Chemical Heritage Foundation, Association for Women in Science Present:
Frontiers of Discovery: AWIS at 40, October 20–21, 2011

September 28, 2011 - Philadelphia

To celebrate 40 years supporting the careers of its members, the Association for Women in Science (Philadelphia and New Jersey chapters) is collaborating with the Chemical Heritage Foundation to present a two-day conference at CHF’s Philadelphia headquarters.

“Frontiers of Discovery: AWIS at 40 Years” will commemorate AWIS’s commitment to addressing the concerns of all women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In particular the conference will recognize the innovative research accomplishments and the cutting-edge discoveries that women are contributing to the science of tomorrow.

Joan Herbers, president of the Association for Women in Science, will provide her perspectives on the impact AWIS has realized across its history. The conference keynote speaker is  Nancy B. Jackson, president of the American Chemical Society.

Additional presenters include Marielena Mata of Centocor, M. Katharine Holloway of Merck, Kristen Graf of Women of Wind Energy, Helen K. White of Haverford College, Hilary Domush of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Judith Giordan, chair of VentureWell and senior adviser to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovator Alliance.  

In the early 21st century women play a vital role in science and technology. Though this has been true throughout history, in the last 40 years women have made great strides in increasing both numbers and visibility in all areas of the sciences.

AWIS was founded by a small group of female scientists seeking to address discrimination, lower pay, and professional isolation. Now a significant advocate with national offices in Washington, D.C., the organization has grown to 50 chapters nationwide. The Greater Philadelphia Chapter and the New Jersey Chapter are among the most active in the country.

According to Alice Marcy, scientist and director of licensing at Dynamis Therapeutics and president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter, “By working with the Chemical Heritage Foundation, we are able to share resources across the region and create a lively, informative program for our members.” Joanne Gere of the BioScience Collaborative and president of the New Jersey Chapter adds, “This is an opportunity to look forward, exploring the potential impact of today’s thought leaders and investigators.”

The committee includes Hilary Domush, program associate for the Oral History Program at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Lisa Kozlowski, associate dean for postdoctoral affairs and recruitment at Jefferson University.

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