Dr. Joslynn Lee from New York’s Cold Springs Harbor Lab visits UFV

jlee_web2The Faculty of Science and the Indigenous Affairs Office at UFV welcomed Dr. Joslynn Lee from the DNA Learning Center at the Cold Springs Harbor Lab in New York November 30, 2016. She attended the Winter Solstice Lunch hosted by the ISC staff and elders with Dr. Lucy Lee, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Shirley Hardman, Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs. Following the luncheon in Chilliwack she spoke to an audience at the Abbotsford Campus on Indigenizing the Sciences.

Joslynn shared her journey from growing up on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico herding goats and enjoying walks with her grandmother listening to stories about the land; to her travels across the country, her academic career and where she is today. She received her BSc in chemistry and cellular and molecular biology from Fort Lewis College. She completed her PhD in computational chemistry from Northeastern University and continued with a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. She joined the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center in 2015 as Data Science Educator and engages with Native American students and communities in the areas of chemistry and genomics.

Through her journey she continues to stay true to her heritage and provides education and guidance to inform and foster an understanding of indigenous peoples.

The video of Joslynn Lee’s talk “Balancing Diné and Keres Cultural Heritage in Academic Sciences” will be available shortly.