I’ve had the honor of being awarded a prestigious, year-long American Association of University Women fellowship for next year! It’s such an honor to be chosen to be among the many amazing women who have received this finishing fellowship.
I’ve just returned from visiting the perpetual summer sunshine in Alaska for the annual AOS meeting! In collaboration with Jen Walsh and Gemma Clucas, I organized a symposium focused on avian hybrid zone research. We had a great set of speakers and had great attendance throughout the two sessions!
I presented on the second chapter of my dissertation where I use whole-genome sequencing of northern flickers to (finally!) identify differentiated regions of the genome and identify associations between genotype and phenotypic differences. Converting this project into a manuscript has been slow going for me, but I hope to have it written up and submitted for review in the next few months!
Gregor Siegmund and I presented a talk on a study examining gender differences in participation in Cornell’s introductory evolution course (a project that was started as a result of our participation in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Program).
We show that men participate disproportionately across all interaction categories we observed, and use survey data to understand how men and women view the course. The corresponding paper is currently in the review process and hopefully will be out soon!
I recently published a different kind of article—a personal essay about seasonal affective disorder. This all started with a Twitter thread during the first winter storm that I was encouraged to turn into an essay for the Working Life series in Science.
Read the essay here and let me know what you think!
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!
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!
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: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biy056/5039567
This was the result of a collaboration between many institutions and was led by Cissy Ballen.
My first dissertation chapter exploring the levels of genetic differentiation between red-shafted, yellow-shafted, and gilded flickers is officially out in The Auk: Ornithological Advances! The paper is available here: http://americanornithologypubs.org/doi/abs/10.1642/AUK-18-7.1. The Auk (link) and All About Birds (link) have released some nice press about the paper as well!
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: www.inclusivecornell.org. (Feel free to also contact me directly if you have any questions!)
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!