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Diversity in Biology Poster Exercise

Diversity in Biology Poster Presentation
Version 20180420
For your last assignment, you will be presenting on the scientific contributions of a person from
a group traditionally underrepresented in biology. When preparing this assignment, think
about who were they, what were some of their major contributions, and what
obstacles/barriers they had to face throughout their career?
1. Due: Noon by Friday April 27th if you want Professor Craig to pay for the printing. This
poster assignment is ultimately due Monday 8 AM April 30th as it will be on displayed in
Collins 320 on April 30th, during our last scheduled class period. You have to figure out
where and how to print the poster on your own if you do not send it to me by Friday noon.
2. Poster Format: Your poster should be 12”x18”. You will need to set your page format
setting accordingly in PowerPoint or Google slides. If you would like to see an example of
some poster that have been created in other biology courses, you can go to our secondfloor biology bulletin board across from Olin 204.
3. Informal Presentation: You will have a chance during Monday’s session to look at your
classmates’ posters. At the end of the class session, you will need to prepare a short on line
summary on your perspective of ‘diversity in science’. This will include some reference to
some of the posters you have seen, your experience researching your person, and/or what
you have learned throughout this process.
4. Notes on Underrepresented Content: The person you select to should come from a
community/group traditionally underrepresented in science. This includes, but is not
limited to persons of color (e.g. Hispanic, Black/African American, Native
American/Islander/Alaskan, and any other ethnicities traditionally marginalized in science),
women, members of the LGBTQ community and/or those with other sexual
identities. Note: The term underrepresented as used here is based on National Institute of
Health guidelines. If you have questions, or are not sure if the person you would like to
select meets this criterion, please feel free to check in with me. Also if you have trouble
finding a person
5. Notes on Career Stage: The person you select does not need to be a well-established
‘famous’ scientist with a completed advanced degree in biology or a related field. You may
choose anyone who is actively using their biology education for teaching or research. The
Biology Department actively works to bring underrepresented researchers to campus to
present seminars and guest lecture so please include current institutional contact
information so we can potentially invite your poster subject to campus while you are a
6. Notes on Type of Biology: Whatever interests you in the broadest definition of biology is
fine by me. Just for fun and for an example I will share Patty Brennan who has
revolutionized our understanding of the everyday run-of-the-mill (Mill Race) mallard duck.
Dr. Patty Brennan
a. Diversity in science (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zIRqDeYU_0)
b. XX Files : Animalia genitalia : Duck surprise
c. XX Files : Animalia genitalia : Patty
Brennan ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNJ5tibNKyg)
Starter Resources
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
is a society that aims to further the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American students
in obtaining advanced degrees, careers, leadership positions, and equality in the STEM field.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional society focused on LGBTQ people in the STEM community. With more than
75 student chapters at colleges/universities and professional chapters in cities across the
United States and abroad, oSTEM is the largest chapter-based organization focused on LGBTQ
people in STEM. https://www.ostem.org/conference-2017-bios-posters