Welcome to the Treehouse Podcast! In each episode we’ll dig into the world around us, exploring how creativity and imagination drive discovery and innovation. Meet the experts and innovators redefining how we see our world, express ourselves, and challenge what we think we know about the world around us.   

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Why is it so important to ask questions? Join host, educator and award-winning storyteller Wesley Della Volla and guest Annica Harriot as they discuss autonomy, intersectional scientific methods, and the impact of making science accessible.  

Anicca Harriot (she/her) is a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Anicca plans to use her degree to explore the effects of long duration space missions on the human body and hopes to someday venture out into the final frontier for herself. Her research focuses on the mechanisms responsible for skeletal muscle atrophy and injury. Anicca also serves as the Chief of Community Development for #VanguardSTEM: Conversations for Women of Color in STEM, an online community that asserts the right of women, girls and non-binary people of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to fully represent our STEM identities and interests, without assimilation. Anicca’s passion for advocacy and prominent influence has led her to being recognized as one of Motherboard’s 2017 Humans of the Year, a 2017 Young Futurist for The Root, and most recently as a 2020 President’s Fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. 

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  • I know how is to live with a chronic condition, I don't like that medicine still has a lot to learn.

  • Great podcast!

  • It is so important to always ask questions and continue learning

  • Thank you for this. Asking questions really is important. Her experience with missing class going to the doctor was really relatable.

  • Asking questions is also a way to take charge of whatever situation I'm in.  If you don't have answers your anxiety level goes up.  Having answers helps to know how to deal with the situation