Dr. Collin Diedrich, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Pittsburgh who spoke at PNCS last year, will give a presentation at the Carnegie Science Center on November 5.
Here’s an excerpt from Carnegie Science Center’s event page:
“Becoming a research scientist is fraught with difficulties and can feel impossible when you have learning disabilities. Dr. Collin Diedrich, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Pittsburgh, has multiple learning disabilities and overcame many challenges to earn his PhD and become a scientist.
On November 5, join Dr. Diedrich as he shares his journey, his love of research, and how we can redefine intelligence to make science accessible to everyone.
Dr. Diedrich has a PhD in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Cape Town in South Africa and is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at University of Pittsburgh. He studies how HIV changes immune responses to mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.
Dr. Diedrich has a reading disorder and a learning disorder. He reads between a 6th and 9th grade level and has a processing speed in the 14 percentile of the population. For decades he felt trapped between two opposing worlds: one that glorifies intellectualism and another smeared with labels like “stupid.” Dr. Diedrich is determined to challenge these assumptions and break this divide.
As such, Dr. Diedrich became an advocate for people with learning disabilities (www.LDPhD.org opens in a new window). He now believes that his learning disabilities have helped him become a better scientist. He volunteers for multiple disability organizations, writes about his experiences, and is a professional speaker. He is currently starting a non-profit organization, Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania, that will provide services and advocate for people with learning disabilities. His goal is to remove the negative stigmas associated with learning disabilities and to help everyone that think differently reach their dreams.
Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7-9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE, but register to let us know you’re coming: https://bit.ly/2t9NVjD
Cash bar: Open from 6-7:30 pm”