Academic, business leaders examine role of women, minorities in science

August 21, 2001

CHICAGO -- The role of women and underrepresented minorities in science will be examined at the 222nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Chicago, August 26-30.

A panel discussion, "Diversity in the Top 50 Universities: The Challenge to Lead," will explore why women and some minorities are underrepresented on university chemistry faculties and what can be done to increase their representation on campuses across the country.

The event is sponsored by the Society's Committee on Science and cosponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Council for Chemical Research, the National Science Foundation, and various committees of the Society, including the Committee on Minority Affairs, the Committee on Professional Training, the Division of Professional Relations, the Society Committee on Education, the Women Chemists Committee, and the Younger Chemists Committee.

Additional symposia on Monday and Tuesday will examine women's roles in chemistry and the Society's plan to increase its support of women in the chemical workforce. (Monday, August 27, 1:15-4:30 p.m., McCormick Place South, Room S105D, Level 1, Tuesday, August 28, 8:20-11:15 a.m., McCormick Place South, Room S106A, Level 1).

WHAT:
"Diversity in the Top 50 Universities: The Challenge to Lead"

WHO:
Willie Pearson, chair of the department of History, Technology & Society, Georgia Institute of Technology
Hector Abruna, Cornell University
Billy Joe Evans, University of Michigan
Paula Hammond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Judith Klinman, University of California at Berkley
George McLendon, Princeton University
Harry Morrison, Purdue University
Bradford Wayland, University of Pennsylvania

WHEN:
Sunday, August 26, 3-5 p.m.

WHERE:
McCormick Place, South, Room S105D

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American Chemical Society

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