Barrel racing, science and mentorship: A podcast interview with Judi Simcox

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Assistant Professor Judi Simcox.

Earlier this summer, we profiled Department of Biochemistry Assistant Professor Judith “Judi” Simcox and asked her questions about everything from what brought her to science to her greatest influences. Simcox dove into these topics and many others, including her multifaceted mentorship style, how illness and death have impacted her, and why she intentionally selects hobbies and opportunities as her career evolves, in the latest episode of the podcast Deeper Than Data with Ben Rush.

You can listen to the podcast episode here.

Rush, producer and host of Deeper than Data with Ben Rush and a graduate student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, hopes that the podcast will illuminate the human side of scientists and the scientific process.

“Showcasing scientists like Judi as people trying to do their best in their work and their lives will benefit future scientists and build trust in science,” said Rush.

Simcox, who is also a mentor on Rush’s PhD thesis committee, agrees.

“Especially during the pandemic, I began to realize that it’s important for scientists to be accessible to the public, and I also realized that human connection is fundamentally important to how we take part in society,” said Simcox. “[From this podcast], I hope people take away that scientists are regular people, and I also hope people learn from my struggles and the importance of mentorship.”

Written by Catherine Steffel, PhD. Please direct questions to