Danielle N Lee
Danielle N. Lee is an outreach scientist who studies animal behavior and behavioral ecology. She is currently a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University studying African giant pouched rats. In addition to her lab and field research in Tanzania, Lee is passionate about science outreach and engaging under-served audiences. Lee writes about science and diversity outreach in S.T.E.M. fields at her blog The Urban Scientist on the Scientific American Blog Network. Her social media efforts have garnered accolades from the Huffington Post, Under the Microscope, Black Weblog Awards, and Niche Blogging in Science. Lee was selected as a 2015 TED Fellow and was named as one of EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 and a White House Champion of Change in STEM Diversity and Access. In 2009 Lee was honored as a Diversity Scholar by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and in 2013 she was given the S.T.E.M. Leader Award by the Kansas City Black Family Technology Awareness Association. Her current science outreach efforts emphasize engagement with broader audiences via science journalism. In 2013, Lee helped found the National Science & Technology News Service, a media literacy initiative to bring more science news to African-American audiences and promote science news source diversity in mainstream media.