Berkeley Lab

Picture a Scientist Panel with Dr. Doudna – March 24, 2021

event announcement

The producers of Picture a Scientist will host a  live virtual event in partnership with ProQuest and Scientific American, featuring Dr. Raychelle Burks, and Dr. Jane Willenbring, and Nobel prize-winning chemist Dr. Jennifer Doudna.This event is free and open to all!

Date: March 24, 2021

Time: 12 noon PT

Registration Required
(After registering, you will receive a link to view the film prior to the panel)

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 will welcome your questions at our live online panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Our discussion will focus on:

  • the experience of each panelist as leaders in their field
  • the journey and obstacles each overcame to get here
  • 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, Laura’s leadership and commitment to science journalism and storytelling makes her the ideal person to drive this candid conversation.


Dr. Jennifer Doudna
Biochemist and Nobel Prize-winning co-inventor of CRISPR technology

Jennifer Doudna’s groundbreaking development of CRISPR-Cas9 – a genome engineering technology that allows researchers to edit DNA – with collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier earned the two the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and forever changed the course of human and agricultural genomics research.

Dr. Raychelle Burks
Associate Professor, Chemistry

American University

As a science communicator, Dr. Burks has appeared on TV, radio, podcasts, and in print. She was awarded the 2020 American Chemical Society Grady-Stack award for excellence in public engagement.

Dr. Jane Willenbring
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
Stanford University

Dr. Willenbring is the recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal from the US Armed Forces, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and Marguerite T. Williams award and a Presidential Citation from the American Geophysical Union.

Dr. Eva Pietri
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Indiana University-Purdue University

An overarching goal of Dr. Pietri’s work is to investigate how basic processes in social psychology influence a variety of domains that are pertinent to promoting diversity in STEM. She was selected as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science and a Fellow for the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.