Film and live conversation with scientists on diversity and inclusion in S.T.E.M.

Watch film Picture a Scientist and register for a live candid conversation with world-renowned scientists on advancing diversity and inclusion in S.T.E.M.
See below for details on how to
1) view the film, and
2) register to attend the live panel event about the film

Watch the film

Picture a Scientist is now available to watch on the Film Platform collection on Academic Video Online! Now available through Belk Library and Information Commons library catalog, you can view Picture a Scientist at - -  Appalachian State University login required.

The film chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. In the film, biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable and open to all.

Live Discussion

Live virtual panel event on Wednesday, March 24 around the film Picture a Scientist!
The film will be an integral part of the live conversation 

Register for the Live Event

Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Jennifer Doudna (featured in the film Human Nature), along with Dr. Raychelle Burks and Dr. Jane Willenbring (who are both featured in Picture A Scientist) and Dr. Eva Pietri (a social psychologist studying bias in STEM) will welcome questions at a live online panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM.

The discussion will focus on:

  • the experience of each panelist as leaders in their field
  • the journey and obstacles each overcame to get to where they are now
  • what they identify as positive solutions that will allow for continued equity and inclusion within the scientific community and beyond

The panel will be moderated by Editor in Chief for Scientific American, Laura Helmuth. Only the ninth Editor in Chief in the magazine’s 175-year history, Helmuth's leadership and commitment to science journalism and storytelling make her the ideal person to drive this candid conversation.

For questions about accessing the movie, email

Film hosted by the App State Office of Research and Belk Library and Information Commons. Live event sponsored by Proquest, Scientific American, Film Plat Forms and Roco Educational Films. For more about the event, visit


About the Office of Research
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Picture a Scientist film poster
Published: Mar 9, 2021 12:08pm