Indigenous Cancer Research Highlighted in Virtual Science Café

Join the Nebraska Science Festival on April 18 at 5:30 p.m. for a virtual science café featuring Regina Idoate, PhD, and Aislinn Rookwood from UNMC. They will be presenting “Indigenous Cancer Research Education for Environmental Justice.”

During this café, the discussion will focus on a National Cancer Institute-funded research education program that integrates Indigenous STEM pedagogy, practices, and resources to advance cancer education within an environmental justice framework.

Dr. Idoate, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is an associate professor of health promotion at UNMC’s College of Public Health. With expertise in Indigenous research methods, she collaborates across various disciplines, colleges, and cultures to promote health and wellness through partnerships with schools, non-profits, academic institutions, communities, and tribes.

Rookwood, a public health specialist and mother of two, is an assistant professor in the UNMC Department of Health Promotion and also serves as the director of programs for CityMatCH. She manages a research pathways program for underrepresented students and is passionate about addressing children’s environmental exposures through community-engaged research, research workforce development, and primary care.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with these experts in the field of Indigenous cancer research education. Access the virtual science café using the provided link.

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