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Women in STEM day

Tuesday, March 21, 2017,
  • Location: School of Engineering, Featheringill Hall, Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium - 134

  Author Rachel Swaby is the keynote speaker at Vanderbilt University during a day of recognition of Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Her lecture – “From the Center of the Earth to the Stars: The Unknown History of Women in Science” – highlights some of the women from her debut 2015 book Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—And the World, a collection of profiles that include Nobel Prize winners, innovators and significant scientists.

A book signing precedes the lecture at 2 p.m.

4 p.m.  Panel: Challenges and opportunities for women in STEM

A panel discussion at 4 p.m. follows the lecture in Jacobs Believed In Me Auditorium. The moderator is Tracy Kornet, WSMV news anchor and reporter. In addition to Swaby, panelists are:

Bonnie Miller, a physician and senior associate dean for Health Sciences Education and the executive vice president of Educational Affairs for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Nicole Joseph, assistant professor of mathematics education, Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Alyssa Hasty, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, and associate dean for Faculty Development for Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Kimberly Bryant, (BE’89) founder and director of Black Girls Code, a nonprofit focused on teaching girls 6 to 17 programming skills.

5:30 p.m.  Vanderbilt engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni

Kimberly Bryant will be inducted into the School of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni at 5:30 p.m. in Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall. A reception follows at 5:45.