NIDA Presents Diversity in Science: Ruben Baler, Ph.D.

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Ruben Baler Speaking: Here at NIDA I happened to have developed a wonderful niche.

Kind of a work translating scientific results and scientific hard data in ways that people can understand.

The lay audiences, kids, I teach to parents, I teach to adolescents, I teach teachers.

I train trainers and I’ve been able to develop a really great vehicle for conveying and disseminating very complex science in a way that people can understand.

I use my accent in my lectures about neuroscience and how the brain works.

Oftentimes when I want to explain how the brain works, that it is responsible for everything we do and everything we feel, I do bring in the example of my accent and neurotransmitters and explain how the neurotransmitters in brain or in the brain of my audiences.

The dance or those neurotransmitters is what enables them to either find my accent either charming or annoying.

So that's a very vivid example of how my accent.

I bring my heritage into my scientific lecture.

You are probably aware that careers in science are challenging, difficult, but if you have the passion for finding out how the world works and how people work, and how to make that world and people better- provide for a better life the career in science it might be your way, your ticket to the future.