Diversity In STEM – Will You Attend?

Posted: March 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

In 2013, Shetterly founded The Human Computer Project, an organization whose mission is to archive the work of all the women who worked as computers and mathematicians in the early days of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Dr. Ellen Stofan is a professor, researcher, and scientist who served as NASA’s Chief Scientist from 2013 to 2017. In that role, she was the principal advisor to the NASA Administrator on the agency’s strategic planning and programs. Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, she held senior positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and New Millennium Program. Stofan is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London and co-chair of the World Economic Space Council. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in geological sciences from Brown University and is an outspoken champion of young women and people of color who seek careers in STEM.

  1. Emily Seang says:

    I am really excited for this event! I have read the book and seen the movie and am moved by the courage and brilliance of these women. I am glad their stories are finally being told. Since the release of the book and movie, there have been more discussions about the contributions of women of color in STEM fields and their forms of activism. I’ve seen a few spotlights on social media about friends and family who know women of color in STEM and their contributions to their local community. I imagine this representation is uplifting to young girls who may be interested in STEM fields, and there should be more films and books celebrating the narratives of strong women in STEM and a variety of fields.

    • I’m glad this event has not escaped your attention. When you look at how thoroughly men have dominated the arts, even in the 20th century, it comes as no surprise that women, and women of color in particular, have also been vastly underrepresented in the sciences. I’ve tried to address these issue as appropriate so far this semester. As we begin to study second-wave feminism, through the work of Linda Nochlin, this topic will come more directly to the fore. I hope you are about to attend the Shetterly and Stofan presentation and have an excellent experience.

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