Season 2 Episode 1: Let’s Talk SACNAS Shownotes and Transcript

Summary: In the new season of STEAMTalk, two new hosts, Kara Baldwin and Courtney Ossola, interview two Illinois State University School of Biological Sciences Ph. D. candidates. Rosario Marroquin-Flores and Ian Rines discuss their involvement in science communication through the Research Spotlight Journal, PubNavigator, and other programs offered through the Illinois State University’s Chapter of the Society Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science or SACNAS.


Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What is the Society Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science? [3:34]
  • SACNAS Research Spotlight Journal [4:59]
  • Science Communication, SACNAS and Graduate Life [10:58]
  • PubNavigator [19:54]
  • Yoga, Professional Development and Conferences, Oh My! Other opportunities through SACNAS [24:50]


Biographies of Guests:

Rosario Marroquin-Flores pictured doing field work with a turtle in hand.

Rosario Marroquin-Flores is a Ph. D. candidate in Biology at Illinois State University. Her research, situated in the Bowden-Paitz Laboratory, investigates the genes and hormones that organize ovary and testis development in turtles. In her free time, she likes to binge-watch horror movies, cuddle up with her pets and enjoys camping and hiking. Follow her on Twitter here: @rmarroqu3


Ian Rines pictured standing in front of his poster entitled, “Effects of Inbreeding in Crickets”

Ian Rines is a 3rd year Ph. D. Candidate in the School of Biological Science at Illinois State University. His research focuses on investigating sexual conflicts in decorated crickets. He investigates how male crickets manipulate females during reproduction via chemical compounds in their ejaculates. When he isn’t researching, Ian enjoys watching TV, attempting to keep houseplants alive, and mild hiking. Follow him on Twitter here: @IanRines

Resources mentioned in this Episode:


Science Advocacy Institute (SAi):

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB):

National SACNAS website:

Twitter (SACNAS): @isusacnas

Twitter (SAi): @STEMadvocacy

Facebook (SACNAS):@sacnasisu

Instagram (SACNAS): @isusancas

SACNAS RedBird Life:

Phi Sigma:


Download Episode transcript: STEAMTalk S2E1 Transcript