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 minorities 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.
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NOTES ON USING OUR LIST
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|Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Tags|
|Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology||Dr. Carlos S. Moreno||Emory College||Associate Professor||My main research interests are in translational cancer bioinformatics, to identify diagnostic markers for more effective and refined therapies, to identify new potential therapeutic targets, and to better understand the biology of tumor progression. My lab has identified several genes that are strongly correlated with prostate cancer progression.||Faculty Page||Cancer Genomics, Cancer Bioinformatics, Biomarkers, Transcriptional Regulation, Prostate Cancer|
|Neuroscience, Psychology||Dr. Ayanna Thomas||Tufts University||Director, Professor||The Thomas lab investigates episodic memory failure and how retrieval of memories can be biased.||Lab Website||cognition, memory, retrieval, episodic memory, bias, encoding, cognitive aging, eyewitness memory, metacognition|
|Epigenetics, Genetics, Plant Sciences||Dr. Xuehua Zhong||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Associate Professor||The Zhong lab investigates the epigenetic mechanisms underlying plant cell differentiation and environmental adaptation.||Lab Website||differentiation, development, epigenetics, chromatin, environment, adaptation, biomass|
|Earth Sciences, Geology||Dr. Lucas Zoet||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Assistant Professor||The Zoet lab investigates the physics of glacier motion.||Lab Website||seismicity, glaciers, deglaciation, erosion|
|Agriculture, Plant Sciences||Dr. Amaya Atucha||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Assistant Professor||The Atucha lab investigates fruit crop responses to environmental stress, specifically looking at the ability of fruits crops to withstand freezing temperature.||Faculty Page||fruit crop production, plant ecophysiology, cold hardiness|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Lucas Pinto||Northwestern University||Assistant Professor||The Pinto lab investigates the neural mechanisms underlying cognition and decision-making. He specifically looks at how cortical areas interact at large scales to support decision-making, and how the cognitive demands of different tasks modulate cortical dynamics.||Lab Website||neural mechanisms, cognition, decision-making|
|Clinical - Neurology, Neuroscience||Dr. Michele Veldsman||University of Oxford||Post-doc||Dr. Veldsman's research looks at the impact of ageing, dementia syndromes and stroke on functional and structural networks in the human brain.||Research Page||cognitive neurology, dementia, stroke, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), ageing|
|Epidemiology, Nutrition, Public Health||Dr. Alejandra Jáuregui de la Mota||Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública||Department Chair||The Department of Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles, led by Dr. Jáuregui de la Mota, investigates the impact of health policies and environmental modifications on healthy lifestyles, including diet and physical activity. She has a special interest in physical activity promotion among children.||Google Scholar||obesity, malnutrition, exercise, nutrition labels, physical education|
|Cellular Biology, Embryology, Genetics, Molecular Biology||Dr. Anita Quintana||The University of Texas at El Paso||Assistant Professor||The Quintana lab investigates the cellular mechanisms underlying congenital human disorders by using developing zebrafish embryo as a model.||Faculty Page||genetics, multiple congenital anomaly syndromes (MCAs), craniofacial abnormalities, learning ability|
|Clinical - Neurology, Gerontology/Geroscience, Health Equity, Nursing||Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Assistant Professor||Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi studies care delivery and disparities among persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Major areas of foci in her research program include: treatment and utilization disparities, symptom management and caregiver support, and issues in research ethics and equity.||Faculty Page||Alzheimer's disease, dementia, nursing, geriatrics, symptom management, research ethics|