Kate Clancy: My favorite things

Kate Clancy: My favorite things

By day, she's Kate Clancy — the biological anthropologist and self-described "ladybusiness expert" with the BA from Harvard, the Ph.D from Yale and the popular blog on Scientific American's website.

By night, she's occasionally the Anthrobrawlogist, the rough-and-tumble teammate of Terror Misu, Carrie A Chainsaw and Mrs. T on the Twin City Travelers of the local women's roller derby circuit.

On April 23, the University of Illinois assistant professor will be honored by the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, one of five "Women of Distinction" winners.

Here are her favorites...

Part of being a mom: Having a loving, secure, healthy relationship with my kid. And feeling a love for her that transcends any feeling I ever thought possible.

Girl Scout cookie: I am gluten-intolerant. I miss Thin Mints.

Advice for aspiring scientists: Now is when you set your behavior patterns — work hard but play hard, too. Do your science in a way that matters to you.

Campus spot to unwind: I go for walks all over central campus when I'm having trouble writing.

Sci-fi characters: Jane Sagan from the "Old Man's War" series, Avice Benner Cho from "Embassytown," everybody from "Sharknado."

Scientific instrument: I find vortexing things very satisfying. But my favorite instrument is probably my freezer, since it keeps my samples safe.

C-U breakfast stop: Le Peep for their egg white garden omelet, no toast but always potatoes, coffee with skim milk. Sometimes I get a side order of bacon, because bacon is glorious.

Athletes: The ones I idolize the most are Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, Nock Nock from Bay Area Derby Girls and Suzy Hotrod from Gotham Girls Roller Derby.

Roller derby move: I really enjoy taking out the other jammer or leading her into my team's defensive wall so they can completely punish her. They are soul-destroying moves, and I enjoy destroying the souls of my opposing jammers.

Topic to blog about: Anything having to do with the menstrual cycle, particularly menstruation itself, because I enjoy giving correct information — and the squick factor.

App: If I were being honest I would say Plume — a Twitter app — or Candy Crush, but I'm going to say NPR.

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