A recurring issue at conferences and seminars is the underwhelming number of minority 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 underrepresented minority scientists across every field of STEM. 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 the 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
1) At this point in time, we don’t post our speakers’ emails publicly. If you find a speaker but are unable to find their contact information online, you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Please see here for a list of sorted subfields.
|Field/Subfield (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Website 2||Tags||Date Updated|
|Epigenetics, Genetics, Metabolism, Neuroscience||Dr. Autumn Ivy||University of California - Irvine||Assistant Professor||The Ivy lab investigates how exercise can affect neurodevelopment, specifically focusing on learning and memory||Lab Website||exercise, neurodevelopment, learning, memory, gene expression, chromatin||April 15, 2020|
|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||March 22, 2020|
|Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology||Dr. Matt Anderson||The Ohio State University||Assistant Professor||The Anderson lab uses C. albicans to study how genetic diversity and dynamic genomes contributes to variation within a population.||Lab Website||yeast, C. albicans, evolution, aneuploidy, genetic variation||January 13, 2020|
|Ecology, Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Equity/Advocacy||Dr. Sara Bombaci||Colorado State University||Assistant Professor||I do research in conservation biology, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and at the intersection of these themes||Lab Website||Conservation Biology, Social Justice, Equity, Inclusion||July 29, 2020|
|Ecology, Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Equity/Advocacy||Dr. Neo Martinez||Indiana University||Associate Professor||Internationally Leader in Ecological Complexity, Networks, Sustainability and diversifying STEM||Lab Website||Complexity, Network Science, Sustainability, Human-Natural Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, Food Webs, Diversity in STEM||July 24, 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||Research Website||Behavioral Ecology, endocrine, mating, territorial behavior, behavior, steroid hormones, ethology||May 27, 2020|
|Environmental Science & Resource Conservation, Marine Biology, Sociology||Dr. Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins||Arizona State University||Associate Professor||My research centers on the human dimensions of sustainable fisheries and tidal energy as well as dance as a means of science engagement.||Lab Website||Sustainable fisheries, marine renewable energy, marine social science, science dance, science art, bycatch reduction||July 29, 2020|
|Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Psychology||Dr. Anna Jafarpour||University of Washington||Post-doc, Instructor||Dr. Jafarpour investigates the mechanisms behind our encoding and retrieving of memories.||Research Page||encoding, memory, retrieval, perception||January 13, 2020|
|Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychology||Dr. Gabriela Manzano Nieves||Weill Cornell Medicine||Post-doc||Dr. Manzano Nieves is a post-doc at the Liston Lab where she investigates how various neuronal subpopulations of cells differentially regulate cognitive processes during postnatal development.||ResearchGate||neuronal circuits, development, learning and memory, stress, fear, reward||November 18, 2019|
|Computational Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics||Dr. Carlos Jimenez Hoyos||Wesleyan University||Assistant Professor||The Jimenez Hoyos group develops new methods and materials to study various chemical phenomena such as molecular magnets, multi-metal centers in enzymes and catalytic reactions on transition metal surfaces.||Faculty Page||magnets, metalloproteins, transition metals, quantum embedding||February 16, 2020|
|Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Chemistry||Dr. Juana Mendenhall||Morehouse College||Associate Professor||The Mendenhall lab develops and fabricates a variety of materials (i.e. thermo-sensitive hydrogels, sol-gels, etc) to be used in articular cartilage-subchondral bone interfaces in patients with osteoarthritis.||Lab Website||Sample Talk||osteoarthritis, synovial fluid, bone, hyaluronic acid, biomaterials||June 24, 2020|
|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||March 6, 2020|
|Computational Biology, Epigenetics, Metabolism||Dr. Jason Torres||University of Oxford||Post-doc||Dr. Torres investigates genetic mechanisms involved in type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders by integrating data on genetic fine-mapping, gene regulation, and epigenomic features (e.g. chromatin accessibility and interactions).||Research Page||Diabetes, non-coding regions, gene regulation, beta cells||January 13, 2020|
|Chemical Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology||Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez||University of Pittsburgh||Assistant Professor||The Hernández Sánchez lab works to develop and synthesize nanosized structures with molecular fidelity, i.e. molecular nanotubes and nanoclusters. These will shed light into structure-function relationships related to electrical conductivity, magnetic, and catalytic properties of materials.||Lab Website||catalysis, magnetism, molecular nanotubes, synthetic chemistry, nanoclusters||February 22, 2020|
|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||March 6, 2020|
|Analytical Chemistry, Energy, Materials Chemistry||Dr. Joaquín Rodríguez-López||University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign||Associate Professor||Our research focuses on characterizing heterogeneous electrode materials and generating new strategies to advance electrochemical energy technologies and sensing. We aim to pioneer methods of analysis at the nano- and micro-scale for understanding how electrode structure, shape and size, as well as the formation of chemical intermediates, impact the performance of materials and interfaces for batteries, fuel cells, and solar technologies.||Lab Website||electrochemistry, batteries, imaging, electrocatalysis, fuel cell, photoelectrocatalysis||November 13, 2019|
|Analytical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Sustainable Energy||Dr. Natalia Gonzalez-Pech||Hope College||Assistant Professor||The GOCH group develops ecofriendly nanomaterials to be used in water remediation and sustainable energy practices.||Lab Website||Nanotechnology, inorganic chemistry, materials science, environmental engineering, sustainable energy||January 13, 2020|
|Applied Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience||Dr. Gabrielle Gutierrez||University of Washington||Post-doc||Dr. Gutierrez is a post-doc in the Shea-Brown and Rieke labs where she investigates how local neuron properties influence the behavior of neural circuits and networks. She is interested in understanding the algorithms of the brain.||Website||circuitry, modeling, processing, perception||November 13, 2019|
|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||June 22, 2020|
|Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Nutrition||Dr. Alissa Armstrong||University of South Carolina||Assistant Professor||The Armstrong lab investigates how cells communicate to regulate nutritional intake, obesity and adipocyte response to dietary intake.||Lab Website||cell signaling, stem cells, adipocytes, nutrition, homeostasis, obesity, Drosophila||July 22, 2020|