Women and Minorities in Science (WaMS)

The Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series was initiated by NSCL in 2007 in order to promote awareness on diversity issues of relevance to our scientific environment through a series of lectures, which include discussions with student groups and informal interactions during dinners and luncheons. Since that time, NSCL has sponsored nine such events. These events occur at least once per semester. Previous speakers range from authors of books detailing contributions from influential women of the past to build scientific literacy across Africa.

Similarly, in an effort to reach out to prospective graduate students and put a human face on the next-generation of nuclear science, NSCL features several of its rising young faculty members on its YouTube channel. Among those currently featured is Filomena Nunes, assistant professor of nuclear theory. Nunes speaks about women entering the field.

Additionally, Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences is a student group at MSU that maintains an active program of informal discussions, peer mentoring and networking. Their goal is similar, to support and to promote women and minorities in the physical sciences.

For more information, visit some of the sites mentioned below in association with the lecturers of the past. And always keep an eye out for the next lecture approaching in the series.

Past Events:

2010

Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series, Lecture 9
Deborah S. Jin, Fellow, National Institute of Standards & Technology and JILA, Boulder, CO
"Fun with Ultra-cold Atoms"
Thursday, September 23, 11 a.m.
BPS 1415

Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series, Lecture 8
Neil Turok, Director, Perimeter Institute
"Helping Africa to Self-Sufficiency"
Thursday, March 4, 2 p.m.
NSCL Seminar Room

2009

Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series, Lecture No. 7
Judy Franz, American Physical Society
"One Woman's Trek Through Physics"
Thursday, October 8, 4 p.m.
NSCL Seminar Room

Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series, Lecture No. 6
Helen De Michiel, Co-Director, National Alliance for Media Art & Culture
Film Screening: "The Gender Gap"
Thursday, September 17, 11 a.m.
NSCL Seminar Room

Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series, Lecture No. 5
Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Yale University, Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Chair of the Physics Department at Yale
"Women in Science: Why so Few?"
Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m.
NSCL Seminar Room

Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series, Lecture No. 4
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden
Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
Thursday, January 22, 7:30 p.m.
"Footprints in the Sands of Science"
MSU Wharton Center for Performing Arts

2008

Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series, Lecture No. 3
Ruth Lewin Sime, Author
"Overlooked Achievement: the Life of Lise Meitner"
Friday, February 1, 3:00 p.m.
NSCL Seminar Room

2007

Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series, Lecture No. 2
Margaret Moore Booker, Author
"Among the Stars: The Life of Maria Mitchell"
Thursday, November 1, 12:00 p.m.
Room 138, Chemistry Building

Women and Minorities in Science Lecture Series, Lecture No. 1
Ruth Howes, Author
"Women of the Manhattan Project"
Tuesday, February 27, 11:30 a.m.
BPS room 1415