Kaylah MarcelloMay 3, 2021
Pandemic Perspectives: A Student Speaks About Mental Health
An interview with Kaylah Marcello
New Books Network 2021
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In this episode you’ll hear about: the challenges Kaylah Marcello, a STEM graduate student at UC Davis, suddenly faced when she was having coffee with a friend in mid-March 2020 and her phone rang telling her that her son’s elementary school was closing down. She quickly realized she couldn’t work in the lab she was assigned to while homeschooling her son. Kaylah shares openly about her personal history, her mental health struggles, and why taking care of herself was crucial to taking care of her family and her own educational goals.
Our guest is: Kaylah Marcello, a Microbiology PhD student at the University of California, Davis. Kaylah is researching cold tolerance genes that support photosynthesis in Antarctic cyanobacteria with Dr. Dawn Sumner. She has been a teaching assistant for in-person microbiology lab courses during the pandemic. Prior to pursuing a graduate education, she was a transfer student from the California Community College system to the UC system. She is passionate about science communication, educational outreach, mental health awareness and making academia more accessible to people who would otherwise not pursue it. She is a mother and an all-around science enthusiast, taking life one minute at a time.
Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender.
Listeners to this episode might be interested in:
- Postpartum depression resources
- California community colleges
- Dr. Dawn Sumner Lab https://dysumner.faculty.ucdavis.edu/
- Dr. Miriam Martin’s interview about her own graduate school experiences
- Antarctic Cyanobacteria
- UC Davis COVID testing initiative
- Creating a support system in grad school
- Discussions about the Mind and Mindfulness
Dr. Christina Gessler is a historian of women, gender, and sexuality.