Picture a Scientist


Film Screening


October 24, 2020 at noon – October 26, 202 at noon, MDT

Film run time: 97 minutes

Advanced registration required. Access information will be emailed 48 hours prior to film screening window. Registration closes October 23 at 5:00 PM, MDT. 

film overview

Picture a Scientist started from exploring reports in the late 1990s that exposed significant gender inequity across the sciences. As we [directors] dug into the data and spoke with dozens of scientists, we realized the vast extent of the challenges facing women and minority scientists. Despite groundbreaking efforts by the courageous scientists featured in the film and elsewhere, gender bias and racism persist.

Our goal in making the film was to raise visibility around these critical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in science and invite viewers into a deeper conversation about how to make science more inclusive.  

Panel discussion


October 27 at 5:00 PM, MDT

Registration required. Access information will be emailed the week of the event.


Dr. Raychelle Burks is a professor of analytical chemistry at American University in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on developing low-cost colorimetric sensors for detecting chemicals of forensic interest, including explosives and regulated drugs. As a science communicator, Burks has appeared on the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, the American Chemical Society’s Reactions videos, Royal Society of Chemistry podcasts, and at genre conventions such as DragonCon and GeekGirlCon. Burks was awarded the 2020 American Chemical Society Grady-Stack award for excellence in public engagement.

Dr. Jane Willenbring is a geomorphologist and associate professor of geological sciences at Stanford University, and is the director of the Stanford Cosmogenic Isotope Laboratory. Willenbring’s research examines the evolution of the Earth’s surface, especially how landscapes are affected by tectonics, climate change, and life. She is a Geological Society of America Fellow, the recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal, the National Science Foundation Career Award, and in 2020 was named one of Stanford’s future Gabilan Faculty Fellows.

Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck, film directors

Suggested viewing options

Set aside some time over the weekend to view the film as an individual, family or in a group. If in a group, continue to practice social distancing.

Review and reflect on the pre screening questions. If in a group, share responses in pairs or to the larger group.

1. How do you picture a typical scientist?
2. What issues do you expect to see in a film about women and diversity in science?
3. Why are you watching the film? What are your goals?
4. Do you have any current events in mind when going in to watch this film?
5. Why is diversity in science important to you?

After the film, answer the following questions:

1. How do you picture a typical scientist now? Has it changed from before the film?
2. How did you feel after watching the film?
3. Did anything surprise you? Why or Why not?
4. What new ideas do you have about ways to make science more equitable for everyone?
5. Has the film changed your perspective at all on diversity in science?
6. How can institutions companies change mentorship or management structures to better protect people from potential harassment and inequity?
7. How do some of the experiences shared in the film compare to your own?
8. What would you do if a person junior to you came to you with experiences of sexual harassment?
9. How can the science community accommodate identities who don’t have clearly visible markers of marginalization (e.g., sexual orientation, low-income, disability,
mental health, etc.)? How might the struggles of folks with these backgrounds be different from those portrayed in the film?

Bring your reflections and questions to the panel discussion on Tuesday, October 27 at 5:00 PM, MDT. 


Mines, as federal grant recipient, will continue to foster environments devoid of hostility grounded in race, sex, and other federally protected characteristics. Trainings employees to create an inclusive workplace is appropriate and beneficial.

Picture a Scientist

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