Science Today offerings to focus on women in field

SUNY Oswego will present a series of lecturers this semester from universities such as Harvard and Yale, Spellman and Illinois—as well as the local campus—on women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions.

The lectures in this Science Today series will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Feb. 1, unless otherwise indicated, in Room 222 of Sheldon Hall. The free public lectures will include refreshments at 3:45 p.m.

The schedule—with some speakers to be announced at a later date—will include:

* Feb. 1: Dr. Lucina Hernandez Laundre, SUNY Oswego biological sciences department and director of Rice Creek Field Station, “Being a Woman Ecologist in Mexico: Trials and Triumphs”

* Feb. 8: Dr. Diana Boyer, SUNY Oswego earth sciences department and director of undergraduate research, “A Scientific Journey that Leads to Mass Extinction in the Creek Beds of Western New York”

* Feb. 15: Dr. Haydee Salmun, Hunter College department of geography, topic to be announced

* Feb. 23 (a Thursday offering): Dr. Sarbani Basu, Yale University department of astronomy, “A Journey to the Centre of the Stars”

* March 7: Dr. Michelle Crocket, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Science and Technology Education, “The Ongoing Saga of an Accidental Mathematics Educator”

* March 28: Dr. Tasha Innis, Spellman College department of mathematics, “Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Mentorship in the Success of Black Women Mathematicians”

* April 4: SUNY Oswego senior physics major Danielle Citro, “Period-Luminosity Relations for Small Megallanic Cloud Cepheids Based on AKARI Archival Data”

* May 1 (a Tuesday lecture): Dr. Sarah Richardson, Harvard University department of the history of science, “Sex Itself: Conceptualizing Sex Differences in the Human Genome”

Lecturers and topics for Feb. 29, April 11 and April 25 are to be announced.

Cosponsors of SUNY Oswego’s Science Today series are Sigma Xi and the college’s women’s studies program. For more information, contact Dr. Webe Kadima, 312-2296 or

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(Posted: Jan 23, 2012)

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