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Is being a woman in academia a dream, game, or scam? AcaDames is a biweekly podcast that explores this question through interviews with a diverse range of women. Discussions cover career trajectories, finances, childbearing decisions, spirituality, the ever-present patriarchy and everything in between. Co-hosts Whitney Robinson and Sarah Birken open up to each other and their guests in intimate, frank, and often funny conversations. Along the way, they share insider knowledge about the “hidden curriculum” for professional advancement (and potential world domination). Episodes released every other Thursday during the semester.

AcaDames Sarah Birken and Whitney Robinson

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Is being a woman in academia a dream, game, or scam? AcaDames is a biweekly podcast that explores this question through interviews with a diverse range of women. Discussions cover career trajectories, finances, childbearing decisions, spirituality, the ever-present patriarchy and everything in between. Co-hosts Whitney Robinson and Sarah Birken open up to each other and their guests in intimate, frank, and often funny conversations. Along the way, they share insider knowledge about the “hidden curriculum” for professional advancement (and potential world domination). Episodes released every other Thursday during the semester.

    S510: Bonus: Past Guest Updates

    S510: Bonus: Past Guest Updates

    In this bonus episode, Whitney and Sarah are joined by past AcaDames guests and our current Executive Producer. Join us for a short and sweet audio compilation featuring themes of professional growth, transitions, navigating the pandemic, and more.

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    Related readings and links:

    Theme 1: Narratives of Professional Growth
    Jessie Borelli (from S106: Jessie)
    Whitney (S103: Whitney)
    Sarah (S101: Sarah)
    Ariana Vigil (from S204: Ariana)

    Theme 2: Starting New Jobs
    Katie Grogan (from S206: Katie)
    Constance Lindsay (from S208: Constance)
    Jen Pearlstein (from S407: Jennifer)

    Theme 3: Navigating the Pandemic
    Jessie
    Stephanie Wheeler (from S306: Stephanie)
    Katie
    Constance
    Meryem Ok (Executive Producer)

    Theme 4: Stepping Up for Communities
    Jessie
    Whitney
    Stephanie
    Clara Lee (from S404: Clara)

    Theme 5: Silver Linings
    Kemi Doll (from S310: Kemi)
    Clara
    Jen


    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.


    Recorded: March - April, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 23 min
    S509: Season 5 Wrap-Up

    S509: Season 5 Wrap-Up

    In this episode, Whitney and Sarah reflect on the past year, share life updates, and make a special announcement: AcaDames is going on hiatus at the end of the season. Sarah and Whitney discuss respite and recovery, chat about change, and look back fondly on the years of AcaDames listener feedback, collaborative teamwork, and human connection.


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    Related readings and links:

    Esther Perel: How’s Work? (Podcast)

    Pentecost (event in church year that Whitney mentioned)

    NCFDD Post-Tenure Pathfinders program

    S203: Journal Club: Money

    "The more you know"



    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.


    Recorded: April 22, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 40 min
    S508: Friendship in the Academy, Part 3: Michelle Rodrigues and Kate Clancy on Social Support for Academic Women of Color

    S508: Friendship in the Academy, Part 3: Michelle Rodrigues and Kate Clancy on Social Support for Academic Women of Color

    This episode is the third and final of a three-part series on friendship in the academy. Whitney interviews Michelle Rodrigues, Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University, and Kate Clancy, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. They discuss allyship, countering gaslighting, and the curious social similarities between humans and spider monkeys.

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    Related readings and links:

    Michelle Rodrigues Websites and Social Media
    Faculty Profile
    Teaching and Research E-Portfolio
    @MARspidermonkey (Twitter)
    Decolonize Primatology Reading List

    Kate Clancy Websites and Social Media
    Faculty Profile
    Kate’s Website
    @KateClancy (Twitter)
    PERIOD (Podcast)

    “THERE’S REALIZING, AND THEN THERE’S REALIZING”: HOW SOCIAL SUPPORT CAN COUNTER GASLIGHTING OF WOMEN OF COLOR SCIENTISTS” (PDF link, Article by Michelle Rodrigues, Ruby Mendenhall, and Kate Clancy)

    Tend-and-befriend (Michelle’s work on spider monkeys)

    Researcher Positionality - A Consideration of Its Influence and Place in Qualitative Research - A New Researcher Guide (PDF link)

    Reflexivity Definition

    Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD (PDF link, Article by Kate Clancy and Jenny Davis)

    Objectivism Definition

    Intersectionality Definition

    A comparative examination of research on why women are more underrepresented in some STEMM disciplines compared to others, with a particular focus on computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics, medicine, chemistry, and biology (PDF link, Article by Michelle Rodrigues and Kate Clancy)

    NIH FIRST Program

    Women of Color in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Dara Norman, Jedidah Isler, et al.)

    Gaslighting Definition

    Schmoozing And The Gender Gap (The Indicator from Planet Money Podcast)


    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.


    Recorded: March 3, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 42 min
    S507: Friendship in the Academy, Part 2: Grace Kao on Interracial Friendships

    S507: Friendship in the Academy, Part 2: Grace Kao on Interracial Friendships

    This episode is the second of a three-part series on friendship in the academy. Whitney interviews Grace Kao, IBM Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Yale University. Grace shares her research on the racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender dynamics of friendship and romantic relationships among teens and young adults. Grace also discusses her research on K-pop and how it ties in to representation. #BTSARMY

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    Related readings and links:

    Grace Kao Faculty Bio

    The Company We Keep (Book co-authored by Grace Kao)

    Wonseok Lee (Grace’s grad student collaborator)

    BTS performs on the Tonight Show (K-pop Plug)

    The Anxiety of Being Asian American: Hate Crimes and Negative Biases During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Article by Hannah Tessler, Meera Choi, and Grace Kao)

    Stop AAPI Hate

    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.


    Recorded: February 4, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 42 min
    S506: Friendship in the Academy, Part 1: Journal Club

    S506: Friendship in the Academy, Part 1: Journal Club

    This episode is the first of a three-part series on friendship in the academy. In this Journal Club, Whitney and Sarah discuss the loss of weak ties during the pandemic, close friendships among women, and navigating friendships and more distant relationships in the workplace.

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    Related readings and links:

    Journal Club Readings:
    The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship (The Atlantic article)
    In The Company of Women: The Pandemic Void Only My Girlfriends Can Fill (WBUR article)

    Anne Lamott: Loved and Chosen (Kate Bowler Podcast Interview)

    Enneagram Personality Types

    AcaDames S106: Jessie

    TEAM Advance (NSF Award at UNC)


    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.


    Recorded: March 8, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 45 min
    S505: Dr. Alfiee

    S505: Dr. Alfiee

    In this episode, Sarah interviews Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, psychologist, author, researcher, and host of the podcast, “Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee.” They discuss how and why Dr. Alfiee turned her academic research lab into a successful 501(c)(3) nonprofit, AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents), centered around improving mental health for BIPOC communities and youth.

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    Related readings and links:

    Dr. Alfiee’s Bio

    Dr. Alfiee’s Website

    AAKOMA Project: https://aakomaproject.org/

    Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee (Dr. Alfiee’s Podcast)

    Social Media:
    @dralfiee and @AAKOMAproject – on Twitter, IG and Facebook
    @couchedincolor – on Twitter and Facebook
    @couchedincolorpod – on Instagram
    Alfiee (Dr. Alfiee) Breland-Noble and The AAKOMA Project, Inc. on LinkedIn

    Definitions
    501(c)(3) = “The portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations”
    PCORI = Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
    NIH Study Section = “[NIH Grant] Applications are reviewed in study sections (Scientific Review Group, SRG).”
    Ad hoc member (study section) = “Temporary or ad hoc members of study sections have a commitment to only one meeting of either a permanent study section or a Special Emphasis Panel and are not appointed by the Director, NIH.”

    Dr. Alfiee’s Tweet that Sarah quotes: https://twitter.com/dralfiee/status/1256622153459535876

    Dr. Alfiee on CNN with Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, and Taraji P. Henson (May 2020)

    Dr. Alfiee on CNN with Jake Tapper (June 2020)

    Pivotal Ventures (Investment and incubation company founded by Melinda Gates)

    Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (2001 Report from Dr. David Satcher, former surgeon general)

    Small Business Administration Learning Center

    Nikki Webber Allen: Dr. Alfiee's friend who gave her advice and encouragement when leaving academia

    AcaDames S312: Rena, Part 2 (Allyship episode)

    Crisis Text Line

    Dr. Shairi Turner (Chief Transformation Officer, Crisis Text Line)

    Dr. Alifee's 3 key points about how 2020 has changed her:
    “No more patience at all, whatsoever, coupled with immediate action toward things that go against who I am at my core.”
    “Do social media in a way that's empowering and to not use social media in a way that's disempowering or that detracts from my emotional wellbeing.”
    “I often find that I will go back through my own videos and listen to the strategies so that I can practice them.” (Practice what I preach)

    Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards (2011 Ginther et al. report on R01 success for Black researchers)

    A Leak in the Academic Pipeline: Identity and Health Among Postdoctoral Women (2019 Ysseldyk et al. article)


    A full transcript of the episode can be found here.


    Recorded: January 21, 2021

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast
    E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com
    Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301
    (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!)

    Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder
    Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com
    Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok
    Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

    • 59 min

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