Sandra Hanson: Gender, Race and Science Education

Although the number of women pursuing scientific careers is growing, women are still largely underrepresented in most scientific and technical fields. In recognition of Women's History Month, Fermilab's Diversity Office will sponsor a talk at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, in Ramsey Auditorium about the continued shortage of women in science. The talk is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, titled "Gender, Race and Science Education," Sandra Hanson, professor of sociology at the Catholic Universities of America, will focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the many factors that continue to create barriers for girls in these areas.

Hanson will also talk about her recent research and the factors that both discourage and encourage young African American women in STEM education. She will discuss suggestions for policies and programs that would encourage the participation of all young people, regardless of gender or race, in STEM education.

Hanson's research and publications focus primarily on the role of gender in science education and occupation systems for women in general, and minority women in particular. Her most recent book, Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls in Science Education examines the complex interaction between race and gender in science education and the cultivation and retention of scientific talent.

The hour-long presentation will conclude with a Question & Answer session and book signing.

Anyone interested in attending must R.S.V.P. by clicking on the link below:

Date: Tuesday, March 9
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Place: Ramsey Auditorium, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL

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