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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Hazel Sive Luncheon and Discussion

March 18 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Due to travel concerns, Dr. Sive’s talk has been cancelled.

Dr. Hazel Sive

Professor of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology



A Culture of Respect

In my own family, there is a progression of women who received degrees in Chemistry and went on to do different things, depending on what the era allowed. In the United States today, there are few career doors closed to women, but there remain barriers, a lack of respect and a lack of equal pay. I will discuss the status of women in academia, using MIT as a reference, and both the power and stalling that is present. I will explore my own trajectory from being one of two female students in my chemistry major class in South Africa, to becoming an MIT Professor. I will discuss how the often-stated goals by universities, of being ‘welcoming and inclusive’ can be a trap, and how a ‘culture of respect’ truly embraces the contributions everyone can make.


Dr. Sive is Professor of Biology at MIT, Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Associate Member of the Broad Institute. Her groundbreaking research focuses on neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders, as well as fundamental processes underlying brain and craniofacial development. She also focuses on education and training. She is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT’s highest undergraduate teaching award. She teaches Introductory Biology, graduate Neuroscience and a new subject called Building with Cells. She is former Associate Dean of Science with oversight for equity and education. Dr. Sive is Founder and Director of MIT-Africa, an initiative that promotes mutually beneficial connections between MIT and African colleagues, and Director of Higher Education for the new Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT. She is committed to communicating to the powerful contributions that education and scientific research make to society. 

As a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Dr. Sive is traveling to universities and colleges with Phi Beta Kappa chapters to meet with undergraduate students and participate in seminars and public lectures. The visiting scholar program is designed to contribute to the intellectual life on campus through an exchange of ideas between the visiting scholars and faculty and students.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

12:30PM – 1:30PM

Informatics Institute

E251 CSE Bldg.

This lunch discussion is sponsored by the University of Florida Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, along with the UF Biodiversity Institute, as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.

Lunch will be provided at 12:00AM in E251 CSE Bldg. (office of UF Biodiversity Institute). Please RSVP so we can make sure to have enough for everyone to enjoy. Thank you!



March 18
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Biodiversity Institute
432 Newell Drive, E251 CSE
Gainesville, 23611 United States
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