Seminar and discussion Tyrone Hayes April 14

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Please join us for a seminar, discussion and reception with Tyrone Hayes of the University of California, or UC, Berkeley. This event is organized by the Department of Biological Sciences: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Office of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity of COSAM.

The seminar is titled “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Story of Toads and Men, A Black Man’s Journey Through Science and Academia”, and will be held April 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Science Center Auditorium.

Hayes is a professor and co-chair of the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. He is also formally associated with UC Berkeley at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and several research groups including endocrinology, molecular toxicology, energy and resources. He was also named the Judy Chandler Webb Chair of Excellence in Innovative Teaching and Research.

Hayes was born in South Carolina and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University in 1989. He later received his doctorate from UC Berkeley in 1993 for his research on the role of hormones in modulating developmental responses from amphibians to environmental changes. After earning his doctorate, he began post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health, and the UC Berkeley Cancer Research Laboratories funded by the University. National Science Foundation, but was soon hired as an assistant professor. at UC Berkeley in 1994. He was promoted to full associate professor in 2000 and full professor in 2003.

Hayes’ research focuses on developmental endocrinology with an emphasis on evolution and the environmental regulation of growth and development. For 20 years, the role of endocrine disrupting contaminants, in particular pesticides, has been at the center of concern. Hayes studies the impact of chemical contaminants on environmental and public health, with particular interest in the role of pesticides in the global decline of amphibians and the environmental justice concerns associated with the targeted exposure of racial and ethnic minorities to endocrine disruptors and the role that exposure plays in health care disparities.

In 2020 Hayes wrote an open letter to the academic community about his experiences as a black male in academia. This letter was an eye-opener and motivated many to work to make academia a more welcoming environment for people of color.

Hayes’ presentation will emphasize the inevitable intersection between his race and his journey through science. The presentation will end with a discussion on the open letter.

To facilitate the discussion, please read the letter before his visit. The letter is here.

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