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The Women in Neuroscience group is dedicated to increasing balance and equity in science. 

Our mission is to increase awareness about issues related to gender balance, and equity in science. All members of the community interested in ensuring inclusivity in science are welcome to join.

If you would like to be included in our mailing list, please send an email to soha_ashrafi@hms.harvard.edu

Please check back on this site for information about our future events. 



We will host our first Women in Neuroscience (WiN) meeting of the Fall on September 17, 2020 @ 12pm.

For our first meeting, we will introduce new members of the community to the group’s mission, and host a meet-and-greet with members of the Department (past/present):

·         Dr. Vicky Abraira, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University (and Goodrich and Ginty lab alumna) will talk about her experience as a junior faculty member during Covid, her experience going on the job market, and setting up a laboratory,

·         Drs, Anna Kutschireiter (postdoc, Drugowitsch lab) and Katie Lehigh (postdoc, Dymecki Lab; Ginty lab alumna) will also be available to talk about their Covid parenting experiences,

·         Dr. Angie Michaiel (postdoc, Datta Lab) will talk about the WiN group she started as a graduate student at the University of Oregon.

If you are interested in joining us for the event, please email Soha Ashrafi (soha_ashrafi@hms.harvard.edu) for the ZOOM link

We will hold another Women in Neuroscience Event on October 15, 2020 @12pm!

Caleb Weinreb (Datta Lab) will present a talk entitled:

The danger of implicit bias as a master narrative of oppression in science

Abstract: Implicit bias has become an all-encompassing framework for discussions of oppression in science. It is easy to explain, empirically demonstrable, and shows unambiguously that people act in racist/sexist ways. Yet by focusing on individual behaviors as opposed to the history and institutional roots of oppression, implicit bias narratives de-politicize the struggle for justice: People are taught that simply being aware of and counteracting their biases is enough, redirecting focus away from the necessary work of dismantling institutional and cultural practices that have an even greater role in perpetuating oppression / inequity. 

Resources related to this topic can be found here and here 

ALL members of the community are invited to join. Zoom link to follow!