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A Lab of One’s Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science

January 18, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $10

Special Event with Beverly’s own Dr. Rita Colwell

If you think sexism thrives only on Wall Street or Hollywood, you haven’t visited a lab, a science department, a research foundation, or a biotech firm.

Rita Colwell is one of the top scientists in America: the groundbreaking microbiologist who discovered how cholera survives between epidemics and the former head of the National Science Foundation. But when she first applied for a graduate fellowship in bacteriology, she was told, “We don’t waste fellowships on women.” A lack of support from some male superiors would lead her to change her area of study six times before completing her PhD.

Join us for a lecture with Dr. Colwell as she discusses her book, “A Lab of One’s Own”. It is an “engaging” book that documents all Colwell has seen and heard over her six decades in science, from sexual harassment in the lab to obscure systems blocking women from leading professional organizations or publishing their work.

Colwell holds degrees in bacteriology, genetics, and oceanography and studies infectious diseases. Colwell is the founder and Chair of CosmosID, a bioinformatics company. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Colwell was the 11th Director and 1st female Director of the National Science Foundation. In 2006, Colwell received the National Medal of Science from former United States President George W. Bush.

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January 18, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $10
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