Beginnings…

Welcome to UNC Women in Science and Engineering, a newly created discussion group dedicated to exploring the issues that face women in an open and positive environment.  Our aim is to become educated about the current realities for women in science and critically assess these situations in a productive manner.  We hope to foster a supportive community and eventually get involved with outreach to younger students.   Meetings will be held during lunch on the first Friday of every month, and will consist of a focused discussion topic followed by a profile of an inspirational woman in science, which will be posted on the website beforehand.

Our first meeting is on Friday July 6, 2012 at 11:30 am at The Beach Café in the Brinkhous-Bullitt building on UNC’s campus.  The topic for discussion will be an overview of statistics and facts on the paucity of women in the higher echelons of academics led by Valerie Schmidt.  Then, Jazz Dickinson will conclude the meeting by sharing with us the inspiring life of the late Wangari Maathai, who was the first East African woman to earn a PhD, a professor of veterinary anatomy, a political activist and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.  We are very open to feedback, so please feel free to come to us with any suggestions or ideas for the group.    I am very excited to delve into these topics and look forward to a lively and engaging discussion!

-Tien Nguyen (UNC WISE Historian)