It's My Job Podcast #16: Dr. Mona S. Minkara

Welcome to sixteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. In the sixteenth episode of It's My Job, Rytey from Wisconsin interviews Dr. Mona S. Minkara an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and an Affiliate Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and filmmaker. The It’s My Job podcast features student interviewers talking with adults who are blind or visually impaired, investigating important questions like how they use technology and how they connect with other people. Our interviews were designed by students, for students. Stay tuned after the podcast to learn how to get involved! 

Dr. Mona was constantly told that science would be hard as a blind person because it is very visual. However, her postdoc advisor saw her blindness as an asset because she could process and solve problems things differently. Dr. Mona's Blind Scientist Philosophy article from her website.

Check out Dr. Mona’s Youtube channel and some of her curious journeys around the world, where she encounters a few bumps on the road and incredible sense of freedom that comes with public transportation. Dr. Mona's Youtube channel

Dr. Mona's Youtube trailer video, Planes, Trains, and Canes Official Trailer below:

Episode Fifteenth Vocabulary

Can you figure out what these words mean? (each word is hyperlinked to its definition from Lexico)

Bioengineering

Alveolus

Surfactant

Public transport

Episode Sixteenth Tech Resources

Dr. Mona and Rytey talk about a lot of technologies she uses at home and at the University. Here are the websites for some of the resources they mentioned. Explore these sites to learn more.

 Zoom accessibility

Blind Scientist Philosophy

 Planes, Trains, and Canes

Dr. Mona Minkara website

Dr. Mona's It's My Job! YouTube video below: