Women in SETAC Luncheon
Supporting Diversity Means Supporting Diverse Needs
Rebecca M. Calisi Rodríguez | Filmmaker, Writer, Scientist
Tuesday, 6 November | 11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Sheraton Grand: Gardenia and Camellia rooms
As a Mexican-American, mother-in-science, I want to celebrate the contributions women and underrepresented groups make to science – how our perspectives and experiences bring more to the discourse and how this benefits everyone. I want to acknowledge that I stand at that podium as a scientist and a working mother because of the efforts of the trailblazers that came before me. And while we have come a long way, there are miles to go.
I will talk about my personal experiences as a new mother trying to make it in academia, what I learned and how I succeeded in great part due to the amazing women and men who supported me. There is so much we can do as a community to support women, especially in this case young mothers, in science, particularly during what is for many a very sensitive time in their careers. One of the most powerful tools we have to make scientific discoveries is the diversity of people on this planet. In each of us are seeds created from our different, unique experiences – seeds that if given the chance to grow, could result in the next answer, the next technology, the next cure. We *must* support an inclusive environment in our universities, industries and beyond, not only because it is right but to ensure the best tomorrow we can achieve.
About Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez
Her full name is Rebecca M. Calisi Rodríguez. “Calisi” (pronounced “Ka-lee-see” …yes, like that character from Game of Thrones..) comes from her Italian-American father, and “Rodríguez” comes from her Mexican-American mother. She grew up in Texas surrounded by her mother’s amazing, dramatic, loving, charismatic family. When she set off for college, she brought the passion for life they instilled in her and used it to pursue a career in studio art and theater. However, an interesting turn of events involving a mural and a mystery at a zoo changed her path forever. Now, she is a wildlife biologist, neuroscientist and professor at the University of California, Davis. She leads a research team that studies how genes and brains work to help animals reproduce, especially under stress.
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