S5E11 | Cells and Society at Work: Biomedical & Biopolitical Takes on Immunity

Listen. Subscribe! Why do we talk about our immune systems using the language of warfare? Let’s discuss immunity from two perspectives that may seem very different: biomedical engineering and biopolitics. In this episode PhDivas Liz and Xine educate each other about their disciplinary knowledge of what “immunity” means. Cells at Work! is a recent anime…

S5E10 | COVID-19 Anti-Asian & Anti-Black Racism with Professor Charissa Cheah

Listen. Rate, review, subscribe! Who is seen as the disease or the diseased? Psychologist Charissa Cheah received RAPID grant funding from the National Science Foundation to study the forms of anti-Chinese racism from COVID-19 and their impact on Chinese-American individuals, families, and communities. PhDivas Liz and Xine discuss with Professor Cheah the politics and histories…

S5E8 | Let’s Talk about #COVID19- Dr. Kishana Taylor

Listen. Subscribe! Support us here. Do you have questions about #COVID19? Or even basic questions about viruses in general? Dr. Kishana Taylor is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis. She studies the rate of reassortment between influenza viruses during co-infection.Listen as Dr. Taylor breaks down how viruses are named, with #COVID19 is so bad and…

S5E7 | Doing Science on her Own Terms- Conversation with Dr. Laura Boykin

Listen. Subscribe! Support us here. PhDivas Podcast interviews Computational Biologist Dr. Laura Boykin. We talk about Tree Lab, the project bringing sequencing capabilities to farmers in Uganda. Also mentioned, being nervous before a TED Talk, doing science on her own terms, and dancing. You can follow Dr. Boykin on twitter @Laura_boykin and learn about Tree Lab…

S5E6 | Black Feminism in Britain: Jade Bentil &Paulette Williams

Listen. Subscribe! Support us here. There are currently fewer than 30 Black women full professors in the UK…in any discipline. If you know Angela Davis and Kimberle Crenshaw, do you also know about Gail Lewis and Olive Morris? PhDiva Xine interviews Jade Bentil, a historian of Black British women’s activism, and Paulette Williams, who heads…

S5E5 | On Asking for Help & Valuing Our Work; Launching a Patreon!

How do we evaluate the value of our work? PhDivas is finally launching a Patreon in order to sustain this project. Liz and Xine decided to sit down and record why it has taken them so long to put this together. (Awkwardness!) Sometimes we are so used to giving free labour to our institutions and…

S4E4 | ON STRIKE! Collective Action for a Better University

Listen. Subscribe! Review! Job security, unequal pay, excessive workloads, gender and racial inequality: this is the state of academia everywhere. How do we push for change when institutions don’t want to? In the UK the University and College Union is on STRIKE to fight for the soul of the university and that means PhDiva Xine…