SUNY Oswego conference to explore intersections of feminism, science

Expert speakers in the fields of feminism, science and technology will highlight a conference Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, at SUNY Oswego.

“Gender, Justice and STEM” (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) will explore how feminism and the STEM disciplines intersect to enrich understanding of the natural and social world. Community members are invited, but need to pre-register.

Speakers will include Virginia Eubanks, associate professor of women’s studies at the University at Albany; Mary B. Wyer, associate professor of psychology and women’s and gender studies at North Carolina State University; and Banu Subramaniam, an associate professor of women’s studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

The conference is a project of Oswego Advance, the name given to a National Science Foundation grant funding a study of SUNY Oswego’s policies and practices regarding the employment of women in STEM fields. Principals on the grant are Webe Kadima, associate professor of chemistry; Rhonda Mandel, professor of psychology; Lisa Langlois, assistant professor of art; and Preety Tripathi, assistant professor of mathematics.

Features of the conference will include scholarly presentations and posters and networking opportunities for those interested in writing an NSF Advance grant.

Wyer, whose grants include “Developing Diverse Departments at N.C. State” and “Measurement Matters: Developing New Scales to Evaluate Undergraduate Students’ Images and Attitudes in SME Fields,” will discuss “Stereotypes of Undergraduates Toward Research Scientists” at 6:45 p.m. April 20, following a banquet in Hewitt Union ballroom.

Subramaniam, who addresses the presumed conflicts between feminist research and “objective” scientific methodologies and has studied national identity, gender and science in India, will speak on “The Emperor’s New Clothes: Gender, Race and the Practice of Science” at 9:30 a.m. April 21 in Lanigan Hall.

Eubanks, who recently published “Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age” and is co-principal investigator for an NSF grant titled “The Citizenship Effects of Welfare Administration Technologies,” will talk about “Liberation Technology: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age” at 1:45 p.m. April 21 in Lanigan Hall.

Registration for the conference is $40, the banquet is $25 and breakfast and lunch on April 20 are $10 each. For the conference and all meals, the fee is $65. To register, visit www.oswego.edu/academics/colleges_and_departments/arts_and_sciences/stem.html. For more information about the conference, contact Kadima at webe.kadima@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Mar 29, 2012)

Tags: stem, science