Programming Note: Future of Women in Chemistry

March 1st, 2011

There is a virtual conference on “The Future of Women in Chemistry and Science” today at 11 am (EST). You can watch it here.

Some big names will be speaking, including ACS president Nancy Jackson, ACS executive director Madeleine Jacobs, Caltech prof Jackie Barton, MIT prof Milly Dresselhaus, Wisconsin prof Laura Kiessling, Carbon-Based Curiosities blogger Jes Sherman, and origin-of-life superstar Felisa Wolfe-Simon.

Depending on what is said, I may just decide to grab the third-rail of scientific politics and write a follow up post later this week.


8 Responses to “Programming Note: Future of Women in Chemistry”

  1. Hap Says:

    I’m glad that PP* is getting props, but that lineup may require Kevlar and chain mail for the questions after (if there are any), and getting caught in the crossfire would suck.

  2. psi*psi Says:

    Yes. There’s a good reason this isn’t getting covered on CBC–a lot of good reasons, actually, most of them whiny and vindictive men. I’m fortunate to be on a campus where many of the grad students actually care about diversity issues in science (thanks in part to generous funding from Dow for a lecture series). It’s really awesome to be able to have honest conversations with men about why there are so few female and minority profs and what should be done about it. Sadly, this is where a lot of women go wrong in advocating these issues–they leave the guys out. That gets us nowhere, and it alienates some potentially awesome allies.

  3. Paul Says:

    Sadly, this is where a lot of women go wrong in advocating these issues–they leave the guys out. That gets us nowhere, and it alienates some potentially awesome allies.

    Thank you, psi*psi. My thoughts exactly.

  4. excimer Says:

    whiny and vindictive men

    Although I am whiny and vindictive, I’m pretty sure this doesn’t mean me.

  5. Curious Wavefunction Says:

    So now can we agree that Natalie Portman should have stuck with chemistry? The world can do with one less Academy-Award winning actress, but the loss of a strong, successful woman role model in chemistry is greater.

  6. Chemjobber Says:

    Are me/n’s ri/ghts acti/vists as ridiculous as they seem? News at 11.

    (whoop whoop whoop troll bait troll bait)

  7. Matt Says:

    Started listening to this yesterday. Will finish up today. Had my two daughters in at work and they kept asking what I was listening to. I just told them I was listening to other girls talk about doing chemistry – what daddy does. Its totally awesome that Jes was involved with this!!

  8. Stewie Griffin Says:

    Speaking of leaving the men out of the discussion…
    About two years ago I noticed a flyer in the department advertising a discussion on networking. Although it was being hosted by Women in Chemistry it specifically stated it was open to everyone. I was interested so I went with a buddy of mine. We were the only males there which was fine, but all night we got lots of awkward looks and several of the attendees asked us if we were aware that this was a women in chemistry meeting, with emphasis on the women part. I was a bit miffed b/c I thought we’re trying to treat everyone equally yet I got the feeling I wasn’t welcome at this secret women meeting.


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