CNS Women in Science Lecture to Address ‘Accomplishments, Challenges and Next Steps’

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The College of Natural Sciences 2016 Women in Science Lecture, “Accomplishments, Challenges and Next Steps,” will be Monday, March 28 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

The question “What have we done for women in science in CNS?” will be addressed by a panel of CNS faculty and graduate students who have played important roles in promoting professional development and gender equity for women scientists.

Presenters include Nilanjana Dasgupta, psychological and brain sciences and director of faculty equity and inclusion; Lily Jeznach, Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering and a leader in the Graduate Woman in STEM program; Farshid Hazir, head of the department of mathematics and statistics; and Barbara Osborne, veterinary and animal sciences and a participant in the CNS peer mentoring program.

Participants will hear about successful initiatives that have enhanced the professional lives of women faculty and students in the college, and the policies that have been influenced by a growing awareness about gender equity in the college.

All are encouraged to participate in a discussion of what our next steps should be. This discussion will be framed in the context of results from the faculty survey conducted last year that assessed department culture and its impact on faculty satisfaction.

A reception will follow in the Amherst Room, hosted by the Graduate Women in Science organization. The program is free to the public.

The panel is sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences, the Women in Science Initiative and UMass Amherst.