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Thesis Thursday has expanded!

June 21, 2018

Starting this week, there’s now more Thesis in your Thursday!

We have expanded our conversations with students from the University Of Arizona to include our newest co-host, Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta is from the U of A College of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. 

Welcome Monica!

Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta is an assistant professor of Soil, Water and Environmental Science with a join appointment in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona (UA). She is the Director of two co-created citizen science programs called Gardenroots and Project Harvest. With a PhD in Environmental Science and a minor in Art, she is a transdisciplinary researcher in the purest sense. She received a B.A. degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a B.A. degree in Studio Art, and a master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University. Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta was the recipient of the 14thAnnual Karen Wetterhan Award from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), selected for the 2016 U.S. – Mexico Border Health Commission’s Leaders Across Borders Program, and recently completed a Science and Art Communication Fellowship led by UA’s Museum of Art. Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta’s research program includes developing a fundamental understanding of the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, with a primary focus on plant-soil systems. In parallel, she is building citizen science programs to increase public participation in environmental health research, developing low cost environmental monitoring tools to improve exposure estimates, and designing effective risk communication and data report-back strategies to improve environmental health literacy. She has independently secured funding from the National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, Arizona Department of Health Services, City of Tucson, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and NIEHS to conduct research while building community-academic partnerships.

Thesis Thursday is a weekly segment on 91.3 FM featuring student researchers talking about their undergraduate thesis projects.

Thesis Thursday is also hosted by Bridgitte Thum, KXCI DJ, instructor, and producer. Every Thursday she sits down with students from the University of Arizona to ask them about their lab work, future plans, and a little bit about music. For many years, The University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Biology Research Program has partnered with KXCI 91.3 to produce Thesis Thursday.

This mini program is beneficial for students as public speaking is a skill built directly from experience. Thesis Thursday provides an exciting opportunity for students to describe their research in a presentational way that the average person can understand. The listeners get to hear about their overall goals and career interests and where they think their research will lead. They also get a chance to share their music and the personal interests that motivate them.

Previously airing three times on Thursdays, we are now going to offer up Thesis Thursday six times every Thursday.

4:55 a.m. College of Environmental Sciences
9:55 a.m  UBURP
11:55 a.m.  College of Environmental Sciences
12:55 p.m.  UBURP
2:55 p.m.  College of Environmental Sciences
5:55 p.m.  UBURP



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