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Double Shelix
Women in STEM, the grad school grind, inclusive science, passionate people - a podcast!
Category: Science & Medicine
Conversations and real talk on women in STEM, the grad school grind, and inclusive science.
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March 04, 2018 07:20 PM PST

Zoe Leavitt, senior consumer product and retail analyst at CB Insights, joins Sally and Kayla to discuss what's hot at the intersection of tech and retail. She truly has her finger on the pulse of the latest trends - and the data to back that up! We also talk about her experiences working for Bank of China in Shanghai, and communicating technical content to lay audiences - like on Good Morning America! We also calls BS on VCs being "afraid to meet solo with women founders" in the post-#MeToo era and conclude that the future of futurism is female. Zoe's a master communicator, and shares some awesome tech communication tips. You'll love Zoe's insights!!!

- Follow Zoe on Twitter @zoe_leavitt and on LinkedIn: https://goo.gl/Fkm24w
- Find some of Zoe's analysis, including her work on coffee, Amazon drone warehouses, and more: https://goo.gl/D5xX3D
- Zoe on Good Morning America: https://goo.gl/wB7Fqi
- Subscribe to Zoe's newsletter to follow all the hottest trends in consumer goods! https://goo.gl/oQaHGq
- CB insights blog - cbinsights.com/research

February 25, 2018 11:57 PM PST

Dr. Kathleen Norton, obstetrician/gynecologist extraordinaire, joins Kayla and Sally to tell us what grad students need to know about women's health! She dispels contraceptive myths and gets real about HPV vaccines, Pap smears, and mammograms. Dr. Norton (Sally's mom, y'all) also discusses her work in hospitals in Kenya, early-career struggles, timing family and career, and dealing with difficult people in the workplace. There's something for everyone in this episode, even (especially?) if you don't have a vagina!

The fun never ends on Twitter @doubleshelixpod.
Who should we interview next? Other thoughts? doubleshelixpodcast@gmail.com

Thanks again to University of Pennsylvania Department of Bioengineering for supporting the production of this episode! https://www.seas.upenn.edu/be/

January 04, 2018 05:37 PM PST

Julea Vlassakis, mentorship expert and Bioengineering PhD Candidate, joins Kayla and Sally to talk mentoring in academia and beyond. Lean how to establish productive mentor/mentee relationships and cultivate the next generation of scientists - yourself included! Beginning mentees and seasoned mentors alike will learn something new from Julea's wisdom. Discover strategies for breaking out of the cycle of mediocre mentorship, how to deal with underperforming mentees, tips for cultivating a community of mentors within your field, and how to get a mentor to step up for your career goals. Stay tuned to the end for Julea's list of mentor and mentee responsibilities - supported by peer-reviewed literature, of course! Fam, this is next-level mentorship.

Spoiler alert: Mentor/Mentee Responsibility Number Zero is "Establish clear goals and expectations!"

*Julea's work in the Herr Lab at UC Berkeley - herrlab.berkeley.edu/
*Profile of Julea's research in honor of her winning Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening graduate fellowship - https://goo.gl/ymPypB
*"Getting Mentored in Graduate School," recommended book by Johnson and Huwe - https://goo.gl/ptefFT

The fun never ends on Twitter @doubleshelixpod
Who should we interview next? Other thoughts? doubleshelixpodcast@gmail.com

Thanks again to University of Pennsylvania Department of Bioengineering for making this episode possible!

December 04, 2017 09:04 PM PST

Award-winning engineering lecturer Dr. LeAnn Dourte joins Kayla and Sally to discuss active learning in engineering classrooms. LeAnn is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and has pioneered their biomechanics curricula - students build robo-arms to move PlayDough? Yes please! She shares her tips for setting classroom expectations in undergraduate vs. graduate courses, and doing academic research about engineering education! We also discuss LeAnn's experiences as a new mom in a dual-career family, and her Better Talk Next Time moment - spoiler alert: don't bully your professors to get better grades...

This episode is a collaboration between Double Shelix and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Bioengineering! Thanks to UPenn BioE for funding this episode, and we are honored to share LeAnn's awesome work with you all! If there's someone else at UPenn BioE (or elsewhere!) that you think we should feature, give us a shout! Thanks for listening!!

UPenn BioE Blog (featuring their famed This Week in BioE segments!): https://beblog.seas.upenn.edu/
Research findings from LeAnn's SAIL studies: goo.gl/vjPtAJ
LeAnn's biomechatronics students make robotic arms: goo.gl/rZYPPT
Penn Bioengineering on Twitter @pennbioeng
UPenn Center for Teaching and Learning: https://www.ctl.upenn.edu/

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Be sure to subscribe to Double Shelix on iTunes, and please leave us a review!
Who should we interview next? Let us know - doubleshelixpodcast@gmail.com

September 17, 2017 11:25 PM PDT

We're back for Season 2, and this episode is inspired by what our listeners want to hear! Kayla and Sally are huge fans of listener-recommended science crush, the late MIT Prof. Millie Dresselhaus: Queen of Carbon Science, tireless advocate for women in STEM, and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science in Engineering. A recent GE commercial asks, "What if we treated female scientists like they were stars? What if Millie Dresselhaus was as famous as any celebrity?" Kayla and Sally are 100% behind this mission, and plot meet-cutes with the sci-lebrities in their lives. Also, in the first-ever listener-submitted Better Talk Next Time stories, listeners tackle biased perceptions of women in engineering, how to deal when your significant other believes damaging STEM stereotypes, and other *fun* themes. Don't worry, listeners - you do belong in science!

Please rate us on the Apple Podcast app/iTunes store! Stay tuned to the end of the episode for overly detailed step-by-step instructions (methods section) about how to do this.

We're keeping it real on Twitter @doubleshelixpod Follow us to be reassured that you do belong in science.

Email us doubleshelixpodcast@gmail.com - Have you had a sci-lebrity encounter? An experience you hope to Better Talk Next Time? Any sug*guest*ions? We love our listeners, so reach out and say hi!

Millie's GE Commercial #goals - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ6_fOX7ITQ

April 28, 2017 06:32 AM PDT

Megan interviews Molly Sheehan, a bioengineering post-doc who is running for US Congress in 2018. Molly grew up in Pennsylvania, studied biology at Haverford College, and received her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is now a post-doc in bioengineering developing new molecular imaging techniques. Today, we talk about what is motivating her to run for Congress, the issues she is most passionate about, and how she is getting her campaign up and running.

Email us - doubleshelixpodcast@gmail.com
Twitter - @doubleshelixpod
Instagram - @doubleshelixpodcast
More: doubleshelix.com & betapleatedchic.com
Help spread the love - review us on iTunes!

April 06, 2017 03:55 PM PDT

How do you balance the fact that your happiness shouldn't be totally dependent on the outcome of your research with the fact that of course it is? Kayla and Sally tackle this listener question, and things get real. Conclusion: getting great results feels great, but if this is your only source of warm fuzzies, you're in trouble. But good friends and experience will get you through (probably). Also, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is applying major Silicon Valley thinking - and money - to solve real problems. Yay! But is curing all diseases an excessively lofty goal, or is just the kind of attention that science funding needs? We discuss...

Email us - doubleshelixpodcast@gmail.com. Listener Better Talk Next time stories coming soon, so submit yours anonymously today!
Twitter - @doubleshelixpod
Instagram - @doubleshelixpodcast
More: doubleshelix.com & betapleatedchic.com
Help spread the love - review us on iTunes!

March 30, 2017 03:31 PM PDT

Qualifying exams: who doesn't love months of preparation for a 3 hour oral exam that (potentially) covers everything you've ever learned? Sally and Kayla try to find the bright side, and are moderately successful, but quals are still rough you guys. They also argue that departments where passing quals is defined as being in the top X percentile really should reconsider, and set their students up for success! Also in this episode, conferences are exhausting, but Kayla has some strategies for pushing through. Finally, Kayla and Sally discuss soliciting effective feedback on your presentations. Spoiler alert: tell the audience what you want.

Email us: doubleshelixpodcast@gmail.com

Follow us: Twitter @doubleshelixpod, Instagram @doubleshelixpodcast

More: www.doubleshelix.com, www.betapleatedchic.com

March 23, 2017 02:26 PM PDT

Imposter syndrome sucks, especially when it keeps you from doing your best work. In this episode, Kayla and Sally discuss their own experiences overcoming three types of imposter syndrome: feeling like you were invited by mistake, comparing yourself to a superstar, and realizing that everyone else's research is WAY cooler than yours. In Better Talk Next Time, a man says he would have won a major fellowship if he was a woman - greaaat. Finally, if you want money to be at the lab bench, you need to be able to write. How can you sell yourself and your work to reviewers and get meaningful feedback on your writing from peers?

July 26, 2016 05:32 PM PDT

Megan interviews scientist and entrepreneur, Katy Lassahn. Katy is a co-founder of BioIgnite, a non-profit focused on bringing STEM research and discovery to young students. Megan and Katy chat about BioIgnite's experience with the NSF Innovation Corps for Learning grant, building a business, and STEM education in the US. And, listen for a sneak peek into BioIgnite's summer camps!

Find us and share your thoughts!
Twitter - @doubleshelixpod
Instagram - @doubleshelixpodcast
Email - doubleshelixpodcast AT gmail DOT com
Web - doubleshelix.com

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