CNS Women in Science Initiative

The CNS Women in Science Initiative (WISI) focuses on increasing the success of women scientists at all stages of their academic careers. WISI offers special programs and events, and connects women scientists through campus organizations and community outreach, and provides helpful off-campus resources for women scientists.

2016 Exhibit

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The CNS Women in Science Initiative is hosting a year-long exhibit, "Women in Science: The Stories Are All Around Us," which runs from September 2016 through August 2017, in the Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) first floor Atrium.

A formal exhibit opening will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2016, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in ISB 221 with a talk by Prof. Laura Lovett, Department of History, UMass Amherst, on the challenges and accomplishments of women in science. A reception in the ISB Atrium will follow the program.

Women have been contributing to our understanding of science for millennia, in ways both large and small. Unfortunately, aside from a few, their work is often unacknowledged, uncredited, and unknown. This led Martha Baker, CNS Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, to ask, "where are the women?" of students taking her Women in Science course. Their research uncovered many compelling stories, and served as inspiration for this exhibit.

"Women in Science: The Stories Are All Around Us" was created to recognize the long history of women's contributions to science. The exhibit highlights 12 women who have made significant additions to our understanding of science over the last 400 years. "The original list we compiled of exceptional women in science had 100 women on it," said Martha Baker. "The exhibit cases could only hold a small sampling, so we have also created a companion website that provides more information about the women mentioned in the exhibit, and many others as well. The stories are all around us!"

For more information about the exhibit, contact Jane Markarian at jlmarkar [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu, 413-545-5630.

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