Critical Conversations
Monday, March 22, 2021

Melanie Ott

Director, Gladstone Institute of Virology

Katie Pollard

Director, Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology

Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Join us for a virtual screening and panel discussion about the film and hear from Katie Pollard and Melanie Ott who will discuss their own personal journeys as women in science.

When you register for this event, you will receive a link to watch the film on your own prior to the discussion.

About the Film

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 labs 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. Picture a Scientist was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.

Watch the Trailer


March 22, 2021
1:00-2:00pm PDT

Critical Conversations was launched in 2020 as a way for Gladstone community members to challenge and empower themselves by considering different ways of thinking through the lens of others. These discussions will encourage you to reframe or shift your perspective. All community members are encouraged to participate and continue the dialogue outside this forum.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Gladstone, we are committed to providing events and professional development activities that resonate with our community’s diverse members. Our goal is to develop creative programming that encompasses a wide variety of ideas and perspectives to inspire, educate, and engage with everyone within our walls.

We want to effect positive change through our events and activities by providing a platform for discussions on important topics related to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.