While diversity takes work, it is in the best interest of science—and society—to create a bigger us. Diverse teams have been shown to be more innovative and productive. In this video, Maggie Werner-Washburne shares examples and strategies to make a bigger us and build a more diverse and inclusive scientific community that can help find the best solutions to hard problems our world faces.
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About the Speaker
Maggie Werner-Washburne received a BA in English from Stanford and, after 5 years traveling from Ecuador to Alaska to New Zealand, she completed a MS in botany at the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in botany with a minor in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Werner-Washburne is Regents’ Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Her research examined how yeast cells survive starvation; most recently focusing on genomic analysis of the cell-fate decision that leads to the production of quiescent and non-quiescent cells in stationary-phase cultures. She is the past president of the Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), a former AAAS Fellow, and 2011 Harvard Foundation Distinguished Scientist. She has received numerous awards, including two Presidential awards, for research and excellence in science, engineering, and math mentoring. Werner-Washburne has been at UNM for nearly 30 years, where she has mentored students from many backgrounds and directs the highly successful NIH-funded UNM-Initatives to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD) program for student research.
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