Join Iris Magazine in celebrating the accomplishments of women in STEM
Iris Magazine will host a “Celebration for Women in STEM,” co-sponsored by the U.Va. Parents Committee and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. The event will take place in the Commonwealth Room of Newcomb Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.
Last February, Iris held a similar event celebrating the achievements of women in the Darden i.Lab program, whose focus is to provide education and support for new entrepreneurs. The staff of Iris was so thrilled with the dialogue at this event that they decided to host another similar event in order to continue conversations about the rewards and challenges of working in a male-dominated field.
Amy LaViers, Kim Wilkens and Pam Norris, three women from the Charlottesville area, will be speaking about their experiences working in STEM.
You do not need to be a science or math major to enjoy this celebration! The event is open to anyone with an interest in the STEM fields, so join us to learn more about the accomplishments of these women in our community. Appetizers will also be served, so no one will leave hungry! All guests should RSVP to Agnes Filipowski, Women's Center Communications Assistant / Iris Magazine Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Introducing our guest speakers:
Kim Wilkens (M. Ed.) graduated with a degree in C.S. in 1987 and earned her master’s in 2014. She started her career at IBM in Austin and then became an independent tech consultant when she moved to Charlottesville in 1998. In 2001, she began teaching technology in K-8 schools. In 2012, she started Tech-Girls with a mission to empower girls to imagine and achieve their future dreams in our tech-savvy world. She is currently co-coordinator of the computer science initiative at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. To learn more about Tech-Girls, click here.
Meet our moderator:
Lisa Messeri is an anthropologist and historian of science and technology. Her research examines the role of place in scientific practice, focusing on how scientists and engineers create place through their daily practice. Her first book, entitled Placing Outer Space (forthcoming with Duke University Press), is an ethnography of contemporary planetary scientists and how they refashion distant, alien formations of gas and rock as intimate, familiar places; how planets become worlds. This work allows us to reflect on our own understandings of Earth as a planet, place and world. Messeri also writes about and is interested in how grand visions of future technologies shape current practices, what it means to live on Earth in the age of the “Anthropocene,” and public engagement in science through citizen science portals and Kickstarter-like platforms. For more information on Lisa, visit her website.