"Women in Science: Achievements and Barriers" Program
June 8-9, 2023
**All times are listed in ET**
Note: Times are subject to change.
Thursday, June 8
2:30 p.m.: Registration Opens
3:00–4:00 p.m.: Panel 1: Pathfinders
"Women in Antarctic Science: Barriers Overcome and Achievements Attained"
Claire Parkinson (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
"Women and the Development of Chinese Forensic Science after 1949: The Case of Fingerprint Expert Ma Jianhua"
Daniel Asen (Rutgers University-Newark)
"“The Daughter of Immunotherapy”: Helen Coley Nauts and the Gendered Work of Creating a Field"
Caroline Wechsler (University of Pennsylvania)
Moderator: Susan Lindee (Janice and Julian Bers Professor of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania)
4:00–4:15 p.m.: Break
4:15–5:15 p.m.: Panel 2: Invisibility and Visibility
"Speaking of Science: Women, Natural Philosophy, and Oral Culture in Early Modern Italy"
Meredith Ray (University of Delaware)
"Gendering Madness, Gendering Science: The Trope of the Mad Scientist in Early Modern Cultural and Archival Contexts"
Michele Pflug (University of Oregon)
"Exploring Women Scientists' Careers: An Information Science Perspective"
Deborah Garwood (Drexel University)
Moderator: Michelle DiMeo (Arnold Thackray Director of the Othmer Library, Science History Institute)
5:30–6:00 p.m.: Opening Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m.: Opening Plenary Discussion: Depicting Women in Science
"Portraiture's Possibilities and Problems: Recent Efforts to Increase the Visibility of Women in STEM at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative"
Lacey Baradel (Former Science Historian, National Science Foundation) and Chanelle Pickens (Educational Assistant, Smithsonian Institution)
“Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women who Fought to Become Physicians from the Civil War to the 21st Century”
Jasmine Brown (Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania)
“Visualizing Women in Science"
Serenity Sutherland (SUNY Oswego) and David Nelson (American Philosophical Society)
Moderator: Adrianna Link (American Philosophical Society)
Friday, June 9
8:30 a.m.: Conference Registration opens
8:30-9:15 a.m.: Light breakfast
9:15–9:30 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30–10:30 a.m.: Panel 3: Research Strategies
"Celestial Machines: Caroline Herschel, Astronomical Notebooks and the Material Culture of Predigital Communication Systems"
Odile Lehnen (Durham University)
"Dead Men Can’t Write: Mary Ross Calvert, Alice Hall Farnsworth, Authorship, and Credit in early twentieth-century American Astronomy"
Kristine Palmieri (University of Chicago)
"How to Live an Independent Life in Science (as a Woman): Class, Social Status, and Sexuality Among Women in Zoology"
Jenna Tonn (Boston College)
Moderator: Pamela Henson (Historian, Institutional History, Strategic Initiatives & Programs, Smithsonian Institution Libraries & Archives)
10:30–11:00 a.m.: Break
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Panel 4: Collaborations and Networks
"A Feminist Self-Organized Network: Women as Practicing Algologists, 1880-1930"
Emily Hutcheson (University of Wisconsin Madison)
"“Better off in Noah’s Ark”: The Early Decades of Bryn Mawr College and the American Mathematical Society"
Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College)
"The Association for Women in Computing: Successes and Problems while Building a Collective Professional Network, 1978-1991"
Jacquelyne Howard (Newcomb Institute, Tulane University)
Moderator: Sally Gregory Kohlstedt (Professor Emerita, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Program, University of Minnesota)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Lunch
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Panel 5: Persistent Problems
"Staying Afloat as African Postdoctoral Scientist Woman"
Umoh Adetola Elizabeth (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Uwem Samuel (University of Hradec Králové)
"Gender, Emotion and Career in the Scientific Workplace"
Sally Horrocks (University of Leicester)
"What Counts as a Female Scientist?"
Nuala Caomhanach (New York University and American Museum of Natural History)
Moderator: Leslie Aiello (President Emerita, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and Professor Emerita, University College London)
2:00–2:30 p.m.: Break
2:30–3:30 p.m.: Panel 6: Strategies for the Future
"WOW STEM! Addressing the STEM gender gap with accessible educational content"
Madelyn Leembruggen, Caroline Martin, Taylor Contreras (Harvard University)
"Structure, Status, and Span: Gender Differences in Disciplinary Authorship Networks across a Global Landscape"
Molly King (Santa Clara University) with Kjersten Bunker Whittington and Isabella Cingolani
"Reducing Barriers to Women’s Participation in Science: Institutional Transformation"
Robin Andreasen, Heather Doty, and Shawna Vican (University of Delaware)
Moderator: Harriet Zuckerman (Professor Emerita, Columbia University)
3:30–4:30 p.m.: Concluding Discussion