Carnegie Mellon University
August 23, 2021

NI Researchers at Black in Neuro

Caroline Sheedy

Carnegie Mellon University neuroscience was well represented at Black In Neuro Week 2021, the second annual celebration of Black excellence in neuroscience related fields.

Sossena Wood, a current presidential post-doctoral fellow who will transition to assistant professor in January 2022, gave the keynote address. In her talk, “The Fruit of the First,” she discussed her experiences being the first in her family to go to graduate school.

In a panel discussion on inclusive neurotechnology, CMU’s Jasmine Kwasa, an auditory neuroscientist and joint postdoctoral researcher in the Neuroscience Institute’s Lab in Multisensory Neuroscience and the Grover Lab, and Arnelle Etienne, a research associate in the Grover Lab and co-founder of startup Precision Neuroscopics, discussed how developing more socially just and inclusive technologies affects research.

In another session, Evangeline Mensah-Agyekum, an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering, joined Etienne for a discussion between EEG researchers and Black hair stylists who are working to make EEG more inclusive. 

Read more about their contribution to this discussion