Speakers List

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 dscnatl@gmail.com.

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!
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Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)Preferred NamePositionDescriptionWebsiteTags
Neuroscience Dr. Gina Poe Professor The Poe Lab investigates how sleep affects learning and consolidation of memories and how these processes are disrupted in pathologic states such as PTSD. Lab Website sleep, learning, memory, PTSD, Hippocampus
Entomology, Evolution, Genetics Dr. Jessica Ware Associate Curator The Ware group investigates the evolution of dragonflies and Dictyoptera, specifically focusing on the mechanics of their wings in flight and the social behaviors surrounding their mating. Lab Website behavior, biomechanics, mating, isoptera, phylogenetics, genetic diversity, genomics
Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences Dr. Vernon Morris 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 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 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 LinkedIn aging, metabolism, heart failure, kidney injury, biosynthesis, NAD/NAD+
Immunology Dr. Mark Lee 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 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 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 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 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