GREENWICH, CT – First, the good news: in 2020, three of the ten Nobel Laureates in STEM disciplines were women. Dr Andrea Ghez shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and Drs. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna received the Nobel Prize in chemistry for the development of the revolutionary CRISPR method for genome editing.
Global recognition of these landmark achievements is well deserved and a sign of progress in honoring the contributions of women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But while the prestigious accolades match current levels of women scientists who hold research positions in these fields, they also indicate a worrying gap: 50% of STEM degrees are awarded to women, but only 28% of STEM professions. are occupied by women. .
Exploring ways to overcome the factors and prejudices that prevent women from equitably advancing in scientific professions is the subject of the Bruce presents online seminar, Women in Contemporary Science: How STEM Leaked the Pipeline, to April 8, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. A multidisciplinary panel of seven women researchers, scientists and executives from around the world put their insight and expertise at the service of this important conversation:
- Dr Tarika Barrett, Incoming CEO and current COO, Girls Who Code
- Dr Catherine Early, Curator of Ornithology and the Barbara Brown Chair
from the Department of Biology of the Science Museum of Minnesota
- Adania Flemming, Researcher and PhD student, University of Florida
- Dr Tara McAllister, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Auckland
- Dr Jennifer Rosati, Professor of Forensic Entomology, John Jay College, CUNY
- Rachelle Saunders, Producer, “Science for the People” podcast
- Dr Jessica Ware, Associate Curator, American Museum of Natural History; principal investigator, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics; Associate Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School
The moderator of this conversation is Kate dzikiewicz, Bruce Museum Science Curatorial Associate and curator of the next science exhibition, The Amazon rainforest: beauty • Destruction • Hope. A question-and-answer session hosted by Bruce presents Co-producer Leonard Jacobs will follow the discussion.
Admission to the April 8 webinar is free for Museum members and $ 20 for non-members; students get a 20% discount. To register, visit the Reservations page at brucemuseum.org or dial 203-869-0376, ext. 311. Support for Bruce presents programs are generously provided by Berkley One, a Berkley Company, Connecticut Office of the Arts and Northern Trust.
“While progress has certainly been made, many challenges remain for women in STEM,” says Kate Dzikiewicz. “These problems range from the obvious, like discrimination and harassment, to the more subtle and insidious, like work-life balance, and the lack of encouragement and role models among young people. Today, women are dropping out of the workforce in record numbers as daycares and schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are problems that will not go away by ignoring them, and challenges that the scientific community will need to work together to overcome. “