Tag Archive: Renetta Tull

Dark Matters: Metaphorical Black Holes & STEM Diversity – Paper Published

My husband, Dr. Damon Tull, and I  are pleased to announce that our paper with co-authors Shawnisha Hester and physicist Dr. Anthony Johnson, Dark Matters: Metaphorical Black Holes that Affect Ethnic Underrepresentation in Engineering,… Continue reading

Taiwan Discussion: Humans over humanoids, The Jessica Effect, & Women in STEM @AAAS

When I went to Taiwan for the Pacific Sciences Congress, I was able to share “The Jessica Effect” as part of a session that was sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement… Continue reading

Songs & Spirituals complete the journey. Featuring Dr. @AlexisInc w/ @Dr_TalithiaW #ThinkBigDiversity

The scene is the “after-discussion” that followed the 2016 PROMISE Research Symposium. We were a group of women – black and hispanic, part of the STEM enterprise. Among us were tiers of mentors… Continue reading

Prepping in Paris en route to Italy’s Global Diversity in Engineering & Gender Diversity in Engineering sessions. #ThinkBigDiversity

This week, I have the honor of joining my colleagues to co-lead two sessions on diversity in engineering at the 2015 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), share in the presentation of a co-authored… Continue reading

In Colorado: Barriers/Solutions to Engaging Diverse #WomenInSTEM in Global Research – #ThinkBigDiversity #WEPAN2015

Today, I am in Colorado, where I worked with my colleagues from UMBC and PR to present the “Think Big” discussion on engaging diverse women in STEM in international research efforts, as part… Continue reading

“The Jessica Effect: Applying Cultural Knowledge and Competency to Mentoring Approaches for Minority Students” @FIU March 4, 2015

Abstract: “The Jessica Effect” is a conceptual method of student engagement that is being used to mentor underrepresented graduate students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland),… Continue reading

Delighted to be a “Cover Girl for Women in Data” … Celebrating the mission of broadening participation in tech. Thanks @OReillyMedia!

It is my honor to be among the “Cover Girls” for O’Reilly Media’s 2015 “Women in Data” publication! Here is the description for the book (electronic) that was released today: The gender gap… Continue reading

I do not fail … I just find thousands of ways that don’t work, and am thereby satisfied with the subsequent success (#EdisonInspired)

My name, Renetta, means “reborn” and persistence is a core value that was taught in my household. My parents, fueled by their faith, always taught my brothers and I that there was a… Continue reading

Mentoring: Honoring those who’ve paved the way (Dr. Hrabowski), Paving the way for those who are next. #Institute2014 @SREBDocSch #Atlanta

This past weekend, I had a delegation of approximately 25 graduate students and postdocs at the 2014 SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity/Institute for Teaching and Mentoring in Atlanta. I had a session on… Continue reading

Video online from The AtlanticLIVE: A New America: Empowering Hispanic Millennials for Tech Leadership

On September 18, 2014, I had the honor of participating on a panel for The Atlantic LIVE A New America: Empowering Hispanic Millennials for Tech Leadership, Washington, District of Columbia. My comments focused on access… Continue reading

#MomentsToMentor Part I w/ @Renetta_Tull: “When Faculty Say X …” (Drafts & Conferences) YouTube Video

PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP has posted the introduction to the “When Faculty Say X …” seminar at UMBC. This video was initially designed to introduce a seminar, one that I would typically moderate in… Continue reading

Taping for my #MomentsToMentor series starts today; Mentoring video from Purdue is up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK-d8VD14tM#t=168

Although my sessions at mentoring sessions at MIT have been taped for the last few years, the plan to have a mentoring series came as a result of a complicated schedule. When I… Continue reading

Reflections: Breakfast @Harvard, White Privilege, Kyla McMullen’s Sexy Black Female Scientists List, & Bringing Women in STEM to the Table

Over the last two weeks I’ve given a talk at MIT, had meetings at Harvard, and I’ve given a presentation and participated in a plenary panel at the International Forum of the American… Continue reading

Puerto Rico ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Meeting (and a March Birthday Celebration)

It has been a great pleasure to be a Co-PI for the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project in Puerto Rico. Last week, we had a poster presentation at the National Science Foundation’s… Continue reading

Puerto Rico Forum: “Primer foro sobre publicaciones academicas de la Universidad Metropolitana”

This weekend, I enjoyed participating in two events: 1) “Primer foro sobre publicaciones academicas de la Universidad Metropolitana” with faculty (I served on the panel, and listened to outcomes from a PROMISE workshop… Continue reading

Women in STEM Forum – Mexico 2013 + Time with my students, past & present

    Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of co-organizing and co-leading the “Women in STEM” forum for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) in Mexico. This forum was… Continue reading

10 Points for Social Media: From My June 2013 @WEPAN talk #WEPAN13 in ATL (Sponsored by IBP)

This week, I had a chance to join colleagues Dr. Melanie Harrison (NOAA in California), Sara Xayarath Hernandez (Director of Diversity Programs for the College of Engineering at Cornell University, and winner of… Continue reading

Video from the @WPSProject Women in Public Service Project @UMassLowell June 2013: My “Sharing STEM” Opening Remarks

It was my pleasure to give the opening remarks for the “Sharing STEM” session at the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Thank you to all of… Continue reading

From Student Mentee to Colleague: Breakfast Meeting @MIT with Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson

A few years ago, I wrote a post about the joy of having mentees who can surpass you. The joy continues! On Tuesday, I had a chance to meet with a mentee, Dr. Frances… Continue reading

Speaking at the @USNews @STEMSolutions Conference June 18: Holistic Support Systems for Minority Students

I am honored to be a speaker for the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in Austin, TX on June 18, 2013. Our panel just had a conference call to prepare for next week,… Continue reading

Finish the dissertation, because you can’t put “Almost PhD” behind your name

This morning, my husband and I were talking about my upcoming day as a co-facilitator for the PROMISE Dissertation House (co-sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and The Graduate School at UMBC) and the numbers… Continue reading

Math is hard. So is life. Get over it. (Reminders from my dad and an MIT tee-shirt)

I have the privilege of working with a group at MIT, so I have a chance to get to Boston a few times a year. On my most recent trip, I saw the… Continue reading

Skinny jeans & getting healthier DURING the holidays? A personal goal.

I have another blog dedicated to health (http://dietwithoutdeprivation.wordpress.com), and I realized that I hadn’t posted there since July! This is a sad state of affairs, because so many pieces of advice note that… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Monday After “Remedy” … Pancakes?

I’ve found the cure for Monday after Thanksgiving eating. Pancakes! Yes, in my own weird world of eating, I’ve found pancakes to be my “cure.” This morning, I opened the fridge with thoughts… Continue reading

Going on leave until June 1; intermittent online activity

I will be on leave for a while.  My last day at work was on March 12 and I will return on June 1. Thank you for the well wishes and cards and… Continue reading

Thank you for the wonderful birthday messages, songs, prayers, & thoughts!

Tuesday was my birthday and it was WONDERFUL! I really enjoyed my day. I was at work, but was so blessed to receive flowers from current students (thanks BDs!!!!), flowers from a former… Continue reading

From Puerto Rico’s Beaches to a DMV Winter Wonderland

It’s February 2010.  I just came from the warm beaches of Puerto Rico to the shocking snow of the DC/MD/VA area.  All I can say is WOW, especially since I’m not even home… Continue reading

Semanas 3 y 3.5 en San Juan – Feb 2010

This past week was filled with lots of hard work, a measure of stress, a measure of relief, and moments of fun! In all, I think that it was quite balanced!  We had… Continue reading

Consolidating & “Simplifying”

Am I really simplifying my life by consolidating my blogs? I think so. I have decided to “simplify” my online life a bit since I have so many blogs along with Facebook and… Continue reading

Making Friendship Intentional

This morning I went to http://www.gospel.com to see what topics they had for the day, including the daily Bible verse, and I ran across this article on friendship. The article talks about 4… Continue reading

The POWER of ONE

Those of you who have been reading my blogs know that music really moves me to reflect, contemplate, and even to act. The latest song that I wake up to is Israel Houghton’s… Continue reading

A mi hogar

Today I go home! Adios to the warm tropics. Hola to the cold. It was a good trip and as much as I liked it, I’m ready to go home. 🙂 I have… Continue reading

Mi Última Noche (my last night)

Today was my last day at UMET for this trip! I had a wonderful time. My hosts and I presented our results to the Chancellor and then we went out to dinner. The… Continue reading

San Sebastián y Lares

Today we had a wonderful adventure. The day started out in an interesting way … I was driving to the campus and I made a wrong turn. Yes, I was lost! Once I… Continue reading

Conferencia: estudiantes, profesores y comiunidad

Conferencia: estudiantes, profesores y comiunidad … Conference: students, professors, and community. I am priviledged to be in Puerto Rico during a time of discussion about globalization and culture. The conference is presented by… Continue reading

Muchos lugares

Host and colleague in Palmas del Mar One of the kioskos (kiosks) in Luquillo (near Fajardo) On the patio at the home of my host. At the clock in Caguas, across from “Dulce… Continue reading

Mi cancion para esta dia

Mi cancion para esta dia … my song for this day. It is Sunday again, and I had planned to go to see the mother of one of my students who passed away… Continue reading

Piñones y Fajardo

http://gopuertorico.about.com/od/therusticexperience/p/Pinones.htm Today was a day full of rich culture. My host of the day was a teacher that I met at a conference in Utah last Fall. We happened to be sitting at… Continue reading

Trabajando

Trabajando – working. Today, I was working with students for most of the morning and I had meetings in the afternoon. I gave a talk yesterday and today I had a “Coffee Hour”… Continue reading

¿Ayudo?

¿Ayudo? This literally means “I help?” I was struggling with my keys outside of the gate today and a gentleman asked “¿Ayudo?” I realized that he was asking me if I needed help,… Continue reading

Estoy Cansada

Today I am home early, recovering from a bit of laryngitis so my communication for most of the day was via text messaging. It cleared up a bit yesterday, but I had meetings… Continue reading

Viejo San Juan, Inauguration

Yesterday, I started my day by doing laundry so that I could have some clean clothes for the week. I was invited to a reception for a visiting Fulbright Scholar from the American… Continue reading

Extra fotos de sabado

(Extra photos from Saturday.) I forgot to add these photos. These murals on are the walls of a building in Rio Piedras.

La Fiesta de la Calle San Sebastián

This afternoon I went to La Fiesta de la Calle San Sebastián. It was a festival on the Calle de San Sebastián (San Sebastián street) in Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan.) This… Continue reading

Forever Chasing After You

Every now and then, something really strikes me … about the world, about trying to see the world as God would want me to see it. I was talking to a friend yesterday… Continue reading

Comiendo en Río Piedras (Eating in Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras)

Esta tardes, estuve en Río Piedras con una de mis estudiantes de Maryland quien estaba nació en Puerto Rico. Fuimos a almuerzo en la cafeteria en la Plaza del Mercado. La comida fue… Continue reading

Está lloviendo mucho

Está lloviendo mucho … it is raining alot! It was raining last night, and again this morning at 5:30 (it woke me up), and throughout the day, and when I was on my… Continue reading

Lo pongo aqui

Lo pongo aqui … “I put it here.” That’s what I said to the man that I helped at the train station this morning. He was trying to refill his farecard for the… Continue reading

Mi almuerzo (my lunch)

Today I ate lunch with a colleague in the cafeteria on campus. Yesterday, my hosts gave me a very nice square lunch bag (it’s like a small bookbag/knapsack for food), so I decided… Continue reading

El tren

I just finished with my meetings for the morning and a quick lunch. I usually eat lunch in my office, but was determined to do something different … so I went outside to… Continue reading

Mi primera noche

I arrived in Puerto Rico this afternoon and was treated to wonderful, warm hospitality by my hosts from Universidad Metropolitana. The weather was hot (for me) but warm by Puerto Rican standards …… Continue reading

Giving Love Away

At last night’s vigil and memorial service for UMBC student Jamie Heard, there was a great poem read at the end of the night which spoke of people dying, but love living on,… Continue reading

Love & Understanding Men: Love is a Verb, Choose to Love

I was recently honored to be chosen as the guest speaker for the Valentine’s Day Lunch for the Graduate Student Chapter of the Women in Science and Engineering (G-WISE), UMBC’s campus. By request,… Continue reading

Praise & Worship Music — Academic Church, Part II

I started this post months ago … in November 2007 in fact; I’m not sure why I didn’t finish it. But yesterday I went to the vigil and campus memorial service for one… Continue reading

Academic Church

At one of our recent student conferences, a student came to the microphone and publicly described one of our graduate student support and development programs as “ACADEMIC CHURCH.” He said that sometimes you… Continue reading

The Secret

Well, it has been a few months, and I’ve been contemplating another post for a while. I’ve wondered what to say and figured that I’ll talk briefly about The Secret. Yes, we’ve heard… Continue reading

Holy Ambition (Your Purpose)

A few weeks ago I gave a talk to the McNairs and the title of the talk was “Your Purpose: Next Steps.” The title was partially inspired by The Purpose Driven Life, but… Continue reading