Russell Women in Science Lecture Series

Russell Women in Science Lecture Series

The Russell Women in Science Lecture Series at Mills College is an annual event featuring leading female scientists from around the country speaking on topics of global impact. These lectures introduce students and the general public to key scientific issues while highlighting the career opportunities available to young women in the sciences. Students who are part of the Russell Women in Science Leadership Program organize and manage the event while all Mills STEM students have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time learning from inspiring role models before and after the public lectures. All Mills students and community members are welcome to attend the lectures.

2020 Russell Women in Science Lecture

Engineering for Societal Impact:
One Woman's Journey to Engineer Therapies for Sickle Cell Disease

Dr. Gilda Barabino, PhD

Date & Time TBD
(Postponed until fall due to the Coronavirus)

Engineering as a profession provides a powerful vehicle to impact society, to change lives, and to enhance human health and well-being. In this presentation, Dr. Gilda Barabino relates her engineering career path to her lifelong interest in social justice and her career-long drive to advance sickle cell disease research. Sickle cell disease is a complex genetic blood disorder that impacts millions worldwide, and is a public health concern that disproportionately impacts African Americans in the United States. As a distinguished leader in STEM research and education, Dr. Barabino remains steadfast in her work toward impactful outcomes for individuals living with sickle cell disease and the broader community.
Dr. Gilda Barabino, PhD
Dr. Gilda Barabino, PhD
Dean and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering

Gilda Barabino is dean of engineering at The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering. Her research interests include sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and diversity in science and engineering. She received her BS degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her PhD in chemical engineering from Rice University. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. Additionally, Dr. Barabino is a member of several national science associations, including the Biomedical Engineering Society, of which she has formerly served as president, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, where she also served as president and from which she received its highest honor—the Pierre Galletti Award—in 2017.

Doors open at 5:15 pm.
Lisser Hall, Mills College

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
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Past Russell Women in Science Guest Speakers

Cori Bargmann
Dr. Cori Bargmann

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Topic: Neuroscience, Technology, and Collaboration
Shirley Malcolm
Dr. Shirley Malcom
STEM Leader
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Topic: Women of Color in Science, 40 Years and Counting
Inez Fung
Dr. Inez Fung
Climate Scientist
University of California, Berkeley
Topic: Plants, Waters, and Climate Afforestation
Meg Urry
Dr. Meg Urry
Yale University
Topic: Black Holes, Galaxies, and the Evolution of the Universe
Marcia McNutt
Dr. Marcia McNutt
National Academy of Sciences
Topic: Global Lessons in Earthquake Preparedness
Rita Colwell
Dr. Rita Colwell
University of Maryland
Topic: A Changing Climate in Human Health