2021 iPoLS Education Meeting: Black in iPoLS

March 12-13, 2021

Join us for the 2021 Physics of Living Systems Education Meeting to learn more about how we can better support Black scientists in the field. Faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergrads, and K-12 educators are encouraged to attend.

Register now. Download flyer. Agenda available.

iPoLS meeting flyer

Friday, March 12, 2021, 1:30 - 5pm Eastern
Three talks from leaders in academia and industry highlighting best practices in improving research climate, culture, and opportunities for Black scientists in interdisciplinary scientific research.

Featured Speakers, March 12, 2021


Ebony O. McGee, PhD
Associate Professor of Education, Diversity
and STEM Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
Vanderbilt University


Donnell Walton, PhD
Corning Technology Center
Silicon Valley


Alison P. Williams, PhD
Vice President for Equity & Inclusion,
Title IX Officer
Office for Equity and Inclusion
Wesleyan University

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 1 - 4pm Eastern
Mentoring workshops for students including:
1. Becoming an Effective Mentor: Strategies, Skills, and Conversations
2. Networking Strategies for Building a Mentor Team Tailored to Your Identities and Interests

Facilitators, March 13, 2021


Victoria McDonnell, PhD
Program Director
Office for Postdoctoral Fellows
MD Anderson Cancer Center


Robert Tillman, PhD
National Research Mentoring Network
Master Facilitator

Sharlene Denos, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Department of Physics, and the Center for the Physics of Living Cells
Margie Dieter, Rice University, Department of Physics, and the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
Erika Henderson, University of Houston, Office of the Provost
Lee Limbird, Fisk University, Dean of Natural Sciences
Marta McNeese, Spelman College, Department of Physics
Lee Qian, Fisk University, Department of Computer Science and Mathematics