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A Deep Look into the Future of Biology Celebrating 60 years of UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences

In the Spring of 2020 the Division of Biological Sciences unveiled a new public speaker series in honor of our 60th Anniversary titled, "A Deep Look into the Future of Biology". Due to concerns surrounding the transmission of COVID-19 at in person events, the Division has transitioned these events to a virtual format. Each event showcases short, impactful presentations around research, current events, and discoveries in the world of Biology. Starting in Fall 2020, in addition to these short format presentations, the Deep Look series will also include a “Deep Conversation” virtual event series that takes us into an intimate conversation with biologists regarding issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the field of biology.

A Deep Look into COVID and a New World of Innovation

Thursday, Feb. 25, 12 p.m.

Host: Kit Pogliano

Featuring: Pradeep K. Khosla, Omar Akbari, Rommie Amaro, Dan Kolk

Along with global health and economic devastation, the COVID-19 pandemic has forged an unprecedented path to research and education innovation. Bold scientific advances and cooperation led to a novel vaccine developed in record time, groundbreaking tools for detecting viruses and a pioneering vision for safely educating students. Join us on Feb. 25 as we discuss the trailblazing insights and innovations that led to the broad success of UC San Diego’s Return to Learn program with Chancellor Khosla, along with scientists leading groundbreaking innovations related to detecting and analyzing SARS-CoV-2, as well as the industry and government response to COVID-19.

Register for A Deep Look into COVID and a New World of Innovation

A Deep Conversation with Rita Colwell: One Woman’s Personal Journey through Sexism in Science

Thursday, Mar. 4, 12 p.m.

Host: Kit Pogliano and Kim Prather

Featuring: Dr. Rita Colwell

Join us for a stimulating International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month conversation with Rita Colwell, the groundbreaking microbiologist and first female director of the National Science Foundation. In a conversation with Dean Kit Pogliano and Professor Kimberly Prather, Colwell will discuss the themes and issues covered in her recently published book, “A Lab of One’s Own—One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science.” The book has been described as a riveting “memoir-manifesto” that describes the entrenched sexism in science, the elaborate detours women have taken to bypass the problem and how to fix the system. Colwell describes the sheer joy a scientist feels when moving toward a breakthrough and the thrill of uncovering a whole new generation of female pioneers. Also considered a science book for the #MeToo era, Colwell offers an astute diagnosis of how to fix the problem of sexism in science—and a celebration of the women pushing back.

Register for A Deep Conversation with Rita Colwell: One Woman’s Personal Journey through Sexism in Science

See recorded past events in A Deep Look series.

Questions? Please contact Victoria Berdin at