Women In STEM Panel Live on YouTube


Join us TODAY at 3:30 pm ET on YouTube

This week, 2,000 of the top science students in the world gather in Atlanta for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to present their independent research and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships. Nearly 20 years ago, I was in there shoes, competing in the 1994, 1995, and 1996 ISEF. Science fair made a huge impact on my desire to pursue a career in science, and I'm so honored to have the opportunity to give back to the next generation of science talent!

You can visit the Regeneron ISEF Virtual Fair, and view all 1,410 exhibits from this year’s 1,750 ISEF finalists from 63 countries, regions and territories.

I'll be on site at ISEF for a book signing and to meet with students today, May 11th. Tomorrow, I'll be giving remarks to different subject sections of competitors. I'm so proud of the Quave Lab members who will also be there serving as judges, including botanist, Dr. Airy Gras from Spain and Cate Risener (PhD candidate in Pharmacology).

Tune in to the WomenInSTEM panel set to air this afternoon at 3:30 PM ET live on YouTube, or catch the recording at a later time. Share the link with your networks: https://youtu.be/_6gYQxsRHb0

The event is presented by Johnson & Johnson and moderated by Seema Kumar, Ph.D., Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson. Panelists are:
  • Dapo Ajayi, Vice President Technical Operations and Supply Chain Strategy, Johnson & Johnson ​​​​​​​
  • Cassandra Quave, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology; Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Human Health, Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Curator, Emory University Herbarium; ISEF 1994-96
  • Jaszianne Tolbert, Senior Director, U.S. Clinical Development, Oncology, Janssen
  • Rebecca Bunnell, Ph.D., M.Ed., Director of the Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Launch of the Atlanta Science Gallery

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I was blown away by the incredible opening night for the Atlanta Science Gallery exhibit “Hooked: When Want Becomes Need”! Located in Pullman Yard, the exhibit is free & open to the public! It includes such thought-provoking & engaging art on the science of addiction and student guides are on hand to help explain how each piece reflects on different angles of the subject. Of note, this is the only Science Gallery exhibit in the southern US. Other locations are Bengaluru, Berlin, Detroit, Dublin, London, Melbourne, & Rotterdam.

This is a must-see, especially for 15-25 year-olds. It explores the many faces of addiction, from digital technology, substances (drugs, alcohol), gambling, social media and more. I’m definitely planning on a return visit very soon with family and friends. You should add this to your must-see list for your next outing in Atlanta! Find more information on open hours and free ticket reservations here: https://www.atlanta.sciencegallery.com/hooked

Research fundraiser: We need your help!

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Cub Scout Troop Visit to the Lab


It is such fun encouraging a love of science in children! Marco and I hosted a local Cub Scout group for a lab tour and experiment demo this weekend. When I asked how many wanted to become scientists or engineers, all raised their hands!

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New on Foodie Pharmacology

Eaters of the Dead with Kevin Wetmore

Every culture has monsters that eat us, and every culture repels in horror when we eat ourselves. This week on the show, we explore the inhuman acts of consumption found in stories of anthropophagous monsters and cannibals. Our guest is Kevin Wetmore, author of Eaters of the Dead and many other books. We discuss the cultural and environmental conditions that create myths of corpse-eating monsters and examine conditions in modern human societies where cannibalism still occurs.

Upcoming Events

I've got an exciting lineup of upcoming talks and conferences this summer! Be sure to check out the EVENTS page to find out more details on how to join me virtually or in person.

Congratulations to the Emory Graduates!!

It is always such a special day when we get to celebrate the thousands of Emory Graduates on the main campus quadrangle. I marched with the faculty in the procession. We also had an incredibly motivating speech by acclaimed actor and producer, Tyler Perry! Watch his commencement speech here.

New Interview: BYU Radio Constant Wonder

Superplants vs. Superbugs

After losing a leg as a toddler and struggling with repeated infections, Cassandra Quave became obsessed, even as a young child, with preventing infection. That obsession has led her from Florida's swamps to the Peruvian Amazon in pursuit of plants that can defeat antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Her stories are personal, riveting and inspiring, and they offer hope for a medical future that's quite different from our present.

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