Erika is a professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies and mom to two kids (2010 and 2013) plus two cats (2005 and 2019). A Midwestern transplant who has lived in 32 places, she has happily called Fairfield her home for the past 12 years. At work, she directs a program to support first-generation and underrepresented student success in science. In town, she can often be found driving her kids back and forth to their respective sporting events and teams or sitting in a coffee shop using the wifi to get a little work done before pick up. Erika loves spending time enjoying the water, cooking, theater, reading, and hanging out with her husband.
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We Let Our Daughter Get a Cell Phone

I am one of those moms that when my kids were toddlers, I promised myself I’d wait as long as possible before getting our kids their own phones. And when we saw that our...
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Celebrating National Teddy Bear Day

I have to say that National Teddy Bear Day is one of my favorite random holidays. I know my life is better in many ways because of my faithful teddy bears who supported me...
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Wishes for the New School Year

Whenever a new school year starts, I find myself filled with hope. Hopes for myself. Hopes for my students. Hopes for the parents of my class. As a university professor, I am entrusted with caring...
A woman on a cruise ship.

Our First Family Cruise Won’t Be Our Last

My family of four took our first cruise together earlier this summer, and we had a blast. I didn’t grow up cruising; this was only my second cruise, but as we were leaving the...
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Moms Have Feelings Too

As moms, we focus so much on our children, but moms have feelings too. Sometimes those feelings are big and we try to hide them. There are millions of mom stories about crying in the...
Ice cream cheers.

The Scoop on Fairfield County Ice Cream Shops

Summer days are here, and nothing is better than an ice cream treat to cool you down. We have compiled a list of Fairfield County’s tastiest ice cream destinations. We are giving you the...
LGBTQIA+ World - Women with pride paint.

Growing Up in an LGBTQIA+ World

I know that many people these days are trying to figure out how to have a conversation with their kiddos about all the flavors of families we encounter today. As a person with a...
A woman walking on a dirt path.

I Come From a Family of Guns and Mental Illness

I come from a family of guns, hunting trips, and skeet shooting. I grew up on a small farm, and we had a shotgun that my step-dad regularly used to kill any woodchucks that...
A couple packing for a move.

Tips and Tricks from a Moving Expert

You might wonder why I call myself a moving expert when I say that I am a mom and a chemistry professor in my biography. Over my lifetime, I have lived in 33 different...
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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

As a chemist and a mom, I feel it is part of my job to do all I can to help encourage more girls to get involved in science. I have brought this passion...