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NSF helps Center for Women and Work hold conference

By From Mass High Tech

The National Science Foundation awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant to The Center for Women and Work (CWW) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to organize, conduct and publish proceedings of a conference focusing on two generations of research conducted on work environments for women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scheduled for June 2007.

Conference participants will two groups of scholars who have conducted research on women’s success in STEM fields: those whose research was done in the 1960s and 1970s and scholars who began their work in the 1990s.

The conference is intended to foster intergenerational, interdisciplinary dialogue on this area of scholarship, comparing research themes, evaluating findings and developing a set of potential research questions to guide future work, according to CWW officials.

Principal investigator for the grant is Dr. Paula Rayman, professor, regional economic and social development department at UMass Lowell and CWW senior associate. Co-principal Investigator is Dr. Meg Bond, professor, psychology department at UMass Lowell and director of CWW.