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Ep 54: Disabled Scientists

Today’s episode is about science with two disabled scientists: Gabi Serrato Marks, a PhD Candidate in marine biology, freelance science writer, and patient advocate and Lisette E. Torres, a trained scientist and disabled scholar-activist whose work focuses on addressing racial and gender inequity and disability in science. Gabi and Lisette talk about the training and education of scientists, the barriers disabled people face in science, the responsibilities and ethics of scientists, how science can be used as a tool for social change, and the importance of scientists from marginalized communities.

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Related Links

International Association of Geoscience Diversity.

Martucci, Jessica. (November 8, 2018). Whose Knowledge Counts? Scientists with Cognitive Differences. Science History Institute.

Martucci, Jessica. (November 8, 2018). Through the Lens of Disability. Science History Institute.

Science for the People.

Serrato Marks, Gabi. (December 18, 2018). Conferencing while chronically ill. Medium.com

Serrato Marks, Gabi. (November 8, 2018). How to Make Professional Conferences More Accessible for Disabled People: Guidance from Actual Disabled Scientists. Union of Concerned Scientists.

Serrato Marks, Gabi. (December 15, 2017). It’s time to stop excluding people with disabilities from science. Massive Science.

Scicomm Grant: Gabi Serrato Marks – Video Series on Disability in STEM. (July 22, 2018). TwoPhotonArt.com

Zevallos, Dr. Zuleyka. (2017). A Brief Overview of #MarginSci. OtherSociologist.com

Oral history project: People with disabilities in STEM. Science History Institute.

SciAccess: The Science Accessibility Conference.

About

Gabi smiling and holding a large poster in an office.
Gabi smiling and holding a large poster in an office.

Gabi Serrato Marks is a fourth year PhD candidate in marine geology in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Her research focuses on past climate change in northeast Mexico. Outside of the lab, she is excited about science communication, access and inclusion advocacy, and writing. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter as @gserratomarks or on her website, https://gabrielaserratomarks.com/.

Light brown Puerto Rican woman in her 30s wearing a black top. She is wearing glasses and a brown circular necklace. She is smiling and has curly shoulder-length hair. She is wearing glasses and a brown circular necklace.
Light brown Puerto Rican woman in her 30s wearing a black top. She is wearing glasses and a brown circular necklace. She is smiling and has curly shoulder-length hair. She is wearing glasses and a brown circular necklace.

Lisette E. Torres is a trained scientist and disabled scholar-activist whose work focuses on addressing racial and gender inequity and disability in science. She is a co-founder of the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD) as well as an advisory board member of the Invisible Disability Project (IDP). She is also an active member of Science for the People, where she is the Accessibility Editor for the Science for the People Magazine, leads the People of Color (POC) Caucus, assists with the Outreach and Development Committee, and is part of the Puerto Rico Working Group.

Twitter: @LisetteETorres3

 

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Credits

Cheryl Green, Audio Producer & Text Transcription

Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer

Lateef McLeod, Introduction

Mike Mort, Artwork

Theme Music (used with permission of artist)

Song: “Hard Out Here for A Gimp”

Album: NO BIG DEAL

Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp

Music

Raro Bueno” by Chuzausen. (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.)

Lazy Mornings” and “Temple+1by Chuzausen. (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.)

Undersea Garden” and “Trinity Alps” by Podington Bear. (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.)

Sounds

“VOCODER countdown” by Jack_Master. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

8 Bit Beeping Computer Sounds” by sheepfilms. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

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