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03 Toni Morrison

Updated: Aug 17



Toni Morrison used to say, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else,'

Though that sentiment is the ever present theme of Her Royal Science, it is particularly true for our third episode, where we talk to a young neuroscientist whose journey has been nothing short of inspiring. I’m truly blessed to call Sydney Vita a friend. We met two years ago now, and it’s been an effortless friendship from the very beginning. Sydney is kind, talented, intelligent, and inspirational. We had the opportunity to meet again in Pittsburgh earlier this summer, at the National Neurotrauma Symposium (a conference that focuses on traumatic brain injury research) and she was gracious enough to sit down with me to record an episode of Her Royal Science.

As your hear her story, I’m certain you’ll admire her light, her heart, and her laugh. She speaks about her journey through childhood, and her recent experience of losing her PhD supervisor, Raymond Grill, in the middle of her degree, also touching on the process of continuing her doctoral studies with another phenomenal researcher, Pramod Dash. Sydney is in the midst of her brilliant training, and is already working towards empowering others. And that’s why this episode is called, Toni Morrison.

Peace and blessings, Asma

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