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Fisher College to host annual Women in Science Forum

Women in Science program logoTowson University Fisher College of Science and Mathematics’ Women in Science Program will hold its annual Women in Science Forum on March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Smith Hall room 326.

Each year, the forum welcomes approximately 100 secondary, undergraduate and graduate students and their teachers as well as math and science faculty from TU and area colleges and universities to listen to speakers discuss a variety of topics.

“I think President Obama stated the situation very clearly on his recent trip to India where he said that ‘if nations really want to succeed in today’s global economy, then they can’t simply ignore the talents of half of their people,’” said Dr. Gail Gasparich, associate dean of Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and director of the Women in Science Program.

She continued, “Although approaching parity in B.S. degrees in natural sciences, the gap is still very wide when comparing women and men earning graduate degrees in the natural sciences and B.S. and graduate degrees in the physical sciences, mathematics and computer science.  Studies show that having a diverse group at the discussion table leads to more creative and innovative solutions—we need women’s voices in STEM for this reason.”

This year, the line up of speakers includes:

– Dr. Margaret Chandler, scientific review officer at the National Institutes of Health

– Dr. Dawnielle Farrar-Gaines, senior electrical and materials engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

– Dr. Cynthia J. Decker, executive director of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board

In addition to addresses from the speakers, attendees will be treated to a continental breakfast and lunch.

Click here to register.

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