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March 17, 2000

Purdue to help shape role of women in education

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A director of the National Science Foundation will be a featured speaker as Purdue University joins a national discussion on the role of women in higher education.

Jane Butler Kahle, division director for elementary, secondary and information education at the National Science Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Krannert Building Auditorium. Her presentation is titled, "Science and Engineering in the 21st Century: Will Women be Full Players?"

Kahle, formerly on the faculty of the Purdue biology department, is on leave from Miami (Ohio) University to the National Science Foundation. She is a nationally recognized expert in science education and gender equity. She will share a vision of the role women will play in science and engineering in the 21st century. The event is sponsored by the Women in Science and the Women in Engineering programs.

Several Purdue organizations have planned events in conjunction with a national conference March 27-29 at the University of Minnesota called "Shaping a National Agenda for Women in Higher Education."

Purdue community members can participate in the national discussion through two two-hour teleconference downlinks at 1 p.m. Monday, March 27, and 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, both in Room 326, Stewart Center. Barbara Clark, director of Purdue's Women in Science Program, said the downlinks will be the opening and closing sessions of the conference. Marilyn Haring, dean of the School of Education, will keynote the Purdue portion of the conference starting at 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 27, in Room 326, Stewart Center. Her presentation is titled "Examining the Assumptions That Impact Women in Higher Education – An Interaction."

In preparation for the national conference, the Council on the Status of Women and the Office of the Vice President for Human Relations are sponsoring a series of Brown Bag Discussions to help focus on issues.

On Wednesday, March 22, a session for women in administrative and support positions will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. in Room 1284, Liberal Arts and Education Building. Barbara Middleton, director of marketing and communications for housing and food services, will lead a discussion about issues including promotions, professional development and salary equity. At the same time in Room 2275, Joan Marshall, associate dean in the School of Liberal Arts, will lead a discussion for women in the classroom.

Branna Smith, a work life specialist with personnel services, will lead a discussion about balancing work and family at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, in Room 2275, Liberal Arts and Education Building.

During the final Brown Bag Discussion at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, participants will identify and prioritize issues and develop strategies for dealing with them. Lorraine Kisselburgh, director of information technology in the School of Liberal Arts, will lead that discussion in Room 322, Stewart Center. The conclusions will be sent to the national conference for inclusion at the final session.

CONTACT: Clark, (765) 494-1771; clark@science.purdue.edu


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