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You can’t think outside the box if you’re locked inside it

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You can’t think outside the box if you’re locked inside it

Recorded 22 August 2019


Diverse perspectives make science stronger. Science relies upon the intellectual capacity, curiosity, and creativity of human beings to explore our natural environment, seek answers to difficult questions, and improve people’s lives. The variability found in nature and across the planet is unmatched by the diversity of thought within the science caucus. But if scientists are not representative of humanity, how can they represent society? Does the scientific workforce in fact match the world population in terms of race, gender, socio-economic status, sexual identity, and disability? What can the data teach us? What is the impact of homogenous scientific thought on diverse world challenges? If science is inaccessible to certain groups, how can it serve all people? How can science develop a more diverse workforce? In this webinar we examine the shortcomings of scientific thought resulting from the biases of those who do it. More importantly, we seek solutions to better represent the ideas, countries, wealth variances, cultures, identities, and beliefs in the global laboratory of the future.

This webinar will last for approximately 60 minutes.

Speaker bios

Angela Byars-Winston, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Dr. Byars-Winston is a full professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) Department of Medicine. She is director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Women’s Health Research, associate director of the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, and faculty director at the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, all located at UW-Madison. She studies cultural influences on academic and career development and in research mentoring relationships, largely in the sciences, medicine, and engineering. Dr. Byars-Winston is principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health R01 grant to identify critical factors in research mentor training interventions and to investigate research mentors’ cultural diversity awareness. She is also principal investigator for the National Research Mentoring Network, leading the Culturally Aware Mentoring initiative. Her work has been recognized nationally by the White House and as an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is an appointed member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce, through which she is currently chairing a commissioned study on effective mentoring in science, technology, engineering, medicine, and mathematics (STEMM) fields to be released in fall 2019.

Jon Freeman, Ph.D.

New York University
New York, NY

Dr. Freeman is associate professor of psychology and neural science at New York University and director of the Social Cognitive & Neural Sciences Lab. His research examines the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie person perception and stereotyping, and the interplay of social, emotional, and visual processes in perceptual and interpersonal decisions. He has also developed tools for tracking biases and measuring real-time decision-making that are widely used by the research community. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications, received funding from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, and been recognized with a number of awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Early Career Award from the Society for Social Neuroscience. Recently, he has become involved in LGBT science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) diversity issues and LGBT data-inclusion efforts.

Mathias W. Nielsen, Ph.D.

University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Nielsen is an associate professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a sociologist by training and holds a Ph.D. in social science from Aarhus University. His research focuses on gender in science, including how gender diversity is linked to knowledge outcomes. His Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “New and Persistent Gender Equality Challenges in Academia,” was defended in 2015, after which he undertook postdoctoral research in Gendered Innovations at Stanford University. He is currently a part of the European Commission’s “Gendered Innovations 2” Expert Group. Dr. Nielsen has published numerous papers on the topic of gender in science, including pieces in Nature Human Behaviour, PNAS, and Research Policy.

Charlene Le Fauve, Ph.D.

National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Dr. Le Fauve became the first senior advisor to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) in December 2016. In this role, she supports NIH COSWD Dr. Hannah Valantine, who leads NIH’s effort to diversify the biomedical research workforce by developing a vision and comprehensive strategy to expand recruitment and retention, and promote inclusiveness and equity throughout the biomedical research enterprise. Dr. Le Fauve came to COSWD from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where she served as deputy director of the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health. Prior to joining NIMH, she was a senior policy coordinator at the Department of Health and Human Services. Her federal career spans 20 years and includes leadership and health scientist roles at NIDA, NIAAA, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Le Fauve studied clinical psychology and behavioral medicine at the University of Georgia after completing her undergraduate education at Howard University. She completed her postgraduate work in the field of addiction medicine at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She then joined the faculty there as an assistant professor of human genetics and psychiatry, conducting behavior genetic research as well as training genetics counseling students, psychiatry residents, and psychology interns in cultural diversity and clinical practice.

Sean Sanders, Ph.D.

Washington, DC

Dr. Sanders did his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, Dr. Sanders joined TranXenoGen, a startup biotechnology company in Massachusetts working on avian transgenics. Pursuing his parallel passion for writing and editing, Dr. Sanders joined BioTechniques as an editor, before joining Science/AAAS in 2006. Currently, Dr. Sanders is the Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing for the journal Science and Program Director for Outreach.

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