86: Gentry Patrick: Race & Diversity in Science


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Race and diversity issues in STEM can no longer be ignored.

Professor Gentry Patrick is a neurobiologist and the Director of Mentorship and Diversity at UC San Diego. As a kid from Compton, he didn’t have an easy road, but he is committed to making sure future generations have it easier than he did.

We discussed the importance of diversity in science and academia and the unfair burden placed on people of color in those spaces. We also talk about failures, storytelling, and what Gentry looks for in a graduate student.

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  • 00:00:00 Introduction.
  • 00:06:27 The importance of mentorship on Gentry’s trajectory.
  • 00:12:22 Increasing diversity in academia.
  • 00:21:07 Gentry’s childhood as a geeky kid in Compton. 00:32:27 Showcasing science as a part of society and culture.
  • 00:41:25 What Gentry looks for in a graduate student.
  • 00:48:16 Gentry explains his neurobiology research and why it fascinates him.
  • 00:56:31 The PATHS scholars program supports diverse students.

Gentry Patrick is a professor of neurobiology at UC San Diego researching the central nervous system. He has a PhD from Harvard and was a postdoctoral fellow at CalTech. Gentry is the Director of Mentorship and Diversity at UC San Diego and established the PATHways to STEM program to remove barriers for underrepresented students. Learn more about the PATHS Scholars Program https://paths.ucsd.edu Watch Gentry’s convocation speech at UC San Diego in 2019 here: https://youtu.be/yeboCHowDFM

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