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Cultural Tax: The Cost of Being the Only or the Few

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:00am to 11:00am

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Tyrone Porter, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, UT Austin

Moderated by Todd McDevitt, PhD
Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes

What’s the price you pay when you walk into a room? For Black STEM students and professionals—as well as individuals from other underrepresented groups—there’s a cost to entering the classroom, lab, conference, and more. Tyrone Porter, principal investigator at Boston University, has paid this tax on countless occasions in his STEM career. His experience, while not unique, provides a deeper look into what many students and professionals also encounter. Porter offers his best prescription for confronting what can often be a silent burden and putting a stop to the cultural tax many pay.

If you can’t get into the Zoom webinar, you can also watch live on our Facebook page.

This event is hosted as part of the Bay Area Science Festival.

About the Speaker

Tyrone Porter earned his BS in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University and his PhD in bioengineering from the University of Washington. Prior to joining UT Austin, he was a principal investigator at the Nanomedicine and Medical Acoustics Laboratory at Boston University.

Porter has held a variety of leadership positions at Boston University: as co-director for the NIH-funded Translational Research in Biomaterials Program and as associate director for the Nanotechnology Innovation Center. More recently, Porter was appointed an inaugural Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion. In that role, he developed programs to recruit and retain talented students from underrepresented groups in STEM doctoral programs. Additionally, Porter serves on the Executive Council for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Physics.

Research in Porter’s lab focuses on ultrasound technologies with chemical and biomolecular engineered vesicles for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Porter’s overall goal is to push the application of ultrasound technology in new and exciting directions, including immunomodulation and reversible opening of the blood-brain barrier.


Amplified: Race and Reality in STEM aims to give a national platform to speakers to have candid conversations around race and diversity in the STEM fields. Launched in 2020 as part of Gladstone’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, this series is hosted in partnership with Georgia Tech, the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute at the University of Washington, and The University of Texas at Austin. We hope these discussions spark change throughout the sciences. 

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