Empowerment Month 2021

Thank you to all who attended our Empowerment Month events!

For each event, we created a resource document so people can continue their advocacy work. Please refer to these documents whenever you need and add your own resources by commenting directly to the document! We also have a video recording for our Work-Life Empowerment Panel and Anti-Racist Environments Keynote Event. All of these can be accessed through our shared drive

In March, we’re hosting Empowerment Month with 500 Women Scientists

Empowerment Month is a series of special events all designed to empower yourself, others, and your community. Each event will have a specific goal in mind and does not require you to attend any of the other events, but we do hope that attending as many events as you are able will give you the tools to create change. 

All events are funded by the GPSAFC and open to the graduate, professional, and local community.

Our first event will be March 1st with Dr. Breanne Fahs from 12-1pm EST. Dr. Fahs is a professor of Women and Gender studies at Arizona State University and recently published her book, Burn it Down! Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution. She will speak about her feminist advocacy work with manifestos. 

Our second event will be March 8th with Dr. Lori Adams, from 4:30-5:30pm EST. Dr. Adams is a professor of Biology at University of Iowa. She will host an interactive workshop on how to better our science communication as a way to empower others. 

Our third event will be March 15th from 10-11am EST, co-sponsored with GPWomeN. We will have a discussion with our 4 panelists to explore the meaning of a healthy work-life “balance”. 

Our fourth event will be March 26th with Dr. Asmeret Berhe, from 12-1pm EST, co-sponsored with GPWomeN. Dr. Berhe is a professor of Soil Biogeochemistry at University of California Merced, and recently published an article on building an antiracist lab. She will speak about the steps to build an antiracist work environment in multiple spaces.

Feminist Manifestos

March 1st, 12-1pm EST

Breanne Fahs

Breanne Fahs is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. She is the author of Performing Sex, Valerie Solanas, Out for Blood, and Firebrand Feminism, and co-editor of The Moral Panics of Sexuality, Transforming Contagion, and Burn It Down! She is the Founder and Director of the Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality Group at Arizona State University, and also works as a Clinical Psychologist.

Science Communication Workshop

March 8th, 4:30-5:30pm EST

Lori Adams

Lori Adams received a BS in Crop Science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, a PhD in Genetics from Texas A&M in College Station, TX, and was a post-doctoral research scientist at the Boyce Thompson Institute in Cornell and then later at University of Wisconsin-Madison where she researched how plants defend themselves against pathogen attacks.  At the University of Iowa (UI), Lori directs several undergraduate research programs and is the instructor-designer for several student scientist development courses. Lori Co-Directs the NIH-funded “Iowa Biosciences Academy” program whose mission is to increase the diversity of students obtaining PhDs in the Biosciences. Lori is also the Director of the Latham Science Engagement Initiative.  As a lecturer in the UI Department of Biology, Lori teaches:  “Ways of Knowing Science”, a first-year course for science majors to consider the breadth of research across science disciplines, preview research taking place at the UI, and explore career opportunities; “Communicating Research”, a course for students actively engaged in mentored research to develop important science communication skills and “Honors Seminar in Biology”, a topics seminar where students read primary scientific literature and learn to present it in a meaningful way to their peers.  Lastly, Lori co-leads several student development seminars for the IBA program designed to prepare students for the rigors of graduate school and empower students to be leaders that value and promote diversity in the scientific community.  Lori is recognized as a National Academies Education Mentor in the Life Sciences and a NIH National Research Mentoring Network Master Facilitator.

Work-Life Empowerment Panel

March 15th, 10:00-11:00am EST

Beth Chang

Beth Chang is the enology extension specialist at Virginia Tech. In her role, she supports the continued growth and success of the Virginia wine industry through open communication, knowledge transfer, and relevant research. Current projects include seasonal newsletters and an interactive virtual wine sensory analysis workshop series. Beth earned a PhD in Food Science at Cornell University, where she studied grape and wine flavor chemistry. Prior to this, Beth earned a MS in Chemistry from Villanova University, a BA in Psychology from Cornell University, and worked in hospitality management. In her spare time, Beth enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and their fur child.

I-An (Amy) Su

I-An (Amy) Su is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychology Ph.D. Program with her concentration in Law, Psychology, and Human Development in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University. She is also on the track of Ph.D. Minor in Statistics (Applied Statistics) and Graduate Minor in Cognitive Science.

She is a member of Child Witness & Cognition (CWC) Lab and is working with Dr. Stephen J. Ceci on a transnational, cross-cultural study of children’s eyewitness memory and suggestibility. Meanwhile, she is also working with Dr. Charles J. Brainerd on studies of adaptive memory (survival processing effect) and false memory, and Dr. John H. Blume on a case review study of competency to be executed. Her research interests include but are not limited to child witness, child testimony, forensic interviewing, and other topics in the field of psychology and law.

Before she came to Cornell, she worked as a licensed attorney-at-law in Taiwan who specializes in criminal defense (i.e., capital cases, innocence cases, defendants with mental health challenges, etc.).

At present, she is pursuing basic and translational research in psychological science to better connect developmental and behavioral science research to outreach and extension in legal proceedings.

In addition to her research work at Cornell, she founded and manages LegalChime Attorneys-at-Law, a Taiwan-based law firm that focuses on consultancy services related to psychology-law issues.

Kathryn J. Fiorella

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Master of Public Health Program

Faculty Fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and the Center for Health Equity

I am environmental scientist and epidemiologist, and my research aims to understand the interactions among environmental change and livelihood, food, and nutrition security. My work is focused on global fisheries and the households that are reliant on the environment to access food and income. I use interdisciplinary methods and my work aims to foster a deeper understanding of how ecological and social systems interact, the ways communities and households adapt to and mitigate environmental change, and the links between human well being and ecological sustainability. 

I hold a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.

Sara Xayarath Hernández

Sara Xayarath Hernández is the Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student Engagement for the Graduate School at Cornell University. She is a member of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education’s leadership team, providing vision and strategic management for Graduate School initiatives and policies focused on advancing diversity and inclusion, addressing inequities, supporting social justice, and promoting systemic change. Hernández works collaboratively with Graduate School and other partners on initiatives supporting the professional development, academic success, mentoring, and sense of belonging for all graduate students and postdocs, but especially for those from backgrounds historically excluded from the academy. She also co-leads programming that prepares graduate students and postdocs to pursue careers within and beyond academia. Hernández is the PI for an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded grant focused on improving admissions and mentoring practices for graduate students within the Sloan University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) community and is a co-PI for the Cornell Sloan UCEM Program. She is also the co-PI for Cornell’s NSF-funded Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Program. Through AGEP, Hernández co-leads efforts focused on preparing future faculty from backgrounds historically excluded from the academy, enhancing the academic climate experienced by all doctoral students and postdocs, and improving graduate admissions and mentoring practices. Hernández is the chair of the Diversity and Inclusiveness Advisory Committee for the Council of Graduate Schools and the AGEP Advisory Committee for the Southern Regional Education Board. She is a first-generation college student holding a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Keynote: Antiracist Environments

March 26th, 12:00-1:00pm EST

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe

Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is a professor of Soil and Biogeochemistry, & Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced. Her research broadly focuses on soil science and global change science and is an #unapologeticallyfeministscientist. Berhe is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and is part of the research team of the National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCEGeo Partnership, which aims at empowering geoscientists to transform workplace climates. More recently, Asmeret has written numerous papers related to race and racism in soil science.

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