October 22, 2020

Upcoming Events

The first annual Diversity and Science Lecture (DASL) Fall Symposium hosted by the University of California, San Diego will be held October 27-29, from 9 am – 4 pm Pacific time. The event will feature keynote presentations from Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Jeri Lacks Whye & Shirley Lacks, relatives of Henrietta Lacks. Additional speakers include Dr. David Asai (Senior Director for Science Education, HHMI), Dr. Wayne Frederick (President, Howard University), Dr. Mentewab Ayalew (Vice Dean, Spelman College), and MΓ©lise Edwards (UMass NSB graduate student).

The agenda for the symposium is available online here. Learn more and register here.


UMass Clinical Colloquium is hosting Dr. Sierra Carter from Georgia State University on Thursday, October 29 at 1 pm. Dr. Carter’s research focuses on racial health disparities and investigates how psychosocial and contextual stressors can affect mental and physical health outcomes for underrepresented populations. Her talk, titled Exploring the Multilevel and Intergenerational Impact of Racial Discrimination on Racial Health Disparities in African American Populations: Information Pathways to Intervention and Promoting Resiliency, is available via this Zoom link.

October 15, 2020

Upcoming Events

UMass Distinguished & Engineer Seminar Series
October 19: Professor Erich Jarvis

Dr. Erich Jarvis

Dr. Erich Jarvis is a professor at The Rockefeller University studying the neurobiology of vocal learning in songbirds.
10 am (via Zoom)Discussion “Surviving and thriving as an under-represented minority scientist in a majority environment.”
4 pm (via Zoom)Science Talk “Evolution of brain pathways for vocal learning and speech.”
7 pm – Dr. Jarvis will participate in an interdisciplinary discussion hosted by the UMass Fine Arts Center as part of the “Bodies at Risk” exhibit.
For more information about Dr. Jarvis or to register for these events, visit the UMass website.


Anti-Racism Faculty Development Series
October 23: Assistant Professor Jonique Childs

On October 23 at 12 pm, Dr. Jonique Childs, Assistant Professor in the College of Education, will be speaking about Disarming microaggressions in the classroom.

This event is open to faculty in the UMass IDGPs and the Biology Department. More information about the Anti-Racism Faculty Development Series, organized by Dr. Karine Fenelon, can be found online here. Register for the event as this link.


UMass Distinguished & Engineer Seminar Series
October 23: Assistant Curator Jessica Ware

Dr. Jessica Ware

Dr. Jessica Ware is an assistant curator of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on the evolution of behavioral and physiological adaptations in insects.
11:15 am (via Zoom)Discussion “A BIPOC academic journey”
4 pm (via Zoom)Science Talk “The Evolution of Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies”
For more information about Dr. Ware, or to register for these events, visit the UMass website.

October 8, 2020

Upcoming Event

Drs. Laura Vandenberg & Kirsten Helmer

The UMass Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting a training for UMass community members called Facilitating Difficult Classroom Conversations During Divisive Times. The training is on Friday, October 23 from 11:30 am – 1 pm.

Co-facilitators Dr. Laura Vandenberg, Associate Dean of undergraduate academic affairs, and Dr. Kirsten Helmer, Director of Programming for diversity, equity, and inclusion at CTL, will discuss strategies for holding productive conversations related polarizing and divisive current events.

Learn more about the workshop on the CTL website, and register here.

October 1, 2020

Upcoming Events

The UMass Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program and the Department of Microbiology are hosting workshops on inclusive classroom practices on Oct. 6 & 9. The workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Bryan Dewsbury from the University of Rhode Island, who is a nationally recognized scholar on inclusivity in academia. More information is available here.

Tuesday, October 6 @ 12 pm Keynote address: The revolution will be backward designed – inclusive practices in the higher education classroom.

Tuesday, October 6 @ 2:30 – 4 pm Workshop 1: A Chance at birth – power, privilege, and their impacts on the higher ed classroom.

Friday, October 9 @ 10:30 am – 12 pm Workshop 2: We are talking about practice! – Considering specific strategies in your classroom.

Register for these events online here.

September 24, 2020

Upcoming Events

Dipika Nandi, a graduate student in VASCI, and the VASCI Department are sponsoring a virtual screening of the film Picture a Scientist. The film follows the research careers of three scientists: biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring. The trailer for the film is available here.

Register here to receive a personal access key, which will allow you to watch the film anytime from September 27 – 30.

Following the screening, a panel discussion including Dean Tricia Serio and representatives of the BTP and CBI training programs will discuss the film and Women in STEM more generally. You can access that discussion using this Zoom link.