Talk: Networking in the Social Distancing Era

Speaker: Patricia Rankin


Patricia Rankin is a Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado
Boulder. After starting her career in experimental particle physics shifted her focus to
how to encourage participation in the sciences. She is working to promote better
mentoring and to encourage scientists to develop broad competencies by
adding skills such as negotiation to their traditional discipline based learning.

She has held a variety of administrative roles including:

  • Program officer at the US National Science Foundation
  • Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Associate Vice Chancellor at CU Boulder
  • Chaired the American Physical Societies (APS) Committee on the Status of Women in Physics
  • Co-author of a recent review for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation of Japan discussing the need and ways to increase the representation of women in science and engineering


Right now – times are uncertain and it may seem odd to go to a talk on career skills – but networking is always going to be a useful skill and could be especially useful in the future. So, I will discuss the why and how of networking and we can brainstorm together about adaptations for an era were social distancing is the norm. If we zoom our meetings – how could we replicate the conversations held during coffee breaks or evening meals? Might the new versions of how we meet level the playing field? Is a zoom meeting more or less difficult than an in person one if its to make a connection?


This talk was held on May 8th, 2020, 11:30 am -1:00 pm CST



Recording part 1:
Recording part 2: