Advocacy

Yale Physics hosts Kuheli Dutt Seminar on “Addressing Systemic Racism in STEM”

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The Yale Department of Physics and Wright Lab both co-sponsored a lecture given by Dr. Kuheli Dutt of Columbia University on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Addressing Systemic Racism in STEM”.   Dutt’s lecture is intended to be the first of a series of talks that are part of the Belonging at Yale campus-wide initiative, and was co-hosted by Yale’s Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism, the Department of PhysicsWright Lab, and the Department of Astronomy. Read more.

Maruyama and Gladney give Yale STEM and Social Inclusion lectures

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Reina Maruyama, associate professor in physics, and Larry Gladney, the Phyllis A. Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of physics, each gave a talk this Spring at Yale’s new STEM and Social Inclusion lecture series, discussing their lives and careers as scientists. According to an article in the Yale Daily News, “the series aims to expose students from underrepresented backgrounds to faculty mentors in STEM with similar backgrounds. Students involved in STEM research are invited to host each event, and are also able to ask the professor questions after their presentation.”  Read more here and here.

Pettee gives advice to women in STEM

drawing of women in stem at Yale Yale Physics graduate student Mariel Pettee was featured in an article, “Advice to Women in STEM: Mariel Pettee,” in the November 2020 issue of Yale Scientific MagazineRead more.

Yale Physics hosts #BlackInPhysics Week events

logo #BlackInPhysics Week, which will be held on October 25-31, 2020, is “dedicated to celebrating Black physicists, [their] scientific contributions, and revealing a more complete picture of what a physicist looks like”.   Yale Physics will be hosting two events for the Yale community in conjunction with #BlackInPhysicsWeek, a panel on “How to Organize a Movement” with three of the organizers of #BlackInPhysics Week including Yale Physics alum Charles D. Brown II, Ph.D. ‘19 (U.C. Berkeley), Dr. Eileen Gonzales (Cornell), and Xandria Quichocho (Michigan State University); and a scientific talk by LaNell Williams (Harvard).  Read more.

Gladney’s essay on “The long agony of racism” published in the Yale Alumni Magazine

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After the brutal death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, America saw an explosion of protest marches across the country. By mid-June, the New York Times reported, demonstrations had taken place in 2,000 cities and towns in all 50 states and in many places abroad. While many protests focused on police violence, the events of the spring have brought to the fore a broader conversation about systemic racism in the United States—a conversation that has been with us for centuries. The Yale Alumni Magazine asked Yale Physics Professor Larry Gladney and two other Yale faculty members to write on this moment in race relations.  Gladney, who is also the Phyllis Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale, published an essay titled “A devastating and ruinous history”.  Read more.

Urry advocates for women in science

Yale Physics professor Meg Urry is devoted to increasing the number of women in science and she regularly writes and speaks about this issue in both professional and public venues.  She has chaired the American Astronomical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, and re-invented its newsletters AASWOMEN and STATUS .  She organized the first conference on Women in Astronomy in 1992, which issued the Baltimore Charter, and a decade-later conference at Caltech in 2003, for which she is currently editing the Proceedings. She helped organize the American Physical Society’s 2007 Gender Equity Conference, and was elected a Fellow of the Association of Women in Science in 2006. Read more and see also this Yale Scientific Magazine feature.

Demers’ OpEd on gender bias in TED Blog

Yale Physics assistant professor Sarah Demers wrote the OpEd The still-tolerated gender bias in science, which was published on the TED Blog through The OpEd Project’s Public Voices Fellowship Program.  An excerpt is below; you can read the full article here

“I just might have the best job in the world. As a particle physicist and professor at Yale, I am a happy cog on the wheel of humanity, trying to understand the universe. I collaborate with brilliant people, young and old, from all over the globe. But while I love my job, the truth is I am part of a system that is rigged.” Read more.

Maruyama chosen by Ingenium to be featured on Women in STEM initiative poster

Yale Physics professor Reina Maruyama has been chosen by Ingenium to be featured on a poster for their Women in STEM initiative.  According to the Ingenium website, “The Women in STEM initiative by Ingenium is driven to engage, advance and retain the interest of young women in the STEM fields.” The initiative “is a collaborative effort between the three Ingenium museums: Canada Agriculture and Food, Canada Aviation and Space, and Canada Science and Technology and our partners to support the engagement, advancement and furtherance of women in STEM.”

Ingenium’s “stories of Women in STEM” posters are available for download on their website for classrooms, community centers, or workplaces.