This series showcases the work of accomplished faculty from underrepresented groups. Invited scholars will give a research presentation and lead a second workshop to share their personal perspective on navigating an academic career. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to foster diversity within the College of Natural Sciences, the Dean’s office, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, has launched the Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series.

Faculty from CNS or COE may nominate visitors for the series. Nomination instructions

Second Annual Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series

David Burgess

David Burgess

Professor in Biology at Boston College

September 25, 2019 at 4pm - Life Science Laboratory S330/S340 
Presentation: A Pushing Mechanism for Aster Positioning in Large Cells

September 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm - Life Science Laboratory N210
Workshop: A Fork in the Road Led to a Duel Career in Mentoring and Activism 

The workshop is for Post-Docs and Grad students. Please RSVP for the workshop by 9/18.

Professor David Burgess, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, has had a distinguished career in cell biology while being a leader in SACNAS, the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. Dr. Burgess is interested in how cells change shape or form and how such changes are regulated using the cytoskeleton. His lab focuses on how microtubule asters translocate in cells and position structures, such as sperm asters and mitotic spindles. He has collaborated with a wide array of scientists around the world, including mathematical modelers, advanced imaging specialists, and experts at using eggs of marine animals. He has published extensively on his scientific research but also on minority groups in science and has served as a role model for students in underrepresented groups in science.


Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series