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July/August 2020 (Volume 29, Number 7)
On June 24, APS, along with African American Women in Physics, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Institute of Physics, the BSM Pandemic Seminars, and the National Society of Black Physicists, hosted a webinar to address systemic barriers in academia that have led to a gross underrepresentation of minorities, particularly Black Americans, in the field of physics.
The webinar featured a distinguished panel of people actively involved with increasing diversity in physics and improving its culture: S. James Gates, Jr. (Brown University & APS President-Elect), Arlene Modeste Knowles (American Institute of Physics, TEAM-UP Project Manager), Philip W. Phillips (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Mel Sabella (Chicago State University & American Association of Physics Teachers Past President), and Farrah Simpson (Brown University, National Society of Black Physicists Board Student Representative & Graduate Student). The panel discussion was moderated by Lisa Randall (Harvard University) and the Q&A was facilitated by Stephon Alexander (Brown University and NSBP President) and Randall.
The recorded webinar can be viewed on the webinar page.
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Staff Science Writer: Leah Poffenberger
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