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Elevating Women in Science (Aumentar la Participación de las Mujeres en la Ciencia)
On the journey from student to scientist, there are pivotal moments where women stop pursuing STEM careers – a phenomenon that researchers have dubbed “the leaky pipeline.” Stephanie Stack, chief biologist with the Pacific Whale Foundation, has first-hand experience balancing motherhood with a fulltime career in science. In this informative lecture, she explains the barriers that exist to women progressing in their STEM careers and how we can work together to improve this situation.

Durante el trayecto de estudiante a científica, existen momentos cruciales donde las mujeres detienen sus carreras en STEM—un fenómeno que los científicos han denominado “tubería con fugas.” Stephanie Stack, bióloga principal con el Pacific Whale Foundation, ha tenido experiencia de primera mano tratando de balancear la maternidad con una carrera de tiempo completo en las ciencias. En esta charla, ella explicará las barreras que existen para las mujeres en sus carreras de STEM y como podemos trabajar juntos para mejorar la situación.

Este evento se traducirá al español! Los participantes podrán leer los subtítulos o escuchar la traducción. El evento en directo y la grabación tendrán traducción al español.

La traducción al español de este seminario ha sido posible gracias a la generosa donación de Brick Companies. Queremos agradecerles su apoyo! (Spanish translations for this webinar are made possible by a generous donation from The Brick Companies. We would like to thank them for their support!)


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Stephanie Stack
Chief Biologist @Pacific Whale Foundation
Stephanie Stack is the principal investigator for the Pacific Whale Foundation's Australia research studies and directs its international research activities. Her research focuses on quantifying the impact of human activities on cetacean health and behavior and working with stakeholders to develop appropriate mitigation strategies. She has studied various aspects of marine mammal biology, ecology and conservation in Canada, Australia, Central America and the USA (Hawaiʻi). Her recent focus has been studying the impacts of commercial ‘swim-with-whale’ tours, documented injuries to whales and dolphins from fishing gear interactions, and documenting the spatial distribution of marine animals to inform management actions. Prior to joining Pacific Whale Foundation, Stephanie was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency to advance UN sustainable development goals by working abroad in South Africa to conserve marine resources and promote gender equality.