By: Juliana Medeiros
What can we do to create more equitable and inclusive STEM educational systems? This year, the Scientist Lecture Series has featured speakers that have successfully run boots-on-the-ground institutional diversity initiatives. These leaders have strong records of advocacy and are employing innovative ideas to build anti-racist/anti-sexist programs, truly they are changing the system in support of a more diverse STEM workforce.
Our final lecture in this series will be given by Dr. Joel K. Abraham. Dr. Abraham is a Professor of Biological Science and Director of the Catalyst Center for the Advancement of Research in Teaching and Learning Math and Science at California State University, Fullerton. He studies student conceptions in biology, computer-based instruction and assessment, and the development of competency in science and engineering practices. In his roles as the Director of the Catalyst Center, advisory board member for the CSUF McNair Scholars Program and Honors Program and Codon Learning, and co-PI on an NSF HSI grant to improve student retention and belonging in STEM, he works to increase opportunities and success for all students in STEM through research, teaching, and service. He currently serves as a monitoring editor for the journal Life Sciences Education and is a Fellow in the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE).
Dr. Abraham’s talk is titled “A focus on filters: An open discussion on how to make our programs more attractive, inclusive, and equitable for all students“. We hope you will join us for this virtual seminar on March 16th at 7:00 pm! The lecture is free, but registration is required through the HF&G website here.
Juliana S. Medeiros, PhD
My research focuses on plant anatomical and physiological acclimation and adaptations to the abiotic environment. I am interested in how phenotypic and genetic variation in plant form and function interact with variation in climate over space and time to drive ecological patterns and the evolution of plant diversity. I focus primarily on plant hydraulic traits, including xylem water transport, leaf gas exchange and the integration of leaf and xylem function. Click here to learn more about research in my lab: Medeiros Lab Webpage