IANR hosted a virtual screening of the film Picture a Scientist on February 23rd-25th. A recording of the panel presentation held on February 25th is now available for viewing. Thank you to our esteemed panelists for their work in making this panel a success.

AWIS (Association for Women in Science) is hosting a watch party for "Picture a Scientist: Q&A with Dr. Jane Willenbring and Co-Director Ian Cheney," a recorded discussion with the associate professor of geological sciences at Stanford University and the co-director of the film. The virtual event will be held on March 12 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on Zoom. Registration is available online. Topics covered in the Q&A will be different types of harassment, how allies can help support women and minority scientists, and suggestions for policy changes that organizations could take. Small group breakout sessions will follow to discuss the movie, the Q&A, and to share individual perspectives.

The film 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.

Following a virtual showing of the film, we hosted a university-wide panel to explore the themes in the film and discuss ways we can collaboratively address these important issues at UNL.

Please also considering filling out our exit survey, which we will use to develop additional programming and outreach around this issue.

Film Screening Panel of Speakers

Dr. Richard Bischoff
Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Leader Success
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
(Co-Moderator)

Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss
Dean of the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
(Co-Moderator)

Dr. Amy Charkowski
Department Head, Plant Pathology
Colorado State University

Dr. Sherri Jones
Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Dr. Maureen McDonald
Dean of the Faculty of Science
McMaster University

Discussion guide

Those who have watched the film are encouraged to use the discussion guide, to advance more conversations about equity in science in institutions, corporations, societies, and other groups worldwide.

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