WHAT: The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History opens a traveling exhibit on women in science.
WHEN: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (May 6).
WHERE: The Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History, 2400 Trinity St., just north of the football stadium on the UT Austin campus. (Maps of UT Austin can be obtained at the following Web site: www.utexas.edu/maps/main).
BACKGROUND: Prominent scientists from the UT Austin community will meet the public at the opening of a new exhibit on women in science, designed to encourage women and girls to pursue scientific careers. The event features tours and hands-on demonstrations in the natural and physical sciences. The exhibit is based on the poster project, Visualizing Women in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, by Pamela Davis Kivelson, artistic director of the Science and Art Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
UT Austin’s Dr. Karen Uhlenbeck, professor of mathematics and holder of the Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair, will be recognized at the event and is among women featured in the exhibit. UT Austin faculty women will give informal, 15-minute talks about their work at the following times:
1:30 p.m. Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, dean of the UT Austin College of Natural Sciences
2:00 p.m. Dr. Alison Campbell, astronomer with McDonald Observatory
2:30 p.m. Dr. Pamela Owen, collections manager at the museum’s Vertebrate Paleontology Lab
3:00 p.m. Dr. Linda Hayes, aerospace engineering professor
3:30 p.m. Dr. Shelley Payne, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology
4:00 p.m. Dr. Irene Gamba, mathematics professor
4:30 p.m. Dr. Ann Molineux, collections manager at the museum’s Non-Vertebrate Paleontology Lab and oceanography lecturer for the Marine Science Institute.
The event is free and open to the public with fun and educational activities for visitors of all ages.
CONTACT: Dianne Folkerth of the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History at (512) 471-1604. The posters can be previewed at <http://www.physics.ucla.edu/scienceandart/>. For more information about the museum, visit TMMSH on the Web at: <http://www.texasmemorialmuseum.org>.