17 episodes

Emilia and Rori are two renowned scientists on a mission to make the world of science more welcoming and amplify the contributions of women. Get ready to be inspired as they delve into the personal journeys of scientists who share with them the highs and lows that helped shape their careers. Enjoy motivating discussions filled with invaluable takeaways to guide you on your personal journey. Listening will feel like confiding in your wisest auntie, who just happens to be a badass scientist.

ABOUT THE HOSTS:

Emilia Huerta-Sanchez is an Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Brown University.

Rori Rohlfs is an Associate Professor of Data Science at the University of Oregon. 

Science Wise Emilia Huerta-Sanchez and Rori Rohlfs

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    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Emilia and Rori are two renowned scientists on a mission to make the world of science more welcoming and amplify the contributions of women. Get ready to be inspired as they delve into the personal journeys of scientists who share with them the highs and lows that helped shape their careers. Enjoy motivating discussions filled with invaluable takeaways to guide you on your personal journey. Listening will feel like confiding in your wisest auntie, who just happens to be a badass scientist.

ABOUT THE HOSTS:

Emilia Huerta-Sanchez is an Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Brown University.

Rori Rohlfs is an Associate Professor of Data Science at the University of Oregon. 

    Season wrap-up: Putting lessons into practice

    Season wrap-up: Putting lessons into practice

    Rori and Emilia reflect on conversations they had with their brilliant guests this season, such as the invaluable lessons learned from their experiences, and the personal impact these stories have had on their own lives.

    The episode also answers listener questions and touches on the universal challenges faced by women in science and the strategies that their guests used to overcome them.


    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    00:20 Diverse Paths to Science: Personal Stories and Inspirations

    02:34 Life Lessons from Science: Integrating Family, Managing Stress, and Embracing

    Change

    08:24 Listener Questions: Earning Extra and Summing Up Lessons

    17:19 Reflecting on the Journey: The Power of Podcasting and Community


    CREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound

    Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A

    Diferente Creative Production.

    • 19 min
    How to be bold and gracefully assertive

    How to be bold and gracefully assertive

    Emilia and Rori reflect on their insightful conversation with Dr. Fatimah Jackson, her admirable balance of family and career, her resilience in facing challenges, and her boldness in making life-changing decisions. 


    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    00:47 Lessons from Dr. Fatimah Jackson

    01:02 Lesson One: The Power of a Grounded Scientific Mission

    03:11 Lesson Two: Balancing Sacrifice and Ease in a Scientific Career

    06:14 Lesson Three: Bold Moves and Graceful Assertions

    09:51 Reflecting on Dr. Fatimah Jackson's Impact and Closing Thoughts



    CREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.

    • 10 min
    Uncovering Human Evolutionary Truths with Dr. Fatimah Jackson

    Uncovering Human Evolutionary Truths with Dr. Fatimah Jackson

    Emilia and Rori, host Dr. Fatimah Jackson, covering her groundbreaking journey as an African American woman in science, her significant contributions to understanding genetic variation in Black populations, and her challenges and triumphs in academia. Jackson shares insights from her early life, her exploration of human biology stirred by personal experience and cultural heritage, and her academic career path that led her from Cornell University to Howard University. 



    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    01:56 Dr. Jackson's Early Life and Influences

    03:59 From Tight Jeans to Biological Anthropology

    06:06 The Journey to Cornell and Beyond

    09:32 Adventures and Learnings in Tanzania

    13:23 Returning to Academia with a Mission

    21:08 Faith and Science: Dr. Jackson's Perspective

    24:28 Navigating Academia: A Personal Journey

    25:46 Challenges and Triumphs at UC Berkeley

    37:39 Embracing Opportunities at Howard University

    40:08 Reflecting on a Journey of Learning and Growth


    CREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Maribel Quezada Smith. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.

    • 42 min
    How to think critically about your career

    How to think critically about your career

    Rori and Emilia discuss their takeaways from their conversation with Dr. Maria Elena

    Zavala. They highlight the importance of drawing lessons and inspiration from one's family, the

    value of mentors beyond shared identities, and the necessity of diverse mentorship types. The

    conversation also covers personal growth through mentorship, both as mentors and mentees,

    and the impact of community and support networks in academic and scientific careers.


    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    01:21 Lesson One: Drawing Inspiration from Family

    03:15 Lesson Two: The Importance of Trust and Rapport in Mentorship

    08:18 Lesson Three: The Value of Diverse Mentorship

    11:35 Leveraging Networks and Building Relationships

    13:27 Closing Thoughts and Goodbyes


    CREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound

    Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente

    Creative Production.

    • 13 min
    Transformative mentoring and mentee-ing with Dr MariaElena Zavala

    Transformative mentoring and mentee-ing with Dr MariaElena Zavala

    Rori and Emilia engage in an enlightening conversation with the remarkable Dr. Maria

    Elena Zavala, a pioneering plant developmental biologist, and the first Latina to receive

    a PhD from UC Berkeley's botany department. Dr. Zavala shares insights into her early

    fascination with plants, and navigates through her educational and professional path,

    revealing the challenges and triumphs of being a woman of color in science. Dr. Zavala

    also delves into her impactful work in mentoring and amplifying the participation of

    underrepresented groups in STEM fields, which has earned her prestigious awards and

    recognition. Her story highlights the crucial role of mentorship and representation in

    fostering diversity within the scientific community.


    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    00:37 Celebrating Dr. Maria Elena Zavala's Trailblazing Journey in Science

    06:07 The Power of Curiosity: Choosing Science Over Tradition

    13:38 Mentoring and Making a Difference: Learning from Life and Academia

    16:11 Navigating Academic Challenges: From UC Berkeley to Indiana

    16:51 Transition to Yale: Pursuing Pollen Longevity and Roots

    18:19 Choosing CSUN: A Decision Driven by Student Potential

    26:50 The Power of Mentoring: Shaping Futures Beyond the Lab

    29:09 Revise and Resubmit: Reflecting on a Career Without Regrets


    CREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound

    Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A

    Diferente Creative Production.

    • 30 min
    How to build diverse supportive relationships

    How to build diverse supportive relationships

    Emilia and Rori highlight their main takeaways from their conversation with Dr. Sue Rosser. Such as the importance of building relationships with those who share your identity, setting ambitious goals, and seeking mentorship during career transitions. Dr. Rosser's story is a powerful example of overcoming adversity and making significant contributions to feminism and academia.


    EPISODE CHAPTERS:

    00:43 Life of Dr. Sue Rosser

    00:58 Lesson One: The Power of Shared Experiences

    02:04 Lesson Two: The Courage to Demand Recognition

    05:29 Lesson Three: Embracing Big Ambitions and Necessity

    07:27 Lesson Four: The Importance of Mentorship in Career Transitions

    11:37 Signing Off: The Value of Mentorship and Community


    CREDITS: This episode is produced and edited by Maribel Quezada Smith. Sound Engineering by Keagan Stromberg. Production Coordinator, Marissa Alcantar. A Diferente Creative Production.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Fissionary24 ,

Wonderful show!

Really wish this was around earlier in my career! I’m sure it’ll be useful moving forward. Many thanks to the hosts and guests for sharing so much of themselves!

Pleuni Pennings ,

Really nice new podcast about people in science

I just listened to the first two episodes of the Science Wise podcast. I really enjoyed listening to the conversation with Dr Carmen Domingo. I heard some interesting details about her life and work and got some ideas I may replicate in my classes. Although the conversation is real and Dr Domingo shared some difficult moments in her career, the vibe of the podcast is optimistic and I left feeling positive about science and the academic world. I will share with my students who can benefit from the wise words of this podcast.IThank you, Dr Rohlfs and Dr Huerta-Sanchez! I look forward to the next episodes!

Agirlwithapassion ,

Approachable conversations

It’s so nice hearing a down to earth take on science like this. I can’t wait to learn from these conversations.

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