Reggie Gazes


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Reggie Gazes grew up in New York and now resides in Pennsylvania. Raised by her Italian and Irish family as a catholic, she converted to Judaism as an adult. She graduated from Bucknell University studying Animal Behavior and is now a professor and scientist running the Primate Lab. Gazes made masks for her friends and family before she discovered the Auntie Sewing Squad, where she sews and sends face masks for marginalized, low-income, and people in need.

Thematic Summary

(00:01:26) Reggie Gazes talks about how and why she converted to Judaism as an adult and how she became a member of the Auntie Sewing Squad. (00:06:05) She talks about balancing her life as a mother and scientist/professor as before and during the pandemic. (00:12:00) Gazes then shares her thoughts on how the pandemic was handled, how it affected her, the Auntie Sewing Squad's activism, and her intentions for after the pandemic. (00:18:56) She concludes by describing her grandmother as the person who has had the most influence on her life as well as giving advice to aspiring scientists.

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Mariana E. Jiménez; Kelly Rivas

Interview with Reggie Gazes



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