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Workshop on Women of Color in STEM
November 10, 2017
Washington, DC

Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Meeting
November 9-10, 2017
Washington, DC

Celebrating Women in Science and Recognizing L’ORÉAL USA Women in Science Fellows
November 9, 2017
Washington, DC

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Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia

An ad hoc committee under the oversight of Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) will undertake a study of the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. Please contact us at
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The study scope will include the following:

• Review of the research on the extent to which women in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine are victimized by sexual harassment on college and university campuses, in research labs and field sites; at hospitals/medical centers; and in other academic environments;

• Examination of existing information on the extent to which sexual harassment in academia negatively impacts the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women pursuing scientific, engineering, technical, and medical careers, with comparative evidence drawn from other sectors, such as the military, government, and the private sector.

• Identification and analysis of policies, strategies and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing sexual harassment in these settings.

For purposes of this study, the definition of sexual harassment includes unwanted sexual advances and requests for sexual favors and other unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature, as well as those situations in which the work or study environment is made intimidating or offensive as a result of actions that are gender-based and that interfere with an individual’s academic or work performance, opportunities for advancement, and morale.

The committee will issue a consensus report at the conclusion of the study.

If you have resources you would like to share with the committee, you can do so by submitting your comment to the project e-mail at

Any comments or material you submit to the committee, including your name and identifying information, will be listed in the Public Access File for the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, in compliance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). By submitting comments, you acknowledge and agree that the National Academies will be authorized to use any such comments or submissions in the committee’s report or related materials in accordance with the institution’s Terms of Use Statement, which includes the granting of a Nonexclusive License.


Meetings & Events

First Committee Meeting
February 10, 2017
Via Webex
To join the Open Session via Webex please RSVP to

Second Committee Meeting
March 28-29, 2017
Washington, DC
To join the Open Session via Webcast please contact

Third Committee Meeting
June 20-21, 2017
(Open Session to be held on June 20, 2017)
Irvine, CA

Fourth Committee Meeting 
October 4-5, 2017
Boston, MA

5th Committee Meeting
October 25, 2017
Virtual Meeting via WebEx
From 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

Panel Discussion on Federal Research Misconduct Policies and Processes and Sexual Harassment: Lessons Learned and Possible Connections
Moderator: Tom Arrison, National Academies, study director for the report on Fostering Integrity in Research
o Susan J. Garfinkel, Director of the NIH Division of Investigative Oversight
o Robert Cosgrove, NSF Equal Opportunity Program Manager (Compliance)
o Ann M. Arvin, Vice Provost and Dean of Research at Stanford and committee member for the National Academies study on Fostering Integrity in Research.
o C. K. Gunsalus, Director of the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics and committee member for the National Academies study on Fostering Integrity in Research.

For more information on this session please email Frazier Benya (

6th Committee Meeting [CLOSED MEETING]
December 8, 2017 - December 8, 2017
Virtual Meeting

7th Committee Meeting [CLOSED MEETING]
January 11, 2018 - January 12, 2018
National Academy of Sciences Building
2100 C St. NW
Washington D.C.


The committee will issue a consensus report at the conclusion of the study.



Paula Johnson (NAM) is the 14th president of Wellesley College. Before coming to Wellesley, President Johnson founded and served as the inaugural executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, as well as Chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital—a Harvard teaching hospital. A cardiologist, President Johnson was the Grace A. Young Family Professor of Medicine in the Field of Women’s Health, an endowed professorship named in honor of her mother, at Harvard Medical School. She was also Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research has impacted women across the United States through its influence on the implementation of health care reform. She also led the development of a case-based curriculum, which is influencing the development of emerging leaders seeking to improve the health of women globally. President Johnson attended Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, received her MD and MPH degrees from Harvard, and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Sheila Evans Widnall (NAE) is an aerospace researcher and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She served as United States Secretary of the Air Force between 1993 and 1997, making her the first female Secretary of the Air Force and the first woman to lead an entire branch of the U.S. military in the Department of Defense. Widnall graduated from MIT with an S.B. in 1960, S.M. in 1961, and Sc.D. in 1964, all in Aeronautics. She was appointed as the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1986 and joined the Engineering Systems Division, was Chair of the Faculty 1979-1981, and has served as MIT's Associate Provost from 1992-1993. In 1988 she was the President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1993, in the wake of the Tailhook scandal, she became Secretary of the Air Force. During her tenure she handled the Kelly Flinn scandal. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1985, serving as vice-president from 1998 to 2005 and winning the Arthur M. Bueche Award in 2009. Widnall was a member of the board of investigation into the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.


Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and affiliated faculty at the Haas School of Business in their Operations and Information Technology Management Group. She directs the BEST Lab: Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies | Berkeley Expert Systems Technology | Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities. She currently serves as Chair of the Development Engineering Graduate Group and Education Director of the Blum Center for Emerging Economies. Alice Agogino served as Chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate in 2005-06, having served as Vice Chair during the 2004-05 academic year. She has served in a number of other administrative positions at UC Berkeley including Associate Dean of Engineering and Faculty Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost in Educational Development and Technology. She is currently serving as Chair of the Development Engineering Graduate Group and Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Dr. Agogino worked in industry for Dow Chemical, General Electric and SRI International. She is or has served on a number of university advisory boards: CMU CIT, KAUST, Harvard/Radcliffe, MIT and SUTD. Dr. Agogino received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico (1975), M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (1978) from the University of California at Berkeley and Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University (1984).

Nicholas Arnold is Professor of Engineering at the Santa Barbara City College. He is the 2010 recipient of the Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award from the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, which recognizes one California community college faculty member each year who has shown outstanding commitment to diversity. He is a one-person department of Engineering at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), where he has taught for eight years. He was previously with Alan Hancock College (AHC) for six years. Nicholas Arnold established the MESA (Mathematics, Science, Engineering Achievement) program, at both SBCC and AHC, which provides help to approximately 100 underrepresented, first generation students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields each year at each college. Dr. Arnold earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1990. He earned his B.A. in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at San Diego in 1984. He was conferred the A.S. in Engineering at Sierra College in 1981.

Gilda A. Barabino is Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She has appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine. Prior to joining CCNY, she served as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. At Georgia Tech she also served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Diversity. Prior to her appointments at Georgia Tech and Emory, she rose to the rank of Full Professor of Chemical Engineering and served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on the areas of sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering. She consults nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, policy, workforce development and faculty development. Dr. Barabino received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.

Kathryn Clancy is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, with affiliations in the Program for Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology. Clancy's laboratory investigates the ways women's reproductive physiology varies, and how that variation is informed by genes, environment, and gene-environment interactions. Clancy’s critical research on the culture of science has also received widespread attention. She and her colleagues empirically demonstrated the continued problem of sexual harassment and assault in the field sciences in a 2014 paper in PLOS ONE, and astronomy and physics in upcoming publications. In 2007 she served as Preceptor Faculty and Department of Anthropology Associate at Harvard University. In 2006 Clancy served as a lecturer for Yale University’s college seminar program. She received her doctorate in Anthropology from Yale University in 2007, and a joint Honors bachelor degree in Biological Anthropology and Women's Studies from Harvard University in 2001.

Lilia Cortina is Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Since 1994, she has specialized in the study of workplace victimization, primarily using large-scale survey methods. Her research addresses sexual harassment on the job – focusing on the contours and consequences of harassment in the lives of both women and men. In another stream of research, she investigates workplace incivility. In addition to research, Cortina is Associate Director of the University of Michigan's ADVANCE Program. Since 2000 Cortina has held various positions at the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology, Women Studies, and Management. She has also served on the External Advisory Boards of other institutions' NSF ADVANCE grants. Cortina obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College. She earned her A.M. and Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Amy Dodrill is Vice President and General Manager Trumpf Medical USA. She has 20+ years of industry experience in the medical device market and has gained significant exposure to several aspects of business in her dynamic career. Both nationally and globally, she has excelled in commercial operations, sales management, and executive leadership positions from companies such as GE Healthcare, DynaVox – Mayer Johnson, Hill-Rom, and Trumpf Medical, where she is presently the General Manager & Vice President of the US Division. A member of the Professional Women’s Network leadership team, which focuses on creating an environment that fosters a diversified workforce. She is passionate, driven and achieves the high goals she sets for herself professionally and personally -including visiting all seven continents, twenty-seven countries and all fifty US states. Amy Dodrill gradated with a Bachelors in Science Degree in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Lisa García Bedolla
is Chancellor's Professor in UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education and its Travers Department of Political Science. Her research looks at the intersection of race, class, gender and political engagement, with a focus on the Latino community in California and nationally. She is author of Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005). Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Bedolla was an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Irvine. She also held a position as Assistant Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies at the California State University, Long Beach from 1999 to 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

Liza H. Gold
is a board certified clinical and forensic psychiatrist. She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is in private practice in Arlington, VA and has been in practice since 1990. Dr. Gold teaches nationally on topics of forensic psychiatry. Dr. Gold has twice won the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law’s Manfred Guttmacher Award, first in 2006 for her book, Sexual Harassment: Psychiatric Assessment in Employment Litigation (2004) and again in 2011 for Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace (2009). Dr. Gold has served as a media consultant in forensic psychiatry for ABC, CNN, PBS, NPR, and USA Today, among others. Dr. Gold maintains active licenses in Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. Dr. Gold obtained her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. She obtained a Masters in the History of Medicine from University of Cambridge, and earned her B.A. from Harvard/Radcliffe College.

Melvin Greer is Director of Data Science and Analytics at Intel Corporation. Melvin‘s systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in Cloud Computing, Synthetic Biology and IoT Bio-sensors for edge analytics. Melvin previously held positions as professor and distinguished lecturer at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, College of Engineering and at George Mason University, International Cyber Center. Melvin is the award-winning author of the bestselling book, 21st Century Leadership, and the Managing Director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation, focused on the maturing of new leaders and the growth of future innovators. Melvin obtained an M.S. in Computer Information Systems from American University. He is a vocal advocate and supporter of increasing the representation of woman and underrepresented minorities in science.

Linda C. Gundersen is a Scientist Emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey, having spent 34 years there as a research scientist, program manager, and senior executive. The first half of her career focused on conducting and managing research projects in geochemistry, ore deposits, and interdisciplinary studies of radionuclides in rocks, soils, and water; eventually assessing the geologic radon potential of the United States. From 1994-98, she served as a program manager for both the Energy Resources Program and Mineral Resources Program. She served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Risk Assessment of Exposure to Radon in Drinking Water from 1997-1999. In 1998, she became a senior executive and the Associate Chief Geologist for Operations. Three years later, she was appointed the Chief Scientist for Geology and served in that capacity for 10 years before becoming the first Director of the Office of Science Quality and Integrity. Her academic background includes undergraduate and graduate work in structural geology and geochemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Elizabeth Hillman is the President of Mills College. She brings to Mills extensive experience in higher education administration and instruction and a distinguished background working on key women and gender issues. She is the former provost and academic dean at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she also served as the chief academic officer. Prior to her position at Hastings, Hillman served as professor of law and director of faculty development at Rutgers University School of Law and taught at Yale University and the US Air Force Academy. She also was an officer in the US Air Force, where she served as a space operations officer and orbital analyst. Hillman has had a longstanding academic interest in women’s education, and expertise in military gender issues that has brought her national and international recognition. Hillman has conducted extensive research on the history of sexual violence in military organizations and culture, which led to her appointment, 2013–2014, to the Response Systems to the Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP), an independent panel chartered by the US Congress to study and make recommendations about sexual assault in the US military. She received her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1989 and an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and went on to receive a JD from Yale Law School in 2000 and a PhD in history with a focus on women’s history from Yale University in 2001.

Timothy R.B. Johnson (NAM) is the Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and also the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Women's Studies, and Research Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development of the University of Michigan. His medical education and training were completed at the University of Michigan, University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins. He is Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. In 2005, Dr. Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor of ACOG. He is Past President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Anna Kirkland is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women's Studies,  Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), and Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program of the University of Michigan (2017-2018). Her research has focused on the interactions between identity categories, discrimination, and health. She holds a courtesy appointment in Political Science. Primarily situated in the law and society tradition, Professor Kirkland also works within science studies, disability studies, and gender studies using theoretical and interpretive methods. Prof. Kirkland's second book, Vaccine Court: The Law and Politics of Injury, is newly available from New York University Press (2016). Her first book, Fat Rights: Dilemmas of Difference and Personhood, was published in 2008 by New York University Press. She is the co-editor with Jonathan Metzl of Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (New York University Press, 2010). Her published articles analyze topics such as the politics of vaccines in state legislatures, scientific credibility and vaccine criticism, rights consciousness in the fat acceptance movement, the environmental approach to anti-obesity policy, and transgender discrimination as sex discrimination.

Edward Lazowska (NAE) is the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he also serves as the Director of the University of Washington eScience Institute. Lazowska is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lazowska’s national leadership activities include serving as Co-Chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003-05, and as Co-Chair of the Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2010. A long-time advocate for increasing women’s participation in the field, Lazowska serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Lazowska received his A.B. in computer science from Brown University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Toronto in 1977, when he joined the University of Washington faculty. He is a current member of the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Vicki J. Magley is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The main focus of her research lies within the domain of occupational health psychology and combines both organizational and feminist perspectives in the study of workplace sexual harassment and incivility. Dr. Magley is a past President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP), is presently an associate editor for the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Psychology. She chairs the Industrial/Organizational Division in the University of Connecticut Department of Psychological Sciences and is principle investigator on a National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded training grant in Occupational Health Psychology. Dr. Magley earned her Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Social/Organizational Psychology.

Roberta Marinelli is the Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. She was executive director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. Marinelli was at the University of Southern California from 2011 to 2016. Prior to that, she was program director for Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems for the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Sciences Division and earlier had been associate program director for NSF’s Antarctic Biology and Medicine program. She also has been a researcher and faculty member at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography at the University System of Georgia. Marinelli has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in marine science from the University of South Carolina.

Constance A. Morella represented Maryland's 8th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. She also served as Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 2003 to 2007. She currently serves on American University's faculty as an Ambassador in Residence for the Women & Politics Institute. She was appointed to the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) in 2010. From 1987 until 2003, Ambassador Morella represented Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives where she developed a national reputation as a leading advocate for women, children, and families. Previously, she served in the Maryland House of Delegates and is the only woman member of the Maryland General Assembly to be elected to the U.S. Congress. During her sixteen years in the House of Representatives, Ambassador Morella was a leader in efforts to promote economic growth through science and technology, serving as a member of the House Committee on Science and chairing the subcommittee on Technology. Prior to her service in the U. S. Congress and the Maryland House of Delegates, Ambassador Morella was a Professor of English at Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland from 1970 until 1985. In 2008 she was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics. She was appointed Ambassador in Residence at American University School of Public Affairs where she teaches “Women, Politics, and Public Policy.” Ambassador Morella holds a B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. from American University and 12 honorary degrees.

John B. Pryor is Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University. Pryor received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University in 1977 and began teaching at Illinois State University in 1985. Pryor was the Director of the College of Arts and Sciences Research Office from 1995-1998 and was Acting Chair of the Department of Psychology in 1998-1999. He is a Fellow at the Association for Psychological Science and at the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Midwestern Psychological Association and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Pryor’s research on sexual harassment has established his credentials as a consultant retained by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice, as well as law firms from Rhode Island to Hawaii.

Billy M. Williams is the Director of Science at the American Geophysical Union (AGU). As a member of the senior team reporting to the Executive Director/CEO, he serves as senior staff partner to the AGU Council and supports the council in implementing AGU’s science policy, agenda, and work plan. Prior to joining AGU, Williams served as a Global R&D Director at the Dow Chemical Company, and as the Director of Dow’s External Science and Technology Programs. More recently he served as a senior program officer in the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences where he was responsible for assembling and leading committees of nationally prominent scientists, engineers, and scholars to address nationally critical issues, including serving as study director for the 2011 National Research Council report, National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces. Williams earned his B.S. in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Central Michigan University.


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