See opportunity below being offered by the UF Humanities Center
From: Acord, Sophia Krzys
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 11:44 AM
To: Graham, Wendy D.
Subject: Gender in science events, Feb 8-9

Dear Dr. Graham,

I would like to bring the events described below to the attention of the Water Institute.  The UF Humanities Center is bringing philosopher of science and technology Carla Fehr (University of Waterloo) to speak at UF on February 8th and 9th about research on the recruitment of women to scientific and engineering professions, and the resulting impact of workplace diversity on scientific excellence and innovation. Dr. Fehr currently holds an NSF grant to study and conduct diversity training in science and engineering. This event is co-sponsored by PHHP.

We would like to invite our colleagues in medicine and the sciences to join us for Dr. Fehr's visit, and so any assistance that you can provide in spreading word of the events below to interested individuals/groups would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for your time and consideration,
Sophia Krzys Acord, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere<>
Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
University of Florida


Philosopher Carla Fehr (University of Waterloo) to discuss recent research linking women, workplace diversity and scientific excellence in two UF/Gainesville events

"What Evolution Can't Tell Us about Women's Sex and Work"
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
Millhopper Library Branch, 3145 NW 43 Street,

"Ignorance, Women and Excellent Science"
Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Ustler Hall (old women's gym), University of Florida

These events aim to invite scientists, professionals,  community members, business owners, and others together to understand the absence of women in certain professions and how this hinders excellence and innovation in the workplace.

On February 8th, in the Millhopper Branch Library, Carla Fehr will draw on research in psychology and feminism to discuss how popular arguments that paint women as "coy, nurturing and passive" lead to and justify male domination in certain high-powered professions. Fehr will break with these popular accounts by explaining how improving workplace diversity leads to improved decision-making. Time for questions and discussion follows.

On February 9th, at the University of Florida, Carla Fehr will speak specifically about the role of women in academic science and engineering research. In this lecture, Carla Fehr will discuss her research showing that diverse scientific communities produce more rigorous results than homogeneous communities because they explore more paths of explanation. Consequently, the underrepresentation of women in scientific professions has a negative impact on research outcomes. A Q&A follows.

Fehr's visit is part of a public speaker series entitled "Rehumanizing the University" organized by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere to bring research in philosophy, history, English, anthropology, and classics to bear on important issues in universities and university communities. As Bonnie Effros, director of the Center, notes, "Perspectives from philosophy are vital to understanding the changing objectives and ethical implications of scientific research and technology development."

Carla Fehr is the Wolfe Chair in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Waterloo, where she conducts research on the social structure of scientific communities. She is a co-Principal Investigator for ISU ADVANCE<>, a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study workplace equity and conduct diversity training to promote the advancement and retention of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Prof. Fehr has published in numerous journals and edited books, and holds two awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
For more information on these and future talks in the Rehumanizing the University speaker series, visit
Contact: Bonnie Effros, [log in to unmask], 352-392-0796