Picture a Scientist

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Dr. Florence Williams

University of Iowa Assistant Professor, Chemistry


Celymar Ortiz-de León

University of Iowa Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry


Emily Schmitz

The most recent 3MT winner; University of Iowa Ph.D. Candidate, Water + Environmental Engineering

Picture a Scientist— An un-level playing field: Women in science

As part of Iowa City Darwin Day: Science Fest, three panelists discuss their experiences, both challenging and rewarding, as women in science and what you see when you Picture A Scientist.

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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.