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Kathryn R. Wedemeyer-Strombel earned her PhD in Environmental Science as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Texas, El Paso. She is an avid traveler, ocean lover, interdisciplinary conservationist, and graduate student advocate. She is a firm believer that graduate school should be challenging, but not traumatic – and hopes that our generation of scholars will drive systemic change in academia. You can find her on Twitter @krwedemeyer and her Chronicle Articles can be found here:
Dr. Brian Chad Starks is a nationally recognized expert on Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and the disruption of Implicit Bias. A mesmerizing storyteller and critical criminologist, Dr. Starks is famous for his authenticity and sense of humor. His personal and professional experiences make him uniquely qualified to help educators, business owners and government officials understand the effects of structural inequality, poverty, and crime.
For more than twenty years, he has worked to create social justice and equity for individuals, organizations and communities. The former owner of B. Chad Bonding, Dr. Starks completed his undergraduate studies in Sociology at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies from the University of South Carolina as well as a doctorate in Criminology from the University of Delaware. He has been on the faculty at Lynchburg College, Delaware State University, and Benedict College.
Dr. Starks serves as an Associate Director with the Delaware NASA Space Grant Consortium where he works to increase minority student representation. In 2014, Dr. Starks was awarded the Louis L. Redding Diversity Award from the University of Delaware. This award honors individuals who have implemented diversity programs that resulted in a significant change to the culture and climate of the university. In 2016, Dr. Starks received the NAACP Civil Rights award from the Lynchburg, Virginia Branch. He was also inducted into the 2016 Wofford College Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2017, Dr. Starks created the I KNOW I CAN INSTITUTE which impacts generational poverty for socio-economically disadvantaged high school students.
As CEO of BCS & Associates Consulting Firm, Dr. Starks travels around the country speaking and teaching the truth about implicit bias, cultural competency, and structural inequality.
Find Dr. Starks’ personal Twitter account here.
Dan Quintana is a researcher in biological psychiatry at the University of Oslo. His research interests include social behavior, the oxytocin system, heart rate variability, and meta-analysis. More recently, he has become interested in meta-science, an emerging discipline that evaluates and improves research practices.
He hosts the Physiology and Behaviour podcast, which is a daily update of the latest papers in the field of physiology and behavior, and also co-hosts Everything Hertz, which is podcast on methodology and scientific life in the biobehavioral sciences. Find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Dr. Moncie V. Wright is from San Antonio, Texas. Her family and life partner are wonderful humans who she values even more than science. She obtained a BS in environmental science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she also helped to create the campus’s first official greenhouse gas emissions inventory. She worked full time for a small woman-owned consulting firm while simultaneously pursuing an MS in environmental biology from Hood College. During her time at Hood College, she studied the population dynamics and behavioral interactions of two different invasive crayfish species. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from Baylor University in 2018 where she studied the ecotoxicology of titanium dioxide nanoparticles to aquatic algae and bacteria. Dr. Wright currently works as an environmental scientist for a consulting firm. She helps to manage an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pesticides review contract, trains new and existing reviewers, is engaged in ongoing communications with EPA scientists regarding technical inquiries, and performs intermediate and final QAQC processes to ensure that project deliverables maintain the standards that have been set over the last three decades of the contract. Moncie competes in strongman competitions where she lifts heavy, awkward objects and just generally wrecks herself on a regular basis in the gym. If you would like to contact her, please do so here: monciew1 AT umbc.edu.
Deborah is a perinatal social worker (20+ years), Dani’s mom, and interested in the emotional lives of zoo animals and their behavior. She had a diving accident when she was 15 years old that resulted in a spinal cord injury which caused her to be paralyzed from the chest down. She has a Bachelor’s where she double majored in Psychology & Psychobiology from UC Riverside and a Masters of Social Work and a near Masters in Animal Behavior at San Diego State University. SHE’S A QUEEN. And I love her (Dani, her daughter, wrote this bio with permission). If you’d like to contact her, e-mail her at dgsoliz54 AT gmail.com.
Patrick Dwyer is an autistic graduate student in the psychology department at UC Davis with a broad interest in helping to ensure that autistic and neurodivergent people can lead fulfilling lives. He plans to use eye-tracking and electrophysiology to explore the heterogeneity of the autism spectrum and different phenotypes of autism, and is particularly interested in studying sensory processing and sensory sensitivities in autism. He has also facilitated peer-support groups for other autistic college students. You can find more of Patrick’s writing on his blog at autisticscholar.com. (Taken with permission from Stairway to STEM. Also, check out Patrick’s article on Problem-Focused Coping: Autism and Preparing for Graduate School in Research Fields)