Symposium 2018 Keynote Speakers


Dr. Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith and Dr. Araceli Masterson-Algar

Dr. Raquel Rubio GoldsmithDr. Araceli Masterson-AlgarDr. Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, an Arizona born and a Doctor in Law and Jurisprudence by the School of Law, National Autonomous University of Mexico and Araceli Masterson-Algar, a Dr. by the University of Arizona; reflect on immigration through the humanitarian crisis along the U.S. Mexico borderlands, and specifically with attention to all those who die in the crossing.  What do the dead and their traces along our desert reveal about the value of human life in the U.S. today? Drawing from their edited volume of similar title, the authors call for a multifocal, transdisciplinary perspective that turns to the silences surrounding this human tragedy, while reflecting on their work as teachers, scholars and activists.

In the present Dr. Rubio-Goldsmith is an Adjunct Lecturer and Co-Director, Binational Migration Institute and Department of Mexican American Studies, University of Arizona. Dr. Masterson-Algar is an Associate Professor at Augustana College, and also the Co-Founder, secretary amd community liaison of the Palomares Social Justice Center, in Moline, Illinois. Since January, 2012.

Dr. Kate Biberdorf

Dr. Kate BierdorfKate "Dr. B" Biberdorf is a Ph.D. chemist who loves to ignite things, including opportunities for young women. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kate earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and German from the University of Michigan in 2008. She then relocated to Austin, Texas to attend The University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 2014. In her current role as a chemistry instructor and the Director of Demonstrations and Outreach for The University of Texas at Austin, Kate is known for developing explosive demonstrations that excite undergraduate chemistry students. Outside of the classroom, she is often found at local Austin schools, promoting science education with her outreach program 'Fun with Chemistry'.  After all, who doesn't want to wear designer heels while discussing nuclear energy?  She is highly motivated to inspire students of all ages to pursue a degree in STEM - all while diminishing the stigma around women in science.  To this end, she has launched a Women in Chemistry program within UT Chemistry, and offers three summer camp sessions for K-12 youth.  Dr. B’s work has spread like wildfire and she’s caught the attention of local news stations and national advocates.  Her demos were recently featured by NBC Nightly News, CNN's Great Big Story, Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. Fun with Chemistry is supported by the generosity of UT Austin, private donors, the Welch Foundation and H-E-B’s community grants program.



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