What is your name, title, and unit?
Tera Holtz Wagner, Student Services Coordinator, Life Sciences Communication. This is a picture of me and #scicomm Bucky at the SACNAS conference last fall where I was representing LSC to recruit prospective graduate students to our programs. SACNAS is the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in Science.
What’s your job in CALS?
I advise students declared in the LSC major and those exploring the major and careers in science communication. I also coordinate our graduate programs and support other activities in our department.
How can students connect with you remotely?
Students can set up appointments with me using Starfish to schedule a phone or video call or can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s your favorite thing about CALS?
I have two favorite things about CALS. I can’t pick just one! 1) I love that we work to create a strong community on such a large campus, getting to know each of my advisees as individuals is the best part of my job. 2) I love that our students and faculty are working to solve our world’s greatest challenges through an interdisciplinary lens. In CALS, we approach problem solving with the understanding that you can’t solve climate change or disease outbreaks without understanding both the biological/physical factors and the social and environmental factors influencing these issues. I see this in the innovative collaboration between departments and in my experience working with students trying to understand how diseases spread biologically, how people obtain public health information and respond to this information, and how social and economic disparities may impact their ability to do so.
What have become some of your favorite social distancing hobbies?
I’ve always loved cooking shows and social distancing has provided me with time to work on perfecting my knife skills, trying out new recipes and searching for the perfect homemade cookie recipe. I’m also trying to work out a little each day to compensate for my cookie recipe testing and TV binging. As an extrovert, I’ve struggled a little bit with isolation during social distancing so I have been actively working to stay connected with students, friends, and family via video calls.