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Under the Lens: Questioning the Culture of Science

November 15, 2013 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Objectivity and neutrality are considered essential to scientific practice, but what gets to count as objective or neutral or even real? What biases still exist in our scientific communities? A 2012 study revealed that female professors were just as biased against women students as their male colleagues when recommending students for mentorships and jobs. Could the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in STEM fields be a consequence of a similar bias? This panel-led conversation explores the concept of “privilege” in the sciences; the roles and rights of those being studied – and for what purposes; as well as ethical questions about research topics.

When: Friday, November 15, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Givens Conference Room, Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120

PanelistsBarry Cordero, Principal Project Engineer, Medtronic and National Vice President, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; Lee Penn, University of Minnesota Associate Professor, Chemistry;Tamara Marcus, University of Minnesota undergraduate student, College of Biological Sciences; and Jim Rock, Science Educator and Member, Dakota nation. Moderator: Wren Walker Robbins, Two-Spirit Mohawk woman and Professional Development Project Lead, Science Museum of Minnesota.

This event is part of the Critical Conversations series, which is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored by the University Libraries. These conversations are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members, and do not require a reservation.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Ralph Blanco at rblanco@umn.edu or 612-625-8680. Please allow two weeks advance notice.


November 15, 2013
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


University of Minnesota Libraries


Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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