Star Wars – the fight of the light side of the force against the dark side – is a story that has fascinated us for the last 40 years. A crucial part of this story is the unbelievable scientific and technological advances – traveling through hyperspace, lightsabers, holograms, the discovery of habitable planets – that fill the universe. Read more…

March 21, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hughes Auditorium, Robert H. Lurie Building, Northwestern University Chicago Campus
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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Diversity in academia is in the public spotlight. Yet, despite some important strides for women in academic science careers, many workplaces and their cultures discriminate against women and can endanger them – professionally, psychologically, and even physically. Read more…

March 12, 2019
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Theater Wit
Theater Wit, West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

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Did you know there may be quantum calculators in your eyes? The bizarre properties of quantum mechanics are now helping neuroscientists more precisely understand how brains and other living things work. Read more…

March 8, 2019
11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital
250 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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Join us on International Women’s Day for the second annual large-scale community-building event, where the focus will be on implicit bias, a critical obstacle to STEM diversity and inclusion. Given the strong evidence that unconscious bias is a driving force behind ongoing gender disparities in STEM (Hill, Corbett et al. 2010), the overall goal of this event will be to discuss the impact of implicit bias in STEM and develop counter-strategies.

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February 28, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

McGowan South, Room 108, DePaul University
McGowan South, West Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

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Resilience, empathy, and plasticity are important parts of the human experience, but how do these traits actually emerge biologically? Read more…

February 27, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Illinois Institute of Technology, Perlstein Hall Auditorium Room 131
10 West 33rd Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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This program is a part of the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) 2019 Distinguished Lectureship Series.

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