McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Women Faculty Forum, in partnership with UTHealth Office of Faculty Affairs and Development and McGovern Medical School Office of Administration and Faculty Affairs, invite all UTHealth faculty, staff, students, and alumni to a virtual no-cost screening of the recently released documentary “Picture a Scientist” on Jan. 8-13.

“UTHealth is excited to share this important film with our community as a part of our ongoing commitment to women in science and medicine and obligation to maintain a fair and equitable environment for everyone to reach their best potential,” said Kevin Morano, PhD, associate dean for faculty affairs at McGovern Medical School and associate vice president of faculty affairs and development at UTHealth.

Register for the “Picture a Scientist” screening online.

In addition to hosting a virtual screening of the movie, UTHealth is planning a virtual postscreening discussion 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. Join the discussion via Webex.

“Picture a Scientist” virtual no-cost screening Jan. 8-13

“Picture a Scientist” is a feature-length documentary film chronicling researchers writing a new chapter for women scientists, leading viewers on a journey into their own experiences in the sciences, and overcoming harassment, discrimination, and years of slights to revolutionize the culture of science. These scientific luminaries provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

The screening is open to all UTHealth faculty, staff, students, and alumni Jan. 8-13.

Register for the “Picture a Scientist” screening online. A link to the film will be sent 48 hours before the screening via your UTHealth email address.

For more information on the film, the trailer can be viewed online.

Virtual postscreening discussion with UTHealth panelists Jan. 14

After the “Picture a Scientist” screening, UTHealth will host a moderated discussion of the film and the challenges facing women scientists, as well as offer university resources that could aid UTHealth faculty, students, and staff with challenges concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.

The virtual panel discussion and breakout sessions will take place 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. Join the discussion via Webex.

Panelists include:

  • Michael R. Blackburn, PhD
    Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, UTHealth
  • Margaret McNeese, MD
    Title IX Coordinator, UTHealth
    Vice Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, McGovern Medical School
  • John F. Hancock, PhD, ScD
    Executive Director, Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine
    Vice Dean of Research
    Chair and Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
    McGovern Medical School
  • Mandy Hill, DrPH, MPH
    Director of Population Health
    Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
    McGovern Medical School

The event will be moderated by Theresa M. Koehler, PhD, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at McGovern Medical School, and the Women Faculty Forum Council.

The goal of the breakout sessions is to act as a catalyst for reflection, discussion, and change, while entering into discussions with sensitivity and openness.

Before the film and discussion, viewers can reflect on these questions:

  • How do you picture a typical scientist?
  • What issues do you expect to see in a film about women and diversity in science and medicine?
  • Do you have any current events in mind when going in to watch this film?
  • Why is diversity in science and medicine important to you?

Questions about the “Picture a Scientist” digital screening and virtual postscreening discussion can be directed to Kevin Morano, PhD, at Kevin.A.Morano@uth.tmc.edu.