Women in STEM Lecture Series to Begin September 13 at UNC Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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UPDATED Sept. 12 - The lecture originally scheduled for Nov. 1 has been moved to Nov. 2.

UNC Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will present a new lecture series, Women in STEM, covering disciplines this fall ranging from astronomy to medicine, and beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 13 with a general look at gender issues in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The Women in STEM lectures are free and open to everyone and will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Reuter Center on campus.

The series will highlight the significant contributions made by women in STEM, and shed light on the obstacles women have faced historically as well as persisting issues of gender bias in the sciences.

Sept. 13 – Women in STEM Overview

  • Molly Darr, fruit tree consultant and entomologist who blogs at feministforester.com.
  • Joan C. Kaplan, retired biochemist, Infectious Disease Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, now a member of OLLI.
  • Pamela Silvers, instructor and former chair of computer technologies at A-B Tech, and principal investigator for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to improve technical training and increase the number of highly skilled workers in STEM priority areas.

Sept. 18 – Chemistry

  • Oksana Love, UNC Asheville lecturer in chemistry, with research interests in the synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic properties of certain nanoparticles.
  • Sally Wasileski, UNC Asheville associate professor of analytical and computational chemistry, principal investigator for NSF grants with research interests in hydrogen fuels and environmental chemistry.

Oct. 5 – Astronomy

  • Britt Lundgren, UNC Asheville assistant professor of physics, specializing in studies of galaxy evolution, the intergalactic medium, and large-scale structure in the universe.

Oct. 18 – Computer Science

  • Marietta Cameron, UNC Asheville associate professor and department chair of computer science, specializing in computational aesthetics, computer vision, computer graphics and artificial intelligence, and a co-project investigator for an NSF grant jointly with UNC Asheville’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

Nov. 2 (originally scheduled for Nov. 1) – Medicine

  • Laura Jones, UNC Asheville assistant professor of health & wellness who also teaches in the university’s Neuroscience Program and is a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor.
  • Amanda Rollins Maxwell, M.D., UNC Asheville adjunct assistant professor of chemistry and health & wellness, who trained in the MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Program in Hendersonville, N.C.

The Women in STEM lectures will continue in the spring 2018 semester with talks focusing on physics, nursing and forestry.

For more information on OLLI programs, visit olliasheville.com.