Interview with the Ombudsman

With a new year ahead of us, it’s important that graduate students (and everyone else) know about the resources at Stony Brook University for handling issues and conflict. With that in mind, we interviewed the University ombuuds, Donna Buehler, to find out more about what she does, and how she can help improve both students and faculty experiences at SBU.

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Winner: Meet Katherine

Say hello to Katherine! A foodie, fencer, and fellowship winner for this year’s National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship! Keep reading to learn more about her work on cell and organ regeneration!

EDUCATION: B.S. in Biology with a developmental genetics specialization from Stony Brook University. This Fall I will be starting a Ph.D. at Northwestern University in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences program.
RESEARCH: I am interested in studying stem cell biology, specifically their roles in animal development and in organ regeneration.

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Winner: Meet Gabrielle

Say hello to Gabrielle! One of the many winners of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship, Gabrielle works to better human’s understanding of lymphomas by developing a gene-editing system that could prevent their development.

A photo of Gabrielle in lab gear, holding a micropipetter.

EDUCATION: B.S in Biochemistry at Stony Brook; starting a Ph.D. at Rockefeller University in the Fall.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Viral evolution and innate immunity against viruses.
FUTURE GOALS:My immediate goal is to get my Ph.D. and after that I plan to continue doing research. I’d love to do a post-doc at a place like the National Institute of Health (NIH).

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Resources for Mothers and Mom’s-to-be at Stony Brook University

BY: Sindhuja Tirumalai Govindarajan

First things first.

Are you pregnant? Are you thinking about getting pregnant? If you just discovered you are pregnant, or if you are planning to get pregnant while in graduate school, you’ll already have a thousand questions in your head. Things will happen real quick and you will want to set up a system that will help you in your quest to be a badass grad-mom. We know some of you are worriers, guess what, we are too! This article was put together after talking to fellow moms on campus, and we want to share our list of resources that we found useful both before, during, and after pregnancy. If you are a mom or mom-to-be at Stony Brook University, reach out to us at sbu.gradmoms@gmail.com and we will help you get acquainted with the Grad Mom’s group at SBU!

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Thank You SBU Grads, You Really Showed Up for the Showcase

First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone who joined us earlier this month to celebrate and support the the amazing research being done by the amazing scientists here at Stony Brook University. It is through events like these that we can further our cause of promoting women scientists in science and engineering. We had a great turnout this year and we hope to see everyone at future events!

BY: Caitlyn Cardetti

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12 Books to Ring in the New Year

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

In honor of our new book club (sign up HERE, if you want to get in on the fun!), we decided to compile a list of the books we are excited to read in the coming year. Whether you’re a curl up by the fireplace reader or a lounge at the the beach reader, we’ve got your next fem- and steminist books right here.

Facts for your Feminist Agenda

1.Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong -and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Women are the inferior sex, right? Wrong! For hundreds of years, everyone believed that ladies were all around the weaker and used that as a justification for their subservient roles. Charles Darwin asserted that women were less evolved than men and for quite a while other male scientists supported him. Even now, science tells us that men and women are different and claim that even on a biological level, we have different tasks hard-wired into our DNA. Angela Saini challenges this and reveals with new data that women are just as smart and strong as men.

 “I first stumbled across this book on @stemminist, a twitter-based book club for feminism and STEM. It’s a great read and will have you often muttering “what the heck” to yourself. While I wouldn’t call it a feel good read, it does feel really good to finally have the myths about us [women] get acknowledged and dispelled in this book. I cannot wait to discuss this at our first book club meeting!”

Caitlyn Cardetti (SBU)
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SBU Faculty: Men & Women by the Numbers

BY: Mikaela Dunkin
Contributions by: Caitlyn Cardetti & Alison McCarthy

Back in October, we had a meeting on the 11th to celebrate International Day of the Girl. While snacking on brie-stuffed strawberries and arancini, we conversed about our experiences of being women in science. We discussed statistics, sexism from peers and professors, the people that have helped us get so far, and the ones who still do. While our experiences were diverse, we were all in agreement on one thing – how beneficial it is to see other successful women in science. Whether it’s a family member, a teacher, or a celebrity, we could all think of a woman that inspired us. They are someone to point to when we are told that ‘girls aren’t good at science’ until we become that woman ourselves.

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