Sinopse

These recordings are nothing special. Just a young black chemist from the Southside of Chicago sharing experiences while navigating the world. These are journal-like recordings where I share my trials, tribulations, success, and failures.I am in the fourth year of a Ph.D. in chemistry and have so much I want to do with the rest of my life but not sure what I am doing at all. I am a professional and an amateur, educated and miseducated, classy and ratchet. Every recording ain't for everybody, but honestly, it might be for you.

Episódios

  • 51. Why black students who pursue online degrees drop out and stop out w/ Dr. Arianna Stokes (REVIEW)

    51. Why black students who pursue online degrees drop out and stop out w/ Dr. Arianna Stokes (REVIEW)

    02/11/2020 Duração: 35min

    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 Educational Technology from Belhaven University. She is an advocate for frequent technology use in the classroom. On August 3rd, Dr. Stokes defended her dissertation "Faculty Perceptions of Persistence Among African American Students Enrolled in Distance Education Courses at Community Colleges."   Dr. Stokes chaired the 8th Annual Graduate Research Conference for the Executive Ph.D. Program at Jackson State University. She has accepted a position at the Mississippi Community College Board as a Professional Development Specialist in the Division of eLearning and Instructional Technology   Connect with her: Instagram: @_drstokes   Connect with me: Website: 

  • 50. Black hair products cause failed drug tests (REVIEW)

    50. Black hair products cause failed drug tests (REVIEW)

    26/10/2020 Duração: 13min

    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 Instagram: @TheResearchHer Twitter: @TheResearchHer Facebook: @TheResearchHer   Show sources:   JONES v. CITY OF BOSTON  Ethnic hair care products may increase false positives in hair drug testingby David A. Kidwell, Frederick P. Smith, Arica R. Shepherd

  • 49. Owning Your Imposter Status: Biomedical Scientist Turned Education Researcher w/ Dr. Kilan Ashad-Bishop

    49. Owning Your Imposter Status: Biomedical Scientist Turned Education Researcher w/ Dr. Kilan Ashad-Bishop

    13/10/2020 Duração: 53min

    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 State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology, and the University of Miami, where she earned her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Dr. Kilan is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development and the Director of College Access for Breakthrough Miami.     Black woman researcher who inspires Dr. Kilan: Beronda L. Montgomery, PhD    In this episode, we discuss:   The importance of participating in activities and finding a passion outside of your Ph.D. studies despite societal norms. How to secure letters of recommendation when you have a challenging relationship with your research advisor

  • 48. Food Addiction vs. Food Relationship  Why More Research Needs to be Done To Diagnose w/ Dr. Ebony

    48. Food Addiction vs. Food Relationship & Why More Research Needs to be Done To Diagnose w/ Dr. Ebony

    05/10/2020 Duração: 40min

    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 Psychology from the University of Houston.   In this episode, we discuss   the need to direct research to the community that it is done upon. her desire to see more scientists reach back to the community that they studied and thank them for allowing research to be done. demystifying the idea of "food addiction" by looking at how we view it and our relationship to it. reasons why you need to pay attention to the origins of the diets that you select.  why she focused on mindset, triggers, and habits with clients and beyond.   More about Ebony Dr. Ebony specializes in guiding women to develop skills that increase their effectiveness in interpersonal inter

  • From Black Girls Guide to Grad School to Hooded A Guide to the PhD w/ Dr. Malika Grayson

    From Black Girls Guide to Grad School to Hooded A Guide to the PhD w/ Dr. Malika Grayson

    28/09/2020 Duração: 33min

    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 ours Dr. Jedidah Islah.   On this episode, we discuss How Dr. Grayson's got started on her book Hooded: A Black Girl's Guide to the Ph.D. The origin of her blog Black Girls Guide to Grad School being on outlet for the trauma experienced while working on her Ph.D. Her experience leading students for the first time and feeling intimidated. Being supported by Black women and men as she transitioned into her small university.     Dr. Grayson also leaves us with these three tips to guide us through grad school:   Leverage your undergraduate experience or take undergraduate courses Get a study group that you can depend on Find a mentor who does not look

  • 46. Feeling Proud of Being Black Contributes to Better Mental Health with McKenzie Stokes

    46. Feeling Proud of Being Black Contributes to Better Mental Health with McKenzie Stokes

    22/09/2020 Duração: 30min

    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 Kimberlé Crenshaw is understudied.  How closeness to one's mother contributes to racial identity The research surrounding racial socialization for multiracial youth  The psychological trauma of being questioned about one's Blackness How racial identity impacts the wellbeing of college-aged Black students at PWI's     About McKenzie McKenzie Stokes is a first-generation college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. There, she studied Psychology and African American Studies. She is now a Doctor of Applied Social and Community Psychology candidate at North Carolina State University.   McKenzie's research examines the role of race-based

  • Why Black Women Dont Choose STEM Fields with Raven the Science Maven. E45

    Why Black Women Don't Choose STEM Fields with Raven the Science Maven. E45

    16/09/2020 Duração: 56min

    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 themselves represented as scientists in the media. Raven the Science Maven showed women her video "Big Ole Geeks" and got their response. She wanted to know whether Black women would have been more likely to choose STEM and feel more represented. In this episode, we learn about this study. We also talk about why twerking is important for Black women. Raven got pursued two PhD programs at the University of Buffalo. We discuss how Raven decided to go from studying Cellular and Molecular Biology to working on a PhD in Science Communication. During her time working in an industry laboratory, she was faced with racial charges, which really inspired her to find the perfect researc

  • E44. Physics of Cockroaches, Cocoa, Bumblebees, and Trees. The Power of Plant Physiology w/ Teressa Alexander

    E44. Physics of Cockroaches, Cocoa, Bumblebees, and Trees. The Power of Plant Physiology w/ Teressa Alexander

    09/09/2020 Duração: 48min

    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. She talks to us about how in one of her studies one of her test subjects started giving birth in the midst of an experiment. She talks to us about how an email got her at Harvard doing research and he difficult time getting into graduate school.   ABOUT HER   Teressa Alexander is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in plant physiology at The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Teressa did her undergraduate degree in physics at Morgan State University while working in research labs studying cancer biology and insect biomechanics. After graduation she spent two years as a research fellow at Harvard, discovering a passion for plant physiology. Her des

  • E43. Contributing to Black Womens Wellbeing (Quarterly Check-in)

    E43. Contributing to Black Women's Wellbeing (Quarterly Check-in)

    04/09/2020 Duração: 26min

    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 - [email protected] Venmo - @researchher   To improve the content of The Research Her podcast, please fill out this survey.   https://theresearchher.com/survey   In this episode, I give an update about The Podcast and our feature in Blavity News. We talk about our new crowdfunding campaign to improve the wellbeing for Black women. I give an update on my mental health and academic status. I also give an update on why we need you to complete the listener survey.   Episode 40 of The Research Her - Science of WAP Blavity Article Listen Survey Slack Community Paper published in Analyst   Connect with me: Website: TheResearchHer.com Instagram: @TheResearchHer TikTok: @TheRe

  • E42. Switching STEM Fields from Chemistry to Biomedical Engineering w/ Dr. Korie Grayson

    E42. Switching STEM Fields from Chemistry to Biomedical Engineering w/ Dr. Korie Grayson

    24/08/2020 Duração: 49min

    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 Metastatic-Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer."   During her grad school career, Dr. Grayson was the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Graduate Coordinator and a Graduate Resident Fellow for the West Campus Housing system that helped create a positive, vibrant, and academically engaging residential community. Korie has been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, along with the Robert Mozia Graduate Distinguished Service Award and Graduate Student of the Year from the Diversity Programs in Engineering Department at Cornell University. Korie is the Diversity Chair for @womendoingsc

  • E41. History of Asthma and Its Relationship to Race w/ Dr. Ijeoma Kola

    E41. History of Asthma and Its Relationship to Race w/ Dr. Ijeoma Kola

    17/08/2020 Duração: 37min

    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 in her cohort, using her voice in graduate school, and feeling like her work was not valued. After seeing two faculty members fired in her department, Dr. Kola started looking to non-academic work because she felt that there was no security or loyalty. She took a leave of absence from her program after her second year. She withdrew from all courses 6-weeks into the semester and started doing hair out of her apartment. It was after she had received an NSF grant that she decided to go back and finish her degree. She did not have anyone to get helpful guidance or mentorship from until her fourth year when a new faculty came in. She continued to research the intellectua

  • E40. The Science of Wet A** Pu$%y feat. Dr. Jasmine Abrams, Portia Brown, and Dr. Ruth Arumala

    E40. The Science of Wet A** Pu$%y feat. Dr. Jasmine Abrams, Portia Brown, and Dr. Ruth Arumala

    10/08/2020 Duração: 55min

    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 definition of WAP and breakdown the discussed part of the female genitalia relevant to it. We learn that the key component to WAP is vaginal discharge as a lubricant. Dr. Ruth Arumala, black woman ob/gyn, gives us information about the contents of vaginal discharge and ways of supplementing it if one desires. Dr. Jasmine Abrams, an international behavioral research scientist, educates us on the research related to women's health as it relates to vaginal lubrication. We then end out the episode being educated by Portia Brown, a black woman sex coach and sex educator, who schools us on practical ways of loving and optimizing our body's vaginal lubrication. This is a resea

  • E39. Exercise-Induced Orgasm and Sexual Pleasure Among Women

    E39. Exercise-Induced Orgasm and Sexual Pleasure Among Women

    03/08/2020 Duração: 11min

    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 sexual pleasure while working out.   This topic is shared to help reduce how taboo discussions about orgasms are.  encourage more of us to exercise to improve the quality and quantity of our life. Explore the amazing research field surrounding the femme orgasm.   Let's normalize sexuality talk.   Show Citations:   Exercise-induced orgasm and pleasure among women by Debby Herbenick & J. Dennis Fortenberry   *Note* I am not an expert in this field. All literature interpretations are from my perspective and do not always reflect the intention of the authors.   Connect with me: Website: TheResearchHer.com Instagram: @TheResearchHer Twitter: @The

  • E38. Exploring Sexuality, Colorism and Texturism with SEXpert Dr. Donna Oriowo

    E38. Exploring Sexuality, Colorism and Texturism with SEXpert Dr. Donna Oriowo

    27/07/2020 Duração: 50min

    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 Oriowo breaks down how colorism and texturism impact our self-image. She explains how white supremacy plays a role in how Black people teach each other. She breaks down how beauty standards help feed our capitalist society. We jump into who is impacted by colorism and texturism also where it stems from.   About Donna Oriowo   Dr. Donna Oriowo is an international speaker, clinically licensed social worker, and a sex & relationship educator and therapist. Born in Washington D.C. and raised on jollof rice and fried chicken with mumbo sauce. Dr. Oriowo graduated from the illustrious Morgan State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She graduated in 2012 with

  • E37. Changing the Narrative of Black Families through Clinical Research and Programming w/ Dr. Ijeoma Opara

    E37. Changing the Narrative of Black Families through Clinical Research and Programming w/ Dr. Ijeoma Opara

    20/07/2020 Duração: 43min

    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 address the issues that her community faced so that this does not continue happening which landed her in her current research position.   At a young age, she knew that she needed to take her academic success into her own hands. After getting to her senior year in high school, she realized that she did not have the classes that she needed to get into a four-year university. She instead started at community college and earned her associate degree before continuing on to get her bachelor's degree.   Dr. Opara thought when she was finishing her bachelor's that she wanted to go to law school. She took the LSAT twice and got into law schools but chose to not attend b

  • E36. My STEMnoire Story - This is what depression looks like

    E36. My STEMnoire Story - This is what depression looks like

    13/07/2020 Duração: 13min

    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. So here a piece of my STEMNoire Story. Unfiltered and uncut.   As a chemist, I have been trained in understanding the science of reactions. You put in reactants and you get products. So, it was not shocking that after 4 years of putting energy into getting a PhD that I finally did. I didn’t know I was a superhero until mid-March when I first started sharing my dissertation story to other black women in STEM who had completed theirs as long as 2 decades ago. In sharing, I was embraced and felt normal. That is why communities like @stemnoire are essential because they empower us and give us the fundamental human need for belonging.   While working on my dissertation

  • E35. Combining Pole Fitness and Psychology for Liberation w/ The Polecologist, Dr. Kristen Nichole

    E35. Combining Pole Fitness and Psychology for Liberation w/ The Polecologist, Dr. Kristen Nichole

    06/07/2020 Duração: 53min

    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 also has a Ph.D. in Applied Social and Community Psychology from North Carolina State University.   Kristen needed an escape and she found that in the pole community. Pole fitness and dance offered a space for Kristen to reconnect with her full self again. Additionally, her doctoral training in community psychology allowed her to see that pole is a tool for coping with adversity and creating self.  Kristen integrates her expertise in psychology with her training as an ACE and XPERT certified pole fitness instructor to guide her clients and students along a journey of self-exploration and liberation through pole fitness and dance. Kristen has coined her work Pol

  • E34. Cancer Biology and Life With Rukia Henry

    E34. Cancer Biology and Life With Rukia Henry

    29/06/2020 Duração: 01h02s

    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 high school that she chose the science stream. When she was younger, Rukia did not know that career as a scientist was a possibility thus she never expected to pursue it as a career. She discusses that although she is a graduate student, she is so much more than that. After spending hella bread ($3000-4000) on MCAT prep and submitting her primary applications to medical school, Rukia realized that pursuing medical school was not her for her. Instead, she wanted to pursue scientific research to create knowledge instead of following the rules.    We talk about why she chose to attend Rutgers and their response to the murder of George Floyd. She discusses her conversatio

  • E33ish. Sorry, but Im exhausted and at a loss for words

    E33ish. Sorry, but I'm exhausted and at a loss for words

    05/06/2020 Duração: 06min

    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. Instead, I want to let you know that I too am in pain at what is going on.   I wrote a letter to someone at my university who reached out to me which was very well received but it greatly describes my current emotions. Here are some inserts from the email.   I am very disappointed. I am not sure if I missed it, but it seems as though my university has yet to send out a formal statement regarding the most recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others that we were forced to be exposed to and the tweet by the University was very "all lives matter" in nature and lacked substance.   The university sent out email after email after email at

  • E32. 20 Something Reasons Why Im Still in Love with You.

    E32. 20 Something Reasons Why I'm Still in Love with You.

    26/05/2020 Duração: 05min

    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 continues to grow and prosper.   Here we go.   You realize that you aren't perfect Always willing to be yourself You’re always open to new things You're loving Amazed at your natural beauty You're silly and fun You don't care if people don't like you You know how to cook You're always looking to grow You're so gentle with me You're courageous You are independent When I am down, you do whatever it takes to get me back up You're honest You let me cry whenever I need to cry You're very resourceful You are always willing to walk away from situations that do not serve you You sew for me Your body is banging, an amazing smile, and an outstanding s

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