Photo of three women scientists

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host individual screenings of “Picture A Scientist” during Women’s History Month. The film chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists.

The screenings, sponsored by the UAB Commission on the Status of Women, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Alabama ADVANCE, will take place on March 8, 9 and 10.

“Picture a Scientist” follows biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring as they lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

A post-screening panel discussion will be held on March 12 at 1:00 p.m. and feature UAB scientists who will discuss salient points from the film, explore the opportunities and challenges for women scientists, past, present, and future. The panel will delve into the psyche of scientists at UAB and identify what it takes daily to follow the science and create your path no matter the roadblocks that may arise.

Panelists include:

  • Farah D. Lubin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Medicine;
  • Ninecia Scott, Ph.D., Immunology T32 & Merit/IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology Department - Orihuela Lab;
  • Lori L. McMahon, Ph.D., Dean, UAB Graduate School;
  • Lisa M. Schwiebert, Ph.D., Professor & Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs;
  • Adrienne Starks, Ph.D., Moderator, STREAM Innovations, Founder and CEO

The virtual screening and panel discussion are free, but registration is required for each

Register here for the “Picture a Scientist” Screening.

Register here for the panel discussion.