SMBE Panel Discussion on Parachute Science

SMBE Panel Discussion on Parachute Science

Date and time:
July 11, 18:30-20:30 UTC in SMBE Everywhere Gathertown Virtual Platform

Moderator:  María Ávila-Arcos (Univ Nacional Autónoma de México)

Format: Virtual panel in Gathertown, as part of the #SMBEeverywhere inaugural Global Symposium #1.

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Conniel Malek, Executive Director, True Costs Initiative

Bio: Conniel is the Founding Executive Director of True Costs Initiative a non-profit focused on supporting global partners fighting for corporate accountability and strong legal systems.  She is particularly committed to Caribbean environmental justice in a region of the world that is uniquely vulnerable to climate crisis and often overlooked, to expanding the technical expertise capacity of human rights & environmental rights advocates, and to building coalitions and collaborations in support of earth and people rights.


Katya Moniz, Program Director, Global Microbiome Conservancy at OpenBiome 

Bio: Dr. Moniz is an ecologist with a background in the humanities. She is deeply committed to advancing the GMbC’s parallel missions of conservation, equity, and advancing health through science.ectful of the communities with whom we partner.


Sadye Paez, co-Chair Earth Biogenome Project Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Bio: Dr. Paez is the Program Director and a Senior Research Associate in the Jarvis laboratory and co-Chair of the Earth Biogenome Project Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. As a biomechanist, physical therapist, and public health practitioner, she has expertise in clinical and translational research in health promotion and disease prevention across the life spectrum.


Ntanganedzeni Olivia Mapholi, Associate Professor University of South Africa

Bio: Dr. Mapholi is a professor of Biology, and the chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2023 International Society of Animal Genetics Conference, which is to be held in South Africa. Co-chairs of African BioGenome Project (AfricaBP). Previously chaired the Livestock Genomics for Developing Countries Committee of the International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) for eight years.

Website: Dr NO Mapholi

Adriana L. Romero-Olivares, Assistant Professor of Biology, New Mexico State University 

Bio: Dr. Romero-Olivares is a professor of Biology and leader in developing science communication and improving mentorship practices for trainees, in addition to her recent publication on helicopter science in computational biology (


Keolu Fox, Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego

Bio: Keolu Fox Ph.D., Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) is affiliated with the Department of Anthropology, the Global Health Program, the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, the Climate Action Lab, and the Indigenous Futures Lab

Website: Keolu Fox

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