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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|Field/Subfield (see Notes for sorted subfields)||Preferred Name||Institution||Position||Description||Website||Website 2||Tags||Date Updated|
|Clinical - Radiation Oncology||Dr. Chelsea C. Pinnix||The University of Texas - MD Anderson||Associate Professor||Dr. Pinnix’s clinical and research interests lie in improving the outcomes of patients with hematologic malignancies via minimization of normal tissue toxicity related to radiation therapy. Another interest lies in the identification of improved treatment strategies that incorporate radiation therapy in the management of aggressive and refractory lymphomas, including the combination of radiation therapy with immune based therapeutics.||Faculty Page||radiotherapy, Hodgkin’s/Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL), multiple myeloma, leukemia, hematology||November 13, 2019|
|Developmental Biology||Dr. Crystal Rogers||University of California - Davis||Assistant Professor||The Rogers Lab investigates the mechanisms through which cranial neural crest cells form and undergo an epithelial to mesenchymal transition to migrate throughout developing vertebrate embryos.||Lab Website||neural crest cells, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), neurodevelopment, gastrulation, cell migration, vertebrate||February 6, 2020|
|Analytical Chemistry||Dr. Raychelle Burks||St. Edward's University||Assistant Professor||The Burks Lab focuses on designing and producing field portable colorimetry sensors, including utilizing smart phones as analytical devices.||Faculty Page||forensics, analytics, drugs, explosives, chemical and biological weapons||March 28, 2020|
|Materials Chemistry||Dr. Efrain Rodriguez||University of Maryland||Associate Professor||The Rodriguez group is working to discover new materials to be used in superconductors as well as the magnetic properties of transition metal oxides and their use in energy conversion.||Faculty Page||transition metals, super conductors, chalcogenides, solid state, magnetics, hollandites, ferrotorodic materials, energy conversion, oxygen storage materials||November 13, 2019|
|Materials Chemistry||Dr. Rodrigo Noriega||The University of Utah||Assistant Professor||The Noriega group investigates the dynamic properties of macromolecules in solution and at interfaces using a variety of ultrafast laser spectroscopy tools. We are interested in processes that involve charge, energy, and phase transfer as well as conformational transitions.||Faculty Page||spectroscopy, electronic materials, solvation, macromolecular conformation||November 18, 2019|
|Materials Chemistry||Dr. Javier Vela||Iowa State University||Professor||The Vela-Becerra Lab investigates new optical and low dimensional materials and heterostructures.||Lab Website||nanocrystal, nanotechnology, computational chemistry||November 19, 2019|
|Nanotechnology||Dr. Esteban Ureña-Benavides||The University of Mississippi||Assistant Professor||The Ureña-Benavides group investigates the colloidal properties of nanoparticles and how they can be used to develop sustainable chemical processes. Applications of interests include CO2 sequestration, purification of bioethanol, oil bioremediation and responsible use and extraction of oil/gas.||Lab Website||low energy separation, colloids, emulsions, sustainable energy||November 19, 2019|
|Earth Sciences||Professor Christopher Jackson||Imperial College London||Professor||The Basins Research Group (BRG) investigates the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins.||Faculty Page||tectonics, sedimentology, structural geology, geophysics||February 28, 2020|
|Cancer Biology||Dr. Rosalind Gregory-Bass||Spelman College||Associate Professor, Program Director||The Gregory-Bass lab investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying ovarian cancer growth and development.||Faculty Page||ovarian cancer, mitochondria, chemoresistance||March 22, 2020|
|Combinatorics||Dr. Opel Jones||Towson University||Assistant Professor||The Jones Group investigates pattern avoidance in permutations, specifically looking at Dumont permutation avoidance.||Faculty Page||enumerative combinatorics, pattern avoidance, minimal occurrence, Dumont permutation, Genocchi numbers||October 17, 2019|
|Pharmacology||Dr. Kimberlei A. Richardson||Howard University||Associate Professor||The Richardson lab investigates the role of orexins - hypothalamic hormones implicated in the regulation of appetite and sleep - in binge eating and drug addiction. We are also interested in understanding how the microbiota-gut-brain axis influences foraging and food choice behaviors.||Lab Website||Orexins, endocrinology, signaling, substance abuse/addiction, maladaptive feeding, foraging||April 17, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Steve Ramirez||Boston University||Assistant Professor||The Ramirez Lab investigates the neural circuitry behind memory storage and retrieval and how memories can be artificially modulated in healthy and maladaptive states.||Lab Page||learning, memory, optogenetics, hippocampus, amygdala, memory disorders||March 28, 2020|
|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|
|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||June 29, 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||Science Education Website||purkinje cells, GABA, ataxia, dystonia, movement||May 27, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Ian Mendez||The University of Texas at El Paso||Assistant Professor||The primary aim of the Mendez Lab is to elucidate the signals and circuits of the brain that become dysregulated following repeated exposure to rewards, and how they ultimately contribute to changes in motivational, hedonic, and cognitive processes. These processes are relevant to a myriad of behaviors and psychiatric disorders, with particularly strong implications for addiction.||opioids, nicotine, reward, cues, motivation, addiction, feeding, decision making, rodent models||March 28, 2020|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Alicia Izquierdo||University of California - Los Angeles||Professor||The Izquierdo Lab investigates the neural bases of cost-benefit calculations in value-based decision making and flexible reinforcement learning, and how these can go awry in behavioral and substance addictions.||Lab Website||decision, cost, reward, risk, learning, computational, reinforcement, uncertainty, substance abuse, addiction, in vivo imaging, pharmacology||November 13, 2019|
|Neuroscience||Dr. Carlos A. Bolaños-Guzmán||Texas A&M University||Associate Professor||The Bolaños-Guzmán lab investigates how various insults (i.e., drug exposure, stress, early-life experiences, etc) influence biochemical and behavioral functioning in adulthood.||Faculty Page||cellular neuroscience, biochemistry, psychotropic drugs, stress, behavior, motivation, emotion, development||March 28, 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||June 8, 2020|