Keynote Lecture Series

A return to hybrid events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are evaluating whether to hold each event fully in-person, fully virtual, or in a hybrid setting during the 2021-2022 academic year. Please stay safe and follow the instructions of health authorities. The scientific community is working tirelessly to help us fight this pandemic, but we all must do our part. Please click here for more information about COVID-19 and how you can stay safe.

2023: Dr. Susan Creary MD, MSc



2022: Dr. Frances Colón

“Getting Off the Sidelines through Civic Science”

A Collaboration of SACNAS Chapter OSU, SHPE at OSU, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

March 29th, 2022 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Research Commons


Panel Q & A:


2021: Dr. Ximena C. Cid talk

“The Lessons I’ve Learned”

“What does it mean to be a scientist? What does it mean to be successful?

How long does it take to develop expert-like thinking? Who gets to decide?”

March 25th, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Zoom

You can view the recorded address here.

Ximena is a Xicana Yaqui Physicist. She is the Associate Professor and Chair of the Physics Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is one of few Chicanas and one of the first, if not the first, Indinegous person to chair a physics department in the country. In her address, Ximena shared pieces of her lived experiences that have created the foundation for her current roles. She discussed her research that explores who is, and who is not, studied in Physics Education Research and how the data influences ideas of measures of success. Finally, she invited participants to contribute to the development of what our future science will look like.

The 2021 SACNAS-OSU Keynote address by Dr. Ximena Cid

is now available on our YouTube channel.

Watch it, re-watch it, and share widely!

2019: Catalina Martinez talk

“Submersibles and Telepresence: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration”

November 21st, 2019 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM | MBI Auditorium – Jennings Hall

Film Screening

Can We Talk? Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color: Sense of Belonging and Obstacles to STEM fields.

A film by Kendall Moore: Discussion by Catalina Martinez

Thursday, November 21s | 4:00-5:30 PM | MBI Auditorium Jennings Hall 3rd Floor

2018: Dr. Knatokie Ford talk

“Impostor Syndrome and How You Can Overcome It”

November 28th, 2018 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM | Saxby Auditorium – Drinko Hall

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Dr. Knatokie Ford is a Harvard-trained scientist and a dynamic speaker who addresses the challenges of imposter syndrome. Dr. Ford is also a former Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Obama Administration, where she oversaw the development of national initiatives to raise visibility and improve the image of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and careers. She was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at OSTP from 2012-2014 with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) where she managed concurrent projects on education technology and improving the Nation’s health care system.

2018: Dr. Jesús Pardo talk

“Multi-Messenger Astrophysics”

April 13th, 2018 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM | Research Commons


Dr. Pando currently serves as the Chair of the Physics Department at DePaul University and he has long been involved in efforts to increase the number of underrepresented groups in science. He has been a SACNAS member for 15 years and has served on numerous committees and panels dealing with the issues faced by underrepresented students and professionals in STEM fields. Dr. Pando’s main research area is in large scale structure in the universe and in the detection of structure in noisy backgrounds.

2017: Allyn M. Kaufmann talk

“Serial Innovators: What Do Companies Look For When They Hire PhDs?”

April 12, 2017 | 4:00-5:00pm | 020 Page Hall

The Ohio State SACNAS Chapter hosted Dr. Allyn Kaufmann, the Section Head of Personal Healthcare R&D at The Procter and Gamble Company, for a public lecture here on our campus. Dr. Kaufmann holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and serves on the SACNAS Board of Directors. Throughout his educational and professional career, he has been engaged in mentorship and outreach efforts to promote STEM participation and success among underrepresented minority groups. He collaborates actively with partners in academia and industry to foster innovations in discovery and talent development.

2016: Kim TallBear talk

“Constituting Knowledge across Cultures of Expertise and Tradition: Indigenous Bio-Scientists”

April 7, 2016
Kim TallBear is an associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta where her work is dedicated to science, technology, environment, indigenous cultures, and governance. Dr. TallBear’s recent book Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science examines how genetic science is co-constituted with notions of race and indigeneity. More broadly, she studies the historical and ongoing roles of science and technology (technoscience) in the colonization of indigenous peoples and others. Yet because tribes and other indigenous peoples insist on their status as sovereigns, she is also interested in the increasing role of technoscience in indigenous governance. How do U.S. tribes and others resist, regulate, collaborate in, and initiate research and technology development in ways that support self-governance and cultural sovereignty? What are the challenges for indigenous peoples related to science and technology, and what types of innovative work and thinking occur at the interface of technoscience and indigenous governance?

2015: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein talk

“Let Physics be the Dream it Used to Be”

November 9th, 2016
Dr. Chanda Prescod Weinstein is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her current research focuses on early universe cosmology and technical questions relating to how to do quantum field theory calculations in curved spacetimes. She was listed by the L’Oreal UNESCO Foundation as one of “5 Amazing Woman Astronomers You Should Know.” Prescod Weinstein is a passionate advocate for racial and gender diversity in STEM and will be sharing her stories about her efforts in this area.

2014: Greetchen Diaz talk

“Talking About Science in Culturally Relevant Ways”

November 6th. 2014 4:00pm-6:00pm | Physics Research Building, Room 1080
Dr. Greetchen Díaz holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from The Ohio State University. She received the NIH Kirschstein National Research Award (NRSA) for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Nebraska Center for Virology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Dr. Greetchen Díaz is the Director of the Science Education Program and Community Partnerships of Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR). For more than 10 years, Greetchen was a volunteer, part of the administrative team of CienciaPR. At CienciaPR, she participated in numerous projects in science communication, science outreach, and science education. She is the founder and coordinator of CienciaPR’s “Borinqueña”, the bilingual blog for Hispanic and Puerto Rican Women in Science and Technology. Also, Greetchen is the founder and coordinator of the photoblog “Ciencia a tu alrededor”. In 2015, She was the coordinator of “Semillas de Triunfo” (Seeds of Succeed), the first STEM Ambassador Program for middle school girls in Puerto Rico.