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Simons Foundation Presents – Labels and Lab Coats: Exploring Science Identity

Community Culture Entertainment


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Advanced Registration Required

Simons Foundation, 160 Fifth Avenue, Gerald D. Fishbach Auditorium, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10010

What image comes to mind when you hear the word “scientist?” For most, it’s the stereotypical image of an old white man with wild hair in a lab coat, but does this dissuade people from pursuing careers in science? How do we create new narratives around what it means to be a scientist?

Theoretical physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander, computational neuroscientist and visual artist Siavash Golkar, and behavioral neuroscientist and fashion model Aya Osman have each dedicated themselves to challenging this stereotype by finding ways to weave their personal passions and identities into their professional personas.

Join them as they sit down with Ivvet Abdullah-Modinou, director of outreach, education and engagement at the Simons Foundation, to discuss the importance of recognizing and celebrating the unique intersections of identity within the scientific community and how that can foster a greater sense of belonging for future generations of scientists.

5:30 p.m. Doors open
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. In Conversation
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reception

To attend this in-person event, you will need to register in advance and provide:

  • Acceptable proof of vaccination
  • Photo ID
  • Eventbrite ticket confirmation email with QR code
  • Simons Foundation Health Screening Questionnaire approval email

Guests are expected to complete these requirements each time they visit the Simons Foundation and entrance will not be granted without this documentation.

Registration will close the day before the event and on-site registration will not be permitted. Walk-in entry will be denied.

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