FRI Spring Symposium: Feminist Research Across the Disciplines

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
9:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. | Ballroom B, UC Davis Conference Center

The Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis invites you to attend the 2017 spring symposium, focused on exploring feminist research across the disciplines. The symposium features the interdisciplinary work of our 2015-16 Seed Grant recipients and graduate fellows, a keynote presentation from Stacey Ritz, Ph.D., and a roundtable discussion on feminist ethics, values, and justice.

Keynote: Stacey Ritz, Ph.D.

Dr. Stacey Ritz

Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Division
Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, McMaster University

Dr. Ritz's research interests include integrating sex and gender into laboratory-based biomedical research; critical discourse analysis and critical literacy in health professional education; and the effects of particulate air pollution on the immune system.

Read her analysis of why "Male-female comparisons are not adequate for addressing sex in cell culture research," or her co-authored piece on developing a more comprehensive understanding of biological phenomena and addressing gaps in medical knowledge that have arisen due to a generally masculine bias in research in the FASEB Journal.

DETAILED SCHEDULE

BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION 9:30-10:00 am

OPENING WELCOME 10:00-10:30 am

Laura Grindstaff, Interim Director of FRI               

Ken Burtis, Interim Provost

FRI FACULTY SEED GRANT SHOWCASE 10:30-11:30 am

Chair: Laura Grindstaff

Developing Feminist Frameworks for Ethics of Genome Modification examines “gene editing” technology CRISPR/Cas-9's role in assisted reproductive technology, its impact in the Global South, and communication ethics.

Lisa Ikemoto (Law; UCD Center for Science and Innovation Studies)

Rana M. Jaleel, (Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies)

Meaghan O’Keefe (Religious Studies)

Gender Distribution in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Factors Influencing Major Choices by Women and Under-Represented Minorities examines discrepancies in representation of under-represented minority women within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, to understand factors influencing major-selection decisions.

Susan Ebeler (Viticulture & Enology and Associate Dean)

Marco Molinaro (Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness)

Patsy Eubanks Owens (Human Ecology, Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design)

Climate Change, Farmworker Women and Their Families examines the potential effects of climate change conditions on farmworker women and families, including their social structure, and physical and psychological stresses.

Yvette Flores (Chicana/o Studies)

Rebecca Hernandez (Land, Air and Water Resources)

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz (School of Nursing)

Kyaw Tha Paw U (Land, Air and Water Resources)

FRI GRADUATE FELLOWS 11:30-12:30 pm

Chair: Sarah McCullough

Alexandra Fine, (Cultural Studies) Secular Spiritualities, Superstition, and Sites of LGBT Community in Greece: Investigating Cultures of Coping, Self-Help, and Therapeutics

Amanda Modell, (Cultural Studies) Whale Song in Two Acts

Muneeza Rizvi, (Anthropology) White Men Don't Maatam: Masculinity and Moral Criticism in Islamic Britain

LUNCH 12:30-1:30 pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: MOVING BEYOND THE MALE/FEMALE BINARY IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH 1:30-3:00 pm

STACEY RITZ, Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine at McMaster University

Recent calls to address sex and gender in biomedical research speak to a long-standing neglect of these issues that have contributed to gendered inequities in health.  In this talk, Ritz will explore how feminist theory can help laboratory-based biomedical researchers approach sex/gender considerations in their work without falling into conceptual traps like essentialism and determinism, and thereby advance the larger project of gender equity in health. She has published on this topic in The FASEB Journal and Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society.

BREAK 3:00-3:15 pm

FEMINIST RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN SCIENTISTS AND HUMANISTS 3:15-5:00 pm

Chair: Suad Joseph          

Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor (History)

Maureen Kinyua (Civil & Environmental Engineering)

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz (Nursing)

Dawn Sumner (Earth and Planetary Science)

Julie Wyman (Cinema and Digital Media)