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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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Speaker Biographies

Laura Faer is the Chief Attorney for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in San Francisco. In this role, Ms. Faer is responsible for providing leadership and guidance in support of civil rights compliance and OCR’s enforcement program.
Ms. Faer has focused her practice on education, children’s rights, and civil rights law. She has served as lead counsel on a number of education equity cases. Among other cases, she successfully represented four foster siblings who were unlawfully segregated from the public school setting, helped defend against a constitutional challenge to Los Angeles Unified School District’s voluntary integration program, challenged the practice of involuntarily removing and transferring students, helped ensure millions of dollars in funding was maintained for students with severe mental health disabilities, challenged solitary confinement and education deprivation conditions for juveniles in California, and also worked extensively on the statewide education reform and equity case, Williams v. State of California. In 2011, she was named a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year after she helped secure a landmark settlement in Casey A. v. Gundry, a class action alleging that youth detained at the largest complex of probation camps in the nation were denied a constitutionally adequate education. Prior to taking her current position, Ms. Faer was first the Directing Attorney of the Children’s Rights Project and then founded and directed the Statewide Education Rights Project for Public Counsel. The Statewide Education Rights Project unites litigation, legislation, policy change, direct services, and community partnerships to create a model for education reform across California. The Children’s Rights Project is Public Counsel’s largest program, which involves more than 700 volunteers who helped over 28,000 children and youth in 2010. The project facilitates adoptions of foster children, helps secure hundreds of legal guardianships, provides Guardian ad Litems for children who have been harmed while in foster care, and education and transition advocacy for low-income, foster, homeless, and delinquent youth, among other work.
Ms. Faer led Public Counsel’s sponsorship of a number of groundbreaking pieces of legislation, including AB 1933, ensuring education stability rights for foster youth, and AB 420, limiting suspensions and expulsions for the catch-all category of willful defiance. In 2012, she successfully led an effort to pass seven bills aimed at improving outcomes for students of color, foster youth, and students with disabilities. She also led the creation of and co-developed the Fix School Discipline Toolkits and website, one stop resources for addressing the school-to-prison pipeline and stopping school pushout. As a Skadden Law Fellow, Ms. Faer worked to improve education outcomes and educational quality for low-income children in some of South Los Angeles’ lowest performing schools. She ran a community-based education law clinic and successfully advocated for state legislative and regulatory changes related to California’s implementing statutes for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004. Mrs. Faer clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, has been consistently named a Rising Star by California Lawyer magazine since 2008, and has received other awards and recognition for championship of civil rights issues.

Dr. Chris Krebs is a Chief Scientist in RTI’s Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience. He has extensive experience planning and conducting studies that involve cross-sectional and longitudinal research designs; survey development and testing; experimentation; survey data collection with different and mixed modes (e.g., web-based, in-person, telephone, and mail); data analysis; and dissemination. Dr. Krebs has extensive experience studying victimization in general, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment, sexual coercion, and sexual violence, as well as risk and protective factors for, and the consequences of, these experiences. He has conducted research with adolescents and young adults, and he worked on the design, testing, and implementation phases of the CDC-funded National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). He led the NIJ-funded Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) and the Historically Black College and University Campus Sexual Assault (HBCU-CSA) Studies, as well as the recently released Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS) that was funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Office of Violence Against Women.

Lilia Cortina (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 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. One line of this work 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. To date, Professor Cortina has published nearly 70 articles and chapters on these topics. In recognition of unusual and outstanding contributions to the field, she has been named Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Professor Cortina’s research on sexual harassment has won awards, and its impact stretches beyond academia and into other professional spheres. She has served as an expert witness in several different venues, translating findings from social science to inform policy and legal decision-making. For example, she provided expert testimony to the Department of Defense Judicial Proceedings Panel; commissioned by Congress, this Panel is conducting an independent review of military judicial procedures surrounding sexual assault. She also testified to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.
In addition to research, Professor Cortina is Associate Director of the University of Michigan’s ADVANCE Program. Initially focusing on institutional transformation with respect to women faculty in science and engineering, this program has expanded to support the needs of a diverse faculty in all fields. She has also served on the External Advisory Boards of other institutions’ NSF ADVANCE grants.

Vicki J. Magley (Ph.D., 1999, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Social/Organizational Psychology) 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. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how individuals cope with and organizations manage such mistreatment. Much of her research has derived from consulting with organizations in understanding their climate of mistreatment and in evaluating interventions designed to alter that climate.
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 UConn Department of Psychological Sciences and is PI on a NIOSH-funded training grant in Occupational Health Psychology.

Dr. Gail Wyatt a Clinical Psychologist, board certified Sex Therapist and Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA.
She is a graduate of Fisk University and received her doctorate at UCLA. For the first 17 years of her career, Dr. Wyatt was the first ethnic minority to receive training as a sexologist. She received a prestigious NIMH Research Scientist Career Development Award to develop culturally congruent measures, conceptual frameworks and interventions to capture sexual decision making among ethnic minority men and women within a socio cultural framework. She was the first African American woman in California to receive a license to practice Psychology, and the first African American woman Ph.D. to reach full Professor in a school of Medicine. Her research examines the consensual and abusive sexual relationships of women and men, the biological and behavioral effects of these experiences on their psychological well-being and the cultural context of risks for STIs and HIV. She has conducted national and international research funded by the NIMH, NIDA, State and private funders since 1980. Dr. Wyatt has been selected as a senior research fellow by the COBB Institute for the National Medical Association.
Dr. Wyatt directs the Sexual Health program, the Phodiso and Tirisano Training Projects in South Africa, the HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse, Trauma and Mental Health Training Program, the Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities, and is an Associate Director of the UCLA AIDS Institute. She has been internationally recognized for her work in Jamaica, Africa, India and most recently, South Africa, where she has conducted a longitudinal study of the aftermath of rape among South African women. Among the 6 books, her best selling book, “Stolen Women: Reclaiming our Sexuality, Taking back our Lives” (John Wiley and Sons) provides the historical roots of violence and racism that continue to present challenges for African Americans today, In “No More Clueless sex”, written with Dr, Lewis Wyatt, they both provide clinical information to assist men and women in understanding their bodies and sexuality.
Dr. Wyatt has published well over 200 journal articles and book chapters, makes countless presentations internationally, and has been recognized for her mentoring and research by the American Psychological Association, as well as state and international organizations and churches. She is the recipient of numerous awards. Dr. Wyatt has provided Congressional testimony 10 times during the Clinton and Obama administrations. She and her team were first to be funded by NIMH to develop an intervention for HIV positive women with histories of sexual violence, entitled “Healing Our Women”. She was the initiator of a multi-disciplinary team that developed and tested the first culturally congruent intervention for HIV sero-discordant African American couples in four cities with NIMH. This is the first intervention developed and tested for self identified heterosexual male and female couples, which represents the most common mode of HIV transmission in the world. That program has been adapted for transgender women and is accepted and used.across the U.S.

Dr. 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. She received her doctorate in Anthropology from Yale University, and a joint Honors bachelor degree in Biological Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Harvard University. Clancy’s research integrates life history, evolutionary medicine, and feminist biology approaches to contest clinical definitions of normal in women’s health. Clinicians tend to define normal female bodies narrowly, and pathologize variation outside of their definition. However, the way in which medical knowledge of girls and women is developed, taught, and maintained, shown by both historians of science and cultural anthropologists, exposes the medical misconceptions that have been reinforced over time because women have been underrepresented in question development, hypothesis testing, and clinical work.
Clancy’s laboratory investigates the ways women’s reproductive physiology varies, and how that variation is informed by genes, environment, and gene-environment interactions. They test hypotheses about how developmental trajectories, energetic and non-energetic stressors, and social support influence factors such as pubertal timing, menstrual cycle variation, ovarian follicular dynamics, endometrial function, and birth outcomes. Clancy’s main field sites are the Mogielica Human Ecology Study Site in rural Poland, where she has worked since 2002, and the Girls Adventures in Math, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) summer camp in Urbana, Illinois, a longitudinal research project in its fourth year.
Clancy’s critical research on the culture of science has also received widespread attention. She and her colleagues have 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. Clancy was awarded the central Illinois Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction in 2014, and she was named one of Nature’s “10 most influential scientists” in 2013.
Finally, Clancy is committed to improving the public understanding of science. She maintains an independent blog after writing for Scientific American for three years, and her popular science writing has been anthologized three times.

Gilda A. Barabino is Berg Professor and Dean of The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She holds appointments the in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and the CUNY Sophie Davis 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. She is a noted investigator in 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. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She was the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 2012-2014. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Xavier University and is the recipient of numerous awards including the BMES Diversity Award, the BMES Distinguished Service Award, the American Society for Engineering Education/Dow Outstanding Faculty Award, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Minority Affairs Committee Distinguished Service and Eminent Chemical Engineers Awards. She is the President of AIMBE and a Past-President of BMES. Dr. Barabino is a member of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advisory Committee for Engineering and has served on the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council. Dr. Barabino has decades of experience in leading initiatives for women and minority faculty and students. She directs the NSF Minority Faculty Development Workshop and is the founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Faculty Equity.

Telle Whitney is the President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute. As the President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), Telle Whitney drives ABI’s mission to increase the representation of women technologists in the global workforce and has led ABI’s substantial growth in size and impact. Previously, Telle held senior technical management positions with Malleable Technologies and Actel Corporation, and co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. She serves on the advisory boards of Caltech’s Information Science and Technology initiative, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and Illuminate Ventures. She also serves on the Board of Directors for CMD-IT. Telle has received ACM’s Distinguished Service award, the CRA’s A. Nico Habermann Award for her role in founding and sustaining NCWIT, and an honorary degree from Carnegie Mellon University, among other awards. Telle received her Ph.D. from Caltech, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, both in Computer Science.

Dr. Phyllis Carr is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. She did her internship and residency at Cornell New York Hospital and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in epidemiology and biostatistics. She was on the faculty of Boston City Hospital, subsequently at Massachusetts General Hospital and was recruited back to Boston University School of Medicine as Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She initiated the Academies of Advisors, a mentoring program emphasizing professionalism and humanism, which was termed the “Cadillac” of advising programs by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Her research focus has been the faculty development of women and minorities in academic medicine. She has been a national leader in this area as evidenced by her research funding, multiple national invited lectures, visiting professorships and seminal publications, a number of which have over 200 citations.
She was Dual Principal Investigator on a National Institutes of Health R01 grant of the only national longitudinal study of medical faculty followed long term (17 years). She is on the Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the NIH Research Partnership on Women in Medicine and Science and a Co-Collection Editor of both an Academic Medicine and a Journal of Women’s Health issue devoted to the partnership.

Patricia Ryan Recupero, JD, MD, is the SVP of Education and Training for Care New England Health System and past President and CEO of Butler Hospital. She serves as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She holds board certification in Forensic Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and writes on technology in medical practice.
Earning both an M.D. and J.D., Dr. Recupero is able to combine the professions of medicine and the law to advance mental health. She has written and lectured on many topics including prevention of sexual harassment, substance abuse and marital violence, the effects of alcohol on women and children, and cyber medicine. She has also authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters, articles and abstracts.

Dr. Brent Stanfield is the Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Extramural Research (OER), which is the focal point for policies and guidelines for extramural research administration within NIH and in partnership with the biomedical research community. He is also the Director of the Division of Extramural Activities in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
Dr. Stanfield is a Developmental Neuroscientist. He first became involved in neuroscience research as an undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine, in the early ‘70s. He received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1978. In 1980 he moved to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA where he later joined the faculty, while also serving as Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurosciences at the UCSD School of Medicine. In 1987 he moved his lab to NIH where he became a tenured Research Scientist in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
In 1996, after almost 25 years in the lab, Dr. Stanfield turned his attention to research administration. After briefly working in the Office of Science Policy, NIH and then in the Office of Science Policy and Program Planning, NIMH, he became the Acting Deputy Scientific Director, helping to oversee the Division of Intramural Research in NIMH. In 1998 Dr. Stanfield was appointed the Director of the Office of Science Policy and Program Planning, NIMH, and in 2000 he was appointed the Deputy Director of the Center for Scientific Review at NIH. In 2005 he moved to his current position at NIDDK. In September of 2015 he was asked to serve as well as the Acting Deputy Director of OER.
During over 28 years at NIH Dr. Stanfield’s career has entailed rather broad research and administrative responsibilities, spanning, lab-bench research, intramural and extramural administration, as well as science policy.

Chris Uggen is Distinguished McKnight Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota and a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. He studies crime, law, and justice, firm in the belief that sound research can help build a more just and peaceful world. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy, and his writing on felon voting, work and crime, and harassment and discrimination is frequently cited in media such as the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR. Current projects include a comparative study of reentry from different types of institutions, sexual harassment and employment discrimination, crime and justice after genocide, and the health effects of incarceration. His outreach and engagement projects include editing Contexts Magazine and TheSocietyPages.Org (both with Doug Hartmann), a book series and multimedia social science hub drawing one million readers per month.

Anita Levy has served as a senior program officer in the AAUP's Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance since 2002. Her additional responsibilities have included staff oversight for the Association’s Committee on Women in the Academic Profession, the Committee on Accreditation, and the Committee on Teaching, Research, and Publications. She has been a contributor to numerous AAUP reports and policy documents, including The History, Uses, and Abuses of Title IX, Campus Sexual Assault: Suggested Policies and Procedures, and Ensuring Academic Freedom in Politically Controversial Academic Personnel Decisions.
In 2012, she was appointed for a five year term to the Fulbright Specialist Roster as a candidate in higher education. Before joining the AAUP’s national staff, she taught English literature and gender studies at Williams College and the University of Rochester, and is the author of two books, Reproductive Urges: Popular Novel-Reading, Sexuality, and the English Nation (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), and Other Women: The Writing of Class, Race, and Gender, 1832-1898 (Princeton University Press, 1993), and numerous articles.

Yesenia Gallegos has been practicing employment law for over 12 years. She is a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP and works in Los Angeles, California. She represents employers in wage and hour class actions, single and multi-plaintiff discrimination and harassment claims, and matters involving restrictive covenants. She also provides employers with counseling and offers a variety of risk management training in English or Spanish such as sexual harassment prevention, risks of joint employer liability, wage and hour law compliance, administering leaves of absence, and training on other topics. Yesenia is the Co-Chair of Fox Rothschild’s Diversity Committee and is also a member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. She has handled dozens of sexual harassment matters in state and federal court. She was also one of two Partners at her firm that represented CLS Transportation in the pivotal case of Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, a California Supreme Court case that strengthened the enforceability of mandatory class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements.
Yesenia is an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), and is an active participant in the MCCA. She attended UCLA where she received her BA in Political Science, and obtained her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.