Picture a Scientist

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PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring 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. 

Meet our panelists

Dr. Sonia Kang holds the Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, where she is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the Rotman School of Management’s Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) and Chief Scientist, Organizations in the Behavioural Economics in Action Research Centre at Rotman (BEAR).  Her research explores the challenges and opportunities of identity, diversity, and inclusion. She takes a novel approach by harnessing the power of behavioral insights and organizational design to disrupt systems, processes, and structures that block the path toward diversity and inclusion for individuals, organizations, and society.  Sonia’s research on “resume whitening” won two best paper awards and was recently ranked #3 on Financial Times’ global top 100 list of “business school research with social impact” (!).  She is the host of For the Love of Work (fortheloveofwork.ca), a podcast that explores practical solutions to today’s workplaces challenges, touching on important and timely topics including resilience, values, diversity and inclusion, and psychological safety. Sonia was recently honored for her work with a 2021 Report on Business Changemakers Award.

Dr. Lindsay Schoenbohm earned an undergraduate degree in Geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1997. She completed her PhD from MIT in Geology in 2004. She went on to a post-doctoral research at the University of Potsdam in Germany, and then to an assistant professorship at the Ohio State University in 2006. She moved to the University of Toronto in 2009, where she is currently the Chair of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences as the University of Toronto, Mississauga. Her research addresses both constructive (tectonic) and destructive (erosion by wind, water, and ice) forces, and takes place in and around the margins of continental plateaus in Tibet, the Andes, and Anatolia. 

Dr. Ning Yan holds a Distinguished Professorship in Forest Biomaterials Engineering at University of Toronto, St. George, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry with a cross-appointment to John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She was also an Endowed Chair in Value Added Wood and Composites in the Faculty of Forestry previously. Professor Yan has disseminated more than 300 publications, including more than180 peer-reviewed journal papers. She is an international expert on forest biomaterial science and bio-based products and has won numerous prestigious awards for her research excellence including the Early Researcher Award, Connaught Innovation Award, and NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements Award. She is a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Dr. Yan is the Director of the Low Carbon Renewable Materials Centre at the University of Toronto. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry of the University of Toronto in 1997.

Dr. Fiona Rawle (Emcee) has a Ph.D. in Pathology and Molecular Medicine and is the Associate Dean, Undergraduate, at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Dept. of Biology. Her research focuses on public communication of science, the science of learning, and equity, diversity, and inclusion in science. She has received numerous awards focused on teaching, including the University of Toronto’s President’s Teaching Award. Dr. Rawle is also a member of the University of Toronto’s TIDE group (Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Excellence), through which she gives lectures and workshops on unconscious bias, equity, and diversity.

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