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Webinar: Diversity in Science and Engineering

Despite constituting 32% of the U.S. population, African Americans and Hispanics are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math and account for only 11% of the STEM workforce. At this webinar, Shirley Malcom, director of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Richard Tapia, professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice University, discussed diversity in science and engineering and ways to make the STEM fields more inclusive and diverse. This webinar was moderated by Neal Lane, senior fellow in Science and Technology Policy.

This event is part of the Civic Scientists Lecture Series, sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program with generous support from Benjamin and Winifer Cheng. Additional support was provided by Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Weiss School of Natural Sciences and grants from the Kavli Foundation and the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 2042854). Follow @stpolicy on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerScience.


12:00 p.m. — Presentation
12:30 p.m. — Q&A


The Civic Scientist Lecture Series is an initiative sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program. The lectures are a series of discussions by leading scientists from around the country who have impacted public policy. The goal of the series is to expose scientists and future scientists to the notion that they can have an impact outside the laboratory. It also gives the Houston community an opportunity to hear leading scientists discuss their fields and careers, hopefully promoting science and technology as a public good worthy of federal, state and local funding. Support for the Civic Scientist Program is generously provided by Benjamin and Winifer Cheng.

Featured Speakers

Shirley Malcom, Ph.D.
Director, Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Richard A. Tapia, Ph.D.
Maxfield-Oshman Chair in Engineering and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University; Director, Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity


Neal Lane, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute; Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus, Rice University




Wed, Sept. 9, 2020
noon - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Online webinar