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"atlas institute" Discussed on Papa Phd Podcast
"Really want to share. Maybe what if if you have seen changes between when you went through grad school or university and what you see happening today in terms of you know being a woman being a woman of color being being non binary woman of color. Can you talk a little a little bit about the good things that you're seeing happening and how they compared to maybe some experiences that you've had. Yeah yeah so so i. I did identify as women for most. I've always identified as gender queer. But like i've i've occupied women's spaces and had that experience for most of a career and i. It's it's a tough question so it's changed and it hasn't changed. There are definitely. I've seen a lot more top down. I've seen a lot more Administration and kind of structural changes that go in positions. The committee Just this focus on evaluating truly evaluating. How faculties students are are engaging in participating in diversity in in most importantly inclusive efforts which is a cultural shift Not just numerical ship. So i've seen a lot more of that and that's really great. I think it's feel personally. It might just be where. I am in my career and the kind of accolades. I have behind me at this point. But i feel much more comfortable speaking out when something is not okay than i did before I feel like even. If i was an i often am the only black person in the room and somebody says something and no pun intended off color. I feel like if i were to stand up and say something. My white colleagues would be in support rate. That's something that. I think certainly didn't happen to grad school for so that's nice. I like to see that. But then there's also i think we haven't quite had the collective realization about how much has to change War to to actually make a truly inclusive environment And so in that frame. There's kind of like at the individual level at at like the bottom up like who however we rallying to really care about that that's still lacking again because i think we frankly just don't sit down and have the practice of thinking about what the future is. What's it gonna look like. What's what's the classroom physically going to look like. what's lecture actually going to contain. How all of these things. It really sit down and quantify so much scientists as thinkers. But we're not sitting down to quantify what that actually what's it gonna look like. What the end result. How do we actually predict. There's no practice of that And so it's kind of like this. Big hand wavy gray mass. We're like yeah. We're making it better but you. You can't actually make it better if you don't have a goal in mind and so there we really need to see that progress still feels like we need to have some inclusiveness you x. specialist user experience versus to kind of model. What it's going to actually feel like for the for the users war in this case the the students. Yeah question are there. You've you've had to clearly from what you're saying deal with some some some difficulties some exclusion in or you know in your in your path. But were their strategies. Were there things you did or poor people in your path that that were helpful and that you can You know the yeah. They were helpful with that. And are there. Is there some advice for someone who's now at this institution or even in this group sometimes. It's just there's group dynamics writers group culture that is those somehow not so accepting and and that's that's difficult. Is there some advice you can give based on your experience of overcoming these obstacles and coming out stronger after yeah and my advice is echoed by research have a support group has abort group has support group having support group. Have people you can go and go back to your base code. Go back to that natural language. Drop your guard you know. Be yourself be really comfortable. You gotta have those the especially as any sort of minorities especially as intersectional a have your support group for intersectional people. I will acknowledge it. Super hard like for me. For example. Black spaces aren't always queer friendly spaces. Queer friendly spaces aren't always black friendly spaces as really hard thing to navigate. Still even if you're not fully relaxed even if you can't find a black. We are space for example at combination. Even those little bits that you get steps to single person even it goes so far There was one fellow who i think about as mentor. I can't i know his name is added. can't remember his last name but he was a new faculty. he was working in molecular biology at u. Dub i was in bio so we were in the same hallway and i would see him in the hallway. We kinda wave at each other walking by and then when he pulled me aside we just started chatting and anytime i saw him. We would just like stop in the hallway and chat for two or three minutes. Maybe we got a coffee and it was just this idea. It really created this sense of of of culture for meaning academia of what. I really nurtured a thing i needed. And it set the precedent right. Like here's someone. When i see someone frequently you're part of my community. I should have relationship with you to some degree and so in that that. That's someone that i think about a lot. That's a it's a behavior. I think about a lot. How can i bring that forward And i think things like that are also really important like looking at how people give you the cultural needs. Meet your cultural needs and how you can help that with some. Bring that to somebody else.
"atlas institute" Discussed on Papa Phd Podcast
"Realize that my there was nobody to look forward to to say. Okay this is how you do it. This is what the decision is. Because what i wanna do is not really something that's been done before Not exactly otherwise. Why am i doing and so it stops being looking ahead and seeing who's advanced who's further. Who's better who can tell me things and start looking to the side. And saying who's doing something different power. They accessing their paths of success. Howard bay managing their work life balance. How are they succeeding cooler. Who are my allies. Who are who are people who i feel safe around as we move forward together. Welcome to pop up each with david. Mendez the podcast where we explore careers and life after grad school with guests who have walked the road less traveled and have unique stories to tell about how they made their place in the world of constantly evolving rules. Get ready to go off the beaten path and hop on for an exciting new episode of papa phd. Welcome to today's episode of papa peachy today with me. I have has more chaz neuro- engineer and steam coordinator at cu boulder looking to revolutionize access to steam learning hsieh's creating innovative interactive tools aimed at intersectional minorities middle school students outside of work. Chaz has a penchant for creative. Coding snowboarding baking bread and woodworking. Welcome to apiece says. Thank you so much. Thanks for having me. It's good to be here. I'm super happy to have you here. And i think it's it's not going to be difficult for listeners. To consider the idea that diversity is is a very present question in our society. And i think it's something we'll have to focus in the near future and then going forward and that's why i'm super super excited to have you here because This is something that is very close to your heart and that you work on. And i think it's going to be really interesting to have this conversation because i've i've just recently a day. We're recording published an interview for example about a woman in academia and you know having kids etc etc and inclusivity is something that i think the the field the team feels gain with. But there's there's a culture that may comes from far behind. That has some resistance to this change and this why. I'm really really happy to have you here today to talk about this. I'm i'm so excited to talk about it. It's such a. it's a cool time. Now to see it being brought to the forefront and seeing so many institutions really taking it seriously and really trying to take risks dec- how they can make these changes in start to integrate a little bit more and so yeah. I think about it a lot. I work at pretty much. Twenty four seven in all these different avenues. I'm really excited to get into it. Yeah so to begin. Maybe just give a little introduction of who you are as a neural engineer. What's what is it that you do. And specifically i would really love you to also give a view of what you do relating to this aspect of of inclusion and diversity and also you mentioned that you see things happening around you. I love you to share a little bit about that too absolutely so i'm chas aka dr z. by pronouns are them nonbinary I am a narrow engineer. I work at the atlas institute which is a creative tech institute at cu boulder and as narrow engineer. I like to build design fantasize gadgets that will augment or help explorer our nervous systems work And so primarily. I've most recently. I should say. I've been using a vr and three d gaming platforms like unity three d to create these tools for exploring vision and other scientific explorations so kind of taking these tools. That are amazing. In powerful people are using them really entertainment and catering them designing them for a more scientific exploration. I came to this path quite. Interestingly i really love neuroscience i have a phd neuroscience. But i i realize looking back at my all of my projects. The part that i did the best was coming. Up with the experimental setup building wind tunnels making these vr arenas All sorts of devices building devices making all sorts of designing my own circuits writing my own code really creating the environment And then moving forward thinking about where. I can actually make an impact in some progress. That was really it. It wasn't really so much. What's the assessment that i can make. It's what's the tools. I can build heavily. Best answer this question which leads really nicely into diversity and inclusion which is kind of so one half of my job is creative. Portion making all of these tools and gadgets for exploration in learning neuroscience learning neuroscience learning about how our bodies work and then the other half is helping atlas institute get better integrated in various levels of community so integrated through cu boulder integrated in the tech community. That's burgeoning in the boulder. The front range areas that's boulder denver fort collins and then Also integrates in in the general public. Where what's our online presence like. What are we doing in the actual physical community And boulders a really interesting place to do this Colorado's really interesting place to do this. Because it's demographics are not very. It's more typical for the south west but not typical of the like the demographic of the country Where we see. The the largest minority group in colorado is out Latino x. community and then. There is a pretty sizable asian pacific american pacific islander community. And then there's a fairly small black community and of course a very small indigenous community. It's a different shift where a lot of people tend to Reach for the needs of Black communities which they absolutely shed cure the target in what people have been working on and looking at. Who's around us has been linked the latino community which is a whole wealth of problems to solve for me. Which is it's a fun. It's a fun way to expand and see what's out there So i'm integrated thinking about diversity all of the time with my Very brand new company create. I'm making these informal stem kits that and comics that feature kids from really their kids from the hood. Their kids from all over look like all different. You know. there's a muslim character is character in a wheelchair We have a single parent household. We really just trying to get a an image of what my childhood was really like and so now with cranny eight. I'm creating these tools that are kits that help these students that really are not included in the educational studies Which is a lot of. Lgbtq kids it's hard to find data on how lgbtq plus kids learn in the classroom especially in them who is in stem like like that. That data were not collecting that data as in general and low income other other minority groups Black indigenous pacific islander latina Just trying to make something for them by them and see what what is your version of stem. And how does it show up in your life. And what are the problems that stem helps you solve. And that that's really where where my heart lies is a.
"atlas institute" Discussed on Embedded
"So. I've asked this question to a lot of classes that I've lectured in, which is who looks at the patent number in make sure I p on something before you buy a product, and I've never had anybody raise their hand to that question, but people by for all kinds of different reasons for again for caller for shipping for quality for brand name recognition for the marketing around it. I think that, that is really. Why people buy products it really has nothing to do with how many copies of anything there is out there. I don't think LEGO happens to be hurting, just because mega blocks has been around, and that's a very much. You know, a direct copying attempting to get into that market. But I think there's lots of examples of that, where there have been copies but it doesn't necessarily make the original companies profit goes go away. Because people care about purchasing products for different reasons. Yeah, that's true. I mean, people don't buy apple products. They're necessarily the best hardware. But because the apple products right, right? And, and like there's no reason that apple like needs to charge as much as they do. But they totally do. And like even like you consider like, well, you know, it's sort of derivative of BEST. So, like in that logic every single person should be using Lineker's rather than purchasing Apple computer. That's just not how the world works. Yeah. And, and cost is definitely a consumer driver. But it isn't the only I agree with that. Let's move on for bit the blue things plop. Yeah. Do you actually blow things up? Yeah. You can't Bizet so yeah. The blow things up lab is a hacker space at CU boulder that I direct largely has a bunch of students, but we do allow community members to join and staff faculty in kind of anyone who wants to be there can be there. It's, it's very open space. We don't care what major the students is not like you have to be an engineering, major think that's actually kind of the beauty of, of a community in space, as when you get people from different backgrounds helping each other out, helping solve problems. I always love. So this, it's the blessings up lab is. Part of the atlas. Institute. And the institute also has the interdisciplinary concept of teaching interacting, so students from outside of our major can take our classes than all that kind of stuff. It's wonderful. When I get like, you know, your art. Next year engineering student trying to solve a project together and Mito. Had I had two students working, too, and the one the engineering student had done all the math in theory, everything's should have worked whatever. In their circuit wasn't working in the super frustrated in the art student, leaned over in just said. Oh, let's just take a resistor out right in just pulled out a resistor in the circuits are working the engineering student was like, no wait. Don't you know, but the student just like ripped it out and enemy the circuit work, which is great it shouldn't have made the circuit work in theory. But in the physical world, it totally made the circuit work in, so, you know, there was some maybe math was wrong in their something, but, but his great like how. Just kind of have the confidence to like, oh, we'll just try some other stuff experiment with some other things even though, you know, the equations aren't quite working for you. Whatever you know, I've had the reverse happened where the students totally frustrated in can't figure out why things that were he in engineering. Student comes over and says, like, oh, like this, you know on your data sheet the ice pin is means a resistor. So you have to put a resistor in there, whatever..