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Celebrating Diversity in STEM

  • Chief's Creole Cafe 901 22nd Street South St. Petersburg, FL, 33712 United States (map)

Join us and celebrate the diversity in science around the Sunshine City. Mr. and Mrs. B welcome us to the courtyard for an evening of science talks and delicious, creole food!

Tampa Bay is a diverse area to live. We are celebrating that diversity with a night dedicated to under-represented minorities and their incredible research.


Karyna Rosario (@karyna_rosario)

Virus Hunting - Viruses are everywhere! However, these obligate parasites are difficult to track. This talk will describe some virus hunting adventures from our lab. We have looked for viruses in a wide range of environments, from wastewater to air, and organisms, from insects to sick marine mammals. We have captured an incredible diversity of viruses and, yet, we are only scratching the surface of the unseen viral world, which holds many surprises.

About Karyna: She is a Research Associate at the USF College of Marine Science with Dr. Mya Breitbart’s lab, where she uses molecular tools to detect viruses in organisms and environmental samples.


Maya Carrasquillo (@BlackSTEMinist)

Social Justice Engineering: Engineering for the Culture - Science can often be disconnected from daily life experiences, inhibiting the diversity of culture and thought in STEM fields. Students from diverse backgrounds have a passion for using their STEM degrees as a way to solve socially relevant challenges in their respective communities. “Social Justice Engineering” asks the questions “what matters for my community” and “how can STEM solve this challenge?” It challenges traditional science towards inclusivity, allows for diverse ideas and solutions.

About Maya: A PhD candidate at USF in Environmental Engineering. I’m a social justice engineer- passionate about science and people! Also, a consultant and blogger


Cara Estes

Remote Sensing: How it works and what we can learn from it - Remote sensing is one of the newest frontiers in science. It allows scientists to monitor many things at once all over the globe. This talk will discuss how remote sensing in satellites provides useful data and describes a few products and services satellites can provide for public health, ocean health, and research.

About Cara: I am a marine oceanographer with a love of coral reef ecosystems. I love science and want other people to enjoy it too.

Help out the kitchen and dining staff by ordering your meal ahead of time. More information on the ticketing website.

Earlier Event: April 23
Galaxies, Gravity, and Criminology
Later Event: April 24
Health: from Humanity to Hippos