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April 10, 2018

Theme: Leveraging Institutional Strategies to Promote Diversity-Inclusion of Women of Color in STEM

Speaker: Sabrina Weiss, Ph.D. – Assistant Research Professor, Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

About the talk: Although the terms "diversity" and "inclusion" are commonly used when talking about education and careers, especially in STEM fields, definitions and implementation often vary.  Additionally, it is easy for these to be merely buzzwords, rather than substantive values that guide institutional change.  This presentation will engage participants in a discussion of what diversity and inclusion mean and propose some strategic issues that more effectively promote these through a lens of intersectionality.

About the Speaker: 

Dr. Weiss specializes in developing theoretical models that represent the ethical and social dimensions of issues at the intersection of science, technology, and society.  Topics of interest include gender and sexuality, discourse theory, bodies and cyborgs, bioethics, food ethics, and innovative pedagogies, as well as the institutional and change dimensions affecting those areas.   

Currently, Dr. Weiss supports CGEST’s mission by developing curricula for students, mentor-teachers, and parents in the CompuPower program. 

Dr. Weiss earned a B.S. from Stanford’s Science, Technology, and Society program, an M.S. in Bioethics from Albany Medical College, and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a former U.S. Naval Officer (ROTC) who served overseas in Japan and at Office of Naval Research.  An interdisciplinary and international scholar, Dr. Weiss has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, which houses the National Institute for the Deaf, and at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.  Dr. Weiss is a coauthor of Worlds of ScienceCraft: New Horizons in Sociology, Philosophy and Science Studies (2009).

Thank you to all who attended the final STEM Equity Exchange of the 2017-2018 academic year!

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February 13, 2018

Theme: Making Cybersecurity Personal: Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Speaker: Jamie Winterton, Director of Strategy for ASU’s Global Security Initiative

About the talk: In the age of big data breaches, everyone wants to know: how can I protect my personal data? Is it even possible? How do I teach my family to be safe online? At this talk, we’ll discuss some easy tools for cybersecurity self-defense in an open, interactive forum. Feel free to bring your devices and your questions!

About the Speaker: Jamie Winterton is the Director of Strategy for ASU’s Global Security Initiative, where she creates novel solutions for multifaceted and disparate problem spaces. Jamie coordinates and participates in defense and security related research, with a special emphasis on cybersecurity. She chairs the university's DARPA Working Group. Jamie has appeared in USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, Slate, NPR KCBS, KTAR, and Money Radio. Prior to joining ASU in August 2014, she worked as a staff scientist for Lockheed Martin, where she developed and directed projects in electro-optical and radar processing/analysis for multiple military and government organizations. Jamie’s work in optical characterization of materials, high-fidelity physics-based 3D modeling and simulation, and exploitation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data has been recognized for both innovation and mission utility. Jamie received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Arizona State University and her Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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November 7, 2017

Cohosted by the School of Earth and Space Exploration

Theme: Developing More Inclusive Science Books for Young Children

Speaker: Evan Scannapieco, Ph.D. - Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration

About the Speaker: Evan Scannapieco is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. His research group is focused on achieving a better understanding of the heating and enrichment processes that shape the Universe on cosmic scales.  Using large supercomputers, his team carries out million-CPU hour simulations of the massive galaxy-scale outflows, jets from active black holes, strong turbulence in the material that surrounds galaxies, and other processes that determine how galaxies form and evolve (scannapieco.asu.edu/research.html). He is PI of an NSF sponsored summer program  that allows ASU students to travel to Germany and carry out measurements of cosmic magnetic fields using the first of a new generation of low frequency radio telescopes (scannapieco.asu.edu/LOFAR.html), and he is active in promoting science to schools and the public throughout the valley.

Thank you to all who attended the second STEM Equity Exchange!

September 12, 2017

Co-hosted by Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Theme: Feminist Epistemologies & Methodologies in this Digital Age

Speaker: Angela Gonzales, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

About the Speaker: Angela Gonzales is an associate professor of Women and Gender Studies and Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation. Her research crosscuts and integrates the fields of Development Sociology and American Indian Studies with empirically driven community-based research that offers a distinctive and essential perspective for understanding sociological processes underlying identity, development, and community health.

Thank you to all who attended the first STEM Equity Exchange!