Science Wise

Science Wise

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.


May 27, 2024 19 mins

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.


00:20 Diverse Paths to ...

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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. 


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...

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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 Corn...

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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 scientifi...

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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 d...

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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.


00:43 Life of Dr. Sue Rosser

00:58 L...

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Rori and Emilia engage in an enlightening conversation with Dr. Sue Rosser, a pioneering figure for women in STEM. Having started her career in the 1960s, Dr. Rosser has made significant contributions through her research in zoology, studies on the experiences of women in STEM, and her advocacy for feminist principles within these fields. Dr. Rosser discusses the challenges she faced, including sexual harassment and the struggle fo...

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April 8, 2024 8 mins

Rori and Emilia discuss their take-home lessons from Dr. Ivelisse Rubio such as the importance of focus and dedication in research, the value of critical thinking and mathematical logic in navigating life, and the necessity of sustainability in academic and scientific efforts.


04:45 The Power of Mathematical Thinking in Life

06:11 Learning to Avoid Burnout: Ive’s Organizational Challenges

07:50 Sustainable Model...

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Emilia and Rori chat with Dr. Ivelisse Rubio, a professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, about her impactful educational initiatives, and her significant contributions to promoting diversity in the mathematical sciences. Highlighting Dr. Rubio's academic journey, from her undergraduate studies in Puerto Rico to her Ph.D. at Cornell University, and her passion for creating opportun...

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BONUS: Emilia and Rori summarize their engaging conversation with Dr. Leticia Marquez Magaña, inspired by her experiences with adversity and lack of mentorship. They reflect on her strategies for navigating and enacting change within academic systems and building resistance capital, drawing from Dr. Marquez Magaña's realizations and changes she'd make in hindsight.


00:10 Reflecting on Dr. Leticia Marquez ...

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Dr. Leticia Marquez-Magaña, a trailblazer in the science community shares her inspiring journey from being the first in her family to attend college to becoming the first Latina faculty member in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University. Dr. Marquez-Magaña discusses her transition from microbiology to research on health equities, her efforts to make biomedical research more inclusive, and the challenges and strat...

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BONUS EPISODE. Rori and Emilia summarize the inspiring journey of Dr. Francine Gachupin and explore key takeaways from her career, such as the importance of understanding one's goals and leveraging opportunities.

00:00 Introduction and Admiration for Francine

00:05 Francine's Patience and Dedication to Tribal Communities

00:44 Reflections and Lessons from Francine's Journey

02:10 Francine's Approach to Opportunities and Challenges


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In this episode of Science Wise, hosts Rori and Emilia interviewed Dr. Francine Gachupin, a professor at the University of Arizona who advocates for health improvement in tribal communities. Influenced by her upbringing and work experience, Dr. Gachupin discusses the struggles she faced navigating academia as an Indigenous scientist, and her efforts to make the world of science more inviting for women and Indigenous communities. Wi...

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BONUS EPISODE - Emilia and Rori summarize their three biggest takeaways from episode two with Dr. Carmen Domingo. Among them, the importance of a supportive environment in the field of science, and the pivotal role that nurturing relationships and collaborative efforts play towards success. 

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

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In this episode of Science Wise, hosts Rori and Emilia have an enriching conversation with Dr. Carmen Domingo, the first woman dean of the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. Dr. Domingo, a product of Californian public schools and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, highlights her experiences and struggles as Latina in science. Drawing from her personal...

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February 12, 2024 17 mins

Welcome to Science Wise! In this episode Emilia and Rori share their personal science journeys, and what you can expect to get out of this podcast. They also emphasize the value of mentorship, sharing wisdom and experiences to aid others in navigating their own career paths, kinda like having science godmothers.

Science Wise is a podcast designed to inspire and guide people embarking on a science career. Hosted by Emilia Huerta ...

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October 26, 2023 1 min

A quick listen to help you understand what Science Wise is and why you should listen.

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