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jennifer swann

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18104
I have been a professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA for over 25 years. My career began in circadian rhythms where I worked to identify multiple circadian and food entertainable oscillators.  I then moved to neuroendocrinology and behavior.  My work showed that sex steroids induce neural plasticity in limbic areas but only in the male. And that the plasticity requires BDNF.
While studying the neurobiology of sex differences I have actively pursued roles within and without higher education that promote equity and inclusion. In doing so I repeatedly uncovered incivility among faculty that was ignored creating somewhat hostile work environments. I have begun working in earnest to document these practices and pursue ways to restore harmony and build community. I am working with Lehigh’s faculty senate to create a faculty code of ethics and more equitable positions for non-tenured faculty. And I am a member of the advisory board for the Academic Parity Movement a non-profit organization currently working to define bullying among the faculty in Higher Education.
I am also an enthusiast for open access to educational resources, creating textbook chapters by students for students, and serving as a reviewer for Merlot.

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Tuesday, November 10

7:30pm EST

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