Issues for Ethnic Minorities and Women in
Physics 451 / Women
Winter 2004 Reading
last update 04 Feb 2004
For Jan 9: Historical Overview
For Jan 12: Evelynn Hammonds:
Color in Science and Engineering
- Ambrose, S.A., Dunkle, K.L., Lazarus, B.B., Nair, I., &
Harkus, D.A. (1997). Journeys of Women in Science and Engineering
Universal Constants. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University
Introductory Chapter: pp. 1-31
- Campbell, G., Denes R., and Morrison, C. Access
Ethnicity and the Scientific Enterprise. Introductory
- Rossiter, M. W. (1995), Women Scientists in
2: Before Affirmative Action 1940-1972. Baltimore, MD:
The Johns Hopkins University Press. Chapter 16: The Path to
Consciousness Raised, Legislation Enacted, pp. 361-382.
For Jan 16: Changes in a Lifetime.
Interview with Evelynn Hammonds," by Aimee Sands, in The
Racial Economy of Science (1993)
in the passworded file.
Scars," by Vanessa Northington Gamble, in Health Affairs 19(1), 164-169 (2000).
Available on line through the UW library, or copied here in the passworded file.
- "Promoting the Advancement of Minority
Women Faculty in Academic
The national centers of excellence in women's health," E. Wong et al,
of Women's Health and Gender-based Medicine 10(6), 541-550
Available on line as a pdf
file through the UW library (UW restricted access).
- Article by Anne MacLachlan, "The lives
and careers of minority women
in the course pack reader. Published in "Making Strides",
newsletter for Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs,
AAAS, 3(3), 1-5 (2001).
Readings are all in the class reader:
For Jan 23: Eugene Cota-Robles
- Biographies of W. Lena Austin, Jewel Pummer Cobb, Shirley Ann
Jackson, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, and Lillian Wu from Journeys of Women in Science
Universal Constants. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University
- "Women, Academia, and Careers in Science and Engineering" by Mary
Ch. 8 in The Equity Equation: Fostering the advancement of women
in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. Edited by C.-S.
A. B. Ginorio, C. S. Hollenshead, B. B. Lazarus, and P. S. Rayman (San
Francisco, Jossey-Bass Publishers) pp. 265-289.
- "A Lab of Her
Own", Scientific American (1993).
For January 26:
- Preface and Chapter 3 from The Shape of the River by Bowen
and Bok (1998)
in the passworded file. While reading the preface and chapter 3 may be
useful, pay particular attention to the section on "Academic
Underperformance" (pg 72-86).
A. Helen Remick: Status of Minority and Women Faculty
• For January 30: Changes in a
- "The feminist and the scientist: One and the same" by Angela
Ginorio, Terry Marshall, and Lisa Breckenridge here
in a passworded file.
For February 2: Climate and Activities at
For February 6: Beverly Hartline,
Advancing Women and Minorities in Science
the WEPAN PILOT CLIMATE SURVEY: Exploring the Environment for
Undergraduate Engineering Students by Suzanne Brainard, Susan Staffin
Metz, and Gerald M. Gillmore, available here on the web as a word
- Browse the UW ADVANCE web site,
including reading the
to the NSF for the program (for speaker Joyce Yen).
- Browse the Center for Workforce
Development web site, including the program for Women in Science and
Engineering (for speaker Sheila Edwards Lange)
- Browse the School of
of Multicultural Affairs web site.(for speaker Victoria Gardner)
- If you have time, check out other UW-based programs such as the UW Office of Minority Affairs,
Engineering Science Achievement), GO-MAP (Graduate
Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program), SCORE (Student and
Community Relations Engineering Advising & Student Center), MSEP (Minority
Students in Engineering Program), Diversity in
Computer Science and Engineering, Rural Girls in Science,
For February 9
- Read one or two of the
bi-annual reports of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in
Science and Engineering. Think about which issues are most important,
how they would tackle these issues, and the advantages and challenges
of independent advisory groups consisting of volunteers who serve 3
- Look at this
report from the International Conference on Women in Physics,
particularly the survey report and the breakout summaries, and think
about the similarities and differences around the world and the
potential applicability in the US and to minorities.
A. Manik's Presentation on Biographies of Ethnic Minority and
B. Student Presentation on K-12 Climate for Ethnic Minorities and
For February 13: AAAS Meeting
- Click here for abstract and reading
- Browse the AAAS Meeting Program.
Decide whether to attend "Systemic Transformations in the Role of Women
in Science and Engineering" or "Building Capacity for Equity and
Success: Opportunities for Diversifying Science", both of which run
2:30-5:20 Friday Feb 13. You may also be interested in "Career
Path Analyses: Implications for Graduate Education" Friday from
4:30-6:30, or "Nearly Invisible: Experiences of Minority Science
Faculty in Mainstream Institutions," Sunday 2:30-5:30.
20: University Climate
A. University Climate: Students
from Science, Mathematics and Engineering Undergraduate Majors: An
Account," Science Education, V79, 437-473 (1995). pdf file The article is based
on the book "Talking about leaving : why
leave the sciences", by Elaine Seymour and Nancy M. Hewitt. (LC148.2
B. University Climate: Faculty
- Read the short article
in the Lab" about Duke University Physics in the January 23
Chronicle of Higher Education and the followup online
discussion forum with Judy Franz, executive officer of the American
- Browse Donna Nelson's Diversity
Surveys, comparing faculty and Ph.D. diversity at the top 50
institutions in math, computer science, electrical engineering,
physics, chemistry, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical
engineering. Choose one field
to examine in detail. Make
sure you look at the "utilization tables" that also list the number of
female department chairs at the top 50 departments (note all the
- Browse the American
Physical Society Dual -Science-Career-Couples report, reading the
introduction and recommendations.
- Browse the 1999 MIT Report on the
status of women in the sciences at MIT (or its update in
2002) and the 2002 MIT School of
Engineering report. Again, read
the intro and recommendations.
A. David's Presentation on Mentoring, Role Models and Stereotypes
For Feb 27: Meg Urry Public Lecture
B. Class discussion on Climate and Interventions - A series of short articles
to give you a flavor of different countries' environments for women.
- Click here for abstract.
- Parts 1, 2, and 3 of an article in The Atlantic Online on stereotype threat.
- An interview with Arthur Levine.
- The Mentor's Dilemma: Getting Critical Feedback Across the Racial Divide.
- This article on diversity from the IEEE Spectrum.
- This article on the professional preparation of African American graduate students from Professional Psychology.
For March 1:
Student Presentation on Impact of Federal Equity Laws
- Read the 1992 Baltimore
Charter and the browse the web sites of the associated 1992 and 2003 Women in
- Read Meg Urry's article "The Baltimore Charter and Women in
Astronomy" in the June 1999 AAS Status
- Read the article "Status of Women in Astronomy" by Meg Urry and
Patricia Knezak in the October 2003 AAS Newsletter.
For March 5: Carlos Rodriguez Public Lecture
- Click here
for abstract and reading materials.
For March 8:
Student Presentation on Testing and Standards in K-12
For March 12: Maresi Nerad Public Lecture - The intersection of Family and Career for Women PhDs
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