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LAB TOURS FOR GIRLS: We are Women, Open the Door

Thursday, May 31, 2018
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

We are flinging open the doors of female-run labs at Columbia University, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Hunter College, New York University, and NYU Tandon School of Engineering, inviting middle school girls to come inside and imagine their future lab-coated selves. Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. This underrepresentation in STEM for girls is self-perpetuating but also reversible: if you can see it, you can be it. Here’s your chance to meet venomous snails, 2000-year-old bones, a genome sequencing machine, and a mass spectrometer. But more importantly, you’ll meet the brilliant women tasked with studying them.

Lab Tour registration is open to the public.


Mariam AlyCognitive Neuroscientist

Mariam Aly is a professor of psychology in Columbia University, where she spends her days thinking about, researching, and teaching cognitive neuroscience: the study of how the brain supports the way we think.

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Victoria BillEngineer

Victoria Bill is the founding Manager of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace Lab. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the first-year engineering program, teaching EG 1003 Introduction to Engineering and Design. Her research interests include IoT, wearable technology, and engineering education.

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Shana Elbaum-GarfinkleBiophysicist

Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle, PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the ASRC Structural Biology Initiative, as well as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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Dianne Greenfield

Dr. Dianne Greenfield studies the complex environmental feedbacks between global change stressors (such as urbanization, nutrients, and climate) and coastal phytoplankton ecology, physiology, and biogeochemistry.

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Jill ShapiroAnthropologist

Jill Shapiro is the E3B Senior Lecturer/Director of Undergraduate Studies-EBHS. Systematics is at the core of her research, which spans several areas of biological anthropology, including human evolution, human and non-human skeletal biology, the history of the scientific race concept, and hominoid taxonomy.

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Daphna ShohamyNeuroscientist

Daphna Shohamy, PhD is a neuroscientist and a professor in the department of Psychology and the Zuckerman Mind, Brain, Behavior Institute at Columbia University. Dr. Shohamy’s research aims to understand the neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms underlying learning, memory, and decision making.

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Nim TottenhamDevelopmental Psychologist

Nim Tottenham, PhD is an associate professor of Psychology at Columbia University and director of the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. Her research examines brain development underlying emotional behavior in humans.

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And Others

More participants for the 2018 World Science Festival will be announced in the coming days.

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