Film Discussion: Picture a Scientist
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Summary of Activity:

Members watch the film "Picture a Scientist" on their own (97 minutes; available at the PBS website for free and on Netflix) and then meet to discuss the questions.

Estimated Prep Time:
2.0 hour(s)
Estimated Activity Time:
1.0 hour(s)
Estimated Total Time:
3.0 hour(s)
  • Leadership Development
  • Mentoring
  • Self-Awareness and Growth
  • Self-Confidence
  • Social Intelligence
Target Audience:
  • Group
Submission Type:
Ready-To-Go Event
Activity Type:
Interactive Activity
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Women make up less than a quarter of STEM professionals in the United States, and numbers are even lower for women of color. But there is a growing group of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists, exposing longstanding discrimination, and leading the way in making science more inclusive. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist lead viewers on a journey through their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from outright harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, scientific visionaries, including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists, provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. Some suggested discussion questions are attached – feel free to add/delete. NOVA Picture a Scientist Discussion Questions

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