The GLBIO 2021 panel on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) will bring together members of the community with diverse roles and backgrounds to share their perspectives on aspects of EDI that are relevant to the computational biology community. This will include discussions of The Personal, Policy, and Parameters. The Personal covers what we as individual scientists can do to foster EDI in our work and broader lives. Policy covers what our institutions, such as departments and schools, can do. Parameters cover the data side of EDI in computational biology, including promoting EDI in the data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of and for our scientific work. All GLBIO attendees will have the opportunity to share their own experiences with the panelists ahead of time through an anonymous survey. We look forward to an engaging and enlightening discussion with our most esteemed panelists.
Joey started his scientific journey with a field technician degree. Then, he completed a bachelor’s degree in environmental microbiology, while working part-time in an academic laboratory. During this time, he specialized on mycorrhizae and root microbiota. Joey brings a philosophical and social point of view to everything that he’s involved, bringing refreshing and challenging questions to the everyday scientific life. In the next few years, he will be studying the interactions between the culturally and economically crucial maple trees and their relationship with the microbial communities of the rhizosphere, with an emphasis on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. In addition to being a passionate scientist, Joey is a multidisciplinary artist and a diversity, equity and inclusion advocate.
Russell Schwartz is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon University and Head of the Carnegie Mellon Computational Biology Department. He has worked broadly in computational biology research, with particular contributions to computational genetics/genomics and computational biophysics and with a recent focus largely on computational cancer biology. He has also been active in bioinformatics education, where he has worked on developing standards for computational biology education of both computational biology specialists and experimental biologists. He currently serves as co-chair of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)’s Education Community of Special Interest (COSI) and as a member of the ISCB Board of Directors.