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Picture a Scientist – Panel Discussion

April 19, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Images of four women and text on a gray background, Picture a Scientist Film Screening April 16-18 and Q&A Session April 19 3:30-5:00pmET, Tribeca Film Festival 2020 Official Selection. Text description available at: https://events.cornell.edu/event/picture_a_scientist_film_viewing_and_qa_panel

From April 16-18, the Cornell community is invited to screen the award-winning documentary film, Picture a Scientist, chronicling the groundswell of researchers writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

The film is available for virtual screening from April 16-18. On Monday, April 19, 2021 from 3:30-5:00pm ET, a facilitated discussion will be held featuring panelists who will discuss navigating bias and harassment in academic environments, approaches for practicing critical forms of allyship, and strategies for driving positive systemic and structural change within and beyond Cornell.

April 19 Panel Information


  • Dr. Cynthia Leifer, Professor of Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine (Moderator)
  • Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Lauren Branchini, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Cornell University
  • Dr. Kelly Kryc, Director of Ocean Policy, New England Aquarium
  • Christopher Lujan, Associate Dean of Students and Director, LGBT Resource Center
  • Dr. Corrie Moreau, Martha N. and John C. Moser Professor of Arthropod Biosystematics and Biodiversity, Department of Entomology
  • Dr. Marjolein van der Meulen, James M. and Marsha McCormick Director of Biomedical Engineering and Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering

This public event is open to all and registration is required. Real-time captioning will be provided for the panel discussion. To request accommodations or more information about the event, contact: cvm-dei@cornell.edu


This film screening and panel discussion are co-sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Inclusion and Academic Excellence, HHMI-Cornell University Research Transfer (CURT) program, Cornell University-Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, Program for Achieving Career Excellence and Cornell Rising Stars, the Center for Bright Beams, in collaboration with the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Department of Physics Women in Physics, and Project Biodiversify/QGrads and the Paleontological Research Institution/Museum of the Earth.

This webinar is in part supported through funds from the National Science Foundation Grant Nos. HRD-1647094 and PHY-1549132. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors/organizers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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