The 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Webinar will feature Bryan Dewsbury, an associate professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Rhode Island.

The webinar will be held January 22 from 12 to 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Advanced registration is available through this link. Anyone interested can also view the webinar on the Fralin Life Sciences Institute Youtube page.

Dewsbury earned his bachelor’s in biology from Morehouse College and his master’s and Ph.D. in biology from Florida International University. His research focuses on questions related to identity constructs, bias, relationships, and the effects of those variables on students’ education. 

Dewsbury’s research demonstrates that the often high proportion of low grades in introductory science and math classes can be reduced by a variety of interventions, resulting in higher student retention in STEM fields. 

The Biological Sciences Diversity Committee will host the event. Co-sponsors include the VT Life Sciences Seminar; the Department of Biological Sciences; the College of Science Diversity Committee; the College of Natural Resources and Environment; the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series; the Global Change Center; the Office of Inclusion and Diversity; the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Seminar; the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine; and the Fralin Life Sciences Institute.