Spotlight on Science/Mademoiselle Scientists: Beyond the (Micro)Scope Podcast:

It’s been a long time since I have shared a Spotlight on Science or Mademoiselle Scientist post and I have to say I missed writing these posts. I haven’t listened to a science podcast in some time because I took a small break from podcasts. Not that long ago I was looking for a new science podcast and came across Beyond the (Micro)scope. Beyond the (Micro)scope is a podcast focusing on science, technology and business topics of women in science. I’m a huge advocate for women in STEM so this podcast was up my alley.

Spotlight on Science/Mademoiselle Scientists: Beyond the (Micro)Scope:

Beyond the (Micro)Scope was founded by Lindsay Claiborn and Dr. Mumu Xu. Claiborn is a multimedia journalist with a background in television reporting and digital producer at FOX Soccer. She is a Claremont McKenna College alum and has a Master’s in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. Xu is an assistant professor in aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and her research focuses on designing and controlling unmanned systems. She has a M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology and her B.S. from Harvard University.

It’s great seeing women coming together with a passion for STEM. I’m always looking for new science podcasts and/or blogs to check out to learn more about research news, science outreach and different STEM-ers doing great things. If you have any suggestions leave a link in the comments section.

What is Beyond the (Micro)Scope?:


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Mademoiselle Scientist Turns 1 Year Old: My 1st Blogiversary

1st Blogiversary MSToday 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 help the next generation of scientists and to share my journey as a woman in STEM. When I started blogging I did not know where it would take me. 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. If you have any suggestions let me know.

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 Ph.D. Comics for years and it made me laugh while I was in my Masters Program. A few years later I discovered The 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 a woman in STEM. Thank you for coming along with me!

What type of posts are you looking forward to seeing? Comment below.

Thank you for your continued support!


A Little Bit about the Scientist…

My name is Martina and I am a Toxicologist, Science Writer and STEM Advocate. One of the most common questions I get asked is: What is toxicology?  Usually this question is followed by: What can you do with that? Most people assume that toxicologists only work on autospies and do CSI type work.

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Yes, forensic toxicologists and other types of STEM disciplines can do this type of work, but as a toxicologist you can do other things as well. Just like many STEM fields toxicology is interdisciplinary and allows you to solve problems. For example, I am interested in public health, vaccines, safety and STEM education. As a toxicologist my career choices are not limited.

Even though as a toxicologist I am not limited to my career options I realized that there was a limited number of underrepresented groups in toxicology. What’s up with that? As a black woman in STEM representation is important to me. This is why I share my story and I encourage you to share your STEM story.

My journey is not linear and it had bumps along the road. I know many people can relate no matter what your field. These bumps along my science journey taught me to stop putting myself in a box, explore all that STEM has to offer and be open. My career journey has allowed me to wear many hats. I got to be a researcher, STEM educator, science communicator, science writer, director and my list keeps growing. At first, my goal was to become a vaccine development researcher. Now my goal is to become a director of a STEM Program. Goals change and a STEM career allows you to do many things!

What is your STEM story? How can we increase the number of underrepresented groups in STEM? Share below.

Welcome to Mademoiselle Scientist!

Always asking why. Always curious. Always wanting to create and discover the world around me. My ideas were as big as my glasses; imagine Lavender from Matilda. This was mini me and still a bit of me to this day.


Science was was everywhere and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I enjoyed learning more about science every day. Whether I was reading about science in my grandparent’s encyclopedia collection or watching The Magic School Bus or Bill Nye the Science Guy I knew one day I would become a real scientist. The opportunity to make a change in the world, make a stamp in science and society further ignited my passion for science. I wanted to use my science to cure diseases, help my community and be a scientific leader.

Unlike my peers I was always reading, exploring science and looking for ways to learn more about science. As time passed I realized there were not many girls in my class who were interested in science. I wondered why, but I did not know how to change it. Fast forward years later, I realized that if I wanted to see a change I had to make a change. I began asking myself, “Why are there so few women in science?” “What can I do to change this?” “What resources are out there for me?”

Before I started blogging I followed two blogs: The Thesis Whisperer and This Week in Virology. Their platforms inspired me and made me realize that I had a niche that needed to be filled. A few days later my sister and I brainstormed some blog names and came up with Mademoiselle Scientist. And here we are today. So if you can relate, I invite you and your STEM crew to follow my science journey.

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