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||Date Updated|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Christopher Blackwood||NIH - National Institute on Drug Abuse||Post-doc||Dr. Blackwood investigates the neural underpinnings of opioid use disorder with the goal of designing therapeutic interventions.||Google Scholar||substance use, addiction, mental health, stem cells, neurodevelopment, interneurons||May 15, 2020|
|Metabolism, Neuroscience||Dr. Frankie D. Heyward||Harvard Medical School||Post-doc||Dr. Heyward is a post-doc in the Rosen Lab who investigates the effects of obesity on neural processes, specifically focusing on the transcriptional targets of STAT3 in neurons.||Linked In||obesity, transcription regulation, diabetes||May 19, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Ana-Clara Bobadilla||Medical University of South Carolina||Research Assistant Professor||Dr. Bobadilla is a behavioral and molecular biologist with a focus on addiction and goal-directed behaviors. Her research addresses the differences between how the brain processes seeking if natural rewards (such as food or water) and drugs of abuse.||ResearchGate||addiction, reward, cocaine, sucrose, rodent behavior, neuronal ensembles||May 19, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Osama Ahmed (Sama)||Princeton University||Post-doc||Dr. Ahmed investigates neural mechanisms that coordinate distinct behaviors in Drosophila.||Google Scholar||behavior, Drosophila, multitasking, motor control, courtship song, systems neuroscience||May 19, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Heather Snell||Albert Einstein College of Medicine||Post-doc||Dr. Snell investigates the intrinsic activity of cerebellar Purkinje cells and their role in cerebellar disorders such as ataxias and dystonias. Twitter Handle: @HeatherDSnell||Research Page||purkinje cells, GABA, ataxia, dystonia, movement||May 27, 2020|
|Materials Chemistry, Thermodynamics||Dr. Jorge A. Muñoz||The University of Texas at El Paso||Assistant Professor||The Muñoz group investigates thermodynamics and systems in disequilibrium using computational modeling and machine learning.||Lab Website||thermal expansion, chaos, computational physics||May 27, 2020|
|Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology||Dr. Chynna N. Broxton||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia||Post-doc||Dr. Broxton investigates genetic mitochondrial disorders including those related to superoxide dismutases and mitochondrial respiration.||mitochondria, cellular respiration, candida albicans||May 27, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Cristina Banuelos||NIH - National Institute on Aging||Post-doc||Dr. Banuelos investigates the neurobiological mechanisms underlying age-related cognitive decline.||Google Scholar||GABA, prefrontal cortex, memory, behavior, aging, basal forebrain||May 27, 2020|
|Ecology, Endocrinology, Neuroscience||Dr. Daniel Tobiansky||Brown University||Post-doc||Dr. Tobiansky investigates neuroendocrine signaling that underlies mating, territorial, and social decision-making behavior. Twitter Handle: @DTobiansky||Research Page||Behavioral Ecology, endocrine, mating, territorial behavior, behavior, steroid hormones, ethology||May 27, 2020|
|Education/Pedagogy, Health Equity, Psychology, Public Health||Dr. Sinead Younge||Morehouse College||Professor||The Project Ujima Lab investigates sexual health practices amongst college students, HIV+ adults and Black men, amongst other underserved communities. Dr. Younge and her lab also examine prison reform issues.||Faculty Page||Sexual health, HIV/AIDS, health equity, Prison, carceral system||May 27, 2020|