Distinguished Women in Science Lecture Series

 

Each year, the HSPP sponsors a presentation in the Distinguished Women in Science lecture series. As of 2002, the talks are co-sponsored by Barnard's Center for Research on Women. The public lectures are widely advertised, and they usually draw a substantial audience that includes students, faculty, and alumnae from Barnard and Columbia as well as members of the broader community. When issuing the invitation to speakers, we specifically request that they introduce their research topic by briefly discussing their own career trajectories. Each year the talk is followed by a dinner in honor of the speaker as well as the outgoing and incoming Research Interns and their faculty mentors. Beginning with the 2002 visit, we are inviting the speakers to spend two days at Barnard. In addition to delivering the public lecture, they make presentations and lead discussions in classes in their field of specialization and visit informally with students over lunch.

A list of past speakers is provided below with links to abstracts of their talks.

2014

Hopi Hoekstra

From Darwin to DNA: The Genetics of Color Adaptation

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2013

Leslie Vosshall

Food, Sex, and Smell: The Neurogenetics of Innate Behavior

 

2012

Marion Nestle

What to Eat: Science vs. Politics

 

2011

Alison "Sunny" Power 

Diversity & Disease Ecology in Plant Communities

 

2009

Bonnie Bassler 

Small Talk: Cell-to-cell Communication in Bacteria

 

2008

Laura Landweber 

Epigenetics and the Wiring and Re-wiring of Genomic Information

 

2007

Elaine Fuchs 

Stem Cells of the Skin: Biology & the Potential for Regenerative Medicine

 

2006

Helene Gayle 

Women and HIV/AIDS

 

2005

Daphne Preuss

How Plants Choose Their Mates: Lessons From Cell Biology

 

2004

May Berenbaum 

Invasion USA

 

2003

Freya R. Schnabel 

Breast Cancer: Risk Assessment and Risk Management

 

2002

Martha McClintock 

Scents and Sensibility: Pheromonal and Social Control of Fertility and Disease

 

2001

Kathy L. Olsen 

NASA: The New Biology Agenda

 

2000

Linda Bartoshuk 

Psychophysical Insights, Misadventures, and Supertasters

 

1999

Susan Band Horwitz 

Novel Molecules that Interact with Microtubules and have Functional Activity Similar to Taxol

 

1998

Felice Frankel 

The Power of Images in Communicating Science and Technology

 

1997

Shirley Tilghman 

Genomic Imprinting and Mammalian development: A Genetic Arms Race

 

1996

Helen M. Berman 

A Tale of a Triple Helix: What Crystallography Tells Us About Collagen Structure and Assembly

 

1995

Carol Greider 

Telomeres and Telomerase in Cancer

 

1993

Professor Zena Stein 

International Research Efforts Relating to HIV and Women