Skip to main content
WISEcast

WISEcast

By The Wisest Women
WISEcast - Women in STEM and Education. We are Dr. Richa Chandra and Dr. Amber Miller. We are STEM professors giving you a peek behind the curtain that is our daily lives. The COVID world reignited our motivations to empower and excite professional women and young women who are thinking about their future careers. We tackle some important social and structural issues leading to gender inequity in STEM professions, while highlighting the progress. Sometimes we need encouragement, sometimes we need to vent, but mostly we need to know that we are not alone.
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

BONUS! Bringing Healthy Back After Show
Our "Wisest Girls" Liliana Hildebrand, an industrial engineering student at Texas A&M University, and Alma Hernandez, a graduate of the University of Georgia in public relations, make a splash in their first podcast debut. The "Wisest Girls" reflect on Episode 12: Bringing Healthy Back - What's Missing in Medicine which features Dr. Saray Stancic, a board certified physician in internal medicine, infectious disease, and lifestyle medicine.  Visit our website thewisestwomen.com, and follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Send us your feedback to marketing@thewisestwomen.com. You can also support our cause to bring equity in STEM by empowering women.
07:57
March 4, 2021
Episode 12: Bringing Healthy Back - What's Missing in Medicine with Dr. Saray Stancic
We have an uplifting conversation with Dr. Saray Stancic, a board certified physician in internal medicine, infectious disease, and lifestyle medicine. She shares her journey to remission from multiple sclerosis. She celebrated 25 years since her initial diagnosis and is sharing her knowledge about the role of salutogenesis in defeating chronic illnesses. She is the author of What's Missing in Medicine and produced the documentary Code Blue. You can follow her LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, and you can purchase her book and learn about her documentary at https://drstancic.com/.  Visit our website thewisestwomen.com, and follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Send us an email at marketing@thewisestwomen.com. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: rachittaneja@gmail.com).
34:40
February 25, 2021
Episode 11: Rags to Thesis - Overcoming Homelessness and Getting a Ph.D.
In Rags to Thesis, we revisit with Dr. Alicia Volmar, a structural biologist and genetic genealogist. She is a previous guest from Episodes 4 and 5 Knocked Up or Knocked Out. In this episode, she shares how she overcame a childhood of abuse, neglect, and homelessness. Through her persistence and love of science, she achieved a Ph.D. in structural biology and built her family. She advocates and brings insight into the obstacles too many children and young adults face. Visit our website thewisestwomen.com, and follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Composition of an interlude transition and sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: rachittaneja@gmail.com).
27:51
February 11, 2021
Episode 10: Give a Crap About Melting Ice Caps - A Call to Serve for STEMinists
Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, a behavioral scientist on climate & health, shares how she became a science policy advisor. She helped the Biden-Harris transition team prepare to enact evidence-based policies in their first 100 days. She also co-hosts the podcast Risky Behavior. Make sure to check out Dr. Sweta Chakraborty's website: http://www.swetachakraborty.com and follow her on her social media channels: LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter. Follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn . Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: rachittaneja@gmail.com).
31:60
January 28, 2021
Episode 9: Gravity Can't Hold Us Down with Rocket Scientist Janelle Wellons
Meet Janelle Wellons, an MIT graduate and rocket scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She worked on the Cassini Mission to Saturn and is now working on lunar and Earth based missions! She shares her story from a childhood love for rockets and math, to the bullying and racism she experienced from other kids, to getting into MIT and then NASA JPL. She is paying it forward with the outreach she is doing to empower girls in STEM to believe in themselves. Make sure to check out JanelleWellons.com and follow Janelle on her social media channels: @itsjanellie,  facebook.com/janelle.wellons, and twitter.com/Janelle.Wellons. Follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn . Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: rachittaneja@gmail.com).
37:20
January 14, 2021
Episode 8: New Year, New Hustle - Strategies to Become a Successful STEMpreneur
We are about to jump into the New Year, and most people are thinking 2021 couldn’t get here fast enough! Meet Dr. Brittany Barreto, geneticist, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and the founder of @femtechfocus, a nonprofit supporting technology, services, and products that improve women’s health and wellness. There are some jaw dropping moments in this episode, and we find some inspiration for the next generation of #STEMentrepreneurs. Enjoy! Make sure to follow Dr. Brittany Barreto on Instagram: @DrBrittanyBarreto and @FemTechFocus. Check out the FemTech Focus Podcast as well to learn about all the exciting technology surrounding women's health because "Women's health is everyone's health!" Follow us on: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Check out our new LinkedIn Page. Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Production and sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: rachittaneja@gmail.com).
25:13
December 31, 2020
Episode 7: Married to Science
This episode will give you a warm fuzzy feeling during this holiday season as you hear from a married couple who are both scientists and educators: Dr. Shivas Amin and Dr. Cassidy Johnson. Our conversation about their real life romcom contains humorous stories, a little nerdy scientific debate about impostor syndrome, and advice for anyone looking to make their relationship successful.  Follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn . Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: rachittaneja@gmail.com).
25:44
December 17, 2020
Episode 6: Knocked Up or Knocked Out Part 2
In Knocked Up or Knocked Out? Part 2, we continue our conversations with Dr. Alicia Volmar, Ms. Anamika Saxena, Dr. Rosie Rosell, and Dr. Lori Jean Reed as they share their stories and experiences about whether motherhood is a driver for inequities in STEM careers and how we can work to move the needle.  Follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn . Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja.
25:18
December 2, 2020
Episode 5: Knocked Up or Knocked Out?
We have great conversations with Alicia Volmar, Dr. Rosie Rosell, Dr. LoriJean Reed and Anamika Saxena about gender, motherhood and equity in the STEM field. They share their ups and downs, successes and struggles in navigating the professional world while also navigating marriage, pregnancy and family obligations. Their stories are examples of strength, resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. Follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn . Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja.
23:06
November 18, 2020
Episode 4: Thrival Strategies
In this episode, Dr. Richa Chandra and Dr. Amber Miller offer their "pearls" of wisdom in the form of 8 Thrival Strategies continuing the conversation of surviving and thriving in a COVID-19 world. They begin with having listeners of the podcast answer Dr. Miller's question "What is your power outfit?" They speak on the power of mindfulness, making work your happy place, getting active and dropping the guilt. Enjoy these 8 Thrival Strategies... which couldn’t come at a better time! Follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn . Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. 
20:01
November 5, 2020
Episode 3: Surviving or Thriving in the COVID World Part 2
COVID-19 definitely pushed women out of the workforce. In this episode, we continue to explore that idea with Sarah Blutt, Ph.D. a professor and researcher at Baylor College of Medicine and Sonia Weber, a second grade teacher with a degree in psychology and a Master's in social work. We reflect on the insights they shared in our last episode but also go deeper with them and examine how we continue to sustain all aspects of out lives over an increasingly lengthening COVID-19 world. Follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn . Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja.
19:27
October 22, 2020
Episode 2: Surviving or Thriving in the COVID World
Nearly 3 in 4 moms were in the workforce before the pandemic, but is that changing? Is COVID-19 pushing women out of the workforce? We explore that question as we sit down with two amazing women, Sarah Blutt, Ph.D. a professor and researcher at Baylor College of Medicine and Sonia Weber, a second grade teacher with a degree in psychology and a Master's in social work, who are both managing successful careers while also caring for family against the backdrop of the pandemic. They share insights into how they are thriving and/or surviving in this COVID-19 world. Follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn . Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja.
20:15
October 14, 2020
Episode 1: Hello Podcast Universe!
We are two female STEM professors giving you a peek behind the curtain that is our daily lives. We'd like to say we run off passion and enthusiasm, but most days we are running on coffee and chaos! We are excited to share our thoughts and experiences as we dive into topics involving equity, the Lean In movement, challenges and victories, and the future landscape for women who are at different stages in their careers.  The COVID world reignited our motivations to empower and excite women in STEM and young women who are thinking about their future careers. Sometimes we need encouragement, sometimes we need to vent, but mostly we need to know that we are not alone. Follow WISEcast and The Wisest Women on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn . Send us an email at thewisestwomen@gmail.com. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja.
19:39
October 1, 2020