A recurring issue at conferences and seminars is the underwhelming number of URM speakers giving talks. A commonly cited reason for this is not knowing who to invite. To that end, we’ve begun compiling a list of prominent URM researchers across every field of STEM and Medicine. We hope that conference organizers can use this list as a resource when inviting speakers. However we hope that organizers use this list conscientiously. There is a well-known, and well-documented, issue of “tokenism”, i.e. the idea that women and underrepresented minority researchers are included to give an appearance of diversity. We would like to stress that a diverse conference is not just about representation of minority speakers but also about creating an environment that is conducive to sharing ideas and collaborating. See our “Best practices” page for tips on how to create an inclusive environment.
Finally, we would like to stress that:
(i) Speakers on our list should be compensated properly for their time.
(ii) We are not the only resource out there! Check out this database for more lists of underrepresented researchers.
(iii) Our list is mainly nomination based (we then reach out to the researchers for their consent to be featured on the list). Please consider nominating yourself or others to be on the list! You can do so here or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTES ON USING OUR LIST
1) Please see here for the Speakers List in spreadsheet format (useful for more complicated searches), an explanation of all of the fields (and how to search them), and a list of sorted subfields.
2) Our website saves your previous search for future reference! If you would like to clear your search, press the “Clear” button (next to the “Submit” button).
|Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Tags|
|Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences||Dr. Vernon Morris||Howard University||Full Professor||The Morris Group tracks the levels of trace gases and aerosols in urban environments and how small aerosolized particles are travel over long ranges.||Faculty Page||aerosols, aerobiology, climate, weather, environmental health|
|Developmental Biology, Ecology, Evolution||Dr. Kory Evans||Brown University||Post-doc||Dr. Evans is a post-doc using fish skulls to study the evolution of phenotypic diversity and how interactions between our genomes and the environment influence the development of certain traits.||Research Website||phylogeny, ontogeny, variation, phenotypic diversity, environment|
|Biochemistry, Metabolism, Molecular Biology||Dr. Melanie R. McReynolds||Princeton University||Post-doc||Dr. McReynolds is a Postdoctoral fellow (HHMI Hanna Gray and Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP) investigating the role of NAD metabolism, specifically looking at its role in pathologic states and aging. https://www.asbmb.org/asbmb-today/people/060119/understanding-metabolism-and-aging||aging, metabolism, heart failure, kidney injury, biosynthesis, NAD/NAD+|
|Immunology||Dr. Mark Lee||Spelman College||Associate Professor, Electee of College Board of Trustees||The Lee Lab researches the mechanisms behind cytokine expression and regulation of cell-mediated immunity.||ResearchGate||CD40, immunodeficiency, SIV, cell-mediated immunity|
|Applied Mathematics, Sociology||Dr. Nathan Alexander||Morehouse College||Visiting Professor||The Alexander group applies mathematical modeling to better understand equity in education.||Lab Website||Critical Race Theory (CRT), education, pedagogy|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Enmanuelle Pardilla-Delgado||Harvard Medical School||Post-doc||Dr. Pardilla-Delgado investigates the role of sleep in memory consolidation and how these mechanisms change in neurodegenerative states such as Alzheimer's disease. See more here: https://mapp.mgh.harvard.edu/t-32-trainee/||Research Page||memory, sleep, neurodegeneration, Alzheimer's disease, cognition, cognitive neuroscience|
|Health Equity, Psychology, Sociology||Dr. Crystal M. Glover||Rush University||Assistant Professor||Dr. Glover focuses on social cognitive processes and their role in healthy aging and decision making in older age, especially among socially disadvantaged groups. Her current NIA-funded work examines decision making regarding brain donation among older minorities. Overall, through research, Dr. Glover aims to address health disparities and facilitate health equity in aging, especially using mixed-methods research approaches.||Faculty Page||social cognition, aging, cognition, health equity, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, minority aging, social determinants of health|
|Engineering, Health Equity, Ophthalmology, Sociology||Dr. Logan Williams||University of Maryland||Lecturer||Mechanical Engineer and Social Scientist studies technology users, technology design and technology governance (in global health and information technology).||Personal Website||engineering ethics, engineering design, global health, health equity, undone technology, orphan technology, frugal innovation, generative justice|
|Cancer Biology||Dr. Rosalind Gregory-Bass||Spelman College||Associate Professor, Program Director||The Gregory-Bass lab investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying ovarian cancer growth and development.||Faculty Page||ovarian cancer, mitochondria, chemoresistance|
|Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, RNA splicing||Dr. Tracy Johnson||University of California - Los Angeles||Professor||The Johnson Lab investigates the mechanisms underlying gene regulation. They are particularly interested in the process of RNA splicing and how spliceosomes recognize splice sites cotranscriptionally, in the context of a chromatin environment and in response to changes in the cell’s environment.||Lab Website||spliceosome, SWI/SNF complex, transcription, RNA processing, chromatin remodeling|