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Gender equity in universities to be discussed at The University of Texas at Austin Feb. 3

What gender equity means in a university setting or in any fast-track employment setting, especially when babies enter the equation, will be discussed at The University of Texas at Austin on Feb. 3 during a lecture by Mary Ann Mason, graduate dean at the University of California at Berkeley.

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AUSTIN, Texas—What gender equity means in a university setting or in any fast-track employment setting, especially when babies enter the equation, will be discussed at The University of Texas at Austin on Feb. 3 during a lecture by Mary Ann Mason, graduate dean at the University of California at Berkeley.

Mason’s lecture, titled “Marriage and Baby Blues: Redefining Gender Equity in the Academy,” will be from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. in Auditorium 2.302 of the ACES Building. It will be followed by a panel discussion with university academic administrators from 4:15 to 5 p.m.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the university’s Faculty Women’s Organization, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Women in Natural Sciences Program.  Seating is limited and some sections are reserved for invited students and faculty members involved in the program.

It may be viewed online at http://realaudio.cc.utexas.edu:8080/ramgen/redundant/mason.rm. The event also will be broadcast live on Channel 54 of the university’s campus cable system and on Dorm Channel 11. A webcast version of the program may be viewed the following day at http://theacesbuilding.com/webcast.

In addition to her administrative duties, Mason is a professor of law and social welfare at UC Berkeley. She also co-directs a major research project on the impact of family on the career paths of academic women and men, titled “Do Babies Matter?”

Mason has authored several books and dozens of articles on family law and policy and children’s rights. She is considered a national expert on child custody issues, having addressed numerous national and international conferences and workshops on children and family issues and made many national media appearances. Among her books are two major works on child custody, “From Father’s Property to Children’s Rights: A History of Child Custody in America,” and “The Custody Wars: Why Children are Losing the Legal Battles and What We Can Do About It.” In recent years she has expanded her research interests to stepfamilies.

For more information, contact Beverly Vandegrift, director of the Women in Natural Sciences Program, at 512-232-0678, or Vicky Godsy, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, 512-232-3312. Details also are available on the Office of the Provost Web site.

For more information contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.