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.

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.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/EFf7dqydw2hppuXo6


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 with their surroundings.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/bi1o6oYt1F15hKHH8

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.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/g7G439AwuDK7hnb4A


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.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/A8g6oyQv4jQjrqxN9



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


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 


Partners and Sponsors:

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Humanities Research Institute

Cancer Center at Illinois

Cindy Ingold, Gender Studies and Multicultural Services Librarian

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Prairie Research Institute

School of Integrative Biology

Women and Gender in Global Perspectives

Women in Engineering


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


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

Brynlee Emery, Graduate Assistant