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SciComm and Public Health with Dr. Shenell Tolson!

Dr. Shenell Tolsn, B-SCI’s Science Policy Officer stops by the podcast to talk about how she became a scientist, how she does SciCom, iatrophobia-the fear of doctors and medicine, and how she became interested in science policy! This interview was super inspiring and you don’t want to miss it!

1:16, Noa The Little Scientist

1:40, STEMBassy

1:41, STEMNoire

2:04, Simplicity Chocolate

2:17, NPR Scicommers

5:11. Mess in a bottle

6:19, SciComm for everyone

13:23, When Dr. Tolson’s article is published will post the link here

13:48, Iatrophobia

15:40, Georgia’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

16:11 Racial bias in pain assessment

  • Hoffman, K. M., Trawalter, S., Axt, J. R., & Oliver, M. N. 2016. Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(16), 4296–4301.

34:03, Public Transportation Barriers

  • Syed, S. T., Gerber, B. S., & Sharp, L. K. 2013. Traveling towards disease: transportation barriers to healthcare access. Journal of community health, 38(5), 976–993.

41:07, Simplicity Chocolate, Frequently Asked Questions

46:12 STEMNoire Planning Council and Bios

49:25 Black Women in STEM Week

50:35, Raven the Science Maven and STEMBassy

50:43, Dr. Shenell Tolson’s STEMbassy episode

57:42, Dr. Tolson’s Instagram

57:46, Dr. Tolson’s Twitter

58:26, (Cool)Progoney and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum reading of Noa the Little Scientists with Dr. Shenell Tolson

Other Sources

  • Noonan, A. S., Velasco-Mondragon, H. E., & Wagner, F. A. 2016. Improving the health of African Americans in the USA: an overdue opportunity for social justice. Public health reviews, 37, 12.

  • Sheba George, Nelida Duran, and Keith Norris, 2014. A Systematic Review of Barriers and Facilitators to Minority Research Participation Among African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. American Journal of Public Health 104, e16_e31,

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