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Critical Conversations: Under the Lens: Questioning the Culture of Science

Date: 11/15/2013

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Givens Conference Room (120) Elmer L. Andersen Library

Cost: Free


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.

Panelists: Barry 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.



  • Name: Anne Phibbs
  • E-mail: phib0001@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-9973
  • Sponsored by: Office for Equity and Diversity, University Libraries

More information: https://diversity.umn.edu/criticalconversations

Disability Options:

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


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