Behind the Bias Panel

Last Update:04/09/2017

Date: April 12th, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

  • 12:30 pm - 12:40 pm: Check in and lunch
  • 12:40 pm - 1:30 pm: Questions based on RSVP responses and questions from the audience.
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Networking and Coffee.
Location:Ballroom in LaFortune, Notre Dame
Details: The RSVP forms has a field asking participants to submit questions they would like to ask the panel. The most popular questions along with prepared questions from AWIS-ND will be posed to the panel.
RSVP: Sign up before April 7th. Click Here

What do we mean by behind the bias?

Most people tend to hold unconscious assumptions that influence their judgements and perceptions of others. These subconscious notions can lead to the unintentional grouping of people based on stereotypes. Research has shown that implicit gender bias can affect career progression. However, by exposing men and women to the concept of implicit bias the negative effects are reduced significantly. The goal of the panel is to promote a discussion that addresses these issues and helps both men and women in STEM deal with them in an assertive, effective, and professional manner.

Here are some great Youtube Videos on Implicit Bias. Here is the Implicit Association Bias Test talked about in the second video.

What resources does Notre Dame have to help?

Resources provided by the University of Notre Dame at the Office of the President: Diversity and Inclusion.

Meet the Panelists

Dr. Jessie Thomas Microsoft Studios - XBox Researcher

Brief Bio: Jessie got her PhD in cognitive and perceptual psychology from the University of Washington in 2015, after which she directly joined Microsoft as a games user researcher. Her research at UW was neuroscience-focused – using fMRI to study functional properties of the human primary auditory cortex - with a minor in diversity science, through which she explored how neuroscientific and psychological principles differ across groups. Her work here at Xbox is really well-suited for speaking with the quantitative psychology department, as she leads a lot of our design intelligence (big data) analysis. She’s also got a lot of experience thinking and working in the space of girls and women in science; she volunteers on panels for several groups here, including Inspiring Girls Now in Technology Evolution and Girls Make Games.

Jessie Thomas

Dr. Rhonda Dzakpasu Georgetown College - Associate Professor of Physics

Brief Bio: Dr. Rhonda Dzakpasu has been a member of the Department of Physics as well as the Department of Pharmacology at Georgetown University since 2008. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from The City College of New York and the attended the University of Michigan where she completed a PhD in optical physics. She remained at university for her postdoctoral training where she performed computational modeling to study how architecture influences the dynamics within networks of coupled non-linear oscillators while also participating in two intense neuroscience summer courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, is Massachusetts. She is currently researching both in vitro and computational techniques to probe the dynamical patterns that arise from the interactions within networks of neurons. To find out more about Dr. Rhonda Dzakpasu visit her website.

Rhonda Dzakpasu

Dr. Crislyn D'Souza-Schorey University of Notre Dame - Morris Pollard Professor; Department Chair of Biology

Brief Bio: Dr. Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey is the Department Chair of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre and has been at the university since 1998. Before starting her career at Notre Dame she received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX. She then received several years of post-doctoral training from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her current efforts are targeted at understanding the cellular basis of epithelial glandular disruption and tumor cell invasion. She is well known for her work on the ARF6 protein, which is deregulated in cancers, her laboratory continues to study early changes in tumor cells that facilitate disease progression. To find out more about Dr. Crislyn D’Souza-Shorey visit her website.

Crislyn D'Souza-Schorey


This Event is Hosted By

With Support From:


University of Notre Dame Department of Physics
University of Notre Dame Department of Psychology
University of Notre Dame Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry