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STEMulating Conversations

Nov 9, 2021

Dr. Michael D. Smith, widely known in the engineering world as Dr. Mike, credits his graduate school pivot to a chance notice of a brochure on a bulletin board.  Though he entered a doctoral program seeking a PhD in engineering, he earned a Doctorate of Engineering, D. Eng degree which he describes as a combination of...


SC115: Dr. Greer Kirshenbaum, the First Neuroscientist Doula

Nov 9, 2021

Greer Kirshenbaum studied neuroscience throughout her undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral career.  Then, Dr. Kirshenbaum took a bold leap and used her PhD training to fuel her life's passion.  She started Nurture Neuroscience to teach the science and support the art of nurturing infants so families can use sound...


Sep 15, 2021

Dr. Monica Cox has learned that being your authentic self is requires taking a certain level of risk.  She is a wife, mother, daughter, activist, and professor who grew up as an only child in a rural southeast Alabama community.  It was the core values instilled in her by her parents that has led to her being able to...


Aug 18, 2021

His scientific curiosity can be traced back to being a two year old military kid playing in his desert backyard catching snakes and gila monsters.  His major in chemistry was the result of a chance meeting in the hallway of a building at his undergraduate college.  These two events eventually led Dr. Vernon Morris...


Aug 12, 2021

It is never too late to start over. That's exactly the testimony of Dr. Iris Wagstaff. She is a chemist, educator, mentor, researcher and science policy advisor with extensive experience in STEM outreach and advocacy.  She is also a thought leader and change agent in the broader STEM community.

After spending nearly 15...