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Diversity STEMposium

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Columbia Hall, 150
1215 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403

The Diversity STEMposium features three excellent researchers who study a variety of systems – including ion channels, host-microbe interactions, and viral infections – and are outspoken about the importance of highlighting the diverse backgrounds and journeys of scientists. Each invited speaker will deliver two talks: one on their scientific work and another on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In addition to the seminars, the symposium will include a panel discussion and poster session. All students and postdocs are encouraged to register to present a poster. There are also opportunities to volunteer at the symposium and interact with the speakers.

There is no cost to attend this event. If you intend to present a poster, please register by no later than Friday, August 30. Please visit the website below to learn more information, as well as to register, volunteer, and submit panel discussion topic suggestions:

The invited speakers are:

Sharona Gordon, University of Washington
Research Talk: “No gain, no pain: tuning the sensitivity of TRPV1 ion channels to noxious stimuli”
Diversity Talk: “If I’m not safe, no body is: science, power, and activism in the age of #MeToo”

Kat Milligan-Myhre, University of Alaska Anchorage
Research Talk: “Host-microbe interactions in a genetically diverse host: Diversity matters”
Diversity Talk: “Representation matters: an Inupiaq journey from Qikiktagruq to academia”

Efra Rivera-Serrano, University of California, Davis
Research Talk: “Through the looking glass: illuminating the micro-world to understand viral infections”
Diversity Talk: “A logic of diversity: applying virological concepts to solve social problems”

For further information, contact Amber Rolland ( This event is funded by the Biology Department Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Free coffee and cookies will be provided during scheduled breaks by the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.