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Scicomm for you sis! 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 Tenea, is a chemist and science communicator who brings the realness to keep us improving our lifestyle. You're guaranteed to love it here!

The Research Her Dr. Elissia Tenea

    • Social Sciences
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Scicomm for you sis! 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 Tenea, is a chemist and science communicator who brings the realness to keep us improving our lifestyle. You're guaranteed to love it here!

    Melanated Skin Needs (Toxin-Free) Sunscreen Too (REVIEW)

    Melanated Skin Needs (Toxin-Free) Sunscreen Too (REVIEW)

    This episode was inspired by Side Hustle Pro Episode 144 where Katonya Breaux, the founder of Unsun Cosmetics, discusses how she started making mineral sunscreen out of having adverse effects to chemical containing sunscreen.
     
    I discuss why sunscreen is necessary for everyone regardless of skin complexion and talk about the chemicals that are in sunscreens. The class of active ingredients in sunscreens are called UV filters and they prevent sun damage… However, we should be careful about which UV filters we are using to minimize health risk.
     
    Episode 8 of The Research Her
     
    Clean Cosmetics Checklist
     
    In this episode, we highlight Korie Grayson.
     
    She graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry where she was a member of multiple honor societies and organizations. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered as a tutor and with people with special needs and also pledged Delta Sigma Theta. She continued on to work for a few years then moved on to start her graduate studies at Cornell University. She is currently a biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate.
     
    To learn more about Korie's researcher you can go here.
     
    You can also connect with her on social media
    Instagram: @TeamKorie / @Women.Doing.Science
    Facebook: @TeamKorie
    Twitter: @TeamKorie
     
     
    Connect with Elissia:
    Website: TheResearchHer.com
    Instagram: @TheResearchHer
    Twitter: @TheResearchHer
    Facebook: @TheResearchHer
     
    Show sources
     
    Neurotoxic effect of active ingredients in sunscreen products, a contemporary review
     
    Chemical characterization of sunscreens composition and its related potential adverse health effects'
     
    Fate and Toxicity of UV Filters in Marine Environments
     
    Occurrence, Distribution, and Fate of Organic UV Filters in Coral Communities
     
    Impact of inorganic UV filters contained in sunscreen products on tropical
     
    Sunlight and Vitamin D
     
    *Note* I am not an expert in this field. All literature interpretations are from my perspective and does not always reflect the intention of the authors.

    • 17 min
    Do your hair products have harmful chemicals that are unlabeled? (REVIEW)

    Do your hair products have harmful chemicals that are unlabeled? (REVIEW)

    In this episode, I break down endocrine disruptors and why we should avoid them for optimal health. I talk about the best practices for avoiding harmful chemicals in hair products.
     
    Here is a list of chemicals to avoid although they may not actually be listed on the product ingredients list.
     
    A trusted hair care company - Curl Mix
     
    Connect with me:
    Website: TheResearchHer.com
    TikTok: @TheResearchHer
    Instagram: @TheResearchHer
    Twitter: @TheResearchHer
    Facebook: @TheResearchHer
     
    Show sources:
     
    Measurement of endocrine disrupting and asthma-associated chemicals in hair products used by Black women by Jessica S. Helma, Marcia Nishiok, Julia Green Brody, Ruthann A. Rudel, Robin E. Dodson
     
    Endocrine Disruption by Mixtures in Topical Consumer Products by Emiliano Ripamonti *, Elena Allifranchini, Stefano Todeschi and Elena Bocchietto
     
    *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.

    • 19 min
    Clean for wellness with these tips for cleaning (REVIEW)

    Clean for wellness with these tips for cleaning (REVIEW)

    Here is a REVIEW of Episode 5. It was originally published in the Spring but the same applies beyond. It is important that we begin to understand how our cleaning habits affect our health. It is a great time to discuss how we can improve our cleaning routine such that we are not causing adverse issues with our health. I share ways of eliminating airborne microbes, chemicals to avoid, and a reason why it is important to declutter your home.
     
    Connect with me:
    Website: TheResearchHer.com
    TikTok: @TheResearchHer
    Instagram: @TheResearchHer
    Twitter: @TheResearchHer
    Facebook: @TheResearchHer
     
    Show sources:
     
    Reducing Bacteria in Household Sponges by Judy Y. Ikawa, M.S. and Jonathan S. Rossen, M.S.
    Microorganisms in Kitchen Sponges by Özlem ERDOĞRUL, Feryal ERBİLİR
    Short-term respiratory effects of cleaning
    exposures in female domestic cleaners by M. Medina-Ramón, J. P. Zock, M. Kogevinas, J. Sunyer, X. Basagaña, J. Schwartz, P. S. Burge, V. Moore, J. M. Antó
    Women using bleach for home cleaning are at increased risk of non-allergic asthma by Bobette Matulonga, Marta Rava, Valerie Siroux, Alfred Bernard, Orianne Dumas, Isabelle Pin, Jan-Paul Zock, Rachel Nadif, Benedicte Leynaert, Nicole Le Moua
    Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals by American Lung Association
    Fragranced consumer products and undisclosed ingredients by Anne C. Steinemann
    The influence of air-dispersed essential oils from
    lemon (Citrus limon) and silver fir (Abies alba) on
    airborne bacteria and fungi in hospital rooms by Alicia Lanzerstorfer, Melanie Hackl, Matthias Schlömer, Brigitte Rest, Evelyn Deutsch-Grasl & Christof Lanzerstorfer
     
    More about Dr. NiCole R. Keith's study
     
    Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in
    Human Visual Cortex by Stephanie McMains and Sabine Kastner
     
    *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.

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

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

    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: TheResearchHer.com
    Instagram: @TheResearchHer
    Twitter: @TheResearchHer -
    Facebook: @TheResearchHer
     
    Ways to subscribe to The Research Her podcast
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    Download the FREE "The Research Her" APP on iOS and Android (to directly send feedback)
    Email HitUsUp@TheResearchHer.com

    • 35 min
    Black hair products cause failed drug tests (REVIEW)

    Black hair products cause failed drug tests (REVIEW)

    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

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

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

    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. Her experience getting a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology and transitioning to a postdoc in Education and Human Development  
    Connect with her:
    Website: kilanbishop.com/
    Instagram: @kilanbishop
    Twitter: @kilanbishop
     
    Connect with me:
    Website: TheResearchHer.com
    TikTok: @TheResearchHer
    Instagram: @TheResearchHer
    Twitter: @TheResearchHer
    Facebook: @TheResearchHer
     
     
    More about Dr. Kilan
     
    Dr. Kilan's professional experience spans academic research, policy, and the nonprofit and private sectors, but her goal remains to improve the health and well being of communities of color.
     
    Dr. Kilan is an outspoken advocate for equity and inclusion in health, science and society and the responsibility of science (and scientists) to advance positive social change. She is a regular volunteer and advisor to various K-12 and collegiate STEM programs designed to mentor, uplift, and support the next generation of scientists. In this interest, Dr. Kilan co-founded STEMNoire, a research and wellness community for Black women in STEM. Her advocacy efforts are interdisciplinary, as she also serves as the Vice Chair of the City of Miami Climate Resilience Committee, where she leverages her research background and community outreach to advance policies that prioritize low-income communities in resilience planning.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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146 Ratings

146 Ratings

Allie 🐊 ,

Wish I would have found this during grad school!

I just stumbled upon the Podcast and listened to the first few episodes. This Pod would have been so nourishing for me to hear in my early days as a first-gen teacher-researcher. I love the fact she is fun, energetic, approachable, and informative! Just yes.

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