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Picture a Scientist: USU Hosts Virtual Film Screening and March 8 Panel Discussion

By Mary-Ann Muffoletto |

USU hosts a virtual screening of the independent documentary 'Picture a Scientist,' March 5-7, followed by a Zoom panel discussion with the film’s director and producer Sharon Shattuck and USU scholars March 8, International Women’s Day 2021.

All are invited to a virtual screening of the independent documentary, Picture a Scientist, March 5-7, followed by a panel discussion, via Zoom, featuring the film’s director and producer Sharon Shattuck, along with Utah State University scholars Sojung Lim, Claudia Radel and Katherine Vela, on Monday, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021.

USU is among a number of institutions hosting screenings of the film, which offers a sobering portrait of struggles women face in pursuing studies and careers in science. Scheduled to premiere at the postponed Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020, Picture a Scientist, released virtually in May 2020, features candid interviews with geologist Jane Willenbring, chemist Raychelle Burks and sociologist Nancy Hopkins.

“Picture a Scientist confronts a system that stymies women and other minorities with harassment, discrimination and general bias,” says Sara Freeman, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Biology, who is coordinating the virtual event. “The film challenges audiences of all backgrounds and genders to question their own implicit biases and move toward change. I hope the panel discussion will help us identify and address USU’s strengths and weaknesses in this area and foster a productive dialogue to find solutions.”

USU panelists for the March 8 discussion are:

Registration for free online access to the three-day film viewing window and the panel discussion is available at the event’s website. The registration deadline is March 2, 2021, by 11:59 MST.

Sponsors for the film screening and panel discussion are the USU Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research, the Utah Women and Leadership Project, USU College of Science, USU Department of Biology, the USU Ecology Center and Utah Public Radio.

Panelists for the March 8 film discussion are director and producer Sharon Shattuck, Sojung Lim, assistant professor of sociology; geographer Claudia Radel, associate dean, QCNR; and Katherine Vela, assistant professor, TEAL, USU Eastern.


Mary-Ann Muffoletto
Public Relations Specialist
College of Science


Sara Freeman
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

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