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Award-winning science communicator, molecular biologist, rapper, & fashionista. Good trouble in science @SmartyPantsGear @STEMbassy @BlackInSciComm she/her/1908
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4 May
“Only once did she mention race. There was no anger or finger-pointing.” was part of the “positive feedback” I got after a recent keynote. Yikes.

1) someone assumed I was an angry Black woman stereotype
2) Y’all want to hear our voices only if we cater to your white fragility
The fact that the university even sent that crap to me thinking it was a good reflection on their school just screamed so many red flags. I would never work there and I will never speak there again
My talks are rarely even centered on race like. Like... my talk had NOTHING to do with race AT ALL. This person really just up and wrote this about a talk that had nothing to do with race.
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9 Apr
Storytime: Over 100 years ago, a physician was treating a patient who could barely remember basic details of their own life. When the patient passed, the doctor examined the patients brain and found plaques and deformities all around the brain. 1/
The physician was Dr. Alzheimer, & the disease he was observing became known as Alzheimer’s disease. For a long time, we thought that becoming senile and losing your memory was simply a part of aging, however, in these cases there was actually physical brain damage occurring. 2/ A healthy brain next to a brain with severe Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease, which is a big word that describes diseases that cause your neurons to lose their function or die. Neurons are the building blocks of our brain, our entire nervous system. 3/
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8 Apr
Not bad for being a very sleep deprived graduate student!
shoutout to @yrblanc for another great photo!
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7 Apr
Okay y'all I need some help from people older than me: what is the song I got a whooping from? I think it was a Biggie song I must have been 5 years old, it was a lock and a safe opening and some gunshots and I got whooped for making a dance to it in the backseat of my mom's car
Okay y’all maybe it wasn’t a biggie song but I distinctly remember it was the late 90s or early 2000s and it was on the radio. Definitely not MIA paper planes lmao
It might have been 1998 or 1999. Like one of my earliest possible memories couldn’t have been past 2001
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7 Apr
Will never forget the time I got stung by a bee in my forehead while I was home alone and called my grandpa screaming he drove to my house laughing so hard he could barely drive straight. Only to find out I was going through anaphylaxis at the urgent care and he was LAUGHING 😭😭
I’ve never seen that man laugh so hard in my life
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6 Apr
There are a lot of ways companies are touting plans to combat climate change that may go over our heads. What does it all mean?

This thread breaks down the 5 questions & solutions from How to Avoid a Climate Disaster with Bill Gates gatesnot.es/3wFku5V

As you read, join me by replying with some of your own questions you think are important to ask large organizations that are touting plans for climate change.
1. How much of the 51 billion tons are we talking about?

Did you know there are 51 billion tons of greenhouse gasses produced annually? Technologies that will never exceed to eliminate 1% shouldn’t compete for the limited resources we have for getting to zero.
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6 Apr
Currently listening to senior citizens argue about the meaning of the word "entropy" at a coffee shop in a heated and increasingly loud conversation
They are now pulling out the formula for entropy and breaking it down and apparently "society is breaking down into chaos" and they're describing the difference between "entropy" and "chaos"
They said they need someone to explain it to them 🤓 The woman said she didn't take physics in high school 🤓 the two men are pulling out their phones and trying to Google things 🤓🤓 I'm trying to give them some time I'm gonna wait. I need to hear more about society and chaos
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6 Apr
Been watching them fold things for the past 30 minutes. Help me 😂😂😂 their whole TikTok is them folding clothes
Me, still
Why she folding that towel at me like that I am married 😂
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6 Apr
News about a VERY EARLY STAGES ***potential*** HIV vaccine. This is not confirmed but what this means is that you should keep an eye out for more reports about this. Don’t run and tell your friends we have an HIV vaccine yet. Just keep an eye on it.
I’m very excited about it and you can be excited too— but I want to be very clear that the nature of science is trial and error and the scientists will keep doing trials on this until it is optimized. Hang tight and keep an eye out for more reports, I’ll share things as I see it!
“A phase 1 clinical trial testing a novel vaccine approach to prevent HIV has produced promising results.” “vaccine showed success in stimulating production of rare immune cells needed to start the process of generating antibodies against the fast-mutating virus” Image
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20 Mar
Do you prefer to be called “Latinx”?
Please no second hand accounts. I’m not talking about your friend, or anyone else but you. I’m trying to get an authentic understanding directly from people that this applies to
I am bilingual and a part of the reason why I am asking is because the word Latinx hasn’t flowed off the tongue very well but Latine flows off of the tongue much better and I want to make sure that it is acceptable to use Latine. My brother is Latino but he’s 9 and said “Latino”
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19 Mar
Do you all not realize that STEM PhD programs are literally rejecting students that say they want to teach?

Then your TEACHING faculty postings exclude people who have science backgrounds focused in EDUCATION???

This is why it's so hard for me to apply for jobs right now.
TEACHING faculty postings be like "MUST have PhD in MOLECULAR BIOLOGY" and I'm like... I don't have that specific degree because ALL of the molecular biology programs literally rejected me BECAUSE I WANTED TO TEACH.

We should not have to LIE to get the jobs we want. I stayed true to myself.

We see horror story after horror story of students who suffer at the hands of professors using TERRIBLE PEDAGOGY. You all NEED EDUCATION specialists in your SCIENCE PROGRAMS.

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18 Mar
A list of irritating comments that y’all say to interracial couples. A THREAD, starting with:

“Oh, sorry— I’ll combine the checks. I didn’t think you two were paying together.”

Us: Interesting.
Y’all to interracial couples: “You guys are defeating racism. Thank you for what you do. Go America.” And then you’ll go on a monologue about your former president.

Us: Ma’am, we’re just trying to eat our dinner. Shoo, go away. 😑😑😑😑
Y’all to interracial couples: “But can you BE yourself around each other? Is there actual love there?”

Yes. I am here to report the breaking news that Black women are loveable as their unapologetic selves by anyone. Thanks for questioning that tho.
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3 Mar
STORYTIME: grab the popcorn! One night two years ago, I went to sleep perfectly healthy & hours later woke up in the middle of the night with a RAGING headache. Head was throbbing, and I felt so odd. Also felt some water in my ear that was from the shower I had taken earlier. 1/
There was SO much water in my ear, I could hear it. So, I did the tilt-your-head thing, bouncing my head sideways to jerk the water out of my ear. Nothing would work. I decided to sleep on that side of my ear to let the water drip out naturally via gravity. Head was pounding. 2/
It took a while for me to go to sleep. I laid there with my head pounding and I could hear the water in my ear moving, and I was banging my head on the pillow, even the nightstand to get the water out. I was that desperate. I ended up going to sleep eventually. Rough night. 3/
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3 Mar
I just found out we can order @PaulasDonuts on delivery and I’m not sure about my self control on this one 😅😅😅😅
I’m not gonna make it
We can order crab boil on delivery??? GET ME OUT OF THIS PANDEMIC
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3 Mar
Um the Daily Mail just bought New Scientist for £70 million 😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬
I’m trying to think of the best case scenario of having a company that runs a tabloid newspaper owning a science publication and all I can see is an actual shit show for scientists to battle exaggerated and misleading headlines
Immediate thoughts: We need to strongly emphasize science literacy in our schools and make sure we’re teaching kids from early on how to fact check and source their information. Make it as standard as learning the ABCs.
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1 Mar
This is kinda messed up. I enjoy international recipes from pages written by people of the culture that hosts the dish that I am making. I enjoy reading about their nanas and papas from India and Italy, etc. and why the dish is important to them. Feels like I'm part of the family
Reading stories I don't mind the ads that help the bloggers who work hard to maintain their sit so that we CAN have the recipes in the first place. It's not that hard to scroll past the ads and get the recipe, especially if I feel connected to the author... and if I'm hungry lol
but like I get it, ya know?? I just like learning about other people, personally

But I get it. There's definitely a demand for this
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28 Feb
Are there any companies that want to sponsor my next music video? I wrote a banger and this song deserves a professionally shot video. I would come out of my own pocket for it but I am trying to pay my student loans 😭😭😭😭 it is real out here
And if I'm not able to get a sponsor then it's going to be another iPhone video lmao it's going to get done either way, just trying to up the quality of the visuals
The topic is chemistry-related
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28 Feb
WATCH A SPACEWALK LIVE!! Happening RIGHT NOW 🤯🤯🤯🤯nasa.gov/multimedia/nas…
Did you all see the #ISS pass behind the shadow of the Earth? Everything is dark and now they're in "orbital night time". The space station orbits Earth about every 90 minutes, so that means in a 24 hour day, the space station orbits approximately 16 times!! #NASASpacewalk @NASA
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25 Feb
As a scientist with a transgender parent, I need you to SIT DOWN. You don't know the science OR the history. You trust the science? Science draws a difference between sex at birth and gender identity. The systematic institutionalization of gender is a product of colonization. 1/
Whether you agree or not, the actual fact is that gender has existed on a spectrum and accepted that way within Indigenous cultures for thousands of years. This two-gender system has been forced on people through colonization, used to divide and conquer 2/ publicseminar.org/2018/07/gender…
There is so much scientific research done drawing lines between sex at birth and gender identity done by endocrinologists, psychologists, all the -ologists. According to science, your little sign is wrong. I invite subject experts in this area to join the thread and speak on this
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24 Feb
I don't know how much more clear I need to make this, but please do not email Black women for free DEI work for your organization. Don't do it. Especially not to me. Pay us handsomely or get out of our emails.
If y'all EVER feel like you need a Black woman's opinion on your DEI work you MUST have a budget to compensate for the emotional labor and the time that goes into the process. Asking for free emotional labor and time to solve your organizational problems with DEI is offensive.
Don't ask to "pick our brains" in a "quick meeting"... particularly if we literally have never met and have no relationship. THAT IS A CONSULTATION. You should be asking what our consulting fee is. This is not a game. Its hard work and you're coming to us because we're valuable.
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