Café Scientifique: Let's Redefine Intelligence: How My Learning Disabilities Helped Me Become a Good Scientist

Monday, November 5, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Carnegie Science Center


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.

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.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

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