About Our Community

 

“[M.I.T. Biologist Nancy] Hopkins says she did not enjoy the tumult surrounding the Summers controversy, ‘but if it had the effect of bringing this issue forward and inspiring this young woman to write this fabulous play … I’d say it was worth it, because this is an important play.’”

— The Boston Globe

 

Our Staff

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Silvia L. Mazzula, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
 

Dr. Silvia L. Mazzula, Ph.D., is an award­-wining educator, scholar, and mental health researcher. Her current research investigates racial cultural trauma, stress, and mental health, social networks and academic pipeline development, and Latino psychology. As an evaluator, she has developed process, benchmark measures, and systemic guidelines to assess equitable and inclusive scientific studies and scholarship, conducted social framework evaluations of workplace discrimination, and informed organizational plans, policies, and practices related to inclusiveness. A tenured associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (~ 4% of professors in the country are Latina) and former President of the Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey, Dr. Mazzula is an authority voice on support for Ph.D. prepared Latinas and nationally recognized for her successful outreach to underrepresented scholars, students, and faculty members. She is a founder and Executive director of the Latina Researchers Network (LRN), the country’s first multi­disciplinary research network to support Latina doctoral level investigators, scholars and evaluators, where she manages program design, incubation and evaluation. Her work has been published in scientific journals and numerous book chapters. She is an editor of SAGE Encyclopedia on Psychology and Gender, author of Ethics for Counselors: Integrating Counseling and Psychology Standards, and co-­investigator of the Race Based Traumatic Stress Symptom Scale. She has given 100+ empirically­ based talks, seminars, and workshops on culturally responsive science and on diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the country. She has earned numerous awards, appeared on NBC, and been featured or expert quoted on National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, Washington Times, El Diario NY, Insight into Diversity Magazine, and others. Dr. Mazzula earned a B.A. in Biology and M.A. in Counseling and Human Services from The College of New Jersey and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. She is a mixed­-race Latina, first generation college student from poor economic background, born in Uruguay, South America, raised in New Jersey, and mother of three boys.

 
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Gioia De Cari, M.S.

co-principal investigator
 

Gioia De Cari is an artist, women’s equality activist, and former mathematician. As a professional actress since 1992, she has performed leading roles in numerous theater productions and independent films. In 2007, she founded her own theater company, Unexpected Theatre, to explore women’s stories. An evening of readings of several works ­in­ progress led to the first production, Truth Values, which has since become popular nationally. Truth Values, De Cari’s personal story of her experiences in mathematics, has been presented at over 50 different theaters and performing arts centers across the United States, including the La Jolla Playhouse, the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, USC’s Visions and Voices Arts and Humanities Series, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre EST/Sloan First Light Festival.

On tour, most performances of Truth Values have been presented with post­-performance Q&As and panels, featuring experts on women-in-STEM issues and unconscious bias. Over 75 of these have been held to date. Early in this touring project, the discussion events were put together by presenters, with De Cari as an invited guest. Captivated by her experience of the power of this combination of theater and conversation, De Cari became more involved with the planning of these discussions, and began to build ideas for a hybrid theater and women-­in-­STEM student workshop featuring more intimate conversations with peers and mentors on these topics. In particular, she became passionate about sharing with students the diverse network of experts she had come to know, thus offering students a chance for the sense of community and opportunities for mentorship she wished for and lacked during her own graduate studies in STEM. These activities form the basis for the Truth Values Community program.

Gioia has studied acting with legendary teacher Wynn Handman, and playwriting with the late Milan Stitt of Carnegie Mellon. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, she earned a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An accomplished singer as well, Gioia released her debut album, Quiet Songs, with her husband, classical guitarist John Olson, and they recently released their second album, Eve’s Diary. They have toured throughout the United States. Gioia is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, SAG/­AFTRA, and The Dramatists Guild of America.


Featured Speakers

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Rhonda Davis

Head, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Director, National Science Foundation


Rhonda Davis is Head of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) in the Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she is responsible for ensuring NSF’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and discrimination-free environment for employees, beneficiaries and applicants for employment or services associated with the $8 billion budget that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. NSF funds reach annually all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions from more than 50,000 competitive proposals that result in about 12,000 new funding awards. Recently, her efforts resulted in NSF being a trailblazer as one of the first federal agencies that require institutions it funds to notify the agency of any findings or determinations that an NSF-funded principal investigator or co-principal investigator committed harassment (including sexual harassment or sexual assault) or placed on administrative leave or imposition of administrative action relating to harassment or sexual assault finding or investigation. Her work in this area has resulted in her testifying before Congress, serving on numerous panels both nationally and globally, including an embassy.

 Davis joined NSF in 2010 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights where she served in several positions including Acting Associate Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.  Davis’ experience include establishing and managing nondiscrimination and diversity programs for both small and large federal agencies. Her experience in establishing and managing nondiscrimination and diversity programs has enabled her to significantly contribute to NSF’s very important goal to excel as a federal science agency with a diverse, engaged, and high-performing workforce.

 Davis holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She has completed numerous executive education programs to include Georgetown University (Leadership Coaching), Fielding University (World Café), Harvard University (Strategies of Persuasion and Essentials of Decision Making), Duke University (Innovative Leadership), George Washington University (Senior Executive Education Program), Georgetown University/Brookings Institution (Advanced Public Policy), and the Center for Creative Leadership (The Looking Glass Experience).

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Dr. Evelynn Hammonds

Chair, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, Barbara Gutmann RosenkrantZ, Professor of the History of Science; Professor of African and African American Studies

Evelynn M. Hammonds, Ph.D., is Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, and Chair, Department of the History of Science, at Harvard University. She was the first Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard (2005–2008). From 2008 to 2013 she served as Dean of Harvard College. She holds honorary degrees from Spelman College and Bates College. Professor Hammonds is the director of the Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard. Professor Hammonds earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University, an S.M. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a B.E.E. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in physics from Spelman College. In 2010 she was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and in 2014 to the President’s Commission on Excellence in Higher Education for African Americans. She has published articles on the history of disease, race and science; African American feminism; African- American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS; and analyses of gender and race in science and medicine. Professor Hammonds’s current research focuses on diversity in STEM fields; the intersection of scientific, medical and socio-political concepts of race in the United States; and genetics and society. Prof. Hammonds served two terms on the Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), the congressionally mandated oversight committee of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prof. Hammonds was appointed to the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CWSEM) of the National Academies in 2016. In 2018, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Michael Sipser

Dean of the MIT school of Science

Michael Sipser is the Dean of Science, the Donner Professor of Mathematics and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1980 and joined the MIT faculty that same year. He was Chairman of Applied Mathematics from 1998 to 2000 and served as Head of the Mathematics Department from 2004 to 2014. He was appointed Dean of Science in 2014. He was a research staff member at IBM Research in 1980, spent the 1985–86 academic year on the faculty of the EECS department at Berkeley and was a Lady Davis Fellow at Hebrew University in 1988. His research areas are in algorithms and complexity theory, specifically efficient error correcting codes, interactive proof systems, randomness, quantum computation, and establishing the inherent computational difficulty of problems. He is the author of the widely used textbook, Introduction to the Theory of Computation (Third Edition, Cengage, 2012). His distinctions include the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award, 1984, 1989, and 1991; the MIT School of Science Student Advising Award, 2003; the UC Berkeley Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015; and the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, 2016. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Guest Mentors

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Dr. Tania Baker

Professor of Biology at MIT, HHMI Investigator


Tania A. Baker is the Edwin C. Whitehead Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford University in 1988. Her graduate research was carried out in the laboratory of Professor Arthur Kornberg and focused on mechanisms of initiation of DNA replication. She did postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Kiyoshi Mizuuchi at the National Institutes of Health, studying the mechanism and regulation of DNA transposition.

Her current research explores mechanisms and regulation of enzyme-catalyzed protein unfolding, ATP-dependent protein degradation and remodeling of the proteome during cellular stress responses. Professor Baker has served terms as both the Associate Head and Head of MIT’s Biology Department. Professor Baker received the 2001 Eli Lilly Research Award from the American Society of Microbiology. In 2000 she was awarded the MIT School of Science Teaching Prize for Undergraduate Education and in 2008 she was elected as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow for her contributions to education. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Microbiology. In 2014 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stanford Medical Center Alumni Association. Professor Baker is coauthor (with Arthur Kornberg) of the book DNA Replication (2nd edition) as well as of the 5th, 6th and 7th editions of Watson’s influential text Molecular Biology of the Gene. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and two children and enjoys sea kayaking and fiber arts.

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Dr. Cait Crawford

Distinguished Engineer at IBM

Cait Crawford has spent over two decades in industry doing research and development on systems, software, algorithms and applications. Her work has spanned platforms ranging from the largest supercomputers in the world to low power embedded systems and mobile devices. Most recently, her background in algorithms, performance optimization and embedded systems has led to her projects in machine learning, both deep and shallow, for Decentralized Edge to Cloud AI.  She graduated from MIT with an SBME and went on to earn an MSE and PhD from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering specializing in large scale numerical simulations of physical systems.  She is currently a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research AI and when not making the bits fly at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 teenage children

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Dr. Katy Croff Bell

Director, Open Ocean Initiative, MIT Media La


Ocean explorer Dr. Katy Croff Bell has spent nearly 20 years using deep sea technology to discover what lies at the depths of the ocean. She is the Director of the Open Ocean initiative at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow at the National Geographic Society, developing programs for rapid deployment of new and emerging technologies for ocean exploration and community building. Previously, as Executive Vice President of the Ocean Exploration Trust, Bell led the development of exploration, research, and educational outreach activities for E/V Nautilus, including management of scientists, engineers, educators, and students from 30+ countries working together to conduct telepresence-enabled expeditions around the world.

 Bell is currently Vice Chair of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. She was a 2001 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, 2006 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and 2014 MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow. Bell holds an S.B. in ocean engineering from MIT, an M.Sc. in maritime archaeology from the University of Southampton, and a Ph.D. in geological oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.

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Debra K. Borkovitz, Ph.D.

Boston University, Clinical Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education

Ph.D. MIT Mathematics, 1992
B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1984, Mathematics
B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1984, Computer Science

For twenty-five years, Debra K. Borkovitz was a faculty member at Wheelock College, a small college in Boston whose mission was to improve the lives of children and families. At Wheelock she led a math program that featured excellent, inclusive, inquiry based teaching and helped turn math phobic students into math majors.  When Wheelock merged with Boston University last spring, she joined the Mathematics and Statistics Department at BU.  

Debra’s teaching is informed by her love of math, her love of students, and her sensitivity to issues of power.  She was an out lesbian at MIT during the 1980’s (a classmate of Gioia De Cari’s), and in 1989 she was one of the founders of The Network/La Red, one of the first organizations in the country addressing domestic violence in queer relationships.    

In recent years she has become interested in mathematical art, and her Temari Permutation Ball is on the cover of this year’s calendar from the American Mathematical Society. At Wheelock she designed and taught a course Exploring Math with Yarn and Thread and she is working with a colleague to design a similar course at BU.  Her website is debraborkovitz.com.

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Dr. Martha Gray

J. W. Kieckhefer Professor of Health Sciences and Technology;
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Martha Gray, PhD, has a multifaceted career in which she has built programs to drive biomedical technology innovation, conducted research to better understand and prevent osteoarthritis, led a preeminent academic unit, and served the profession through work with organizations and insti-tutions. Trained in computer science and electrical and biomedical engineering, and serving as an MIT faculty for three decades, she has held numerous leadership positions. For 13+ years, she directed the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), an academic unit with multiple research and training programs for careers in medicine, business, and re-search. Dr. Gray currently directs MIT linQ which operates several multi-institutional ventures focus on accelerating and deepening early-career researchers’ potential for impact. Over the course of these efforts, she and her team have established a principled methodology for needs identification and opportunity development, and an organizational model that fosters a vibrant multi-stakeholder community necessary for sustained local and global impact.

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Dr. Ju-Lee Kim

Professor of Mathematics,MIT

Ju-Lee Kim joined the MIT mathematics faculty as tenured associate professor in 2007. She received the B.S. from the Korean Advanced Institute in Science & Technology in 1991, and the Ph.D. from Yale in 1997, under the direction of Roger Howe. She had postdoctoral appointments at the École Normale Supérieure, and at IAS before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan as assistant professor in 1998. In 2002, she moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Kim's research interests include representation theory, harmonic analysis of p-adic groups, Lie theory and automorphic forms

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Dr. Leslie Kolodziejski

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Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Leslie A. Kolodziejski completed her PhD in 1986 in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. She joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor. In 1988, Dr. Kolodziejski joined the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) faculty at MIT as Assistant Professor. In 1999, Professor Kolodziejski was promoted to Full Professor. Professor Kolodziejski received the Young Investigator Award from NSF, the Young Investigator Award from ONR, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. At MIT, Professor Kolodziejski is the founder of the Nanoprecision Deposition Laboratory and PI of the Integrated Photonic Devices and Materials Group. Professor Kolodziejski received the EECS Graduate Student Association Graduate Student Counseling Award in 2007, the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising from MIT School of Engineering in 2009, and the Faculty Ambassador Award from the office of Multicultural Programs at MIT in 2017. Since 2010 Professor Kolodziejski has served as the Graduate Officer of EECS working to support the graduate student body and guide the students through the graduate program. Professor Kolodziejski is the principal investigator for the University Center of Exemplary Mentoring since 2016. Currently, Professor Kolodziejski is the Chair of MIT's Committee on Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response and also serves as the Faculty Marshal in MIT's graduation exercises.

Dr. Laura Schulz

Professor of Cognitive Science, MIT

Laura Schulz is the Class of 1943 Career Development Associate Professor of Cognitive Science in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She received the Troland award from the National Science Foundation in 2012, the Macvicar Faculty Fellowship at MIT in 2013, and the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in 2014. She has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Philosophy from University of Michigan


Previous Speakers and Mentors

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Dr. Maria Klawe

Dr. Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. Prior to joining HMC, she served as Dean of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served in various roles from 1988 to 2002. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and B.Sc. (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta. Klawe is a board member of the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, the nonprofit Math for America, the chair of the board of the nonprofit EdReports.org, fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. She is the recipient of the 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and was ranked 17 on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

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Dr. Gilda A. Barabino

Gilda A. Barabino is the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She holds appointments the in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and the CUNY School of Medicine. Prior to joining CCNY, she served as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. At Georgia Tech she also served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Diversity. Prior to her appointments at Georgia Tech and Emory, she rose to the rank of Full Professor of Chemical Engineering and served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Northeastern University.  She is a noted investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and race and gender in science and engineering. Dr. Barabino received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. She is Past-President of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and Past-President of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She is a Fellow of AIMBE, BMES, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Xavier University of Louisiana in 2016 and serves on their Board of Trustees. Dr. Barabino consults nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, workforce and faculty development and policy. She is the founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Faculty Equity.

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Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse

Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse is the founder and president of Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that mobilizes Latino professionals to serve as role models to introduce a diverse array of college and career opportunities and inspire students to pursue higher education.  Founded in New Jersey in 2008, HISPA expanded to Texas in 2011, to New York in 2013, and to Florida in 2015. Under her guidance, HISPA has recruited 2,500 volunteers reaching over 10,000 students to date. Díaz-Claisse was elected to the President’s Council of Cornell Women in 2017 and inducted into Trenton YWCA’s Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. Other awards and recognitions include the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics’ “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” (2015); New Jersey Hispanic Leadership Association Education Award (2014); Princeton University Service Award (2013); Latino Institute 2013 award; NJIT Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Educator of the Year Award (2012); Verizon Hispanic Support Organization Community Service Award (2012); Save Latin America, Inc. Tres Próceres Award (2011); and New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center Distinguished Maria De Castro Blake Outstanding Community Service Award (2010).   

Díaz-Claisse’s professional background includes a 10-year career at AT&T as an Operations Research Analyst and seven years as an educational consultant. She holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico; a masters in engineering in operations research from Cornell University, a masters in mathematics from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Arizona State University.

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Dr. Mary C. Boyce

Mary C. Boyce, Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor, Columbia Engineering, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dean Mary C. Boyce leads the education and research mission of Columbia Engineering with more than 200 faculty, 1600 undergraduate students and 2600 graduate students. A strong advocate of interdisciplinary research and the translation of innovation to impact, she has increased faculty in cross-cutting fields, and recently launched an inspiring new vision for the school, Columbia Engineering for Humanity.  Her own research focuses on materials and mechanics, particularly in the areas of multi-scale mechanics of polymers and soft composites, both those that are man-made and those formed naturally. She has been widely recognized for her scholarly achievements, including election as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.  Dean Boyce earned her BS degree in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech, and her MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

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Dr. Virginia Valian

Dr. Virginia Valian works on the psychology of language and gender equity.  In gender equity Dr Valian performs research on the reasons behind women's slow advancement in the professions and proposes remedies for individuals and institutions.  She has recently investigated the roles of modern sexism and right-wing authoritarianism in the 2016 presidential elections and women's underrepresentation among university colloquium speakers.  In July, MIT Press will publish her book with Abigail Stewart titled An Inclusive Academy:  Achieving Diversity and Excellence.

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Dr. Jasna Brujic

Jasna Brujic is a Professor of Physics at New York University. She is one of the core faculty in the Center for Soft Matter Research. Brujic is an experimental physicist, who received her Ph.D. for work on the statistical mechanics of granular matter at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, UK. She then conducted postdoctoral research at Columbia University in the area of single molecule proteins. Since 2007, Brujic has led a research group at the interface between soft matter physics and biophysics. The group uses biomimetic emulsion systems to study jammed matter, cellular organization in tissues in 3D, protein protein adhesion, and programmable selfassembly of materials with custom designs.

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Dr. Ana Carnaval

Ana Carnaval, Associate Professor, Biology, Graduate Center and City College. Dr. Carnaval's lab studies spatial patterns of biodiversity and their underlying evolutionary and ecological processes, with the explicit aim of improving biodiversity prediction and conservation in tropical regions. Their research projects focus on tropical biogeography, integrative uses of comparative phylogeography, GIS-based distribution models, current environmental data and paleoclimatic simulations, and the impacts of global anthropogenic changes and host-pathogen interactions on amphibian diversity. Ongoing lab projects and collaborations involve field work in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, the Cerrado, and the Australian Wet Tropics.

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Dr. Lissette Delgado-Cruzata

Lissette Delgado-Cruzata, MPH, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at John Jay College, in the City University of New York. She earned her Masters in Public Health and PhD at the Columbia University, and her undergraduate degree at the University of Havana, Cuba. She carries out translational research in the discovery and development of epigenetic biomarkers in chronic diseases, specifically she is interested in identifying breast cancer susceptibility biomarkers in Latinas. Her work has been funded the National Cancer Institute, and the American Society of Cell Biology. She is passionate about increasing the number of minority students that go on to graduate school programs, and directs two initiatives: the Minority Initiative of Female Students in STEM (MIXXS2) and the Program to Inspire Minority Undergraduates in Environmental Health Science Research (PrIMER), which is currently funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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Dr. Laura Kay

Professor Laura Kay received her B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Feminist Studies from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is the recipient of an NSF Career Grant and is lead author of the textbook 21st Century Astronomy. She has served as the chair of the department of physics and astronomy at Barnard College.

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Dr. Kaliris Salas-Ramirez

Dr. Kaliris Salas-Ramirez is currently an Assistant Medical Professor at the newly accredited CUNYSchool of Medicine in the department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences. She runs a behavioral neuropsychopharmacology research laboratory and teaches physicians Neuroscience. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College, CUNY teaching upper level undergraduate and graduate courses on the biological basis of psychology.

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Dr. Patricia Silveyra

Dr. Patricia Silveyra was born and raised in Argentina, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and her PhD in Biochemistry, from the University of Buenos Aires. She came to the United States in 2008 after being selected for an Ambassadorial Scholarship by The Rotary Foundation to pursue postdoctoral studies at Penn State University, and in 2011 she joined their faculty. Dr. Silveyra‘s research group studies molecular mechanisms of lung inflammation, with special emphasis on the impact of air pollution and sex hormones in asthma exacerbations. She has received multiple research grants including K01 and BIRCWH awards from NIH, Graduate Women in Science, and foundation grants. She has also received awards for her promotion of women in science and community service, including the Achieving Women Award, the YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence, the Paul Harris Fellowship award from Rotary International, and the Leadership Harrisburg Area “Extra Mile” award. Dr. Silveyra has also served as President of a non-profit organization “Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania” with whom she supports the central Pennsylvania Latino community in the areas of education, cultural competence, leadership and social skills development. She is also the faculty advisor for the Penn State Hershey Latino Hispanic Medical Student Association (LMSA), and she has served in multiple leadership roles at Penn State. In 2015, she served as interim Director for Diversity and Inclusion in Education for the Penn State College of Medicine, and she founded a summer internship program for local undergraduate students interested in careers in science and medicine. Dr. Silveyra has published over 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and she has presented her work extensively

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Dr. Frances King Stage

Frances King Stage is Professor of Higher Education at New York University. She earned her B.S. at the University of Miami and her M.S. at Drexel University, both in Mathematics. Her Ph.D. is from Arizona State University in Higher Education. Her research specialization includes college student learning, especially for STEM disciplines and student participation in math and science majors. Recent work has focused on characteristics of undergraduate institutions that produce unexpected levels of students who go on to earn STEM doctorates. She also studies college access and success for underrepresented students. Stage has over 15 books150 publications, most focusing on college students and the methods used to study them. Her books include Answering Critical Questions Using Quantitative DataResearch in the College Context: Approaches and Methods and Creating Learning Centered Classrooms. Stage is past Vice President for the Postsecondary Education Division (J) of the American Educational Research Association and has won awards for research and scholarship from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association. She spent 1999-2000as a Senior Fellow at the National Science Foundation and was a Fulbright Specialist at the University of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in 2008 and at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados in 2011. Before moving to NYU in 2000, she was Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has directed more than 50 doctoral dissertations to completion