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Science Engagement and Science Practice within Indigenous Communities: Honoring Faith, Culture, and Worldview

From Native Skywatchers to ASTR 101: Widening Participation in STEM for Indigenous Communities and Beyond

Introduction: Jayne-Leigh Thomas, NAGPRA Director, Indiana University 0:00 - 0:27
Introduction: Robert O'Malley, Project Director, AAAS DoSER 0:27 - 4:17
Speaker: Annette S. Lee, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, St. Cloud State University 4:17 - 20:53

Reconciling Past Injustices: Building a future in African American genomics

An overview of Cobb Research Lab Studies as a model for science practice and community engagement

Introduction: Robert O'Malley, Project Director, AAAS DoSER 0:00 - 0:55
Speaker: Fatimah Jackson, Professor, Department of Biology, W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory, Howard University 0:55 - 35:20

Note: A presentation by Dr. Liz DiGangi can be viewed here. She spoke at the 2018 meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists on her collaborative work with the Northern Arapaho tribe. 

About the Presentation

Monday, April 1, 2019
Indiana University - Bloomington
Bloomington, IN

In this symposium, the presenters and attendees discussed science engagement with, and within, Indigenous (Native American) and African American communities. Topics included studies of human remains, genetics, and culturally grounded science education that is inclusive of diverse worldviews and perspectives.

Image of panel speakers Annette Lee, Fatimah Jackson, and Liz DiGangi presenting at a DoSER Engaging Scientists event.


  • Elizabeth DiGangi, Professor of Anthropology, SUNY Binghamton University
  • Annette S. Lee, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics, St. Cloud State University
  • Fatimah Jackson, Professor of Biology, Howard University

Engaging Scientists Campus Events

This event was part of the Engaging Scientists project, organized by AAAS DoSER in consultation with the AAAS Center for Public Engagement. Six universities hosted speaker events to explore challenges, opportunities, and effective strategies for constructive dialogue about science by scientists with diverse (and particularly with religious/spiritual) publics. 

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