We are excited to present the following speakers at the 2nd Annual WISC Graduate Research Symposium.  Read more about what they do and the talks they will be leading the day of!

Opening Keynote Speech

Kuheli Dutt, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Diversity
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Kuheli is passionate about promoting an institutional shift on implicit bias, disseminating social science research, and developing salary structures, mentoring programs, and bylaws and governance for the advancement of junior scientists. She is also the author of
Women in the Geosciences: Practical, positive practices towards parity.

Interactive Panel: Science Communication

Mariam Aly, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology, Columbia University

Dr. Aly studies cognitive neuroscience, attention, and memory. Apart from science, Dr. Aly is passionate about relaying science to the general public.

Dr. Andrei Cimpian, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology, New York University

Dr. Cimpian studies cognitive development in the context of motivation and gender gaps. He recently published his work on genius beliefs and gender disparities in STEM fields in the journal Science.

Meehan Crist, Writer-in-Residence
Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

Meehan has previously been the editor-at-large at Nautilus and reviews editor at the Believer. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Science, and Scientific American among other journals. Currently, Meehan is the host of Convergence, a live show and podcast that explores how emerging science and technology will affect culture, society, and politics in the future.

Ombuds Presentation: “Protect and empower yourself in lab legally: Up, down, & sideways”

Joan C. Waters, JD, University Ombuds Officer
Office of the President, Columbia University

The University’s ombuds office provides confidential legal counseling to all Columbia students/staff/alumni about workplace issues like discrimination and harassment. The office operates independently of the Columbia administration, reporting only to the president.

Closing Keynote Speech

Dr. Carol Mason, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Pathology and Cell Biology, and Ophthalmic Science
Departments of Neuroscience, Pathology and Cell Biology, and Ophthalmology, Columbia University Medical Center


Carol is co-director of the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and behavior, as well as Chair of Interschool Planning at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute. In her research, she studies the circuitry of the visual system to understand how neurons that extend from the eyes make their way to their specified destinations deep in the brain.