Watch: ‘Black Excellence in Research and the Future of Diversity in Academia’ virtual event

In recognition of Black History Month, the School of Medicine Basic Sciences’ monthly virtual Lab-to-Table Conversation will celebrate Black excellence in research and discuss the future of diversity in academia. The event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. 

The discussion is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 

The panel will discuss the impacts of Black scientists on their fields of study, the current faculty climate, how inclusion and equity can continue their upward trajectory, STEM pipeline development, and access and hopes for the future of diversity in academia. 

The panel will be moderated by Antentor Hinton Jr., assistant professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, with panelists: 

  • Calvin Carter, assistant professor of neuroscience and pharmacology at the University of Iowa and co-founder and president of Geminii Health 
  • Jamaine Davis, assistant professor of biochemistry and cancer biology at Meharry Medical College 
  • Elsie Spencer, administrative director at the National Center for Children and Families, and center administrator for the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the Teachers College at Columbia University 
  • Brittany Taylor, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Florida