S2E8. Dr. Shayna’s 5 Wisdom Gems: Neuroscientist, Professor, Children’s Book Author


I am a native of Charleston, SC, USA. Currently, I reside in Florence, SC, USA with my husband and two young sons. I received my BS in Neuroscience from Furman University in 2006 and my PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2011. I am an Associate Professor of Biology and coordinator of the African and African American Studies Program at Francis Marion University (a public liberal arts college in SC) and the founder and owner of Little Sapiens, LLC. I started Little Sapiens for many reasons, including to share science with others and to increase the visibility of diversity in science. I create science-related products for children and their caregivers that hopefully help them see the fun and beauty of science as well as the diversity that exists in science. I think it’s important to increase the representation of characters in science-related books as well as increase the diversity of the creators of these books. Science books for children are on the rise but are still largely written by White scientists and I am helping to change that. I think our stories, those of Black scientists, should be told by us.

Currently, Little Sapiens has books and other learning tools and apparel. Our current featured products are From Axon to Zebrafish…The ABCs of Neuroscience board book and adult companion guide. All products can be purchased through the store site, www.little-sapiens.com. Anyone not interested in making a personal purchase but still wanting to support, can purchase Pay It Forward products, which will be donated by Little Sapiens to organizations and individuals who may otherwise not have these products due to financial constraints (this type of purchase can also be done through the website, www.little-sapiens.com).

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