DPU to host 'Women in Science'

Monday, March 10, 2008

All members of the Putnam County community -- particularly young science students -- are invited to attend DePauw University's fourth Women in Science (WIS) reunion.

Set to take place this Friday and Saturday, March 14 & 15, the sessions include a Friday night keynote address, "Bright Futures from the Start," by Jill Kneen Stamm, '68, associate clinical professor of psychology in education at Arizona State University and co-founder of New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development.

Phyllis C. Leppert, '60, vice chair of research for the Duke University School of Medicine, will provide Saturday afternoon's keynote, "Understanding Uterine Fibroids: The Most Common Tumor in Women."

The community is also invited to a panel discussion on ethics and science, which will take place Saturday. The session will feature DePauw faculty members Dana A. Dudle, associate professor and chair of biology; Pamela M. Propsom, professor of psychology; and John Roth, the Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics, who will be joined by two alumnae -- Susanne Hanna MacTavish '69, ethics officer for Lockheed Martin, and Susan Johanningsmeier Olesik '77, professor of chemistry at Ohio State University. The discussion will be held in the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics auditorium.

The event's opening session on Friday will feature a discussion on "Navigating Life After College."

A poster session on Saturday morning will highlight research by alumni and DePauw students and faculty members.

The program includes a Friday evening cocktail reception and dinner at the Walden Inn, Saturday luncheon at The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, campus and science facility tours, and a closing session on Green Initiatives at DePauw.

A complete schedule of events is available on the WIS Reunion website at http://www.depauw.edu/alumni/WIS/index.asp.

To make reservations for the Friday evening dinner at the Walden Inn or the Saturday lunch, contact the Office of Alumni Relations toll-free at 877-658-2586 or alumnioffice@depauw.edu. The cost is $35 per person for Friday. The Saturday lunch is $15. All other events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Patricia Cooksey Riveire '04, associate director of alumni relations, at 877-658-2586 or priveire@depauw.edu or Jeanette K. Pope, assistant professor of geosciences and coordinator of the Women in Science program, at 765-658-4105 or jpope@depauw.edu.

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