Today’s episode is about science with two disabled scientists: Gabi Serrato Marks, a PhD Candidate in marine biology, freelance science writer, and patient advocate and Lisette E. Torres, a trained scientist and disabled scholar-activist whose work focuses on addressing racial and gender inequity and disability in science. Gabi and Lisette talk about the training and education of scientists, the barriers disabled people face in science, the responsibilities and ethics of scientists, how science can be used as a tool for social change, and the importance of scientists from marginalized communities.
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Stein, Vicky. (August 21, 2019). This young scientist studies wild animals. Bias against disability won’t stop her. PBS Newshour.
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Oral history project: People with disabilities in STEM. Science History Institute.
Gabi Serrato Marks is a fourth year PhD candidate in marine geology in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Her research focuses on past climate change in northeast Mexico. Outside of the lab, she is excited about science communication, access and inclusion advocacy, and writing. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter as @gserratomarks or on her website, https://gabrielaserratomarks.com/.
Lisette E. Torres is a trained scientist and disabled scholar-activist whose work focuses on addressing racial and gender inequity and disability in science. She is a co-founder of the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD) as well as an advisory board member of the Invisible Disability Project (IDP). She is also an active member of Science for the People, where she is the Accessibility Editor for the Science for the People Magazine, leads the People of Color (POC) Caucus, assists with the Outreach and Development Committee, and is part of the Puerto Rico Working Group.
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