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August 25, 2017



Join K-State Libraries for an American Association for the Advancement of Science webcast on women in STEM

By Sarah McGreer Hoyt

Join K-State Libraries from 2-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in 501 Hale Library as we stream a free webcast on women in STEM from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS. Enjoy the company of your colleagues and gain invaluable — and inspirational — insights from Shirley Malcom and Celeste Rohlfing. Their lived experiences will be of interest to any female scientist or entrepreneur interested in furthering their career.

The speakers will outline a number of strategies that women can employ to allow their talent, intelligence and scientific skill to shine through despite the challenges inherent in the field.

Shirley Malcom, head of the association's Education and Human Resources Program, is a trustee of the California Institute of Technology, a regent of Morgan State University and a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. Malcom also served on President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Celeste Rohlfing joined the association as chief operating officer in 2015. Previously, she served as the deputy assistant director at the National Science Foundation for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Rohlfing also served as assistant director of physical sciences at President Obama's White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and worked at both Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories.

The two scientists will cover topics such as:

  • Salary, benefits packages and other differentials.
  • Leadership roles and leadership training.
  • Finding the right career mentors.
  • Women as entrepreneurs (difficulties in accessing venture capital).
  • Women in industry, academia, national labs and government.
  • Responsibility of institutions to act.
  • Implicit bias in hiring, promotion and peer review for publication and grants.
  • Need for systemic, structural changes within institutions.

Contact Carol Sevin at sevin@k-state.edu or 785-532-5041, with questions about the webcast at the K-State Libraries.

If attending at Hale Library does not work with your schedule, it is also possible to stream it for free from your preferred location. Register online at the AAAS Career Development Center website