Berkeley Lab

Picture a Scientist Documentary Film Screening – March 21 – 23, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, Berkeley Lab invites you to a virtual screening of the documentary Picture a Scientist in advance of the panel discussion with Jennifer Doudna on March 24 at 12 noon.

Dates: Sunday, March 21 – Tuesday, March 23, 2021

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. 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 brutal 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.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 19th at midnight PT.

How does a virtual screening work? 

Instead of viewing the film collectively, each person who registers will be able to login between March 21 – 23 (72 hours) to view the film on their own time. Each participant will be sent a unique link with a password that will give you access to film.

  • A link will be sent to all registered participants on Saturday March 20th.
  • The film will be available beginning at 12:01AM PST on the 21st and ending at 11:59 PM PST on the 23rd.

Please note: The link and password will only be good for the designated 72 hours; no exceptions or extensions are possible. The link is for Berkeley Lab staff only, please do not share the link with anyone outside of the Lab.

The Lab is committed to facing workplace challenges in open and healthy collaboration with the entire community. The purpose of this film screening is to bolster a Lab environment committed to mutual respect for all persons. The Lab and its Officers deeply care about staff’s wellbeing when encountering these histories of workplace abuse. Conduct described in this film and the language used includes clear violations of our workplace values and culture. Viewing this film is completely voluntary.

With professionalism and respect, we are providing staff with a format, resources, and as much advance notice as possible about the film’s potentially disturbing descriptions of physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and use of offensive language. Such content may especially impact those who have experienced corresponding trauma in their own lives. If you believe that such portrayals and content would be upsetting, you may choose to decline this invitation to screen the film.

We encourage everyone to engage with their trusted, professional mental health advisor to help manage work and life stressors as needed.

Additional Resources: Be Well at Work Employee Assistance Program

Following the screening and panel discussion, Berkeley Lab’s FAIR Office will hold an open house brown bag on March 29th at 12 noon. This will be a chance to learn more about the FAIR office and lab resources.