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UMass ADVANCE Hosts Panel Discussion March 5 with Author Cassidy Sugimoto

UMass ADVANCE will host an Author Meets Reader panel discussion with co-author Cassidy R. Sugimoto featuring her book, “Equity for Women in Science: Dismantling Systemic Barriers” on March 5 from 11:30 a.m.—1 p.m. in Lederle, Room A112. Registration is open and required by Thursday, Feb. 29.

Cassidy Sugimoto
Cassidy R. Sugimoto

Sugimoto, professor and Tom and Marie Patton Chair in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, will summarize the main findings from her book, co-written with Vincent Lariviere, “Equity for Women in Science,” (2023, Harvard University Press) which is the first large-scale empirical analysis of the global gender gap in science. It provides strong evidence that the structures of scientific production and reward impede women‘s career advancement. Alongside the eye-opening analyses provided in the book, solutions are offered to demonstrate how a fair and equitable research ecosystem is possible with the help of the scientific community. 

Expert panelists will discuss key gender equity issues raised in the book, including research funding, institutional leadership, scientific credit and career mobility for faculty.  UMass Amherst panelists include Mari Castañeda, dean of the Commonwealth Honors College; Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor and director of School of Public Policy; Rob De Conto, professor and director of the School of Earth & Sustainability; and Ina Ganguli, economics professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

 To learn more visit the UMass ADVANCE program website or email advanceprogram@umass.edu.

The event is co-sponsored by the School of Public Policy, Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences, School of Earth and Sustainability, Computational Social Science Institute and the Institute for Social Science Research.