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The Research Her highlights Black women researchers and research topics relevant to wellbeing. Essentially, it's your source for sisterly science. We dive into biology, sexuality, behavioral and physical science, and everything in between. Research Scientist, Dr. Elissia Franklin, is a chemist and educator who brings the realness to keep us improving ourselves and our science. You're guaranteed to love it here!

The Research Her Dr. Elissia Franklin

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The Research Her highlights Black women researchers and research topics relevant to wellbeing. Essentially, it's your source for sisterly science. We dive into biology, sexuality, behavioral and physical science, and everything in between. Research Scientist, Dr. Elissia Franklin, is a chemist and educator who brings the realness to keep us improving ourselves and our science. You're guaranteed to love it here!

    Take a walk with me down memory lane and to our next chapter

    Take a walk with me down memory lane and to our next chapter

    Connect with us
    Website: TheResearchHer.com
    Instagram: @TheResearchHer
    Twitter: @TheResearchHer
    Facebook: @TheResearchHer
     
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    Twitter: @elissiaphd

    • 21 min
    THOT Things: History of the Hoe, Pleasure Activist, and Controlling Black Women’s Bodies

    THOT Things: History of the Hoe, Pleasure Activist, and Controlling Black Women’s Bodies

    In honor of Megan Thee Stallion's THOT Shit release, we talk about hoe shit, the history of being considered a hoe, the politics of body autonomy, and the practice of pleasure activism. We get into the origin of the word, the work of pleasure activists, the history of control over black women's bodies, and how to ways to pursue personal liberation.
    In the episode, we talk Drs.
    Clarissa 'Serenity' Francis Ashley Townes Jasmine Abrams Zelaika Hepworth Clarke Connect with them:
    Clarissa 'Serenity' Francis, PhD, CSE
    Black Sexual Liberation Scholar 
    Sayyestoserenity.com
    serenity@sayyestoserenity.com
    Instagram:@ therealhotgirldoc
     
    Ashley Townes, PhD
    Sexuality Educator & Researcher
    Instagram:@dr.ashleytownes
    Linktree: drashleytownes
     
    Jasmine Abrams, PhD
    Behavioral research scientist
    Website: drjasmineabrams.com
     
    Zelaika Hepworth Clarke, PhD, MSW, MEd
    Cultural and clinical sexologist,  Anti-racist sexuality educator
    Website: zelaika.com/
    Instagram: @dr.zel
     
     
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    Instagram: @TheResearchHer
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    Facebook: @TheResearchHer
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    • 51 min
    Single in Science: The stories of singleness are not monolithic

    Single in Science: The stories of singleness are not monolithic

    The narrative about being single is often seen as monolithic. Every single person is expected to want a relationship. There are stereotypes about educated Black women and their desires. In this episode, we two Black women share their story.
     
    In this episode we discuss: 
    Family and friends putting pressure on single women to find partners Women's desire to be married or single long term Priorities when pursuing one's profession and dating. More About Beverly Hutcherson 
    As a Biologist, Beverly seeks to apply her knowledge in efforts that bridge that gap between the biomedical community and the public. Having navigated a variety of clinical laboratory, academic research, outreach and allied health care positions, she is excited to share her expertise in supporting the next generation of STEM and clinical health care workers.
     
    Academically Beverly holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Marquette University, graduate training in Sustainability Leadership and Social Innovation from Edgewood College and is completing her Master of Science in Reproductive Endocrinology Physiology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Through the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Wisconsin National Primate Center, Beverly is investigating Anti-Mullerian Hormone’s role in inhibiting meiotic progression in the follicles of human and non-human primates with polycystic ovary syndrome.
     
    Professionally Beverly, along with a small team built UW Health’s first workforce development department where they designed and implemented programs to prepare and train people in a variety of health care careers. At the UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, she functions as a strategist who designs and implements projects and programs that diversify pathways to STEM and healthcare and works closely with senior leaders across the UW System.
     
    Originally from Milwaukee, WI, a first generation college student, Beverly has overcome many seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This has motivated her to lift as she climbs. Beverly is the advisor for the UW-Madison chapter of AHANA- MAPs Pre-Health Society and has been involved with restorative justice efforts for young people, community health education, and served on the Dane County Food Council looking to create policy recommendations to reduce food waste and increase equity and access for underserved populations. Beverly also serves on the executive board as the secretary of Operation Fresh Start.
     
    Beverly is part of the founding design team and current administrative director of UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s primer k-15 outreach program, The Ladder, resulting in her 2018 Wisconsin Women in Government Rising Star Award.
    She is the recipient of the Honored Instructor Award from UW Madison, Issac Coggs Award from the Beta Omicron Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi, the 2017 Outstanding Woman of Color Award for UW-Madison and the 2019 Whole Hearted Service Award from the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
     
    Connect with her:
    Instagram:@b_biologist
    Twitter:@repro_scientist
     
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    TikTok: @TheResearchHer
    Instagram: @TheResearchHer
    Twitter: @TheResearchHer
    Facebook: @TheResearchHer
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    How to Attract and Retain Black Women in the Teaching Profession with Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson

    How to Attract and Retain Black Women in the Teaching Profession with Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson

    As we continue our conversation after Teacher Appreciation week and celebrate Mental Health Aware Month this May we discuss recruiting and retention in the teaching profession with Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson who dives into the topic of teacher's mental health and how to create better spaces for teachers.
    Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson received her Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree, summa cum laude, in 2003 from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She joined the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University in September 2004 and teaches courses, as a clinical professor, in the teacher education and multicultural/urban program areas. In 2018, Dr. Hill-Jackson was appointed by the Office of the Dean as the Director of Educator Preparation and School Partnerships. And in June 2019, Hill-Jackson was appointed as the Assistant Dean of Educator Preparation and School Partnerships.
    Dr. Hill-Jackson is a nationally and university-recognized educator having garnered: 2007 Maybelline / People Magazine Women Who Empower Through Education Award; the 2008 Texas A&M University (TAMU) Association of Former Students Award for Distinguished Teaching; 2008 Transfer Camp Namesake (TAMU); 2010 Student-Led Award for Teaching Excellence (SLATE) at TAMU; 2010 Outstanding Panhellenic Professor; 2011 National Society of Collegiate Scholars Inspire Integrity Top 10 Finalist award; Honorary Guest Coach for the Texas A & M University Women’s Basketball Team, 2011 NCAA Champs, at the McNeese U. Home Game 2011; 2013 Upton Sinclair award; 2015 Aggies Commit to Transforming Lives Administrative Fellow; and the 2016 Educational Institution Image Award by the Edwards Ministerial Association.
    Dr. Hill-Jackson developed three new graduate courses including one that is integral to the Educational Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction program. Dr. Hill-Jackson’s teaching philosophy is best explained with her simple quote, “students first through action research.” Dr. Hill-Jackson’s books include: Transforming Teacher Education: What Went Wrong with Teacher Training and How We Can Fix It (Stylus, 2010); Better Principals, Better Schools: What Star Principals Know, Believe, and Do (IAP, 2016); Better Teachers, Better Schools: What Star Teachers Know, Believe, and Do (IAP, 2017); Teacher Confidential: Personal Stories of Stress, Self-Care, and Resilience (iUniverse, 2018) and; What Makes a Star Teacher: 7 Dispositions That Support Student Learning (ASCD, 2019).
    Dr. Hill-Jackson’s research interests include: critical teacher education, transformative/servant leadership, service-learning/community education, ethnography, gifted education, culture + curriculum, and STEM education for underserved learners. Early in her career, Dr. Hill-Jackson received the prestigious American Educational Research Association / Spencer fellowship for her qualitative dissertation and was conferred with the LEAD Poisoning Star Award for her research in community education. In 2013, Hill-Jackson won a Traditional Core Fulbright Award and was hosted by the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at the School of English Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales. Hill-Jackson received a 2018-2019 Melbern G. Glasscock NTT Faculty Research Fellowship.

    • 38 min
    Faculty Perceptions of Persistence Among African American Students Enrolled in Distance Education Courses at Community Colleges w/ Dr. Arianna Stokes

    Faculty Perceptions of Persistence Among African American Students Enrolled in Distance Education Courses at Community Colleges w/ Dr. Arianna Stokes

    We are revisited by the wonder Dr. Arianna Stokes from episode 20 of the show. She educates us on her dissertation titled "Faculty Perceptions of Persistence Among African American Students Enrolled in Distance Education Courses at Community Colleges" and much more.
     
    In this episode, we discuss
     
    Challenges faced by online learners
    Disparities in distant learning
    The benefits of community college
     
    More about Dr. Arianna Stokes
     
    Dr. Arianna C. Stokes is a two-time graduate of Jackson State University, where she received a B.S in History Education and a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education. She fulfilled a lifetime dream of becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Upon completion of her B.S., she had an opportunity to teach in the Jackson Public School district in Jackson, MS. That further ignited her career in education. Her knack for technology led her to a Web Director Appointment by the administration.
     
    While committing to the duties aligned with these roles, Dr. Stokes simultaneously pursued a Master's Degree in Educational and Instructional Technology from Belhaven University. In May of 2018, she received an M.Ed. from Belhaven University, which shifted her career focus and interest to distance education, instructional design, and using technology tools to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
     
    With a strong interest in online learning and educational technology, Dr. Stokes began pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Higher Education immediately following the completion of her Master's Degree. Her doctoral research study focused on African American students in distance education and faculty perceptions of student persistence. In the summer of 2020, Dr. Stokes chaired the 8th Annual Graduate Research Conference for Jackson State University’s Executive Ph.D. program where she presented her research findings.
     
    Following the completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Stokes began a career in higher education with a state agency as a Professional Development Specialist for the division of eLearning and Instructional Technology. Currently, she provides technical support, professional development, and instructional technology resources to a consortium of faculty and staff from over 10 community colleges and other partners.
     
    Connect with her:
    Instagram:@_drstokes
     
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    Twitter: @TheResearchHer
    Facebook: @TheResearchHer
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    • 39 min
    Do vaccines work after virus mutation? w/ Virologist Natasha Duggan

    Do vaccines work after virus mutation? w/ Virologist Natasha Duggan

    With all the talk and skepticism about vaccines, it is a great time to take a sit back and evaluate the science of vaccines. Today, we have the pleasure of learning from Natasha Duggan. Natasha is a virologist whose work is centered around understanding antibodies for potential HIV treatment.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    -Why vaccines work after virus mutation
    -The clinical trial process and how the COVID-19 vaccine was rolled out
    -The types of vaccines, their structures, and how they are studied

    More about Natasha

    Natasha was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and immigrated to The United States at the age of 3 with her mother. She completed her grade school education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In her last two years of high school, she participated in Project SEED where she gained her first exposure to laboratory-based sciences volunteering in a Biochemistry lab at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After high school, she moved to San Francisco, California, and received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.

    In college, she spent her summers working in an epigenetics laboratory at Duke University examining environmental exposures and DNA methylation. Following college, Natasha spent the next three years working in a laboratory at the University of Virginia studying angiogenesis in diabetic individuals.

    Deciding to continue her education she moved to New Orleans and attended Tulane University School of Public Health where she received a Master of Science in Public Health with a focus in Tropical Medicine. At Tulane, her work focused on examining and identifying salivary proteins found in mosquitos infected with the dengue virus. From here she went on to the University of Miami where she is currently completing her Ph.D. in Cell Developmental Biology. Her work focuses on isolating neutralizing antibodies against HIV and SIV as potential tools for HIV vaccine development.

    • 32 min

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