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Despite having historically been excluded from the field of science, the LGBTQ+ community has long been making major contributions to and shifting the institution of science as we know it. Celebrate Pride Month with a NightSchool featuring scientists whose queer perspectives and identities help drive new insights, discoveries, and previously unasked questions in their respective fields. They’re just a few of the people featured in the Academy’s new exhibit, New Sciencecreated in partnership with 500 Queer Scientists and with funding from an IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grant.

  • Dr. Lauren Esposito, the Academy’s Curator of Arachnology and founder of the 500 Queer Scientists campaign, introduces the Academy’s New Science exhibit, which focuses on the first-person stories of LGBTQ+ women and gender minorities in STEM professions.
  • Dr. Ale Garin-Fernandez, microbiologist and cartoon artist, on lessons from microorganisms that help her validate and appreciate her own diversity and value diversity as strength.
  • Dr. Tiara Moore, whose current roles include a postdoctoral scholarship at The Nature Conservancy, founder and CEO of Black in Marine Science, and president of A WOC Space, on making the change to find, love, and become a true advocate for herself.
     
  • Elizabeth Ruiz, fish biologist at the California Sea Grant Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program, on endangered species and representation in STEMM. They’ll talk about how to find empowerment, solidarity, and hope in a shared struggle as a queer scientist of color and how advocating for equality can't be uncoupled from our fight to protect the environment.

All NightLife virtual programming is intended for audiences 21+.

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