Q&A with Your Resident Filipina Scientist + Mukbang!!! | SHE-ensya Specials

Hello Science Fans!

Welcome to the first ever SHE-ensya Q&A + Mukbang!

In this video, we get to enjoy some delicious seafood while I get to answer some of the questions you submitted via the SHE-ensya social media pages. We catch up on life, talk about tips on how to be a good Youtuber, discuss why I keep on discussing the environment, and SO. MUCH. MORE.

Please have some snacks with you, as this video can make you hungry! Enjoy!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.
And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

How Can Molecular Biology Help the Environment? Can Genetics Fight Global Warming? | SHE-ensya Specials

Hello Science Fans!

I’m proud to share with you a video that talks about how molecular biology can help in the battle against climate change.

It’s a short lecture I prepared for a webinar hosted by the UPLB Cell Biology organization. And here, I got to talk about DNA barcoding and how it helps in the conservation of biodiversity. I also talk about how it helps in understanding the subtle differences across species that allow us to find unique adaptations to the environment. I get to talk about how we study the response of different organisms to the environment by looking at the different molecules inside them. And I also discuss the controversy behind genetic engineering and GMOs.

If you want to see how studying the DNA and the things that happen inside cells can help the environment, then please watch this video!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Why Should We Be Excited About Inspiration4? Should We Be Really Going to Space? | SHE-ensya’s Corner Episode 27

Hello Science Fans!

The first all civilian crew has gone to space! And this has ignited the hopes of would space travelers that someday soon, we might all have an opportunity to step out of planet Earth.

But should we really be thinking about going to space right now?

In this video, we talk about the implications of Inspiration4. We look at some of the reasons why it is such an exciting achievement, and how it differs from other billionaire expeditions to space. But we also heed a little caution and examine the different reasons as to why we should — or shouldn’t — go to space just yet.

If you’ve ever dreamt of space exploration, then you’ll enjoy this video!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.
And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

What are Echo Chambers? Why Do False Information Keep Spreading? | SHE-ensya’s Corner Episode 26

Hello Science Fans!

Who succeeded in convincing you to live a healthy lifestyle?
How were you convinced to take up your high school track or college degree?
What convinced you to vote for or support a political candidate?

In this video, we talk about echo chambers — what they are and how they can become dangerous. We also look at the reasons as to why we can be convinced to change our minds by some people, but not by others. And from there, we jump off to discussing the reasons why false information continue to spread — and be believed — even after they’re shown to be wrong. We talk about a lot of frustrating human tendencies and biases, but all of these are very important if we want to be effective (science) communicators!

Watch this video and learn how to be convincing!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.
And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Why are Facts Not Enough to Change People’s Minds? How Does this Affect Science Communication? | SHE-ensya’s Corner Episode 25

Hello Science Fans!

Have you rolled your eyes at Viber messages from family that are obviously fakes news?

Have you ever gotten angry trying to explain scientific facts to others?

Have you ever felt confused as to why people would prefer to believe in inaccurate information over scientific discoveries?

Well, today’s post is dedicated to you!

In this video, we talk about one reason why facts do not change people’s minds. Based on existing theories in behavioral science, we look at social evolution and how it has shaped how we pick and choose our beliefs. It’s actually quite surprising how the survival of our ancestors is actually linked to this mental habit that might lead to our extinction,

And though some of the facts presented in this video may end up frustrating you, we also provide an alternative tactic we can take when trying to convince people to trust in science.

After all, science communication is not about forcing our scientific thoughts on others. It’s about welcoming more people in our tribe!

So, if you want to take a peek behind the curtain of the human psyche, please watch our video for today!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

What is SHE-ensya? Who is Your Resident Filipina Scientist? What is this Channel All About?

Hello Science Fans!

We’re almost ready with new content for you, here at SHE-ensya. But what is SHE-ensya? Who is your resident Filipina scientist? What is the SHE-ensya channel all about?

SHE-ensya started last March 2020, as a creative project on how some science lessons can be simplified and shown to a wider audience. It has since evolved to become a science advocacy and science communication channel were your resident Filipina scientist talks about science topics ranging from molecules to space travel.

As for your resident Filipina scientist, I am Chona Camille VinceCruz-Abeledo. I’m a teacher, a scientist, a geek, and cat mom from the Philippines. I study processes within the cell and out in the environment to help create practical technologies for fishers and farmers. I’m also a fan of computer games, movies, and books within the science fiction and fantasy genres.

SHE-ensya is a channel that’s all about sharing my love for the sciences, and talking about things that science affects (so pretty much everything)! We also want to highlight and empower the contributions of women in the field of science and promote gender equality in STEM!

Please like our videos, subscribe to our channel, and share our fascination and love for science! 

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

What is it like to be a STEM teacher? | Revisiting the SHE-ensya What’s it like? series

Hello Science Fans!

It’s Maundy Thursday here in the Philippines, and the second day of a short Holy Week vacation for your resident Filipina scientist.

So far, I have had almost 48 hours of purposely NOT checking my work email — which is an anxiety-ridden success.

Oddly enough, I am starting to miss the classroom (digital or otherwise). After 13 years or so of teaching, it feels strange not to be answering queries, sharing experiences, or debating about the best hypothesis for an experiment.

There really is something about teaching, as a vocation, that makes it a worthwhile (and almost addicting) endeavor.

So for today, I would like to re-share an episode of our “What’s it like?” Series where we feature three amazing SHE-roes who are passionate about teaching STEM.

Once more, I’m proud to have had in our channel these awesome women:

1. Ms. Mau Vardeleon

2. Ms. Jane Peras

3. Ms. Noah Shen Datinginoo

Much love and admiration to educators everywhere! And this video is dedicated to them! ❤

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

SHE-ensya special: The central dogma (of life) – A STEM career talk

Hello Science Fans!

Are you at a crossroads in your life?

Trying to decide if STEM is the field for you?

Unsure of the direction you’ll go after SHS or college?

Well, this special video could help.

Here, I talk about my journey as a homegrown scientist of the Philippines…

Including my initial difficulties of finding a job, which is one of the unavoidable pitfalls of graduating during a recession…

My failure to choose the correct graduate program at the start of my journey…

The contractual system that nearly crippled me financially (and is still crippling hundred of thousands of part time faculty all over the Philippines, and the world)…

My burnouts and severe imposter syndrome…

Losing my mother…

But then there were also triumphs.

The decision to shift which freed me to be creative…

Adventures in entrepreneurship…

Being granted a Fulbright scholarship…

Becoming the President of the United States of America (for one night)

Getting to know myself as a scientist… 

It’s a crazy, dizzying journey that finally led me to this awesome point in time.

Please join me in this adventure, and maybe, just maybe, I can convince you to embark (or continue) on a unique STEM journey all your own!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

SHE-ensya special: A mosaic for sustainable agri-aqua in the Philippines

Hello Science Fans!

Isn’t it frustrating that the poorest of poor in Philippine society are those responsible for producing the food that we eat?

In today’s SHE-ensya special, I present the importance of combining traditional ecological knowledge with modern biotechnology in the updated version of a talk I gave during the 40th Anniversary Conference of the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering.

Through my career as a student and scientist, my research have always evolved around agriculture and aquaculture.

As an undergraduate student from the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, I worked on abaca and its genetic transformation. The outputs of our research had such potential but it (until now) has yet to be fully accepted by society due to our fear of genetic engineering.

From there, I moved forward to working with indigenous peoples on upland rehabilitation. I was immersed in studying traditional ecological knowledge management systems to figure out how natural systems replenish itself, and how much of it we can retain in our agricultural practices. As a student of nature, I learned all about citizen science and the extreme value of science communication.

Eventually, I came back to molecular biology when I started my PhD at the De La Salle University. I was now studying mangrove crabs (Scylla spp), locally known as the alimango. I saw how, sometimes, what we wanted to study as scientists didn’t fit the need of our fishers. So we adjusted and accommodated the needs of the local communities we were working with and created technologies that would help address these issues. Learn more about our projects through our website: https://crabtech.ph.

Through our video this week, I hope that it can trigger something in your minds (and hearts) to create more potential solutions to the difficulties faced by our fishers and farmers!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

SHE-ensya special: Teaching STEM online

Hello Science Fans!

We do a quick throwback today because what I’m sharing is a slightly updated version of a talk I gave a few months ago to fellow science educators about teaching in the “new normal”.

Here I talk about the struggles of online teaching (and learning), where I attempt to answer the question: “Is online learning from everyone?”

I draw from experiences of taking up my Masters at an Open University, while also contrasting conditions between pre- and post-pandemic.

This video also shares some good practices to consider when planning our online classes. The techniques shown here provide economical approaches to delivering our lessons, and key points to remember when preparing our modules.

And lastly, I am hoping that this video can also give students a #bts view of how “the struggle is real” for your friendly neighborhood science teachers! We are simply doing our best — doing what we can — to provide quality education despite limited means. I hope we can work together to create an environment suited for 21st century education.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!