Picture a Scientist

Utah Film Center Salt Lake City, UT


Cynthia Furse

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah


Tina Larson

President and COO, Recursion


Jean Marie Wheeler

Director of Quality and Regulatory, Total Joint Orthopedics

moderated by

Havilah Clarke

Communications consultant

Picture a Scientist— [ONLINE] Utah women in STEM

Three Utah women working in corporate and academic science and technology converse about their experiences as female STEM professionals in the state.

Presented as part of the 2021 National Evening of Science on Screen.

Utah Film Center Salt Lake City, UT

Film Synopsis

Through their personal stories and thoroughly researched data, three scientists discuss the deeply entrenched problems of sexual harassment and gender inequality against women that are no less prevalent in science than they are in pop culture and corporate America.

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.