UW SACNAS Student Chapter Blog

This month’s Diversity in Science Carnival is dedicated to Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. We’ll talk about strong Asian-Pacific women, Asian-Americans in education, and at the end there is an entire section dedicated to educators who would like to incorporate more information about Asian-Pacific Americans into their classroom.

For demographic facts on the Asian-Pacific Islander population, see the US Census Bureau’s Press Release on Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. Some highlights of the report are that there are 17 million Asians living in the United States; 5.6% of the population.  Asians excel in educational attainment; 50% of adults aged 25 and over possess a college degree. This is compared to only 25% of the overall American population over age 25. Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders account for 0.4% of the population, number 1.2 million people.

A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute found that despite their higher levels of educational attainment, Asian…

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UW SACNAS Student Chapter Blog

May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month and we will celebrate with another Diversity in Science Carnival: the blog carnival that celebrates people, innovations, and programs that promote diversity in STEM!

According to the website on Asian-Pacific month, “Asian-Pacific” refers to “all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).” This is a rather broad definition that represents many different cultures and ethnicities, and we hope to represent as many as possible for this carnival.

We seek submissions written by Asian-Pacific scientists and/or profiles of Asian-Pacific scientists, innovators, mentors, teachers, students, parents, or anyone else who contributes to our scientific community. This…

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UW SACNAS Student Chapter Blog

I began my graduate career back in 2004 in the field of Ethnomusicology. My cohort of 4 people included someone who was the Assistant Director of a non-profit organization that placed inner-city kids in music lessons and brought musicians from all over the world for performances and workshops, a blues musician and a long-time jazz musician who had met many of the famous names we speak about when we’re talking  about jazz. They were all at least 4 years older than me and had worked at various jobs within the music field since graduating from college. On the other hand, I was 22-years-old, straight out of finishing my undergraduate degree. I had just moved from Florida and was completely unfamiliar with the West Coast (the other three had lived somewhere on the West Coast all their lives). My partner and I had no friends and were just getting our bearings…

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UW SACNAS Student Chapter Blog

On Friday, March 16th, 2012, a bus load of Royal High School students traveled over the snowy mountain pass to arrive in Seattle in time for lunch at Seattle BioMed. By the time they got to Seattle, the sun was shining and there were an eager group of scientists waiting for them. This is not the first time we’ve met with the Royal High Students. We met Mario Godoy-Gonzalez, a science teacher at Royal High, several years ago at a SACNAS National Conference. Mario had started a SACNAS Club for his students, and many of them were actively involved, so we decided to form a partnership with the RHS SACNAS Club. For the past few years, we traveled to Royal City to present a workshop on college attendance and assist the students with labs. In June 2011, we brought a group of students from Royal City to the UW…

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UW SACNAS Student Chapter Blog

The history of our chapter begins with women, as a group of mostly women got together and founded our chapter in the summer of 2007.  They attended the SACNAS National Conference in Kansas City as the first event for a Registered Student Organization at the University of Washington. All of the women who founded our chapter have graduated and have moved on to greater things, but some are still closely involved with our chapter. Continuing members are Dr. Amber Caracol, who graduated from the UW in 2011 with a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and now teaches at UW Bothell and Seattle Central Community College, Dr. Tracie Delgado, an Assistant Professor at Northwest University who earned her PhD in Microbiology in 2011, and Amanda Bruner, who received an MS in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in 2010 and who now works as a Research Scientist & Outreach Coordinator at…

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UW SACNAS Student Chapter Blog

On Monday, March 12th, I spent an entire day in lead teacher Brandon Blake‘s full day classroom at the Denise Louie Education Center in the International District of Seattle. Denise Louie is a Head Start Center, and this was a multi-lingual classroom. The classroom is a diverse group of students. The classroom is comprised of 42% Chinese students, 11% Vietnamese students, 26% White students, 11% Black students and 11% Latino students. 68% of the students in the classroom’s first language was a language other than English, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and Amharic.  The teachers also represent a wide variety of ethnicities: Uzbek, ethnically Chinese from Vietnam, Mexican, and a substitute present in the class who was Vietnamese. And then there is Brandon, who is a 3rd generation American of Russian/Polish Jewish descent.

As the long-time partner of a preschool teacher (Brandon), I’m no stranger to the classroom, but I’ve…

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UW SACNAS Student Chapter Blog

As the first guest blogger, allow me to introduce myself. I am a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of Washington. My area of focus is Demography, or more specifically defined, the statistical study of human population. In general, Demographers study issues related to fertility, mortality, migration and immigration. My specific area of focus for my dissertation research is educational inequalities, but I also spent a signficant amount of time studying fertility and contraceptive use in Indonesia and Southeast Asian Demography for a recent book chapter I co-wrote with my advisor.

As a student of Demography, naturally I get very excited when the results from the most recent US Census are published, or when an interesting situation in Japan leads to questions about life expectancy,  or even a recent finding that Mexican-American births are overtaking immigration numbers for the first time in history.

I was particularly intrigued waking up to a…

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