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Randall Seminar Series

Dr. Jan Randall
Dr. Jan Randall

Since 2004 the Randall Seminar Series has featured one or two seminars per year by accomplished women in a variety of scientific fields. These seminars are accompanied by scheduled opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty to visit more informally with the speakers and talk about career and personal issues facing women in the sciences today.

This interdisciplinary seminar project is funded by Dr. Jan Randall, a member of the science faculty at San Francisco State University and an alumna of the University of Idaho Department of Biological Sciences. One of the most important themes in Dr. Randall’s career has been her concern for the professional development of women, and particularly women in scientific fields. In 2003, she and her husband, Bruce McEvoy, presented the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Idaho with an endowment to be used over the subsequent five years toward academic enrichment for women in science at UI. This five year gift was renewed in 2008 and again in 2013.

Upcoming Randall Seminar

"Origin, Evolution and Development of the Chordates"

Dr. Billie Swalla, University of Washington

3:30 pm TLC 047
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
Reception to Follow

Please join us at this informative seminar from Dr. Swalla.

Discussion with Dr. Swalla on the topic of "Sexism in STEM Fields" at Bogey’s at the UI Golf Course on Tuesday, Sept 12 at 11:30am.

RWiS: Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Alliance (IDEA)

Discussions on inclusion and diversity in STEM fields and general professional development will continue during Fall semester at 4pm on the second Tuesday of the month in IRIC 305

UI Randall Women in Science and IBEST present the movie:

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

December 5 @ 7:00 pm   
Free: Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre,
508 South Main Street, Moscow, ID 83843

This documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code. To view the trailer:

Everyone is welcome!

Upcoming co-sponsored seminar

Seminar cosponsored by Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies and Randall Seminar Series

 January 19, 2018: Amy Mathers, University of Virginia Medical School:  “What happens in the sink does not necessarily stay in the sink:  Mobile genetic exchange in the hospital environment.”  

More details will be posted as they become available.


Department of Biological Sciences

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 252

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: 208-885-6280

Fax: 208-885-7905


Web: Department of Biological Sciences