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BBS Mindful Minutes

BBS Mindful Minutes

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College can be pretty difficult to navigate on your own, so let us help! Each episode, Brandon and Anisha sit down with students, faculty, or alumni to discuss college, campus life, academia, and more. BBS Mindful Minutes is a student-led podcast produced by the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) at The University of Texas at Dallas.
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Student Org Profiles: Neuroscience Student Association (NSA)

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Student Org Profiles: Neuroscience Student Association (NSA)
Student Org Profiles: Neuroscience Student Association (NSA)
Kicking off our “Student Org Profiles” series, we sit down with President Grace Moore and Event Coordinator George Kidane of the Neuroscience Student Association (NSA), which welcomes a community of students who love neuroscience. The NSA maintains a good balance of academic, social, and community events for members and non-members. Also in this episode, we debunk the common feelings of imposter syndrome and intimidation upon joining a student organization for the first time. Finally, we highlight some favorite neuroscience books! NSA encourages anyone to join and get involved. NSA Website NSA’s Instagram NSA's email: utdnsa@gmail.com
25:37
November 09, 2022
Research Reels: PTSD & The Neurobiology of Fear
Research Reels: PTSD & The Neurobiology of Fear
It’s spooky season! 👻 In this Halloween special, we seek to understand what exactly is so thrilling about being frightened. We are joined by associate professor Dr. Christa McIntyre to explore the neurobiology of fear, and why we are so drawn to fearful experiences. Dr. McIntyre’s lab is working to better understand the pathophysiology of fear disorders, and potential targets for treatments. We also discuss how over-activation of the fear system can lead to disorders like anxiety and PTSD. Enjoy this fang-tastic episode! 🎃 Dr. Christa McIntryre's Profile Have any episode suggestions? Have any ideas for improvement? Fill out our survey!
32:33
October 26, 2022
Research Reels: Music and Cognition
Research Reels: Music and Cognition
Brandon sits down with neuroscience rockstar, Dr. Yune Lee! An assistant professor and director of the Speech, Language, and Music (SLAM) Lab, Dr. Lee explores the strong relationship between music and cognition. The SLAM lab has developed clinical treatments like rhythm therapy for patients with motor and speech disorders. The lab has also developed an app which allow users to imbed certain sound frequencies into their favorite songs, in order to mitigate progressive cognitive decline. Dr. Lee also discusses his path from the music industry to pursuing groundbreaking research. Center for BrainHealth Profile: Dr. Yune Lee Have any episode suggestions? Have any ideas for improvement? Fill out our new survey!
34:09
October 10, 2022
College Tips and Resources for New BBS Students!
College Tips and Resources for New BBS Students!
Whether you are a first-year or a transfer student, it can be overwhelming to navigate a new campus with over 31,000 enrolled, including classes with new professors and student life. Anisha joins BBS advisor Catherine Boynton to discuss imposter syndrome, useful resources to stay ahead, and FAQs. Also, enjoy a brief Harry Potter fandom moment! Click here to fill out the survey! 
34:49
August 30, 2022
Michelle's Mindful Minutes: A Farewell to the Founder
Michelle's Mindful Minutes: A Farewell to the Founder
Get to know a co-host and founder of the BBS Mindful Minutes podcast: Michelle Hagenimana. As we say goodbye to Michelle, we reflect on her vision and purpose while curating the podcast, and her experiences in research, leadership, and networking at UT Dallas. Michelle also shares how students can "make [their] mark" on campus. We wish Michelle the best of luck in all her future endeavors and know she will continue to make a difference, no matter where she is! Congratulations to Michelle and all of the UTD BBS Class of 2022!
43:30
June 20, 2022
Research Reels: The Bilingual Language Lab with Dr. Raul Rojas
Research Reels: The Bilingual Language Lab with Dr. Raul Rojas
Michelle and Anisha sit down with Dr. Raul Rojas to discuss the work and inspiration behind the Bilingual Language Lab, which investigates the intersection between the bilingual student experience and its effect on academic achievement and opportunity. Dr. Rojas explains his personal experience as an immigrant working his way from the bottom up to establishing a successful lab that is making difference in the Latinx community. He describes the rewards and challenges as a professional researcher in this candid and inspiring interview. Enjoy! This episode is brought to you by the UTD School of Behavior and Brain Sciences. For more episodes, follow or subscribe to BBS Mindful Minutes on wherever you listen to your podcasts. 
44:30
May 30, 2022
Research Reels: The Research Match Portal and the Research Experience
Research Reels: The Research Match Portal and the Research Experience
Tune in to Research Reels! A series all about undergraduate involvement in BBS research at UTD. This episode features discussions with associate psychology professor Dr. Maguire and associate neuroscience professor Dr. Kolber. In the first conversation, Dr. Maguire introduces the research match portal, a tool to help connect students with research opportunities on campus. Then, Dr. Kolber speaks about the undergraduate research experience and gives advice for students looking to get involved.
35:41
May 12, 2022
Research Reels: The CCF REU Student Experience
Research Reels: The CCF REU Student Experience
Tune in to Research Reels! A series all about undergraduate involvement in BBS research at UTD. In this episode, BBS students, Michelle and Brandon, sit down with students in the Center for Children and Families REU program and discuss how the REU has shaped their professional and academic goals and given them a supportive academic community. We also discussed under-representation in research, and how the work we do can impact the communities we come from.
38:34
April 15, 2022
Research Reels: The CCF REU Program
Research Reels: The CCF REU Program
Tune in to Research Reels! A series all about undergraduate involvement in BBS research at UTD. In this episode, BBS students, Michelle and Anisha, sit down with Dr. Maguire, an associate professor and researcher to discuss the Center for Children and Families REU program. We talk about student eligibility, application advice, and the highlights and details of this unique research experience!! https://bbs.utdallas.edu/research/nsf-reu/
19:06
March 23, 2022
Research Reels: The Ensure program
Research Reels: The Ensure program
Tune in to Research Reels! A series all about undergraduate involvement in BBS research at UTD. In this episode Michelle and Anisha sit down with Dr. Burton, an assistant professor and neuroscience researcher, to discuss the Enhance Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Experiences (ENSURE) program. We talk about student eligibility, application advice, and the highlights and details of this unique research experience! https://ensure.utdallas.edu/
22:19
February 23, 2022
Meet the Dean: A Conversation with Dr. Steven Small Pt. 2
Meet the Dean: A Conversation with Dr. Steven Small Pt. 2
We are back to continue our insightful conversation with Dean Small, the Dean of the UTD School of behavioral and brain sciences. In this episode, we will learn more about what it takes to be a leader and the most important advice he would give to students completing their education. Stick around to the end as he shares his favorite and current reads as well!
27:51
January 26, 2022
Meet the Dean: A Conversation with Dr. Steven Small Pt. 1
Meet the Dean: A Conversation with Dr. Steven Small Pt. 1
Meet Dr. Steven Small, the Dean of the UTD School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Learn more about Dean Small's academic career and how he got to where he is now!
30:08
January 19, 2022
How to Best Prepare for Finals
How to Best Prepare for Finals
In this episode, we discuss the most productive ways to prepare for finals– including organization and study tips, as well as health and wellness. BBS advisor Mr. Kevin Jackson also shares his insight on the most common mistakes students make as well as what to do when contemplating your academic career path. This episode is a good one! If you would like updates on more episodes, subscribe to BBS Mindful Minutes on wherever you listen to your podcasts. Good luck with your exams, and Happy Holidays! Show Notes: Time Management resources: https://bulletjournal.com/blogs/bulletjournalist https://www.notion.so/ https://www.notion.so/blog/back-to-school-templates-2021 Study Resources: Spaced Repetition/Active recall https://apps.ankiweb.net/ Pomodoro https://www.marinaratimer.com/ https://www.forestapp.cc/ Wellness Resources: https://counseling.utdallas.edu/appointments/ https://counseling.utdallas.edu/now/ https://counseling.utdallas.edu/resources/
25:15
December 03, 2021
Back on Campus: How to Navigate Through “The New Normal” Pt. 2
Back on Campus: How to Navigate Through “The New Normal” Pt. 2
This is Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Ybarra where we discuss realistic ways to practice emotional equilibrium and mindfulness. If you have not listened to Part 1, we highly recommend that you listen to it first. In Part 1 we discuss the roots of anxiety and stress, and why we still feel uncertainty after living with the pandemic for over a year. If you like this podcast, feel free to follow or subscribe, and stay tuned for future episodes.
18:33
September 29, 2021
Back on Campus: How to Navigate Through “The New Normal” Pt. 1
Back on Campus: How to Navigate Through “The New Normal” Pt. 1
This is Part 1 of our interview with Dr. Ybarra where we discuss how to navigate uncertainty and anxiety as we go back to campus. It can feel weird enough to be back on campus in the midst of so much uncertainty. Dr. Ybarra, a psychology professor at UT Dallas and a professional counseling psychologist, helps us understand our mixed feelings of stress, anxiety, and excitement by breaking down core components of stress and anxiety, differences and similarities between the two, and how this knowledge may apply to how we feel going back to school when we are in the middle of the pandemic. Next episode will be part two of the interview with Dr. Ybarra where we discuss the best ways to realistically maintain emotional balance. If you like this podcast, feel free to follow or subscribe on anywhere you listen to podcasts, and stay tuned for future episodes.
17:32
September 22, 2021