AcaDames podcast

AcaDames

Sarah Birken and Whitney Robinson

Is being a woman in academia a dream, game, or scam? AcaDames is a biweekly podcast that explores this question through interviews with a diverse range of women. Discussions cover career trajectories, finances, childbearing decisions, spirituality, the ever-present patriarchy and everything in between. Co-hosts Whitney Robinson and Sarah Birken open up to each other and their guests in intimate, frank, and often funny conversations. Along the way, they share insider knowledge about the “hidden curriculum” for professional advancement (and potential world domination). Episodes released every other Thursday during the semester.

49 episodios

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    S510: Bonus: Past Guest Updates

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    In this bonus episode, Whitney and Sarah are joined by past AcaDames guests and our current Executive Producer. Join us for a short and sweet audio compilation featuring themes of professional growth, transitions, navigating the pandemic, and more. Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: Theme 1: Narratives of Professional Growth Jessie Borelli (from S106: Jessie) Whitney (S103: Whitney) Sarah (S101: Sarah) Ariana Vigil (from S204: Ariana) Theme 2: Starting New Jobs Katie Grogan (from S206: Katie) Constance Lindsay (from S208: Constance) Jen Pearlstein (from S407: Jennifer) Theme 3: Navigating the Pandemic Jessie Stephanie Wheeler (from S306: Stephanie) Katie Constance Meryem Ok (Executive Producer) Theme 4: Stepping Up for Communities Jessie Whitney Stephanie Clara Lee (from S404: Clara) Theme 5: Silver Linings Kemi Doll (from S310: Kemi) Clara Jen A full transcript of the episode can be found here. Recorded: March - April, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs
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    S509: Season 5 Wrap-Up

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    In this episode, Whitney and Sarah reflect on the past year, share life updates, and make a special announcement: AcaDames is going on hiatus at the end of the season. Sarah and Whitney discuss respite and recovery, chat about change, and look back fondly on the years of AcaDames listener feedback, collaborative teamwork, and human connection. Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: Esther Perel: How’s Work? (Podcast) Pentecost (event in church year that Whitney mentioned) NCFDD Post-Tenure Pathfinders program S203: Journal Club: Money "The more you know" A full transcript of the episode can be found here. Recorded: April 22, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs
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    S508: Friendship in the Academy, Part 3: Michelle Rodrigues and Kate Clancy on Social Support for Academic Women of Color

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    This episode is the third and final of a three-part series on friendship in the academy. Whitney interviews Michelle Rodrigues, Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University, and Kate Clancy, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. They discuss allyship, countering gaslighting, and the curious social similarities between humans and spider monkeys. Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: Michelle Rodrigues Websites and Social Media Faculty Profile Teaching and Research E-Portfolio @MARspidermonkey (Twitter) Decolonize Primatology Reading List Kate Clancy Websites and Social Media Faculty Profile Kate’s Website @KateClancy (Twitter) PERIOD (Podcast) “THERE’S REALIZING, AND THEN THERE’S REALIZING”: HOW SOCIAL SUPPORT CAN COUNTER GASLIGHTING OF WOMEN OF COLOR SCIENTISTS” (PDF link, Article by Michelle Rodrigues, Ruby Mendenhall, and Kate Clancy) Tend-and-befriend (Michelle’s work on spider monkeys) Researcher Positionality - A Consideration of Its Influence and Place in Qualitative Research - A New Researcher Guide (PDF link) Reflexivity Definition Soylent Is People, and WEIRD Is White: Biological Anthropology, Whiteness, and the Limits of the WEIRD (PDF link, Article by Kate Clancy and Jenny Davis) Objectivism Definition Intersectionality Definition A comparative examination of research on why women are more underrepresented in some STEMM disciplines compared to others, with a particular focus on computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics, medicine, chemistry, and biology (PDF link, Article by Michelle Rodrigues and Kate Clancy) NIH FIRST Program Women of Color in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Dara Norman, Jedidah Isler, et al.) Gaslighting Definition Schmoozing And The Gender Gap (The Indicator from Planet Money Podcast) A full transcript of the episode can be found here. Recorded: March 3, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs
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    S507: Friendship in the Academy, Part 2: Grace Kao on Interracial Friendships

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    This episode is the second of a three-part series on friendship in the academy. Whitney interviews Grace Kao, IBM Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Yale University. Grace shares her research on the racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender dynamics of friendship and romantic relationships among teens and young adults. Grace also discusses her research on K-pop and how it ties in to representation. #BTSARMY Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: Grace Kao Faculty Bio The Company We Keep (Book co-authored by Grace Kao) Wonseok Lee (Grace’s grad student collaborator) BTS performs on the Tonight Show (K-pop Plug) The Anxiety of Being Asian American: Hate Crimes and Negative Biases During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Article by Hannah Tessler, Meera Choi, and Grace Kao) Stop AAPI Hate A full transcript of the episode can be found here. Recorded: February 4, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs
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    S506: Friendship in the Academy, Part 1: Journal Club

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    This episode is the first of a three-part series on friendship in the academy. In this Journal Club, Whitney and Sarah discuss the loss of weak ties during the pandemic, close friendships among women, and navigating friendships and more distant relationships in the workplace. Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: Journal Club Readings: The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship (The Atlantic article) In The Company of Women: The Pandemic Void Only My Girlfriends Can Fill (WBUR article) Anne Lamott: Loved and Chosen (Kate Bowler Podcast Interview) Enneagram Personality Types AcaDames S106: Jessie TEAM Advance (NSF Award at UNC) A full transcript of the episode can be found here. Recorded: March 8, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs
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    S505: Dr. Alfiee

    59:19

    In this episode, Sarah interviews Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, psychologist, author, researcher, and host of the podcast, “Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee.” They discuss how and why Dr. Alfiee turned her academic research lab into a successful 501(c)(3) nonprofit, AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents), centered around improving mental health for BIPOC communities and youth. Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: Dr. Alfiee’s Bio Dr. Alfiee’s Website AAKOMA Project: https://aakomaproject.org/ Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee (Dr. Alfiee’s Podcast) Social Media: @dralfiee and @AAKOMAproject – on Twitter, IG and Facebook @couchedincolor – on Twitter and Facebook @couchedincolorpod – on Instagram Alfiee (Dr. Alfiee) Breland-Noble and The AAKOMA Project, Inc. on LinkedIn Definitions 501(c)(3) = “The portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations” PCORI = Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute NIH Study Section = “[NIH Grant] Applications are reviewed in study sections (Scientific Review Group, SRG).” Ad hoc member (study section) = “Temporary or ad hoc members of study sections have a commitment to only one meeting of either a permanent study section or a Special Emphasis Panel and are not appointed by the Director, NIH.” Dr. Alfiee’s Tweet that Sarah quotes: https://twitter.com/dralfiee/status/1256622153459535876 Dr. Alfiee on CNN with Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, and Taraji P. Henson (May 2020) Dr. Alfiee on CNN with Jake Tapper (June 2020) Pivotal Ventures (Investment and incubation company founded by Melinda Gates) Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (2001 Report from Dr. David Satcher, former surgeon general) Small Business Administration Learning Center Nikki Webber Allen: Dr. Alfiee's friend who gave her advice and encouragement when leaving academia AcaDames S312: Rena, Part 2 (Allyship episode) Crisis Text Line Dr. Shairi Turner (Chief Transformation Officer, Crisis Text Line) Dr. Alifee's 3 key points about how 2020 has changed her: “No more patience at all, whatsoever, coupled with immediate action toward things that go against who I am at my core.” “Do social media in a way that's empowering and to not use social media in a way that's disempowering or that detracts from my emotional wellbeing.” “I often find that I will go back through my own videos and listen to the strategies so that I can practice them.” (Practice what I preach) Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards (2011 Ginther et al. report on R01 success for Black researchers) A Leak in the Academic Pipeline: Identity and Health Among Postdoctoral Women (2019 Ysseldyk et al. article) A full transcript of the episode can be found here. Recorded: January 21, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs
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    Sarah's on the Shiny Epi People podcast today!

    1:51

    In this brief teaser, Whitney highlights Sarah’s guest crossover appearance on the Shiny Epi People podcast, hosted by Lisa Bodnar, released today! Visit the links below to hear this companion episode to AcaDames S504: Lisa: The Shiny Epi People Crossover. Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: @lisabodnar (Twitter) Shiny Epi People: https://shinyepipeople.buzzsprout.com/ @ShinyEpiPeople (Twitter) AcaDames S504: Lisa: The Shiny Epi People Crossover: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/episodes/2021/2/25/s504-lisa-the-shiny-epi-people-crossover A full transcript of the teaser can be found here. Recorded: February 20, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs
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    S504: Lisa: The Shiny Epi People Crossover

    59:40

    In this first-ever crossover episode, Whitney interviews Lisa Bodnar, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and host of the Shiny Epi People podcast. They discuss work boundaries, the impact of divorce on academic life, coping with pandemic isolation via podcasting, and pie 🥧😋. Check out the crossover Shiny Epi People episode, featuring our very own Sarah Birken, released on February 27th, 2021! Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: AcaDames Website: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/ AcaDames Listener Engagement Survey 2021 Lisa Bodnar Faculty Profile: https://publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/lisa-m-bodnar @lisabodnar (Twitter) Shiny Epi People: https://shinyepipeople.buzzsprout.com/ @ShinyEpiPeople (Twitter) Biomedical grant jargon: R01 K Award: Type of career development award that NIH grants; the most popular are early-career awards to help people launch their independent research careers T32: big NIH grant that an institution can be awarded to be able to provide predoctoral and/or postdoctoral fellowships to multiple students over a set number of years along with training and research activities Carolina Population Center ("Pop Center"): https://www.cpc.unc.edu/ Shiny Epi People Interview with Bill Miller: https://shinyepipeople.buzzsprout.com/1269377/7589128-bill-miller-phd-md-on-being-an-introverted-imposter-with-add-and-a-college-athlete Shiny Epi People Interview with Kerry Keyes: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1269377/4908920-kerry-keyes-phd-on-single-motherhood-and-groundhogs Shiny Epi People Interview with Hailey Banack: https://shinyepipeople.buzzsprout.com/1269377/5173894-hailey-banack-phd-on-prioritizing-family-and-parenting-in-a-pandemic A full transcript of the episode can be found here. Recorded: February 9, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs
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    S503: Journal Club: It's Doctor to You

    46:33

    In this episode, Whitney and Sarah discuss professional and personal titles in response to the controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed published about Dr. Jill Biden in December 2020. They share how cultural and geographic influences have shaped their own title preferences, analyze the often gendered nature of professional titles, and reflect on the use of gender-neutral honorifics. Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: AcaDames Website: https://www.acadamespodcast.com/ AcaDames Listener Engagement Survey 2021 Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-there-a-doctor-in-the-white-house-not-if-you-need-an-m-d-11607727380 Meghan Daum’s Twitter Post: https://twitter.com/meghan_daum/status/1256267018992521217 Julie Silver BMJ Article: https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4754?utm_source=etoc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tbmj&utm_content=weekly&utm_term=20201225 Theydies and Gentlethems (meme): https://images.app.goo.gl/RdxbybDjAHNiznnAA A Gender-Neutral Honorific (Mx): https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/mx-gender-neutral-title A full transcript of the episode can be found here. Recorded: January 28, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs
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    S502: Guest Lecture: The Academic Job Market in the COVID Era

    48:07

    In this episode, Leslie Gonzales, Associate Professor at Michigan State University, joins us for a Guest Lecture on the state of the academic job market. She discusses how different institutions have been differentially impacted by the pandemic and describes the implications for various sectors of the academic workforce. Click here to subscribe on iTunes! Related readings and links: Leslie Gonzales’s Faculty Profile: https://education.msu.edu/search/Formview.aspx?email=gonza645%40msu.edu Leslie Gonzales’s Twitter: @ldgonzales1 Unequal Higher Education: Wealth, Status, and Student Opportunity (Book by Barrett Taylor and Brendan Cantwell): https://www.amazon.com/Unequal-Higher-Education-Opportunity-American/dp/0813593492 Stories by Emma Pettit (Senior Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education): https://www.chronicle.com/author/emma-pettit The High Public Cost of Low Wages (Center for Labor Studies at UC Berkeley): https://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/pdf/2015/the-high-public-cost-of-low-wages.pdf Metcalfe, A. S. & Slaughter, S. (2011). Gender and academic capitalism. In B. J. Bank, (Ed.), Gender and higher education, pp. 13-19. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: https://www.cbpp.org/ AcaDames’ Guest Lecture with Adrianna Kezar (mentioned this episode): https://www.acadamespodcast.com/episodes/2020/2/12/s304-is-the-growth-of-contingent-faculty-a-scam Inside the New York Times’ Heated Reckoning with Itself (Article): https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/11/inside-the-new-york-times-heated-reckoning-with-itself.html Inside the New York Times’ Heated Reckoning with Itself (Apple News): https://apple.news/nowPlaying/ApZX2lMYpT7q51sKl0wVYIg A full transcript of the episode can be found here. Recorded: January 18, 2021 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcaDamesPodcast E-mail: acadamespodcast@gmail.com Voicemail #: (919) 666-7301 (Voice memos can also be emailed if you would like!) Creative Director: Mara Buchbinder Music by: Grace Mesa — PremiumBeat.com Production, editing, and admin by Meryem Ok Artwork by Melissa Hudgens at Leafy Greens Designs

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