PROFILES OF PARTICIPANTS

Lisa Bievenue is the K-12 lead for the Education, Outreach and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (EOT-PACI) and Education Program Coordinator at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her current research interests include the use of computer-based modeling and scientific visualization to promote learning, and professional development programs to support the use of technology in the classroom. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at the University of Illinois, where she earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees.

Amy Bug, Associate Professor of Physics at Swarthmore College, conducts research on computational chemical physics. She received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has conducted postdoctoral research at Exxon and Columbia University. Dr. Bug is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Physical Society, the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Neutron Scattering Society.

Catherine (Kitty) Didion is the Executive Director of the Association for Women in Science, which is dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics and engineering, working through a national office and 74 local chapters. AWIS has produced several major publications including A Hand-Up: Women Mentoring Women in Science, Grants at a Glance, and Taking the Initiative (Proceedings of a Leadership Conference for Women in Science and Engineering). As Executive Director of AWIS, Ms. Didion has written about women and science for The Scientist and Science and Initiatives, has testified before Congressional committees, national commissions and other major government task forces, and has spoken in a variety of professional forums. She is currently the Chair of the Environment and Science Task Forces for the Coalition for Women’s Appointments, and is co-principal investigator on several NSF grants.

Julie Sheridan Eng ’88 is Director of New Product Development at Agere Technologies. She chairs the IEEE Committee on Women in Engineering’s subcommittee on governmental and public policy, and was Chair of the WIE committee from 1997-98. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Natalie Feilchenfeld ’79 is Technical Team Leader for Silicon and Germanium Technology Development at IBM Microelectronics. She has worked in a variety of areas including packaging (polymer and photolithographic materials processing) and in semiconductor development (SiGe and BiCMOS technology development) with IBM Microelectronics, which she joined in 1985. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon Unievrsity and has done postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago.

Suzanne E. Franks is Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Program at Kansas State University. She holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Duke University and has additional training in women’s studies and secondary education. Dr. Franks has worked in basic cancer research in the United States and Germany, and as a medical writer and manager in the pharmaceutical industry. At Kansas State University, she leads the development of recruitment and retention programs for women in engineering and science from middle school through postgraduate levels.

Susan Graham is Director of New Business Development in the Adhesives and Sealants Division of Rohm & Haas Company. She has held executive positions at American Cyanamid, Ashland, National Starch, Reichhold and Rohm & Haas, where she currently directs portfolio management, strategic planning and e-commerce design for a $700-million business division. A strong advocate of networking as a means to support the advancement of women in industry, Dr. Graham has been recognized for her mentoring work with young women interested in the sciences.

Priscilla Perkins Grew graduated from Bryn Mawr as a geology major in 1962. She is currently a professor of geosciences at the University of Nebraska. Professor Grew is a recipient of the American Geological Institute’s Ian Campbell Medal and was the first woman to head the California Department of Conservation, chair the state’s Mining and Geology Board, direct the Minnesota Geological Survey and serve as the Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Paul Grobstein is the Eleanor A. Bliss Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Science in Society at Bryn Mawr College, which he joined in 1986. A neurobiologist, developmental biologist and educator, he conducted postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University. Dr. Grobstein has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on nervous system development, brain organization and function in relation to behavior, and theoretical biology. He has a long-standing interest in science education and continues to be actively involved in secondary-school teacher education and minority outreach programs.

Jong-On Hahm is Director of the Committee on Women in Science and Engineering at the National Research Council. Prior to joining the NRC, she held a faculty appointment in the department of neurosurgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Hahm held postdoctoral appointments at the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health. She has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Janice Hicks ’80 is Program Director in Analytical and Surface Chemistry at the National Science Foundation. She became the Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Georgetown University in 1989, and established a research group on the applications of lasers to surface science. Dr. Hicks earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University, where she received the George P. Pegram Distinguished Fellowship in the Natural Sciences. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, a Presidential Young Investigator, a Sloan Fellow and Visiting Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has been at the NSF since 1999.

Toby Horn ’71 is a consultant with the District of Columbia Public Schools — DC ACTS. A chemistry major at Bryn Mawr College, she earned a Ph.D. in biology at the University of Colorado, completed postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University and was a cancer researcher at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Horn started some of the first biotechnology programs for high-school students as Director of Community Outreach at the Fralin Biotechnology Center, Virginia Tech University.

Jane Butler Kahle is Condit Professor of Science Education at Miami University and recently served as Director, Division of Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Kahle is an international scholar in gender differences in science education and the evaluation of the systemic reform of science and mathematics education. She has led systemic reform of science and mathematics education in Ohio for the past nine years and consults nationally with school districts. She also chaired The National Science Foundation’s Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering, a Congressionally-mandated committee that reviews on a biannual basis what is happening within NSF.

Maria-Luisa Maccecchini was until recently President and CEO of Annovis Inc. She has more than 20 years of experience in new product discovery, development and commercialization in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She founded Symphony Pharmaceuticals in 1993, which became Annovis with the acquisition of Cruachem Holdings Ltd. Annovis produces novel nucleic acids that are used in the analysis of the human genome and the discovery of new drugs and diagnostics. In 2001, Annovis was acquired by Transgenomic Inc.

Elizabeth F. McCormack, Associate Professor of Physics, joined Bryn Mawr College in 1995. She was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Fellow at the University of Paris XI, a guest scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland and a consultant in developing a physics curriculum at Effat College, a new science college for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A member of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Association for Women in Science and Project Kaleidoscope, Dr. McCormack has authored more than 20 journal articles. She earned a Ph.D. in physics at Yale University

Rebecca Mercuri, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, joined Bryn Mawr College in 2001. Her research focuses on multimedia interactive programming, computer science and security risks, and electronic voting. Dr. Mercuri has testified before the House Science Committee on voting system standards, consulted for the General Accounting Office on Internet voting, and has prepared detailed comments on a proposed new standard of the Federal Election Commission. She earned her Ph.D. in computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Representative Connie Morella (R-Md.) has focused her legislative efforts on scientific research and development, education, the federal workforce, equity for women and the environment. In 1998 she authored legislation establishing the Congressional Com-mission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology, and continues to support efforts to increase the representation of women, minorities and people with disabilities in the science and technology workforce.

Maria Pellegrini is a Program Director at the W.M. Keck Foundation and former Professor of Biology and Dean of Research, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California. She has taught a variety of courses in molecular biology and biochemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Pelligrini’s research focuses on structure-function relationships within ribosomes, regulation of ribosomal gene expression, and genes involved in human reproduction.

Lori Perine ’80 is CEO of Interpretech LLC and former Deputy to the Associate Director, Technology, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She has broad experience in forging strategic partnerships and developing initiatives for advanced technologies within government, industry, academia and international organizations. At OSTP, Dr. Perine oversaw national technology policy and large-scale research initiatives, specializing in information technology applications, technology innovation and commercialization, global competitiveness, and math and science education. She previously served with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the World Bank.

J. Pari Sabety ’77 is the Director of the Technology Policy Group at the Ohio Supercomputing Center, which focuses on the legal and policy challenges that arise with the deployment of new computing and network technologies. She has a decade of experience in building technology-led economic development strategies in communities across the United States. Ms. Sabety co-founded a consulting firm with former Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste, which managed research projects for corporate clients, and served as Celeste’s policy adviser on economic development.

Maxine Savitz ’58 is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Board, and former Director of Technology Partnerships at Honeywell Corporation. She has broad and deep experience across the university, government and corporate sectors. Dr. Savitz has served on the faculty of the University of the District of Columbia, directed divisions of the U.S. Department of Energy, and held executive positions at the Garret Corporation, Allied Signal and Honeywell.

Jill T. Shapiro Sideman earned her M.A. in 1963 and her Ph.D. in 1965 in physical and organic chemistry at Bryn Mawr. She went on to conduct research in high-energy physics and molecular biology as a fellow of the National Bureau of Standards, the National Institute for Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, the Institut Pasteur in Paris and the University of Washington Medical School. In 1974 she co-founded the environ-mental consulting firm of Shapiro and Associates, a standard-setter in the fields of environmental impact, analysis, wetlands and coastal zone management, and energy conservation. In 1986 she joined the international engineering firm of CH2M HILL, where she is a Vice President and Director. In recent years she has given leadership to national efforts to diversify the science and engineering workforce, serving, for example, as a member of the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology (CAWMSET). Dr. Sideman is currently President of the Association of Women in Science, the largest multidisciplinary scientific organization for women in the United States.

Anne M. Thompson is an astrophysicist at the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She studies tropospheric ozone and its relationship to natural processes and global change. A pioneer in the use of multi-satellite data sets to view the earth as a system, Dr. Thompson coordinates SHADOZ, an 11-nation network for ozone sounding that is the basis of satellite validation and regional air-quality studies and education in the host countries there as well. She has authored more than 100 science publications since receiving her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Bryn Mawr College in 1978.

Nancy J. Vickers joined Bryn Mawr as the College’s seventh President in 1997. A scholar in the fields of literary and cultural studies, her interests range from Renaissance poetry to the transformation of the lyric genre as a result of new technologies such as music video and television. She served on the faculties of the University of Southern California and Dartmouth College, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Los Angeles, and a visiting fellow at Princeton University. Dr. Vickers earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Yale University.

William Wulf, President of National Academy of Engineering, has authored more than 100 articles, technical reports and books. He is currently on leave as professor at the University of Virginia. His research spans computer architecture, security, programming languages and optimizing compilers. The National Academy of Engineering, together with the National Academy of Sciences, is chartered by Congress to provide advice to the government on issues of science and engineering.

Kim Ann Zajac is Director of Pre-College Programs, The Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering, Rutgers University. She is a former educator and adviser in agribusiness and agriscience technology. She has served as an international consultant on agricultural education in Russia and the Ukraine, as Program Associate in Cooperative Extension for Community Outreach at Cook College, and as Agricultural Education Specialist at the New Jersey Department of Education.

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