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10 Simple Rules for Building an Antiracist Lab Event

Asmeret and Bala

Ways of moving beyond statements of solidarity to antiracist actions will be the focus on a free online event with the authors of Ten Simple Rules for Building an Antiracist Lab.

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (left) and Bala Chaudhary will discuss their antiracist action plan on Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. in a talk presented by the McMaster Science Society (MSS), the McMaster Science Graduate Student Association (SciGSA) and the Faculty of Science. 

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Joining the conversation will be MSS President Nicole Wong, SciGSA President Rhea Desai, Interim Associate Dean of Research & External Relations Juliet Daniel and Dean Maureen MacDonald. 

Register online at . An email will be sent on Nov. 23 with a link to the event.

Bala Chaudhary is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She is a trained ecologist, conducting her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and her MS and PhD at Northern Arizona University. Research in her lab examines plant-soil-microbial ecology to address landscape-scale questions in natural and managed ecosystems from deserts to rain forests to cities. Bala has numerous publications in high profile scientific journals and, in 2019, she received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study microbial biogeography as well as ways to promote racial and ethnic diversity in STEM.

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is a Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry and Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences; and Interim Associate Dean for the Graduate Division at University of California, Merced. Her research interest lies at the intersection of soil science, global change science, and political ecology, and seeks to improve our understanding of how the soil system regulates the earth’s climate and the dynamic two-way relationship between soil and human communities. Among many awards and honors, Dr. Berhe received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, is a member of the inaugural class of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and is a recipient of the Bromery Award and Fellow of the Geological Society of America. She is passionate about all things soil and is driven to ensure that scientific education and careers are equally accessible to people from all walks of life, and that academic workplaces are free from bias and harassment.

The Ten Simple Rules for Building an Antiracist Lab event is part of the Faculty of Science's ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism.

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