Brookhaven Women's Program

Woman in Science...Women's Program Coordinator - The position of Women's Program Coordinator was established at BNL in 1975 to ensure that the Laboratory develops policies and programs that respond to the needs of its' women employees. Rosa Palmore of the Diversity Office serves as Women's Program Coordinator.


Women's Program Advisory Committee (WPAC)

Committee members are selected by the Women's Program Coordinator to serve as advisors to her on women's programs, and are appointed for a term of three years.

The members of the WPAC for 2002-2004 are:

  • Stasia Scocca, Quality Management Office
  • Beth Lin, Biology
  • Kathleen Gurski, Office of Education
  • Cindy Mc Quilken, Physics    
  • Susan Monteleone, Energy, Environment, and National Security
  • Nereida Santiago, Energy Sciences and Technology 
  • Barbara A. Simpson, Procurement and Property Management
  • Arlene (Wu) Zhang, Collider Accelerator

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Efforts and Achievements of the WPAC

Women's History Month

The WPAC works with the Brookhaven Women in Science to coordinate presentations, displays, events, and speakers during March each year.  The purpose of the events are to educate, to enlighten, and to raise interest in women's contributions. During the month of March 2004, the Diversity Office and the WPAC helped celebrate Women History Month.  Suffolk County legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher gave a lecture in Berkner Hall highlighting the historical difficulties women have faced in society. 

In addition, BNL women and men participated in weekly raffles, CDs from four famous country singers were awarded.  The raffle winners were Robin Koebel, Heather Okula, Tina Youngmann, and Mary Heinrich.  Twenty-nine (29) women are registered to attend the upcoming Federally Employed Women's 35th NTP in Opryland, from  July 19-23, 2004, Nashville, TN, Music City USA.  For more information visit

FEW National Training Program
Year Theme (or date) Location
2012 July 16-20:  Wheels of Change Keep on Moving Detroit, MI
2011 Your Future - Let it Ring the Sound of Success Philadelphia, PA
2010 Jazz Up Your Career New Orleans, LA
2009 Keys to Success Orlando, FL
2008 Moving On, Moving Up Anaheim, CA
2007 Training Today, Leaders Tomorrow Washington, DC
2006 New Connections-New Directions Atlanta, GA
2005 Catch the Vision Reno, NV

Congressional Resolution Designating the Month of March "Women's History Month"
Passed March 1987

"Whereas American women of every race, class and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways; Whereas American women have played and continue to play a critical economic, cultural, and social role in every sphere of the life of the Nation by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside of the home;

Whereas American women have played a unique role throughout the history of the Nation by providing the majority of the volunteer labor force of the Nation;

Whereas American women were particularly important in the establishment of early charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions in our Nation;

Whereas American women of every race, class, and ethnic background served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement;

Whereas American women have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements, especially the peace movement, which create a more fair and just society for all; and

Whereas despite these contributions, the role of American women is history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued, in the literature, teaching and study of American History;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that March is designated as "Women's History Month." The President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation for each of these months, calling upon the people of the United States to observe those months with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities."

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Walk for Beauty - Stony Brook University

Next Walk: October 2006 - A "Walk for Beauty" began in 1994 as a community effort to raise awareness about breast cancer and to establish a boutique for people with cancer.  This resulted in the Unique Boutique, a collection of shopkeepers in the Stony Brook Village Center who provide products and services for cancer patients.  Funds from subsequent walks established a Walk for Beauty Fund to help cancer patients purchase wigs, prostheses, and other select items.  This fund is dedicated to support breast cancer research at University Hospital and Medical Center at Stony Brook.

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Women's Program Links

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Other Links of Interest to Women


Computer Science


Science & Technology

Other pages giving sites of interest for women in science & technology

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Last Modified: February 16, 2012
Please forward all questions about this site to: Shirley Kendall