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

 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 perfect.

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 an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her B.S. from Harvard University.

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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 post. I started Mademoiselle Scientist as a way to support the next generation of scientists and to share my journey as a woman in STEM. Now, that I have had Mademoiselle Scientist for a year I have learned many things and am ready for what is next.

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 posts. This platform is my place to share what I have learned through my STEM journey.

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. I am a Toxicologist, Science Communicator and STEM Education Advocate who supports the next generation of scientists. I have worked with various professional scientific societies and organizations who are committed to broadening participation in STEM careers. My experiences as a researcher, science communicator, and doing education advocate has inspired me to create a career that intersects STEM, communication and STEM education.

Martina Efeyini Toxicologist Science Communicator 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 autopsies and do CSI type work.

Yes, forensic toxicologists can do this type of work, but there are other options out there. Just like many STEM fields, toxicology is interdisciplinary and allows you to solve problems. Even though my career choices are not limited, I realized that there was a limited number of underrepresented groups in toxicology. As a Black woman in STEM representation is important to me.

My journey is not linear and it had bumps along the road, like most scientists. These bumps taught me to:

  • Break out of silos
  • Embrace all of my identities
  • Explore what STEM has to offer
  • Be open
  • Be authentic
  • My journey is mine
  • Rejection, failure and mistakes are all part of the learning process

In addition, STEM has given me the opportunity to wear many hats, including, but not limited to: researcher, science communicator, science writer, director, coordinator, STEM educator and my list keeps growing. A STEM career opens doors for innovation, solutions to problems and brings issues that need to change to action. To me it is at the intersection of STEM with other disciplines that big things happen.

What did your bumps teach you? Share below.

Welcome to Mademoiselle Scientist!

Mademoiselle Scientist is a digital platform that supports the next generation of scientists. Everyone has their own introduction to STEM, here is mine. I remember at an early age being excited about all things science. I enjoyed learning more about science every day. On the weekends I was often at my grandparents’ backyard chasing fireflies and reading the encyclopedia to learn more about the world around me. During the week I would tune into The Magic School Bus or Bill Nye the Science Guy and imagine how it would be to become a real scientist. The opportunity to make a change in the world, contribute to science and society further ignited my passion.

Unlike my peers I was always reading, exploring science and looking for ways to learn more about science which classified me as a nerd. Luckily my aunt who is an electrical engineer was there as my first role model; hearing her talk about her experience in STEM made me realize I could do the same. It was hard seeing fewer girls in my class who were not interested in science. I accepted it and as time passed I wondered why was this the case?

Fast forward years later, I realized that if I want to see this change I should do something. I read the American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s , Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics? Report and it opened my eyes to issues of why the number of women in STEM so low. 

My questions:

  • What can I do to change this?
  • What resources are out there?

Two of my earlier resources outside of the AAUW Report were The Thesis Whisperer and This Week in Virology, a research education and a virology blog, respectively. Theses blogs helped me discover my unique niche. A few days my I sister and I brainstormed some names and Mademoiselle Scientists was born. Continue reading Welcome to Mademoiselle Scientist!