Picture a Scientist

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Wednesday, March 3
7:30pm EST

(2020, Sharron Shattuck and Ian Cheney, USA, 95 mins, in English)

Guests: Sharron Shattuck and Ian Cheney (directors)

Introducer: Jeanne Hardy, UMass Amherst Professor of Chemistry

Picture a Scientist Chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.” (Official Website)

This film is in connection with International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2021 theme: #ChooseToChallenge

Co-Sponsored by the UMass Biotechnology Training Program.

Watch and Participate

Film Screening

February 25 – March 3

Introduction by Jeanne Hardy

Live Conversation and Q&A with Filmmaker
via Facebook or YouTube

(Weds, March 3 at 7:30PM EST)


All events are free and open to the public.

About the Filmmakers

Ian Cheney

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Director/Producer Ian Cheney is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. He has completed nine feature documentaries, including King Corn (2007), The Greening of Southie (2008), The City Dark (2011), The Search for General Tso (2014), Bluespace (2015), The Most Unknown (2018), Picture Character (2019) and Thirteen Ways (2019). His films have premiered at film festivals and theaters worldwide and been released on Netflix, PBS, The Sundance Channel, VICE Media, and other networks. A former Macdowell fellow and Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT, he lives in Maine.

Sharon Shattuck

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Director/Producer Sharon Shattuck is an Emmy-nominated documentary film director and podcast host. Her first feature film, From This Day Forward, broadcast nationally on POV (PBS) in 2016 and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. She’s the co-host of the podcast Conviction: American Panic from Gimlet, a Spotify company, and the co-creator of the Emmy-nominated New York Times Op-Docs science series ‘Animated Life.’ Her work has appeared on PBS, Netflix, National Geographic Channel, Vice, Vox, The New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic, ProPublica, Spotify, and Radiolab. She has degrees in forest ecology and journalism.



About the Introducer

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Jeanne Hardy

Jeanne Hardy is a Professor of Chemistry at UMass Amherst. Associate Head of the Department of Chemistry and the Director of the Biotechnology Training Program. Her research focuses on a class of proteins called proteases. She studies every aspect of their behavior, how they change shape and how they are influenced by their environment and then uses this information to develop inhibitors that would be useful in treating disease like Alzheimer’s and combatting virally-transmitted diseases such as Zika and Dengue Fever. Winner a number of awards such as Beckman Young Investigator award, Cottrell Scholar award, she is a Fulbright Fellow and most recently the winner of the Mahoney Life Sciences Prize for her work. Hardy was also awarded the 2020 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Graduate Faculty Teaching Award for her work as a mentor.


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