21ST Century Scientists Working Group

February 20th 2017

Intersectionality panel this Friday!

Please join us for an event this Friday, Feb 24 from 3-4:30pm in B102 CLSL (Miller Auditorium)

Does Science Need Intersectionality?
Recent administrative actions from the White House bode poorly for financial support of science. Federal funding may come with the baggage of gag orders, grants may be frozen, and some kinds of science may even be defunded. Other political issues may not be so obviously relevant to scientists. The current administration’s support of white supremacist rhetoric, promotion of politicians with a history of attacking LGBTQ rights and attempt to pass a ban on immigration from majority-Muslim countries is also concerning. How do these issues affect the scientific enterprise, and what should scientists do about it?

Panelists will discuss how intersectionality has helped them see their work differently; how it has helped them see themselves as a scientist operating in a broader cultural paradigm differently; and how they expect the current political climate will affect their work. The panel will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience.

Panelists include:

  • Kelly Cross, PhD. Research Scientist, BioEngineering. Dr. Cross is working to redesign the BioEngineering curriculum through the NSF-funded Revolutionizing Engineering Departments Grant.
  • Deanna Hence, PhD. Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Hence studies tropical meteorology, hazardous weather, and their consequences for humans.
  • Elisabeth Stone, PhD. Director of Education, Spurlock Museum. Dr. Stone is a feminist archaeologist who focuses on community engagement and inclusive practice.
  • Cari Vanderpool, PhD. Associate Professor, Microbiology. Dr. Vanderpool studies the regulation of bacterial stress responses.

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