Broadening Participation in the Biological Sciences: Los Angeles

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is hosting a Broadening Diversity workshop on April 6-7, 2018. This workshop is part of a western-US workshop series with a goal to introduce undergraduate students, especially those in underrepresented populations, to museum and biodiversity science careers.

General Information

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Workshop Announcement Flyer

Date: April 6-7, 2018

Location: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Workshop Facilitators: Libby Ellwood (, Mare Nazaire, Gabriela Hogue, Anna Monfils, Gil Nelson and Molly Phillips

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under DBI 1746715. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Contact Information

Adam Wall, Natural History Museum

Alexis Mychajliw, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Alyssa Bell, Natural History Museum

Anna Monfils, Central Michigan University

Amy Gusick, Natural History Museum

Bharti Sharma, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

Brian Atkinson, University of Kansas

Camille Gaynus, UCLA

Cesar Portillo, California State University, San Bernadino

Cindy Castaneda, Audubon

Corey Welch, Iowa State University

Danielle Lee, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Erica Krimmel, Natural History Museum

Felipe Zapata, UCLA

Gabriela Hogue, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Gil Nelson, Florida State University, iDigBio

James Snead, California State University, Northridge

Jann Vendetti, Natural History Museum

Jenessa Wall, Natural History Museum

Jody Martin, Natural History Museum

Karen Sinclair, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Kathryn Estes-Smargiassi, Natural History Museum

Kathy Omura, Natural History Museum

Katie Gallagher, Psomas

Kelsi Rutledge, UCLA

Laura Tewksbury, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Leslie Harris, Natural History Museum

Libby Ellwood, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Lila Higgins, Natural History Museum

Lindsay Walker, Natural History Museum

Lisa Gonzalez, Natural History Museum

Lorena Marquez, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

Maddalena Bearzi, Ocean Conservation Society

Mare Nazaire, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Michael Glenn, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Miguel Ordeñana, Natural History Museum

Molly Phillips, University of Florida, iDigBio

Molly Porter, Natural History Museum

Naomi Fraga, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Noel Graham, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Roland Roberts, National Science Foundation

Sophie Parker, The Nature Conservancy

Tessa Villasenor, UCLA


These documents contain directions, parking information, and other logistics for both days.

Friday Logistics Document

Agenda: Friday Workshop, 6 April 2018

On Friday April 6, participants will have the opportunity to shadow museum staff in various research departments at the Natural History Museum as well as at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and the Invertebrate Paleontology warehouse (Carson, CA). Participants will be notified in advance as to which department they will be shadowing, based on their registration information.

The half-day of shadowing will be begin at 9am with a light breakfast. Shadowing will take place from 9:30-12:30 and will be followed by lunch from 12:30-1:30. All shadowing activities will take place at your assigned location.

Agenda: Saturday Workshop, 7 April 2018

Location: the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) 900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
    Time  Title Presenter(s)
9:00-9:30 Breakfast/Meet & Greet None
9:30-9:35 Intro and Logistics Libby Ellwood
9:35-9:45 Welcome from Host Museum Jody Martin
9:45-10:15 A Passion for Biology Corey Welch
10:15-10:45 Graduate School or Get a Job Naomi Fraga
Museum Tours (10:45-12:15) Crustacea, Dinosaur Institute, Entomology, Community Science & Nature Garden
12:15-1:15 Lunch (provided)
1:15-1:45 Navigating Your Undergraduate Experience for Success Danielle Lee
1:45-2:15 Preparing for a Career in Biodiversity Science Brian Atkinson
2:15-2:30 Funding and Opportunities Roland Roberts
Speaker Panel Q&A (2:30 - 3:30)
Panelists: Felipe Zapata, Bharti Sharma, Corey Welch, Brian Atkinson, Danielle Lee, Naomi Fraga
3:30-4:00 Room set-up and Introductions of Table Leaders
Meet and Greet with Local Professionals (and Amazon gift card giveaway) (4:00 - 6:00) Miguel Ordeñana (NHMLA, Community Science), Alyssa Bell (NHMLA, Dinosaur Institute), Sophie Parker (The Nature Conservancy), Katie Gallagher (Psomas), Felipe Zapata (UCLA), Sandy DeSimone (Starr Ranch Sanctuary), Bharti Sharma (Cal Poly Pomona), Maddalena Bearzi (Ocean Conservation Society), Roland Roberts (NSF), Erica Krimmel (NHMLA, Invertebrate Paleontology), Lindsay Walker (NHMLA, Invertebrate Paleontology), Kathryn Estes-Smargiassi (NHMLA, Invertebrate Paleontology), Cindy Castaneda (Audubon), James Snead (CSU Northridge), Tessa Villasenor (UCLA)