Jul 11, 2018
Welcome to Episode 13, where I’m talking with NILANJANA
about how young women interested in
STEM disciplines can benefit from women teachers and mentors. We
also talk about Nilanjana’s fascinating family history that for
generations has combined science and social activism.
Nilanjana is Professor of Psychology
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she also serves as
Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion.
In Part 1 of this episode, Nilanjana talks about the origins
of her work on women in STEM—how she discovered the effect of women
mentors for young women in these disciplines—and gets us up to date
on her latest attempt to use this knowledge to develop targeted
interventions designed to encourage young women interested in STEM
to stick with it!
In Part 2, Nilanjana tells the story of her family history—a
history of science and social activism that begins in India and
influences her choices step by step to the work she’s doing today.
We’ll also hear about some of her earlier work on what
psychologists call implicit biases — the attitudes, beliefs or
stereotypes thought by some to be guiding our actions
unconsciously. As you’ll hear, Nilanjana’s contribution to this
research radically changed how we understand it.
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AND... The music of CIRCLE OF WILLIS was composed and
performed by Tom Stauffer, Gene Ruley and their band
THE NEW DRAKES
. You can
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