Impacts

How has your science impacted you and your community?

BRiDGE2Impacts provides an opportunity for the BRiDGE speaker to highlight their contributions to their wider communities. This can be a traditional lecture or follow a different format (i.e. a workshop, panel discussion, etc.) that maximizes the potential impact of the event. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, discussions on pedagogy, participation in outreach, and/or narratives on identity in STEM.

After each BRiDGE2Impacts talk, graduate students are asked to reflect on the speaker’s talk. At BRiDGE, we believe these personal reflections about each BRiDGE Scholar’s story help all scientists connect and find community.

  • Being a Research Partner in Community Change
    By BRiDGE Committee Member Brooke Burrows All children grow up in our society and impacted by race and discrimination – we are all in this system. Whether or not we talk to some groups of children about race or choose not to is missing the fact that we are all impacted. For Dr. Fantasy Lozada,…
  • Supporting Students of Color in Cognitive and Psychological Science
    By BRiDGE Committee Member Sarah McCormick This November, the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences hosted Dr. Belem López, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where she is also affiliated with the center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Psychology. Dr.…
  • Recognize your privilege…and use it!
    By BRiDGE Committee Member Raquel Bryant Are you right-handed? If you are, you probably haven’t encountered much difficulty using scissors or finding a desk in lecture halls. As for the left-handed among us, they are familiar with having to seek out the left-handed pair of scissors or the one desk for them at the end…
  • 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…
  • When I grow up…An Unexpected Path Into Science, Academia, and Single Parenting
    By BRiDGE Committee Member Mariela Garcia Arredondo Our last BRiDGE2Impacts event of Fall 2018 ended with a deep and intimate look at the academy and the barriers it poses on members of our society from becoming part of & contributing to our scientific community – specifically, single mothers. Dr. Samantha Ying made the academic trajectory…
  • 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 BRiDGE2Impacts talk, “The fierce urgency of now…
  • Dr. Andrew Greenlee: Do you know what a bedbug looks like?
    By BRiDGE Committee Member Benjamin Keisling Do you know what a bedbug looks like? That’s the first question that BRIDGE Scholar Dr. Andrew Greenlee posed to the audience at his BRiDGE2ImpactsPresentation, titled “BRiDGE2Impacts: Strange Bedfellows? Creating an Interdisciplinary Space for Research on Housing Policy and Bedbugs.” A few people in the room could correctly identify…