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WOMEN IN STEM AND DIVERSITY / MUJERES EN STEM Y DIVERSIDAD

Program

SPEAKERS

Renetta Tull, PhD
Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs, UMBC

Renetta Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (formerly Assistant Dean) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland.) She is also the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program of the National Science Foundation. The AGEP-T (PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation) project now includes all of the institutions within the University System of Maryland. Renetta Tull works with both faculty and students. She is trained as an engineer and speech scientist, but she has been a speaker and participant of programs of other disciplines such as the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland Baltimore, La Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales (The School of Environmental Sciences) at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the American Institute of Mathematics in Palo Alto, California. She is a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project, and she has articles that are published in the SHPE Magazine for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She trains students for graduate school in sessions around the U.S. and the Caribbean, via organizations such as the Ana G. Mendez University System in Puerto Rico and the GEM GRAD Lab. She co-led the "Women in STEM" forum for faculty and students at the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Cartagena, Colombia in 2013, and she is pleased to have provided sessions for students in Panama and Mexico through previous LACCEI conferences. In January 2014, she began working on new projects in Ecuador, and enjoys connecting with colleagues and friends in Cuenca, Guayaquil, and Quito. Dr. Tull’s greatest joys come when she is able to help her stakeholders to achieve their goals and dreams.

Loretta A. Moore, PhD.
Interim Vice President for Research and Federal Relations and Professor of Computer Science, JSU

Dr. Loretta A. Moore serves as Interim Vice President for Research and Federal Relations and Professor of Computer Science at Jackson State University (JSU) located in Jackson, Mississippi. She previously served as Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement with oversight of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement, which is designed to advance the careers of promising young researchers and emerging scholars by ensuring that they establish a compelling research agenda, participate in a community of scholars, and obtain external funding. Dr. Moore is the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program, which is aimed at advancing the careers of female faculty in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as the Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) disciplines. She also provides oversight for the Center for University Scholars, a program supporting faculty in their academic pursuits. She recently was awarded the Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network Leadership Award for the State of Mississippi. Prior to being named Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement, Dr. Moore served as Interim Associate Dean for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and as Chair of the Department of Computer Science, a position she held for thirteen years. She has held positions at Auburn University, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Dr. Moore has received funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Energy – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, and Jacobs Technology. Over $10 million dollars have been received from these agencies to support topics such as Cyber Security, Computational Thinking, Intelligent Systems, Visual Analytics, Open Source Software Development, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science Education and Research Experiences, and Broadening Participation of the Nation’s Workforce. Dr. Moore has published numerous articles and reports and is a sought after presenter. Dr. Moore serves as a Commissioner for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET and previously served as a Program Evaluator. She is a member of the Board of the Association of Departments of Computing at Minority Institutions; previously served on the U.S. Army Science Board; and currently holds membership in ACM, IEEE, and AAUW organizations. Dr. Moore received her B.S. degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Patricia Ordóñez, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras

Patricia Ordóñez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras. She received her B. A. in Hispanic and Italian Studies from Johns Hopkins University and her MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Her research centers on using visualization and data mining to improve the state of medicine in pediatric critical care units and emergency rooms. She is also developing assistive technologies to assist with programming for those who have limited mobility in their hands and to facilitate communication between the hearing and the deaf. She is a former National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and she is passionate about diversifying the field of computer science.

Catherine Didion, PhD
Director of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) of the National Research Council(NRC)


Catherine "Kitty" Didion is the Director of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) of the National Research Council (NRC). The mission of CWSEM is to serve as a resource for organizations and individuals seeking information and analysis about the status of women in STEM education and employment as well as an institutional focal point on women in science, engineering and medicine in support of complementary activities across the National Academies. In addition to her work at the NRC, she is a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). As part of her responsibilities she is the Project Director for the Engineering Equity Extension Service Project (EEES).

Clare Muhoro, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry at Towson University


Prof. Clare Muhoro is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Towson University and a Science Policy and Diplomacy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the U.S. Agency for International Development. A native of Kenya, she received her BSc in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University and her Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Yale University. Her research interests lie broadly in using metal complexes to either synthesize of degrade organic molecules. One project focuses on surface water assessment in tropical environments with ultimate goal of developing decontamination protocols for aquatic systems polluted by organic pesticides. This research has been conducted by Prof. Muhoro and her research students in Mexico, Ecuador and Kenya, and has involved international partnerships. This research has extended Prof. Muhoro’s professional portfolio into international science policy and programming leading to her current assignment as a Research Advisor at the US Global Development at the US Agency for International Development. In addition, Prof. Muhoro is a strong advocate for women in science and is a board member of COACh, the Committee for the Advancement of Women in Science, which works to promote the success of women in science throughout their careers.

James Hicks, PhD
Program Director, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMO), National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dr. A. James Hicks, Program Director, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), National Science Foundation (NSF), Arlington, VA received his B.S. degree in biology from Tougaloo Col1ege, earned the Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Illinois-Urbana and received postdoctoral training, at the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis. He acquired administrative training by attending the Institute for Educational Management for College and University Administrators, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the Executive Development Seminar for Senior Federal employees at the Western Management Development Center, Denver CO; the Extramural Associates Program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD; the Lilly Foundation's Liberal Arts Program for College Administrators in Colorado, Springs, CO; and the Christian A. Johnson Foundation's Leadership Program in New York City.

Christine S. Grant, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Faculty Initiatives

Dr. Christine S. Grant: Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Faculty Initiatives, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University. Considered a national thought leader on STEM Broadening Participation issues, Grant has a diverse portfolio of publications, keynotes/workshops on academic empowerment. As the co-editor of the second edition of "Success Strategies for Women in STEM", she is particularly passionate about empowering women STEM faculty. A tenured Full Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NCSU and Associate Dean of Faculty Development position in NCSU’s College of Engineering, she obtained her degrees in Chemical Engineering (Brown, B.S., ‘84; Georgia Tech, M.S., ’86; Ph.D. ’89). One of only four African American women chemical engineering full professors in the USA, her research interests are in interfacial phenomena and recently in biomedical systems.

She has served her profession in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) as a member of the Board of Directors, is an AIChE Fellow and received the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring, Council for Chemical Research Diversity Awards. She’s currently a Visiting Senior Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and an Expert in the NSF Engineering Directorate. She’s the founding director of the Promoting Underrepresented Presence on Science and Engineering Faculties (PURPOSE) Institute, focused on both innovative programs for faculty and fostering authentic dialogs with engineering deans on STEM faculty diversity. Her academic career workshops at Cornell, Texas A&M, Purdue, University of Toledo, and Prairie View A&M promote STEM faculty development while providing diverse role models for students and faculty. She also consults as an academic career coach.

 

Program

 

LACCEI 2014 Special Session

"Broadening the STEM Research Participation of Women, Underrepresented Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

[Tentative Agenda, Subject to Updates]

Introduction and overview:

· Renetta G. Tull, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Co-PI of National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM, NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate Program at UMBC, NSF PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), and partner with the NSF Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Engineering Research Center (ERC) - Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh

· Marta Beltrán Martinez, Specialist, Office of Science, Technology and Innovation, Office of Economic Development, Organization of American States (OAS)

· Bevlee A. Watford, Ph.D., Program Director – Broadening Participation in Engineering (NSF); Associate Dean, Academic Affairs & Professor, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech (invited)

· Julie Nieto Wigby,Ph.D., Decana investigación (Research Dean), Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Guayaquil, Ecuador

Invited Papers:

1) Women in STEM - Conversations in the Caribbean and Latin America

Renetta G. Tull (UMBC), Maria Larrondo Petrie (LACCEI) Marta Beltrán Martinez (OAS), Frances Carter-Johnson (NIH),Beatriz Zayas (Universidad Metropolitana), Angela Byars-Winston (University of Wisconsin), Autumn Reed (UMBC), Delia Vallas-Rosales (University of New Mexico), and Claudia Medienta (Universidad de Buena Ventura)

2)  Transforming Climates for the Academic Woman of Color:  Facilitating Greater Understanding in the Workplace Climate and in Social Structures

Loretta A. Moore (Jackson State University), Michelle D. Deardorff (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), Evelyn J. Leggette (Jackson State University), Angela M. Kupenda (Mississippi College School of Law)

3) Assistive Technology Research as a Mechanism to Broaden the Participation of Women, Underrepresented Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities

Patricia Ordóñez (University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras), Kavita Krishnaswamy (UMBC), Renetta G. Tull (UMBC), Dan Ding (University of Pittsburgh), Mary Goldberg (University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University)

4) Promotion and Prizes: Pursuit of Excellence and Recognition in Honorific Organizations

Christine Grant (North Carolina State University),tentative

Panel & Discussion

* Opportunities for Students, A. James Hicks, Ph.D., Program Director, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, National Science Foundation (NSF)

* Opportunities for Women and URM Faculty - The Importance of Networking, Catherine Didion, Director, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Policy and Global Affairs, The National Academies

* Opportunities for International Partnership, Clare Muhoro, Ph.D., United States Agency for International Development (Invited)

* Opportunities in Latin America, The Prometeo Program of Ecuador (tentative) http://prometeo.educacionsuperior.gob.ec/

 

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