May 2, 2013

Female scientists share advice at first-ever symposium

Sarah Shuck, Stephanie Hirst Deluca, Madeleine Joullié, Ph.D., (University of Pennsylvania), Keersten Davis, Sonja Brooks and Michelle Sulikowski gather after Joullié's presentation, "Women in Science: Then and Now." (Photo by Stephen Doster)

Vanderbilt University’s first Women in Science Symposium, held April 29, featured prominent female scientists discussing the role of women in scientific leadership positions. In addition, couples in science shared their advice and experience for maintaining a work-life balance.

Keynote presentations were given by Madeleine Joullié, Ph.D., professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Virginia Shepherd, Ph.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach.

The event was sponsored by the Chemical Biology Association of Students, the Chemical and Physical Biology Program Graduate Student Association, the Chemistry Graduate Student Association, the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology, and by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.