Embracing difficult conversations: The necessary path to diversifying soil science

By BRiDGE Committee Member Mariela Garcia Arredondo This October at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, we were fortunate to host Dr. Christine Sprunger, an Assistant Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. Dr. Sprunger investigates how management practices influence soil and rhizosphere interactions for enhanced agronomic performance and ecological…

How I learned to put cognition in context

We began the Fall 2019 semester with a visit from Dr. Richard Prather, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland. His BRiDGE2Impacts talk, “How I learned to put cognition in context”, covered his journey through academia and taking cognitive science outside of the laboratory and into…

After Tragedy Strikes, Science Can Help Secure a Safer Future

By BRIDGE Committee Member Nadia Fernandez We kicked off the Spring 2019 semester with a visit from Dr. Roby Douilly, Assistant Professor of Earth Science at the University of California, Riverside. His BRiDGE2Impacts talk, Career Choice Influenced by a Tragedy: My Personal Story, described his trajectory in academia after a major natural disaster that impacted…

The Shuri Effect: Redefining Impact in Academia

By BRIDGE Committee Member Nigel Golden In the movie Black Panther, the brilliant Scientist Shuri states that: “Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.” This is essentially what Dr. Nyeema Harris makes the case for when it comes to redefining “impact” in academia. At the BRIDGE2Impact talk, “The fierce urgency of now…

Dr. Andrew Greenlee: Do you know what a bedbug looks like?

By BRIDGE Committee Member Benjamin Keisling That’s the first question that BRIDGE Scholar Dr. Andrew Greenlee posed to the audience at his BRIDGE2Impacts Presentation, titled “BRIDGE2Impacts: Strange Bedfellows? Creating an Interdisciplinary Space for Research on Housing Policy and Bedbugs.” A few people in the room could correctly identify the pest’s profile, but that is not…