Alpha of Kansas - since 1890

Visiting Scholar

Karen Fleming

Professor of Biophysics

Johns Hopkins University

March 1-2, 2021

The Kansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is proud to host Visiting Scholar Karen Fleming for a virtual visit at the University of Kansas. Professor Fleming will participate in a number of small group discussions and class visits before her public event.

Sign up here to register for the Picture A Scientist Screening, February 28 - March 2

Sign up here for the student meeting March 1 at 7 PM.

Register Here for main public event on Zoom.

Karen Fisher smiles at the camera. She is a white woman with medium-length brown hair wearing a dark top.Main Public Event: Tuesday, March 2 at 5 PM

Join Professor Fleming in a discussion about equity in STEM with two undergraduate KU Phi Beta Kappa members, Apolonia Arteaga and Aroog Khaliq.

Professor Fleming directs a discovery-oriented research laboratory at the physics/biology intersection. Driven by the unique powers that biophysics can bring to solving complex cellular problems, her work enables novel insight into the rules of life, mechanisms of disease, evolution and biological design. The most recent research areas are focused on protein folding and bacterial protein biogenesis.  In addition, Professor Fleming is an outspoken advocate for nurturing a more diverse, representative and inclusive STEM pipeline. She has won numerous awards for both her scientific and diversity/equity accomplishments, including the Thomas Thompson Award from the Biophysical Society and the Johns Hopkins Provosts prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity. She serves as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Participants are encouraged to join a Kumospace discussion following the event.

Questions? Email!

Pre-Lecture Resources

February 28-March 2 we will have a Virtual Screening of the documentary film Picture A Scientist

Picture a Scientist - trailer from Wicked Delicate Films on Vimeo.

Reading List on Bias in STEM fields, compiled by members of the chapter.

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. Read more about the History of the Visiting Scholar Program​ here

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Phi Beta Kappa by  February 28, 2021 at

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