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Women, Science, and the Road to Inclusive Leadership
The USC Wrigley Institute proudly announces our upcoming 2021 Delta Murphy Distinguished Lecture.

Join three pathbreaking scientists to discuss their unique experiences overcoming inequitable obstacles, and to address the critical importance of diverse voices leading the scientific enterprise.

- Rita Colwell, PhD - Former Director, National Science Foundation; Professor, University of Maryland
- Hope Jahren, PhD - Author, ‘Lab Girl’; Professor, University of Oslo
- Dawn Wright, PhD - Chief Scientist, Esri; Oceanographer

Moderated by Dr. Carly Kenkel, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

Co-sponsored with the USC Marine and Environmental Biology Department (MEB), and the USC Environmental Studies Program (ENST).

This year’s event takes place during USC’s Fifth Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awareness Week (DEI Week), March 8-12, 2021.

Mar 11, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Women, Science and the Road to Inclusive Leadership is part of USC Wrigley Institute’s 2021 Delta Murphy Distinguished Lecture Series which hosts nationally recognized experts for annual keynotes on significant topics in environmental studies.
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Dr. Rita Colwell
Former Director, National Science Foundation; Distinguished University Professor @University of Maryland at College Park; Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Colwell is Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on global infectious diseases, safe drinking water and human health in the developed and developing world. Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation, 1998-2004, the first woman to hold the position. During her time at the NSF, she significantly advanced the agency’s programs in K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education, and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering.
Dr. Hope Jahren
Geochemist and Author of the Bestselling Book 'Lab Girl' @University of Oslo
Dr. Jahren is an award-winning author and American geochemist and geobiologist at the University of Oslo in Norway, known for her work using stable isotope analysis to analyze fossil forests dating to the Eocene. Her first book, ‘Lab Girl’, was an international bestseller and named one of the Best Books of the Year (2016) by The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME.com, NPR, Slate and more. Jahren is a prominent advocate for raising public awareness of science and sexual harassment and stereotypes surrounding women in science.
Dr. Dawn Wright
Chief Scientist @Esri
An American geographer and oceanographer, Dr. Wright is a leading authority in the application of geographic information system (GIS) technology to the field of ocean and coastal science, and she played a key role in creating the first GIS data model for the oceans. Wright is Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (aka Esri) and a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. Wright was the first African American female to dive to the ocean floor in the deep submersible ALVIN.