#WakandanSTEM: Teaching the evolution of skin color

Estimated reading time: 3 mins (608 words) February has been a good month. I got featured on my friend Alexis’ blog for her: ‘Sully Asks A Scientist’ series. My birthday brought me some major wardrobe upgrades: This jacket And, most importantly, I went to see Black Panther. TWICE. And it may have resulted in me acting a little extra since… Plenty of people have talked about how amazing this movie is and there’s a lot of great analysis on the story and aesthetics. But what I want to talk about is the impact it’s had. The memes, the outfits, the pure joy! Black Panther has gotten so many of us to dream about a glorious Afrofuturistic world and I think that’s just magical. I for one, want to see #WakandanSTEM happen. I want Shuri to be our patron saint.  Nothing but respect for MY princess  Next time someone asks me what I’m doing after this PhD, I’m gonna say I’m applying to be a professor at the University of Wakanda. If I were a professor at U of Wakanda, I would, of course, be teaching Biological Anthropology and about 60% of my curriculum on Human Variation would be African Diversity (instead of the traditional 0%).

Next level science camp: teaching kids about their genetics & genealogy

Estimated reading time: 3 mins (610 words) I’ve watched enough American TV to know that summer camp is a thing in the USA. I was introduced to it through the classic twin movies: It Takes Two and The Parent Trap. These movies have given me the false expectation that you always meet your twin at summer camp, though… And the wondrous thing about American summer camps is that they don’t just come in one flavor! There’s band camp, sports camp, adventure camp, space camp, science camp, anything-you-can-come-up-with-camp! And this summer, I got to see kids doing a very special type of science camp – one that was about genetics and genealogy.