Diverse perspectives make science stronger. Science relies upon the intellectual capacity, curiosity, and creativity of human beings to explore our natural environment, seek answers to difficult questions, and improve people’s lives. The variability found in nature and across the planet is unmatched by the diversity of thought within the science caucus. But if scientists are not representative of humanity, how can they represent society? Does the scientific workforce in fact match the world population in terms of race, gender, socio-economic status, sexual identity, and disability? What can the data teach us? What is the impact of homogenous scientific thought on diverse world challenges? If science is inaccessible to certain groups, how can it serve all people? How can science develop a more diverse workforce? In this webinar we examine the shortcomings of scientific thought resulting from the biases of those who do it. More importantly, we seek solutions to better represent the ideas, countries, wealth variances, cultures, identities, and beliefs in the global laboratory of the future.
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Charlene Le Fauve, Ph.D. National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD
Mathias W. Nielsen, Ph.D. University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark
Jon Freeman, Ph.D. New York University New York, NY
Angela Byars-Winston, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin Madison, WI
Sean Sanders, Ph.D. Science/AAAS Washington, DC