S03E27 | Can We Ever Take a Break?

Listen here. Summer vacation: when academics look forward to spending quality time… working on their research. Over the “holiday” weekend Liz and Xine talk about structuring their time and the unexpected emotional labour that comes when you do take a “break” only to frantically play catch-up on your personal life. We discuss the idea of…

Decolonizing or Indigenizing the University? Interview with Sereana Naepi

Listen here. To decolonize or Indigenize the university? Sereana Naepi, an Indigenous Pacific Islander, takes on this question through her doctoral studies in Education at the University of British Columbia on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. PhDiva Xine Yao interviews Sereana about Education as a discipline unto itself and how…

#SavetheNEH

Listen here. We want YOU to help #SavetheNEH. If Congress passes this budget, the National Endowment for the Humanities will be eliminated in 2018. What do we, as a society, stand to lose for savings of a mere .006% of the federal budget? Liz interviews Xine about the devastating impact this would have on the…

S03E23 | The Secret Life of Academic Conferences

Listen here. Conferences are like icebergs: there’s a lot going on below the surface. We give you insight on the secret life of academic conferences. First, Liz and Xine cover the obvious considerations about STEM and humanities conferences. But in the majority of this episode we discuss the hidden dynamics: institutional privilege, social ecosystems, and…

S03E22 | #TED2017: PhDiva Liz and Black Excellence

Listen here. Here’s the inside scoop on #TED2017 in Vancouver from TED Fellow and PhDiva Dr. Liz Wayne who delivered a TED Talk about her research on cancer drug delivery. Xine interviews Liz about the application process, preparation process, and life-changing experience of the TED Conference. What is it like to take science communication to…

Black Child Joy: Black History Month Recap with Prof Danielle Morgan

Listen here. Black child joy is a fundamental reason Black History Month needs to exist. We recap Black History Month 2017 with Danielle Morgan, Assistant Professor of English at Santa Clara University, from Beyonce’s pregnancy with twins to Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures at the Oscars. The figure of the Black child is important to…

Intersectionality in Science: Interview with Prof Sarah Richardson

Listen here. What do power, society, and ideology have to do with science? PhDiva Liz Wayne interviews Associate Professor Sarah Richardson, speaker at the 2017 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at Harvard. Professor Richardson’s research uses a multidisciplinary approach to analyze how scientists understand sex and gender. In this episode, she discusses her interdisciplinary…