- Nov 07 2023
- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Seminar: Native Voices in STEM
From Metal Mining To Data Mining: How Indigenous Data Governance Supports Indigenous Sovereinty
This professional seminar series invites Native scientists, engineers, activists, community members and leaders to share their personal and professional journeys, providing inspiration to the next generation of change makers. The speaker series is co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Indigenous Resilience Center, the University of Arizona-Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership, the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center and the University of Arizona Office of Societal Impact.
The November 7th seminar speaker will be environmental soil scientist Dr. Lydia Jennings (she/her). Lydia, citizen of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe (Yoeme) and Huichol (Wixáritari), earned her Bachelors of Science from California State University, Monterey Bay in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in the Department of Environmental Sciences, with a minor in American Indian Policy. Her research interests are in soil health, environmental data stewardship and science communication. Lydia is a 2014 University of Arizona NIEHS Superfund Program trainee, a 2015 recipient of National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, a 2019 American Geophysical Union “Voices for Science” Fellow, a 2020 Native Nations Institute Indigenous Data Sovereignty Fellow, and a 2021 Data Science Fellow. Lydia is currently a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University’sThe School of Sustainability and the Research Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Outside of her scholarship, Lydia is passionate about connecting her scholarship to outdoor spaces, through running and increasing representation in outdoor recreation.