Women in Science Lecture Series

women scientist using a pipet and equipment

The University of Illinois Archives is hosting a monthly Women in Science Lecture Series that will feature speakers from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s diverse and
multidisciplinary scientific enterprise. The lecture series seeks to highlight the important innovations and contributions of women in the sciences at the University of Illinois, and center the importance of documenting women scientists and engineers to create a diverse and inclusive archival record.

This lecture series will take place over zoom on the second Tuesday of every month from noon to one pm CT. Please view our schedule and registration links below.

Fall 2021

September 14, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Margarita Terán-Garcia

Assistant Dean for Integrated Health Disparities Programs and Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Dr. Terán will share her research on obesity including genetic and environmental influences on obesity and diseases related to obesity.

Registration Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsf-mupjsrEtNZBm_D9ENsk7ZlfUEd3aaX


October 12, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Patricia Gregg

Associate Professor of Geology, Dr. Gregg will discuss her research on volcanic systems and volcano evolution on land, on the seafloor and on other worlds.

Registration Link: https://go.illinois.edu/OctWomenInScience


November 9, 2021

Speaker: Professor Colleen Bushell

Associate Director of Healthcare Innovation, Professor Colleen Bushell will present on her interdisciplinary approach to research in computing and healthcare, especially on analyzing genetic data.

Registration link: https://go.illinois.edu/NovWomenInScience


December 14, 2021 – Canceled

Speaker: Dr. Zahra Mohaghegh

Associate Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering, Dr. Mohaghegh will share her research on Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) that helps improve safety in nuclear power plants and other complex technological systems.

Registration Link: https://go.illinois.edu/DecWomenInScience

This talk has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Past Lectures:

You can find each speaker’s lecture under their description or you can access all past lectures at this link: https://digital.library.illinois.edu/collections/4fe01460-e960-0138-74c9-02d0d7bfd6e4-0

PortraitSeptember 8, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Kathryn B. H. Clancy

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Anthropology and the Beckman Institute, will join us to talk about her research as a biological anthropologist and intersectional feminist biologist.

Link to Lecture: https://digital.library.illinois.edu/items/c7c12120-2632-0139-760f-02d0d7bfd6e4-e 

PortraitOctober 13, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Carla Desi-Ann Hunter

Associate Professor of Psychology. Dr. Hunter will discuss her research on ethnic minority psychology, specifically related to identity and well-being in the United States.

Link to Lecture: https://digital.library.illinois.edu/items/c7a60990-2632-0139-760f-02d0d7bfd6e4-0

PortraitNovember 10, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Susan Martinis

Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Link to Lecture: https://digital.library.illinois.edu/items/c7dafa00-2632-0139-760f-02d0d7bfd6e4-c

PortraitDecember 8, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Zeynep Madak-Erdogan

Associate Professor of Nutrition

Link to Lecture: https://digital.library.illinois.edu/items/5ff2d3b0-3cc3-0139-7682-02d0d7bfd6e4-1

HeadshotFebruary 9, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores

Senior Plant Ecologist at the Illinois Natural History survey part of the Prairie Research Institute will speak about her research on plant reproductive ecology, conservation biology and plant-insect interactions.

Link to Lecture: https://digital.library.illinois.edu/items/163e4910-600d-0139-776b-02d0d7bfd6e4-b


HeadshotMarch 9, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Catherine J. Murphy

Larry R. Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Head of the Department of Chemistry, will discuss her research on inorganic nanomaterials applications and the chemical interactions these nanomaterials have on their surroundings.

Link to Lecture: Coming Soon

April 6, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Lee Smith

Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Professor of Biomedical and Translational Science in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Smith will discuss her work in epidemiology.

Link to Lecture: https://digital.library.illinois.edu/items/6394b620-94ac-0139-7855-02d0d7bfd6e4-2

May 11, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Ruby Mendenhall

Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work, Dr. Mendenhall will speak about her interdisciplinary work that focuses on issues of social inequality and economic mobility.

Link to Lecture: Coming Soon



Land Acknowledgement

We would like to recognize and acknowledge that the University of Illinois (where the Archives is located and where our speakers work) is on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations. These lands were the traditional territory of these Native Nations prior to their forced removal; these lands continue to carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity.

As a land-grant institution, the University of Illinois has a particular responsibility to acknowledge the peoples of these lands, as well as the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution for the past 150 years. We are also obligated to reflect on and actively address these histories and the role that this university has played in shaping them. This acknowledgement and the centering of Native peoples is a start as we move forward for the next 150 years.

To see digital exhibits related to our speakers’ research please visit: https://omeka-s.library.illinois.edu/s/archives/page/women-in-science 


If you would like an email reminder about future Women in Science Lecture Series you can join our email list at https://emails.illinois.edu/subscribe?emailId=964210580



Partners and Sponsors:

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Humanities Research Institute

Cancer Center at Illinois

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Cindy Ingold, Gender Studies and Multicultural Services Librarian

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Prairie Research Institute

School of Integrative Biology

Siebel Center for Design

Women and Gender in Global Perspectives

Women in Engineering


Funding for the initial lecture series provided by the University of Illinois Library Innovation Fund

Continued funding provided by Cancer Center at Illinois, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Humanities Research Institute Supplemental Event Fund, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives.

Contact Information:

For questions or comments please contact:

Bethany Anderson, Natural and Applied Sciences Archivist, bgandrsn@illinois.edu | (217) 244-5041

Kristen Allen Wilson, Illinois Distributed Museum Coordinator,  klallen3@illinois.edu | (217) 300-7488