Sabriya Stukes: on unpacking a Ph.D.

Science Soapbox sits down with longtime friend, Dr. Sabriya Stukes. Sabriya received her Ph.D. in microbiology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is currently the Assistant Director of the Master’s in Translational Medicine program at City College. She has also been a longtime advocate for increasing diversity and awareness in the science fields for women and underrepresented minority communities. In this episode, we chat about the value of graduate science training and the merit of non-academic science careers.

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This episode was recorded on June 27, 2017 at The Rockefeller University Outreach Lab. Special thanks to Visager for music.

Ploy Achakulwisut & Geoffrey Supran: on the scientist as activist

Science Soapbox always loves showcasing early career scientists who are making waves in the world of science advocacy. This week’s soapbox belongs to Ploy Achakulwisut and Geoffrey Supran, who have made their mark as scientist-activists helping to lead divestment campaigns at MIT and Harvard University and the #StandUpForScience movement. Ploy is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Atmospheric Science in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. Geoffrey is a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at MIT and in the Department of History of Science at Harvard University. In this episode, we chat about their career development and the need for more scientists to enter into the territory of activism.

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This episode was recorded on June 27, 2017 at Harvard University’s Science Center. Special thanks to Visager for music. Photo from Amanda Kowalski at ClimateTruth.org

John Holdren: on bridging two cultures

In President Obama’s first Inaugural Address, he pledged to “restore science to its rightful place.” Integral to that promise was Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP). The Science Soapbox team has long been eager to chat with Dr. Holdren about the role he played in the Obama administration, so we were thrilled to travel up to the Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy, where Dr. Holdren is now a professor. In this interview, Dr. Holdren shares his early inspiration for working at the intersection of science and society, his experiences serving President Obama, and his concerns around the current administration’s treatment of science.

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This episode was recorded on June 27, 2017 at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Special thanks to Patricia McLaughlin for arranging the interview and to Visager for music. Photo from NASA HQ