Seminar - Neuroscience and Behavior, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Series Discussion: Surviving and thriving as an underrepresented minority scientist in a majority environment

Erich Jarvis, PhD, The Rockefeller University

Monday, October 19, 2020: 10:00am
Zoom Virtual Meeting

I grew up as a person of color in the United States of America, faced with challenges that many had as members of an underrepresented minority group. Her I will present some of the lessons I have learned that have allowed me to survive as an underrepresented minority ­scientist in a majority environment. I believe the science we conduct and discoveries we make are influenced by our cultural experience, whether they be positive, negative, or neutral. This has happened to me, and the people I have worked with. I will present examples from molecular biology, to neuroscience, to genomics. I believe that the negative aspects of these influences will be helped by genomics showing how related and integrated all humans are to each other.
Associated reading: Jarvis, E.D. Surviving as an underrepresented minority scientist in a majority environment. Molecular Biology of Cell. (2015) Vol 26, 3679-3891.