Symposium Highlighting Evidence-Based Interventions for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Date and Time

– March 11, 2019, 04:00 PM EDT
National Academy of Sciences , Fred Kavli Auditorium 
2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Conference Venue

Kavli Auditorium
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20418

Event Information

The scientific, engineering, and medical communities have been working towards improved representation of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) for decades. While progress has been made, women (particularly women of color) remain underrepresented in many scientific, engineering, and medical fields, and at many levels in education and career stages. This symposium will seek to understand institutional barriers to implementing practices for improving the representation of women in STEMM, so that those barriers can be removed or overcome. This event will re-visit the major themes of the 2007 National Academies report, Beyond Bias and Barriers, and will examine policies, practices, and strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness in opening doors to women’s participation and success in STEMM fields.


9:00 – 9:15 A.M. Welcome from the National Academies

  • Marcia McNutt, Ph.D., President, National Academy of Sciences

9:15 – 9:30 A.M. Opening Remarks

  • Mae Jemison, M.D., Chair, Committee on Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

9:30- 9:45 A.M. Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

  • Vivian Pinn, M.D., Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center & Former Director (Retired), Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH

9:45 – 10:30 A.M. Keynote Address

  • Rep. Donna Shalala, Ph.D., Chair of the 2007 NASEM report Beyond Bias and Barriers, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, and currently Representing Florida's 27th Congressional District

10:30 – 11:30 A.M. Beyond Bias

  • Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California Berkeley
  • Eve Fine, Ph.D., Associate Scientist and Director of Curriculum Development and Implementation, WISELI, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Elaine Weyuker, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Central Florida and committee member of 2007 NASEM study Beyond Bias and Barriers

11:30 – 12:30 P.M. Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:30 P.M. Family Friendly Policies

  • Kathleen Christenson, Ph.D., Program Director, Working Longer, Sloan Foundation
  • Mia Ong, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Evaluator, Technical Education Research Centers, Inc. (TERC)
  • Beth Shelton, MBA, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Infants at Work Policy

1:30 – 2:30 P.M. Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement

  • Reshma Jagsi, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Deputy Chair, and Residency Program Director, Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Alice M. Agogino, Ph.D., Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, committee member of 2007 NASEM study Beyond Bias and Barriers
  • Kimberly Griffin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program, University of Maryland

2:30 – 2:45 P.M. Break

2:45 – 3:45 P.M. National Programs

  • Janine Clayton, M.D., Director, ORWH, National Institutes of Health
  • Suzi Iacono, Ph.D., Head of the Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation
  • Marlene Kaplan, Deputy Director of Education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Diann McCants, Ph.D. Senior Scientist and Analyst, Strategic Analysis Incorporated

3:45 – 4:00 P.M. Closing Remarks

  • Ashley Bear, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

4:00 P.M. Meeting Adjourns