Panel Considers Pathways and Potholes for Women in Science

Panelists Enobong (Anna) Branch, Laurel Smith-Doerr and Laura Hirshfield.
Panelists Enobong (Anna) Branch, Laurel Smith-Doerr and Laura Hirshfield.

Three panelists discussed the obstacles and opportunities encountered by women in the sciences during a March 28 panel discussion celebrating the publication of a new volume on the subject edited by Enobong (Anna) Branch, professor of sociology and the chancellor’s faculty advisor for diversity and inclusive excellence.

Published by Lexington Books, “Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline,” offers new insights on the realities of women's careers in science.

Branch was joined on the panel by Laurel Smith-Doerr, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Social Science Research, and Laura Hirshfield, assistant professor in the departments of medical education and sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In their discussion, they drew from research across academic and industry science settings to illustrate the supports and constraints that shape women's journeys through careers in science.

Chemistry professor Craig Martin introduced the event, which was co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the College of Natural Sciences and the Institute for Social Science Research.




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