Women in Science & Engineering: What the Research Really Says
A panel presentation co-sponsored by WISELI and the Science Alliance
- Thursday, April 14, 2005
- 7:00-9:30 PM, Biotechnology Center Auditorium
- 425 Henry Mall near Randall Ave. and University Ave.
Harvard President Lawrence Summers remarked that women's under-representation at the highest levels of STEM careers is (1) primarily caused by "intrinsic aptitude" differences between men and women in math and science ability, and (2) only to a lesser extent caused by overt or "passive discrimination or stereotyping."
In a panel moderated by Professor Jo Handelsman (Plant Pathology, and co-Director of the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute), UW-Madison experts commented on the scientific evidence for Summers' claims, focusing on:
Women in Science: What the Research Really Says — Introductory Remarks
- Jo Handelsman, Co-director of WISELI and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
- Watch Jo Handelsman's presentation
- View Jo Handelsman's PowerPoint slides
- Read a transcript of Jo Handelsman's presentation (PDF)
Are there gender differences in brain structure?
- Paul Whalen, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
- Watch Paul Whalen's presentation
- View Paul Whalen's PowerPoint slides
- Read a transcript of Paul Whalen's presentation (PDF)
How does the brain respond to social competition?
- Linda Oakley, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
- Watch Linda Oakley's presentation
- View Linda Oakley's PowerPoint slides
- Read a transcript of Linda Oakley's presentation (PDF)
What is the evidence for gender disparities in mathematics test scores?
- Caitilyn Allen, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Women's Studies Program
- Watch Caitilyn Allen's presentation
- View Caitilyn Allen's PowerPoint slides
- Read a transcript of Caitilyn Allen's presentation (PDF)
Panel Discussion – #1
- Watch the first panel discussion (Paul Whalen, Linda Oakley, and Caitilyn Allen)
- Read a transcript of the first panel discussion (PDF)
How do unconscious biases and assumptions affect the careers of women in scientific and engineering fields?
- Molly Carnes, Co-director of WISELI and Professor. Department of Medicine
- Watch Molly Carnes' presentation
- View Molly Carnes' PowerPoint slides
- Read a transcript of Molly Carnes' presentation (PDF)
What is the current status of women in science and engineering fields at the UW-Madison?
- Chancellor John Wiley
- Watch John Wiley's presentation
- Read a transcript of John Wiley's presentation (PDF)
Panel Discussion – #2
- Watch the second panel discussion (Molly Carnes and John Wiley)
- Read a transcript of the second panel discussion (PDF)