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Tripathi interviews ‘Raven the Science Maven’ in latest episode of ‘Take 5’

President Satish K. Tripathi chats with GSE doctoral student and science educator Raven Baxter in the latest installment of 'Take 5.'


Published May 12, 2020


In his latest installment of “Take 5,” President Satish K. Tripathi interviews Raven Baxter, a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education and a champion for diversity in STEM.

A 2019-20 Arthur A. Schomburg Fellow, Baxter is researching culturally responsive teaching strategies in STEM education, particularly through hip hop music. Her dissertation focuses on the effects of media representation on black women in science.

Using the moniker “Raven the Science Maven,” Baxter has created and performed science songs and videos that have gained national media attention while earning her the opportunity to work with Buffalo teens to encourage social distancing.

Prior to becoming a STEM educator, Baxter worked as a corporate cancer research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to her doctoral studies, she is also director of collegiate stem initiatives at Health Sciences Charter School in Buffalo.

“Take 5” is Tripathi’s series of Zoom conversations with faculty, students, staff and alumni who are making a positive impact on the communities UB serves.