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Mon, Oct. 30, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall

Women have made substantial contributions to science throughout the course of history, despite gender biases that have systematically excluded them from participating in the scientific enterprise. Today, women remain vastly underrepresented in the global STEM workforce, especially in senior positions.

At Baker Hall on Oct. 30, neuroscientist and geneticist Dr. Huda Zoghbi, environmental scientist and biologist Cullen Geiselman Muse and chemical engineer Aleida Rios discussed their personal experiences and the barriers that women face in STEM fields.

The conversation was part of the Civic Scientist Lecture Series, which is generously underwritten by Virginia A. Clark, Ph.D. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerLive.

Civic Scientist Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, the Civic Scientist Lecture Series aims to increase the engagement of scientists and engineers with society to expand the public’s knowledge and interest in science.

Additional support is provided by Benjamin and Winifer Cheng and Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences.


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5:30 pm


6:00 pm

Welcome Remarks

Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

6:10 pm

Presentation I

Introduction: Anthony DeLuca, Partner, SCF Partners

Huda Zoghbi, M.D.
Board Member, Baker Institute; Professor, Baylor College of Medicine; Director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital

6:25 pm

Presentation II

Introduction: Michael Zilkha, Founder and Publisher, ZE Books

Cullen Geiselman Muse, Ph.D.
Vice Chair, Houston Advanced Research Center; Chairman, Board of Trustees, The Cullen Trust for Health Care

6:40 pm

Presentation III

Introduction: Virginia A. Clark, Ph.D.

Aleida Rios, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Engineering, bp

6:55 pm

Question-and-Answer Session

Moderator: Neal F. Lane, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy 

7:30 pm Adjourn


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Mon, Oct. 30, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall