Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Head of Science to Speak at Mills College

Oakland, CA—March 12, 2019

Cori Bargmann, PhDOn Wednesday, April 10, 2019, as part of the Russell Women in Science Lecture Series, Mills College will be honored to host guest speaker Dr. Cori Bargmann, PhD, a Torsten N. Wiesel Professor at The Rockefeller University and Head of Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Dr. Bargmann will share her personal perspective as a leader in the field of neuroscience and discuss her role as the first Head of Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

An internationally recognized neuroscientist and geneticist, Bargmann has led the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s science work since 2016. Bargmann is also on the faculty of Rockefeller University as the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor and head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior.

Highlights of her work include tracing the sense of smell in the worm C. elegans to its behavior, leading to a deeper understanding of the brain, sensory abilities, and neuronal development. Her work has earned her the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience and the 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, among many other scientific honors.

Bargmann also co-chaired the National Institutes of Health working group that helped set goals and strategies for President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN Initiative). She is a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and holds a BS in biochemistry from the University of Georgia and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Title: Neuroscience, Technology, and Collaboration: A Personal View
Dr. Cori Bargmann
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm–7:00 pm. Doors open at 5:15 pm
Location: Student Union, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA

This lecture is free and open to the public.

About the 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. Mills students have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time learning from inspiring role models before and after the public lectures.

The Russell Women in Science Lecture Series is generously funded by Mills College alumna Cristine Russell '71.

Mills College—Leading the Future of Science for Women:

Mills College has a longstanding commitment to preparing women for leadership in science and has built a vigorous scientific community that fosters student learning, hands-on research, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Although the number of American women pursuing careers in science has increased modestly over the last two decades, the National Science Foundation reports that only 28 percent of the workforce in science and engineering fields in 2015 were female. Mills is committed to encouraging more women to pursue scientific study and creating opportunities for them to find inspiration and mentorship from established leaders. Take a virtual tour of Mills.

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