OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Educator to give talk, hold workshop on women in science careers on April 30

04/12/2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Educator Sue Rosser will give a talk and conduct a workshop on careers for women in science on Monday, April 30, at Oregon State University.

The free public talk begins at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Rosser’s talk is based on her latest book, “Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Careers for Women in Science.” She will use the experiences of successful women scientists and engineers to answer the question of why elite institutions have so few women scientists and engineers tenured on their faculties.

According to Rosser, women are shying away from the fields with the greatest demand for workers, such as engineering, computer sciences, and the physical sciences.

A workshop will be held earlier the same day at noon and RSVPs are required by emailing Karen Mills, kmills@oregonstate.edu. In the workshop, Rosser will describe how the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grants have helped all faculty, but particularly women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, to advance in their careers.

Rosser received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973. Since August of 2009, she has served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at San Francisco State University.

Rosser’s visit is part of the President and Provost’s Speaker Series, hosted by Women Studies and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.