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GEP News in 2004


The first-ever meeting on the State of Science at Hunter College will take place on Wednesday, Sept 22, 2004 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in Room 510 Hunter North. Lunch will be available beginning at 12:45 pm.

The GEP is pleased to announce that Dixie Goss, Professor of the Department of Chemistry and Virginia Teller, Chair of the Department of Computer Science, have been awarded Faculty Recognition and Leadership awards.

As part of the CUNY Faculty Development Program, GEP Co-Directors Valian and Rabinowitz will offer The Compleat Academic on December 16 & 17, 2004. This colloquium, which is open to junior faculty throughout CUNY, will address a broad range of skills that are important for professional success.

The GEP is pleased to announce that 15 Hunter College women scientists will be funded as part of its 2004-2005 Sponsorship Program.

The GEP will fund 8 first-year, 3 second-year and 4 third-year associates as part of its 2004-2005 Sponsorship Program, which begins on June 1, 2004. This group represents faculty members from seven of the eleven eligible science departments and includes women at all academic ranks. First-year associates include Tracy Dennis (Psychology), Lisa George (Economics), Frida Kleiman (Chemistry), Yvonne Lasalle (Anthropology), Lina Newton (Political Science), Wenge Ni-Meister (Geography), Cynthia Roberts (Political Science), and Yujia Xu (Chemistry). Returning for a second year in the program are Marnia Lazreg (Sociology), Rupal Oza (Women's Studies/Geography), and Purvi Sevak (Economics). Third-year associates include Darlene DeFour (Psychology), Jennifer Dwyer (Political Science), Haydee Salmun (Geography), and Pamela Stone (Sociology).

Marnia Lazreg, GEP Associate and Professor of Sociology, has been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellowship for Scholars and Artists at the Bellagio Center.

The Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellowship program allows scientists and artists from around the world to spend four weeks in residence at the Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy in order to work on a book, monograph, major article, musical composition, or other creative project. Fellowships are awarded not just for individual excellence or for the potential of their proposed projects, but also for geographical diversity of their homelands and for their capacity to contribute to the intellectual mix of life at the Center.

Three GEP associates, Margaret M. Chin, Marnia Lazreg, and Pamela Stone, are recognized for their work in sociology.

Margaret M. Chin has been awarded a 2004 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, based on her outstanding scholarly and teaching qualifications.  The award offers support for twelve months of research and writing.   Professor Chin's research focuses on new immigrants, working poor families, and race and ethnicity.   Her current projects include a study of the effects of 9/11 on garment workers in Chinatown and a study of the barriers that keep men of color out of teaching.   Her new book, "Sewing women: Immigrants and the New York City garment industry" will be published by Columbia University Press.

Marnia Lazreg has been awarded a residential fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.   Over the past seventy-two years the Institute has been home to some of the most highly regarded thinkers of the twentieth century, drawing promising young postdocs and accomplished senior scholars from around the world.   Professor Lazreg's research interests focus on development in the Middle East and North Africa, especially the interface between globalization, gender, and national politics; the historical uses of torture as an instrument of terror and political control in France and Algeria; and Albert Camus' philosophy of the absurd and political change.   She is also carrying out a major study of the routinization of terror and torture from a historical perspective.

Pamela Stone recently appeared on NBC's Today Show and MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss her study of professional women who have left the labor force and are now stay-at-home mothers.   These appearances resulted from her contributions to the March 22, 2004 Time magazine cover story, "The case for staying home," in which she was also quoted.   Professor Stone is developing the results of this study into a book that is under contract to the University of California Press.   Her research interests include women and work generally, with an emphasis on work-family, job segregation, and pay equity.   She is also currently completing a study that compares two wage-support policies, pay equity and living wage, in terms of their impact on women and minority workers.

Science Faculty Seminar 2004

The three-day seminar will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday May 25, through Thursday May 27, 2004.

These workshops are designed to help CUNY women faculty in the natural and social sciences improve their research, advance their careers, and navigate challenges.

Virginia Valian is the sixth Hunter College woman to be named Outstanding Woman Scientist by the Metro-NY chapter of the Association of Women in Science.

On December 16, 2003, Virginia Valian was honored as a Metro-NY AWIS Outstanding Women Scientist at an awards ceremony held at the New York Academy of Sciences. Valian, a cognitive psychologist, was recognized for her scientific contributions to the field of language acquisition and for her support of women in science, most notably as Co-Director of the Hunter College Gender Equity Project. Valian was nominated for the award by her GEP Co-Director, and Department of Psychology Chair, Vita Rabinowitz.

Women at Hunter College have been recognized by Metro-NY AWIS for over 20 years. Previous Outstanding Women Scientists from Hunter include psychologist Florence Denmark (1980), biophysical chemist Audrey Haschemeyer (1981), chemist Dixie Goss (1999), biologist Jill Bargonetti (2001), and psychologist Victoria Luine (2002).

AWIS is a nationwide organization committed to equal opportunity for women and girls in science. AWIS works to improve educational, employment and advancement opportunities in science at all levels in academe, government and industry.