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Sheril

@Sheril@mastodon.social

Author. Scientist. Host of PBS Serving Up Science. Sustainability, Politics & Science Communication at Michigan State. #HistoryRemix for stories of diverse trailblazers in science & the arts. #SharedPlanet to explore biodiversity

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Sheril, to random
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Welp, it’s official. The dissertation is accepted. 🎉

Sheril,
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@travellinguist Thank you 😊

mzyw, to random
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Congratulations to @cplong who has been named provost and senior vice president at University of Oregon! https://around.uoregon.edu/content/chris-long-named-uo-provost-and-senior-vice-president

Chris was my favorite dean at MSU. He is thoughtful, fair, and honest. UO chose an amazing new provost!

Sheril,
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@mzyw @cplong Congratulations!! What a wonderful place to land!

Sheril, to random
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Sheril, to politics
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Financial constraints to living & working in Washington, D.C. likely define & reinforce the community of people able to stay long enough to achieve senior positions, leading to a policy-making community distinct from the American public.

https://sheril.substack.com/p/left-out-of-the-room-where-it-happens

So what? "Misperceptions & blind spots among decision makers may occur, in part, because their lived experiences primarily reflect those from communities with the resources required to maintain influential roles."

Sheril,
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@cjonthehudson Socioeconomic status is central.

I’d have preferred the final article to be longer, because there’s so much more detail & nuance than there was room for. But I’m glad it’s out in the world & hope it sparks some thoughtful conversations.

Sheril, to trans
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Ben Barres was a trailblazing transgender neurobiologist who promoted equity & diversity.

His pioneering research on glial cells changed science & he became the 1st #trans person admitted into the National Academies of Science.

Barres was a strong advocate for women, early career scientists & the #LGBTQ+ community at a time when few people openly discussed gender identity. https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2017/12/28/mourning-ben-barres-the-transgender-scientist-who-changed-neuroscience/ #history #science

Excerpt from his autobiography: https://stanmed.stanford.edu/ben-barres-autobiography-transgender-scientist/

Sheril, to random
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We traveled to Toledo, Ohio last night for today’s . The journey from here depends on the clouds.

Wishing everyone clear skies & great viewing. Have fun & make sure to protect your eyes. https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses

Sheril,
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We landed in Napoleon, Ohio - the home of the Campbell’s Soup factory - for today’s total .

The view was spectacular.

How did your experiences go? /2

With David Lowry in front of Campbell’s soup factory

Sheril, to science
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Our little show about the science behind what we eat & its impact on the planet made the ‘Championship Round’ of the local PBS ‘March Madness’ brackets…

If you have an Instagram account, this is the last time I’ll request support from the fediverse https://www.instagram.com/wkarofficial?igsh=ZjBqZ3E0azd3N294 (click on the profile icon for stories)

The competition is just for fun of course, but I do love that we’ve made it this far with a family program about #science

Sheril, to science
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Misinformation & pseudoscience is not a new or emerging phenomenon because of social media.

Rather, it’s been amplified & weaponized through social media.

Sheril, to science
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The “History” channel 😆

I simply adore this comic by Sketching Science #science #art

Sheril, to random
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I am honored to receive MSU’s 2024 graduate student award for science communication. https://engage.msu.edu/awards/msu-outreach-and-engagement-awards-ceremony

Sheril, to science
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When I post about #science & #history, I tend to highlight the trailblazers we don’t usually read or hear about in #HistoryRemix.

But tonight I want to share this beautifully composed piece about Nikola Tesla.

While his inventions are legendary, you may not know how Tesla’s OCD shaped his approach to science & ultimately led to his world-changing ideas. It also left him isolated & alone. But he still experienced deep connection by caring for birds. https://nautil.us/teslas-pigeon-460446/

Sheril,
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@JohnMashey I hadn’t heard. That is sad.

Sheril, to science
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Several kind folks have asked about my dissertation research on & so now that I've defended, I posted the abstract at https://sheril.substack.com/p/in-my-defense

Sheril,
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@Dr_Elizabeth97 Thank you

Sheril, to random
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As long as the weather cooperates, I’ll be pulling my kids out of school next Monday to drive east into the path of totality during the solar eclipse.

Do you have #eclipse plans?

Sheril, to climate
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We will not meaningfully tackle unless we change the global system.

Sheril, to random
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I laughed.

Sheril, to random
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If anyone has Instagram, my PBS station is doing March Madness brackets for our programs.

It’s just for fun, but I’d be grateful for any votes for the series I write & host, Serving Up Science ⬇️
https://www.instagram.com/stories/wkarofficial/3333817734138645701?utm_source=ig_story_item_share&igsh=c2JobDMwODg1Zzdi

It’s a show all about where our food comes from & its impact on our bodies & the planet.

Thank you ☺️

Sheril, to random
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I passed my dissertation defense! Thanks for so much support from the fediverse! ❤️

Sheril, to science
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On Friday morning, I will defend my dissertation.

The research explores how congressional staffers make #science policy decisions at the national level. I used to work in the Senate, which inspired this journey into the social sciences.

(Friday is also the first day of my kids' Spring Break, so they'll be coming along which should be interesting).

For those curious about the topic, I share a bit about the research on my substack. More results will there soon https://sheril.substack.com/p/a-dissertation-on-democracy

Sheril,
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@SRDas thank you!

Sheril,
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Mastodon is such a wonderful community!

Thank you all for your support & encouragement about my defense tomorrow 😊 /2

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