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'Girl Power in STEM: Press for Progress' Symposium at SBU, 3/3, Registration Open

BWIS-sponsored Symposium Marks International Women's Day

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The Girl Power in STEM: Press for Progress! Symposium at the Stony Brook University (SBU) Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, on Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., co-sponsored by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), will celebrate the accomplishment of women in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Lecturers and panelists, including many from Brookhaven Lab, will discuss the impact of women in STEM careers, on the work environment, and on the economy, and how to improve women’s participation in STEM fields.

Bringing together women from academia, government, and the private sector, this event promotes the participation and celebrates the accomplishment of women, and will also help up-and-coming young professionals to learn about women's experiences in STEM fields.

Attendance is open to everyone from junior high school students to doctoral candidates, with parallel sessions appropriate for each level during which attendees can participate in a “Speed Networking” session with speakers and panelists, “Topic Table” sessions where attendees can meet with professionals in small groups, and science demonstrations where attendees can view several STEM demonstrations led by experts in the field. Select your track when registering. Lunch will be provided.

The event marks International Women's Day, proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) as a day to champion women's rights. This year, the UN celebrates taking action to promote equal opportunities at all levels and to help forge a more gender-inclusive world.

Scheduled speakers and panelists from Brookhaven Lab include the Biology Department’s Crysten Blaby, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Science & Photon Sciences Jim Misewisch, and Aleida Perez of the Office of Educational Programs.

Other speakers scheduled to attend include visual effects professional Carolina Jiménez Garcia, whose work can be seen in many blockbuster films including Star Trek: Beyond, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Justice League, as well as Vice President of Research Strategy at IBM Kathryn Guarini, Team Leader of Extreme Fluids team at Los Alamos National Laboratory Kathy Prestridge, Dean of the SBU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Fotis Sotiropoulos, SBU Chief Diversity Officer Lee Bitsoi, SBU Associate Prof. of Mathematics Moira Chas, and Executive Director of Stanford University’s WISE Venture Carol Muller.

The symposium is sponsored by BWIS, SBU’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Honors Program, and SBU’s Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) Student Society, along with the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (SCGP), the SCGP and Stony Brook Math Department Research Training Groups grant, and the M&C Venture Group.

Registration is free and the deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 28. So don’t delay!

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