Two UNO professors to discuss transgender science, sociology at tonight’s Science Cafe


Two professors at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will lead a discussion about the science and sociology of transgender at tonight’s Science Café, a free educational lecture series.

Jay Irwin, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at UNO, and Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Ph.D., assistant professor of public-health education at UNO, are the featured speakers.

The event — scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. — is sponsored by UNMC and other groups to increase people’s science literacy. Science Cafés are open to everyone 21 and older.


Irwin is an assistant professor who has studied medical sociology. His research focuses on transgender health, lesbian health and related issues. He serves as co-chair for the campus wide LGBTQ Task Force and a member of the Safe Space Training Committee and associate director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative at UNMC.

Irwin was recently featured in this column by Omaha World-Herald columnist Matthew Hansen who wrote about his reaction to Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover photo last week.


Jawed-Wessel is an assistant professor of public health-health education at UNO and the assistant director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative.

Read her full bio by clicking here.

To learn more about the Science Café series or get the lecture series’ schedule, click here.



Click here to listen to a podcast of “No More Sex in the Dark : Shedding light on sexuality, anatomy, and gender” presented by UNO assistant professors Jay Irwin, Ph.D., and Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Ph.D., at a Science Café held on July 8, 2014.


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