Part of the Holden Forests & Gardens Scientist Lecture Series: Roadmaps to building equitable and inclusive research experiences in STEM

 

Talk summary: For this STEM diversity and inclusion presentation, Dr. Corrie Moreau will share what the data and research show regarding bias and inclusion in the sciences across many axes of diversity and why having diverse teams is good for science.  She will end with some recommendations to be more inclusive and equitable as individuals and as departments and institutions and then we will open it up for Q&A/discussion. Ahead of this Dr. Moreau recommended it would be great if everyone did two things (although not required to attend the presentation): 1) Online implicit bias test – Think you are immune to implicit bias?  Take one or more online tests to see where you may harbor implicit bias: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html  (you don’t have to register, you can continue as a guest – second button under “PROJECT IMPLICIT SOCIAL ATTITUDES”). You will NOT be asked to share your results, but it is a good way to get to know your own implicit biases. 2) Watch this short (3.5 mins.) video about being an ally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dg86g-QlM0&feature=youtu.be

 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Corrie Moreau is the Martha N. and John C. Moser Professor of Arthropod Biosystematics and Biodiversity at Cornell University in the Departments of Entomology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Ithaca, New York, USA. She is also the Director and Curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection with over 7 million specimens. Dr. Moreau earned her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University and was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Before this she completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at San Francisco State University. Dr. Moreau was elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America in 2020, an AAAS Fellow in 2018, a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences USA in 2016, a National Geographic Explorer in 2014, and highlighted as a Woman of Impact by the National Geographic Society in 2018. In addition she has two species named after her! Dr. Moreau’s research on the evolution and diversification of ants and their symbiotic bacteria couples field-based research with molecular and genomic tools to address the origin of species and how co-evolved systems benefit both partners. Also, she pursues questions on the role of biogeography, trait evolution, and symbiosis in shaping macroevolutionary processes to better understand broad-scale evolutionary patterns of life. In addition to her passion for scientific research, Dr. Moreau is also engaged with efforts to promote science communication and increase diversity in the sciences.

Find more information on the series here