Author Archives for Nickie Cammisa

Why scientists must be activists

As scientists, we must dramatically increase our public engagement in order to save science!

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Helping girls get the GIST of science careers

Eco-Evo Lab members Melissa and Nickie help run science themed after-school club for 8th grade girls!

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Eco-Evo Lab goes back to middle school for a day

Now that I’m only I’m taking one seminar and teaching one class (woohoo!), I joined Zoë in being a judge at a local middle school’s science fair. (See her post about last year’s fair). One thing I took away from her experience last year was that it was obvious that some students had scientist and/or […]

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What should we call grad school?

I have been taking more weekend trips during the semester- and feeling less guilty about it- than I did during my first year here. This is likely a combination of needing a break for my mental health and realizing that my 2-2.5 years at CSUN is going by really quickly. In part by good fortune […]

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Learning to be a naturalist

Last week, our Behavior, Ecology and Evolution Reading club (BEER) had a FaceTime meeting with Dr. Harry Greene. In one of his [in]famous articles, Rewilding Our Lives (2015), Dr. Greene described the three most transformative experiences he has had as a naturalist, and in our meeting he wished for us as young naturalists to do these […]

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Women in Science Highlight: Olympia LePoint (1977-present)

I’m excited to announce that this time around, our Women in Science1 Highlight is not only a local to LA, but she is a two-time CSUN alumna (B.S. and M.S.)! While it’s important to highlight historically revolutionary women in science, I also believe in appreciating the living legends. And one kickass, legendary woman in science […]

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Women in Science Highlight: Gertrude B. Elion (1918-1999)

Even though she graduated from Hunter College, summa cum laude, with a degree in Chemistry at only 19 years old, Gertrude B. Elion was rejected from over 15 graduate programs1 as well as several lab technician jobs. Because she was a woman. “In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw […]

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To do list: return emails, read literature, become more creative…

Has our obsession with the left-brain killed creativity in science?

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