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 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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Field (see Notes for sorted subfields)Preferred NameInstitutionPositionDescriptionWebsiteTags
Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology Dr. Kristin Morgan University of Connecticut Assistant Professor The Morgan lab investigates how changes in joint motion and muscle function relate to knee injuries. She looks at how we use motion capture analysis and wearable technology to track the onset of joint instability during athletic tasks. Faculty Page Gait pattern analysis, dynamic joint stability, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, patellofemoral pain, biomechanics, musculoskeletal, computational modeling
Chemical Engineering Dr. Zenda Davis Auburn University Post-doc Dr. Davis investigates the molecular level surface characterization of sorbents/catalysts - specifically silver-based adsorbents - for use in the liquid phase desulfurization of logistics fuels. LinkedIn High performance materials, Catalysis, Energy, Surface Science, Interfacial Reactions, sorbents, adsorbents, fuel
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