The Understanding and Addressing STEM Inequalities Speaker Series presents "Equity and Inclusion in STEM: What's Wrong and How do We Change?"
Professor Meg Urry, the Israel Munson professor of physics and astronomy at Yale University, gives a public talk about why broadening participation in STEM is essential, why these professions resist change, the effects of unconscious bias and what she has seen in her 40 years in physics.
A reception will follow the talk, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Urry received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1984 and her B.S. in physics and mathematics summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1977. Her scientific research focuses on active galaxies, which host accreting supermassive black holes in their centers.
She has published more than 270 refereed research articles on supermassive black holes and galaxies and was identified as a “highly cited author” by Thomson Reuters. Urry is the director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics and past president of the American Astronomical Society. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academies of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and American Women in Science; received an honorary doctorate from Tufts University; and was awarded the American Astronomical Society’s Annie Jump Cannon and George van Biesbroeck prizes.
Urry is also known for her efforts to increase the number of women and minorities in science, for which she won the 2015 Edward A. Bouchet Leadership Award from Yale University and the 2010 Women in Space Science Award from the Adler Planetarium. She also writes regularly on science for CNN.com.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event for free.
The Understanding and Addressing STEM Inequalities Speaker Series is sponsored by a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant from the Office of Campus Climate, with additional support from: School of Natural Sciences, School of Engineering, Graduate Division, Office of Undergraduate Education, Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty, Office of Women’s Programs, and the Health Sciences Research Institute.