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50/50 Lecture Series

UMass Lowell is embarking on an ambitious program to increase participation and advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academic careers. One of our goals is to provide the campus community with examples of successful women in STEM at the academic level through a 50/50 Lecture Series. We will bring notable scientists to campus to give a lecture in a special format. Half of the speaker’s time will be allotted to his/her technical, educational and research interests, and the other half will be devoted to his/her career path, detailing, for example, challenges overcome or the influence of mentors. These lectures, balanced by the speaker’s research accomplishments and personal career journey, will inspire younger faculty of both genders to persevere not only through the example set by leaders in STEM, but by looking at their own career holistically.


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Past Lectures

Julie Zimmerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Yale University
“Designing Safer Chemicals and Nanomaterials for Enhanced Applications and Minimized Implications”
March 27, 2014
UMass Lowell faculty host: Meg Sobkowicz-Kline (Plastics Engineering)

Maria Santore, Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering at UMass
“Soft and Hard Biomimetic Interfaces”
December 2, 2014
UMass Lowell faculty host: Marina Ruths (Chemistry)

Carla Brodley, Dean of the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University
“Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Machine Learning”
March 12, 2015
UMass Lowell faculty host: Kate Saenko (Computer Science)

Quing Zhu, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at UCONN
“Ultrasound-guided Diffuse Light Imaging and Co-registered Ultrasound & Photoacoustic Imaging: Matching the Tool to the Cancer Site”
October 19, 2015
UMass Lowell faculty host: Xingwei Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Maydianne Andrade, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto
“The Private Lives of Black Widows: How Behaviour Links Ecology & Evolution”
April 5, 2016
UMass Lowell faculty host: Jessica Garb (Biological Science)

Julie Chen, Vice Provost for Research, Ph.D., worked with the UMass Lowell Center for Women and Work to host the inaugural 50/50 Lecture Series. The goal of the 50/50 Lecture Series is to inspire established and emerging STEM professionals to persevere not only by considering the example set by leaders in STEM, but by looking at their own career holistically.