeAGirl Campaign by Always. These posts make me think about this question further?:

How can we empower women in STEM? What do you think? Let’s start a discussion in the comment section.

Here is how we can get started:

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Recharging After Your Vacation

I’m back after a much needed break!

A month ago I wrote a post about How to make the most of your summer vacation. Since I took a small break from blogging this is the perfect time for me to share some of my tips for recharging after vacation.

Recharging after your vacation is just as important as taking your vacation. July is the perfect time to take a break because many people take vacations around this time. Now that August is here and my break is over I want to share some of the tips that helped me recharge myself after my time off. After my official break I used a few more days to recharge myself.

Now, that I’m recharged I’m ready to resume blogging again.

Here are My Tips to Recharge After Vacation:

1. Read an Inspirational Book(s):

One of my favorite hobbies is reading. During my break I had a chance to relax with my family. Towards the end of my break I picked up some inspirational books. Whenever I read inspiration books I feel like I’m ready to conquer the world. Inspirational books will give you the push you need to get back to work or school after your vacation. If you want to see what I’m reading check out my summer reading list.

2. Take a Nice Walk, Run or Jog:

Along with reading I enjoy walking. Whenever I feel stressed or need some fresh air I take a walk. After your vacation take a moment to walk to help you unwind before resuming your regular schedule.

3. Listen to Some Good Music:

I enjoy listening to music and this summer I have been listening to all types of music. Before you go to sleep listen to music that makes you feel happy and relaxed. When you wake up you will feel happier and ready to start your day. Sometimes a little good music is all you need to put your mind at ease.

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Like A Girl by Always Woman in Science Reflection

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The other day I was watching a YouTube video and I came across this video by Always called #LikeAGirl. If you haven’t seen it click here. I usually skip the random advertisements on YouTube after 5 seconds, but this particular video caught my attention.

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