Readings on Diversity in Science

I’ve added a new website tab (Diversity in STEM), so I thought it would be a good time to highlight one of the resources that I’ve been collating. Over the past few years, I’ve been keeping track of news articles, blog posts, and peer reviewed literature that discuss various issues related to diversity in STEM and academia. Feel free to peruse the Readings on Diversity in Science list for use in courses, websites, or just for personal interest!


Evolution 2018: Montpellier, France

I’m just returning from my first trip to Europe to attend the 2018 Evolution meeting in Montpellier, France. I presented a poster on the second chapter of my dissertation, which focuses on using whole genome re-sequencing in northern flickers to identify regions of the genome associated with phenotypic differences. With some luck, this chapter will be submitted for review by the end of the semester!


New paper examining the influence of class sizes is out in BioScience

I’m a co-author on a new paper out today in BioScience! We examine the influence of class sizes on the performance of women and URM undergraduates in biology courses. We found that women underperformed on high stakes exams as class sizes increased, but that they outperformed men on non-exam assessments regardless of class size. URM students underperformed at all class sizes, suggesting other aspects of the educational environment influence their performance or learning. Read the paper here:

This was the result of a collaboration between many institutions and was led by Cissy Ballen.

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Diversity Preview Weekend (DPW) 2018

In March, I co-led the organization of DPW—a weekend aimed at bringing in URM students prior to applying for graduate school. We invited 40 outstanding students from 16 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico to visit, participate in workshops, meet faculty, and learn about our programs. The Graduate School has just published a very kind article on the weekend. We hope to be able to continue (and expand) the weekend in the future! To learn more about the weekend (or to apply) visit: (Feel free to also contact me directly if you have any questions!)

Attendees from the 2018 Diversity Preview Weekend


AOS 2018: Tucson, AZ

I had a great time visiting SE Arizona (where I grew up) for the 2018 AOS meeting! I presented on the first chapter of my dissertation focused on identifying genomic differentiation in the northern flicker complex. Look out for the July issue of The Auk: Ornithological Advances to learn more!


Additionally, I got to introduce my lab group to my family and birding in SE Arizona prior to the start of the conference. My parents were kind enough to host our group at their house in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains!

The extended Lovette Lab group in my parents’ backyard in Sierra Vista, AZ


Cornelia Ye Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

This week I was honored to receive the 2017-2018 Cornelia Ye Award. This is one of Cornell’s only university-wide awards for graduate student teaching (and they only give two per year), so it is a huge honor to be chosen! I’m so grateful for all the people that helped make this possible, especially the wonderful students that wrote me letters of support.

Over the least week, the Cornell Chronicle and the Cornell Daily Sun (the student newspaper) have featured articles on the Cornelia Ye Award. I feel so lucky to have been chosen for the award and greatly appreciate the kind press. In particular, it was great to work with Dina Banning to get some professional photos taken to accompany the articles!


Contribution to PLOS Biologue out today

Nancy Chen and I have contributed a blogpost to PLOS Genetics’ Understanding Images Collection, a series that explains how the journal’s cover image helps understand the associated manuscript. The post, “How dispersal shapes spatial patterns of genetic diversity,” is written for scientists, but non-specialists, so is a great way to get an overview of our recent paper! Read the post here: 

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