The importance of celebrating women in science

By Megan Bradshaw on March 6, 2018

Saturday's forum speaker lineup includes women from different disciplines who all have ties to Towson University

Clare Muhoro (right) promotes and supports female scientists and mathematicians here at TU and through her work in Africa.
Clare Muhoro (right) promotes and supports female scientists and mathematicians here at TU and through her work in Africa.

Towson University’s Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics will host its annual Women in Science Forum on Saturday, March 10 from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the University Union Chesapeake Rooms.

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The forum—organized by associate biology professors Cindy Ghent and Petra Tsuji—welcomes approximately 100 secondary, undergraduate and graduate students and their teachers as well as math and science faculty from TU and area colleges and universities to listen to speakers discuss a variety of topics. 

It offers an arena for STEM teachers, students interested in STEM careers, and scientists and mathematicians from academia and industry to meet, network and learn about the research of nationally known scientists and mathematicians.

This year, the lineup of speakers includes:

  • Gail Gasparich, Ph.D.: Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Salem State University and former professor and associate dean in the Fisher College
  • Clare Muhoro, Ph.D.: Associate professor of Chemistry at Towson University
  • Andreana Dimakakos, a forensic chemist at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Gasparich will speak on From Mice to Microbes: One Woman’s Science Tale. Muhoro’s topic is Science for Diplomacy and Global Development: Perspectives of an Organic Chemist, and Dimakakos’s talk is entitled, Forensics? But where are your heels and Hummer?

"It is incredibly important for women to see themselves reflected at all positions in science,” said Muhoro. “This forum is a platform for women and girls, and indeed men too, to celebrate the accomplishments of women in science, and to pledge our continued collective support in promoting the success of women and girls at all levels in science."

In addition to addresses from the speakers, attendees will be treated to a continental breakfast and lunch.