2018 Speakers

Kathleen Galvin, 2018 Women in Science Symposium Speaker.

Kathleen Galvin, PhD

Professor, Department of Anthropology,
Director, The Africa Center,
Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory,
Assistant Director, Educational Programs, School of Global Environmental Sustainability,
Colorado State University

Dr. Kathleen Galvin is Professor in Anthropology and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. She has conducted interdisciplinary social-ecological systems research in the savannas of east Africa for over 30 years. Galvin has addressed issues of land use change, conservation, climate variability, diet and nutrition of Africa pastoralists and, resilience and adaptation strategies throughout the world’s drylands. She works with ecologists, modelers, remote sensing, GIS experts and local communities to understand human-ecology problems and interactions. The Kenyan work on environmental changes has resulted in an award-winning video. Her current research looks at local perceptions of climate and environmental changes and actions for viable solutions in Kenya. Another project focuses on understanding the trade-offs of community-based conservation for people and the environment throughout the African continent.

Dr. Galvin is also Director of The Africa Center at Colorado State University. The Africa Center is a forum for university research on African sustainability.  Dr. Galvin is co-Author of the American Anthropological Association Task Force Report on Global Climate Change.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Nature Conservancy and is a member the Leopold Advisory Board, Leopold Leadership Program, Stanford University. She is currently a lead author on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) where her focus is on Indigenous and Local Knowledge of BES. She is the 2016-17 Award Recipient, College of Liberal Arts, John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Award that recognizes a career of outstanding achievement in research, teaching, and service and the 2017 Award for Resident Distinguished Ecologist, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU.

Megan Murray, 2018 Women in Science Symposium Speaker.

Megan Murray, MD, DPH

Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine,
School of Public Health, Department of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Megan Murray is a Professor of Global health and Social Medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Her research focuses on:

  1. Within-species comparative genomics of M. tuberculosis strains. Her group is currently collaborating with the Microbial Sequencing Center of the Broad Institute on a TB genome sequencing project focused on developing new tools for molecular epidemiology, elucidating the genetic basis of transmissibility in drug resistant strains of tuberculosis and identifying proteins that may serve as antigenic determinants in M. tuberculosis.
  2. Identifying risk factors for the transmission of drug sensitive and resistant tuberculosis transmission using molecular and conventional epidemiologic methods. Her lab collaborates with international partners in Peru, Russia and South Africa on these epidemiologic studies.
  3. Outcomes research in tuberculosis treatment and control programs. She works with the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners in Health to evaluate treatment and intervention programs and assess risk factors for poor outcomes such as mortality, non-adherence and acquisition of drug resistance.
  4. Pedagogy in interdisciplinary research and emerging infectious disease. Through a new Roadmap grant initiative, she has developed materials and curricula to train interdisciplinary teams in research in emerging infectious diseases.
Kelsey Shaw, 2018 Women in Science Symposium Speaker.

Kelsey Shaw, DVM

Doctoral Candidate,
Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution,
Emory University

Kelsey Shaw graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and entered clinical practice as a large animal ambulatory clinician. However, her passion for research lured her away from clinical medicine and into a job at Stanford University studying the role of the innate immune system in fighting cancer. At Stanford, she attended an intensive workshop on implicit bias and became fascinated with exploring the topic as a way to implement measurable change. She recently continued to follow her passions by moving across the country to pursue a PhD in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at Emory University. She is passionate about the role that veterinarians and scientists play in promoting social justice in our communities.