Black History Month Edition: My Experiences Participating in Research Training, Mentoring Programs & Science Organizations

In honor of Black History Month I was inspired to share my experiences participating in research training, mentoring programs and science organizations. I am grateful for all of my experiences and mentors that helped me become the woman in science that I am today. Coming from an inner city neighborhood and entering a big rural state university was like a dream. My main goal was to get a great education and learn as much as possible to prepare for a STEM career. Everything after that was an added bonus. I joined science organizations and reached out to science peers for support. For the first time I was able to see people in science that looked like me and I was determined to use the many resources that my university offered.

I participated in science programs such as the Women and Science and Engineering Orientation and the Minority Undergraduate Research Experience Program. These programs taught me the importance of leadership and strong mentoring.  I gained research experience, scientific knowledge and confidence that I could pursue a science career. This inspired me to use my science background not only to include research but include helping other scientists, especially underrepresented groups.

I encourage everyone to seek mentoring, the earlier the better. If you are looking for science mentors check out research training programs, mentoring programs and science organizations. There is a mentor for everyone. As a Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS) later I went on to become a mentor in the GMS program. Then when I entered graduate school I served on the Graduate Student Association to help first-year graduate students transition. I am passionate about helping the next generations of scientists. Science is challenging and fun, but rewarding. At times in the midst of progress I was faced with moments of negativity. There were people who told me that I did not belong and that I would not achieve my goals. I did not let their negativity stop me. I’m sure most of us have experienced negativity or felt alone in science at one point. Don’t let that stop you. Keep moving forward, pave the way and soon there will be others like you in your career. Continue reading Black History Month Edition: My Experiences Participating in Research Training, Mentoring Programs & Science Organizations

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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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Spotlight on Science: This Week in Science (#TWIS)

In my last Spotlight on Science Post I talked about MySciCareer as a resource for scientists. Now, I’m back for another resource for scientists. The only podcasts I follow are This Week in Virology (TWIV) and This Week in Global Health (TWiGH). So when I heard about This Week in Science (TWIS) on twitter I had to check it out. I love learning about anything related to STEM. The cool thing about TWIS is that they talk about various topics in science and each episode is a chance to find out the latest things happening in science and technology.  Continue reading Spotlight on Science: This Week in Science (#TWIS)

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 I talked about resources for scientists. If you have been following my blog for some time you know that I am a toxicologist I am exploring a vaccine research career. 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 Spotlight on Science: Global Health with Dr. Greg Martin #TWiGH

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

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 a 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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Research: World Vaccine Congress 2014 Reflection

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The World Vaccine Congress is the World’s Largest Vaccine Business Development, Research, Technology Show and Conference. This year was the 14th Annual World Vaccine Congress and it was on March 24-26 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Even though the conference was only three days, it was very informative. The World Vaccine Congress is a place where you will hear what is happening in the vaccine research field at all different levels: Industry, Biotech, Pharma, Government/Regulatory, NGO, Academic/Research, Investors in many parts of the world USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and much more! Many of the top leaders in vaccine research were there.

Besides attending the conference I volunteered as a Networking Genie and my job was to show people how to navigate the Free World Vaccine Nation App. When you register for the conference you can upload a professional headshot and bio for others to see. You can see the sponsors, companies, tweet and see who is attending the conference. Many of the conferences I have been to are using apps now. What do you think of apps for conferences? Do you use them?  Continue reading Research: World Vaccine Congress 2014 Reflection