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National Academy of Sciences (US), National Academy of Engineering (US), and Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. Biological, Social, and Organizational Components of Success for Women in Academic Science and Engineering. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2006.

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DONNA E. SHALALA (CHAIR) became Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami on June 1, 2001. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, President Shalala received her AB degree in history from Western College for Women and her PhD degree from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. A leading scholar on the political economy of state and local governments, she has also held tenured professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York (CUNY), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served in the Carter administration as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 1980 to 1987 she served as president of Hunter College of the City University of New York, and from 1987 to 1993 was Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1993 President Clinton appointed her U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in US history. At the beginning of her tenure, HHS had a budget of nearly $600 billion, which included a wide variety of programs including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Child Care and Head Start, Welfare, the Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). President Shalala has more than threedozen honorary degrees and a host of other honors. In 1992, Business Week named her one of the top five managers in higher education. She also received the 1992 National Public Service Award, and the 1994 Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award. In 2005 she was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News and World Report and the Center for Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She has been elected to the Council on Foreign Relations, National Academy of Education, the National Academy of Public Administration, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

ALICE M. AGOGINO is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and affiliated faculty at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business in their Operations and Information Technology Management Group. She directs the Berkeley Expert Systems Technology (BEST) Laboratory and the Berkeley Instructional Technology Studio (BITS). She is currently Vice Chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate and served as Chair during the 2005-2006 academic year. She has served in a number of administrative positions at UC Berkeley including Associate Dean of Engineering and Faculty Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost in Educational Development and Technology. She also served as Director for Synthesis, an NSF-sponsored coalition of eight universities with the goal of reforming undergraduate engineering education, and continues as PI for the NEEDS and the digital libraries of courseware in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. She has supervised 65 MS projects/theses, 26 doctoral dissertations and numerous undergraduate researchers. Agogino is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in California and is engaged in a number of collaborative projects with industry. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, she worked in industry for Dow Chemical, General Electric and SRI International. Her research interests include intelligent learning systems; information retrieval and data mining; multi-objective and strategic product design; nonlinear optimization; probabilistic modeling; intelligent control and manufacturing; sensor validation, fusion and diagnostics; wireless sensor networks; multimedia and computer-aided design; design databases; design theory and methods; MEMS synthesis and computer-aided design; artificial intelligence and decision and expert systems; and gender equity. She is a member of AAAI, AAAS, ACM, ASEE, ASME, AWIS, IEEE, NAE and SWE. She serves on the editorial board of three professional journals and has provided service on a number of governmental, professional, and industry advisory committees. Agogino received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico (1975), MS degree in Mechanical Engineering (1978) from the University of California at Berkeley, and PhD from the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University (1984). She received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985. She is an AAAS Fellow, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the European Academy of Science; is a Fellow of the Association of Women in Science; and was awarded the NSF Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars in 2004.

LOTTE BAILYN is a Professor of Management (in the Organization Studies Group) at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the MIT Workplace Center. In her work she has set out the hypothesis that by challenging the assumptions in which current work practices are embedded, it is possible to meet the goals of both business productivity and employees’ family and community concerns, and to do so in ways that are equitable for men and women. Her most recent book, Beyond Work-Family Balance: Advancing Gender Equity and Workplace Performance with Rhona Rapoport, Joyce K. Fletcher, and Bettye H. Pruitt (Jossey Bass, 2002) chronicles a decade of experience working with organizations that supports this hypothesis, while also showing how difficult it is to challenge workplace assumptions. She currently serves on the National Academies Committee on Women in Science and Engineering.

ROBERT J. BIRGENEAU became the ninth chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, on September 22, 2004. An internationally distinguished physicist, he is a leader in higher education and is well known for his commitment to diversity and equity in the academic community. Before coming to Berkeley, Birgeneau served 4 years as president of the University of Toronto. He previously was dean of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he spent 25 years on the faculty. He is a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, has received many awards for teaching and research, and is one of the most cited physicists in the world for his work on the fundamental properties of materials. A Toronto native, Birgeneau received his BSc in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1963 and his PhD in physics from Yale University in 1966. He served on the faculty of Yale for one year, spent one year at Oxford University, and was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1968 to 1975. He joined the physics faculty at MIT in 1975 and was named chair of the physics department in 1988 and dean of science in 1991. He became the 14th president of the University of Toronto on July 1, 2000. At Berkeley, Birgeneau holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Physics in addition to serving as chancellor.

ANA MARI CAUCE is the Executive Vice Provost and Earl R. Carlson Professor of Psychology, University of Washington. She graduated from Yale University, earning a PhD in Psychology in 1984. She began teaching at the University of Washington in 1986 in the Department of Psychology. She also has a joint appointment in the Department of American Ethnic Studies and an adjunct appointment in Women’s Studies. Cauce currently holds the Earl R. Carlson Professorship in Psychology and is Chair of the Department of Psychology. Since she began her graduate work, Cauce has been particularly interested in normative and non-normative development in ethnic minority youth and in at-risk youth more generally. She has published almost a hundred articles and chapters and has been recipient of grants from the W.T. Grant Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Alcoholism, and Alcohol Abuse. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including recognition from the American Psychological Association for Excellence in Research on Minority Issues; Distinguished Contribution Awards from the Society for Community Research and Action; and the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship program. She has also received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Cauce is currently President-Elect of the Society for Community Research and Action.

CATHERINE D. DEANGELIS is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific Publications and Multimedia Applications, and Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, and her MPH from the Harvard Graduate School of Public Health (Health Services Administration), and her pediatric specialty training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. DeAngelis oversees JAMA as well as nine Archives publications and JAMA related Web site content. Before her appointment with JAMA, she was vice dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and from 1994-2000, she was editor of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She also has been a member of numerous journal editorial boards. She has authored or edited 11 books on Pediatrics and Medical Education and has published more than 200 original articles, chapters, editorials, and abstracts. Most of her recent publications have focused on conflicts of interest in medicine, on women in medicine, and on medical education. Dr. DeAngelis is a council member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served as an officer of numerous national academic societies including past chairman of the American Board of Pediatrics and Chair of the Pediatric Accreditation Council for Residency Review Committee of the American Council on Graduate Medical Education.

DENICE DENTON (deceased) was the Chancellor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She formerly served as Dean of and a professor at the University of Washington’s College of Engineering since 1996. Prior to her appointment as dean in 1996, she was a faculty member in electrical engineering and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at the University of Washington, Denton led the development of the Faculty Recruitment Toolkit, a resource for attracting a top notch and diverse faculty. In a single year (2001) nine faculty members received the prestigious NSF Career Award. In addition, federal research funding more than doubled in 3 years (1998-2001), from $33.1 million in grants and contract awards to more than $75 million. She also emphasized implementing effective ways to teach a diverse engineering student body using a more project-oriented, experiential approach. This is facilitated by the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching (CELT), the first center of its kind when established in 1998. She directed the University of Washington’s NSF ADVANCE program for advancing women faculty in science and engineering. In 2004 Denton was honored by the White House with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, recognizing her role as a national leader in engineering education. Denton chaired the National Academy of Engineering’s Board on Engineering Education from 1996 to 1999. She was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of Women in Science, and the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Her awards for research and teaching awards include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1987), the Kiekhofer Distinguished Teaching Award (University of Wisconsin 1990), the American Society of Engineering Education AT&T Foundation Teaching Award (1991), the Eta Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald Distinguished Young Electrical Engineering Teaching Award (1993), the Benjamin Smith Reynolds Teaching Award (University of Wisconsin 1994), the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (1994), the ASEE George Westinghouse Award (1995), and the IEEE/HP Harriet B. Rigas Award (1995). Denton earned her BS, MS (1982), and PhD (1987) in electrical engineering at MIT and conducted research on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as an enabling technology particularly in life sciences applications.

BARBARA J. GROSZ is Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dean of Science of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Grosz is known for her seminal contributions to the fields of natural-language processing and multi-agent systems. She developed some of the earliest and most influential computer dialogue systems and established the research field of computational modeling of discourse. Her work on models of collaboration helped establish that field of inquiry and provides the framework for several collaborative multi-agent systems and human computer interface systems. She has been elected to the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Computing Machinery; recipient of the UC Berkeley Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumna Award and of awards for distinguished service from major AI societies. Grosz is also widely respected for her contributions to the advancement of women in science. She chaired the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Standing Committee on the Status of Women when it produced the report, “Women in Science at Harvard; Part I: Junior Faculty and Graduate Students” in 1991. She was Interim Associate Dean for Affirmative Action at Harvard in 1993-1994 and served on the FAS Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Diversity from 1998-2001 and the Standing Committee on Women from 1988-1995 and again in 1999. Grosz recently chaired the 2005 Harvard Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she was Director of the Natural Language program at SRI International and co-founder of the Center for the Study of Language and Information. Grosz received an AB in Mathematics from Cornell University and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

JO HANDELSMAN is an HHMI professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a BS in agronomy from Cornell University and a PhD in molecular biology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, from 1997 to 1999, she was director of the Institute for Pest and Pathogen Management at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Handelsman studies the communication networks of microbial com munities. She has coauthored a book about inquiry-based biology teaching entitled Biology Brought to Life. In 2002, she was named Clark Lecturer in Soil Biology and received the Chancellor’s University Teaching Award at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, she has been very active in achieving equity for women and minorities on campus, which was recognized with the Cabinet 99 Recognition Award. She contributed to the inception of the Women in Science and Engineering residence hall; has chaired the provost’s Climate Working Group, an initiative dedicated to improving the campus climate for women and people of color; and, through a National Science Foundation grant, established, along with others, the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute.

NANNERL O. KEOHANE is currently serving as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton University. She was the eighth president of Duke University, serving from 1993-2004. Keohane came to Duke from the presidency of Wellesley College. She was the first woman to serve as Duke’s president and among the first women to oversee a leading U.S. research university. Under her leadership, Duke launched major programs in fields ranging from genomics to ethics, raised more than $2 billion through the “Campaign for Duke,” established the Duke University Health System and became a much more diverse and international institution. Keohane, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, and grew up in Arkansas, Texas, and South Carolina. She is a 1961 graduate of Wellesley who earned advanced degrees at Oxford University and Yale University before beginning a career as a professor of political science at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. She returned to Wellesley in 1981, serving as its president for 12 years before moving to Duke.

SHIRLEY MALCOM is Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The directorate includes AAAS programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. Malcom serves on several boards—including the Howard Heinz Endowment, the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and the National Park System Advisory Board—and is an honorary trustee of the American Museum of Natural History. She serves as a Regent of Morgan State University and as a trustee of Caltech. In addition she has chaired a number of national committees addressing education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers and literacy. Malcom is also a former trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is a fellow of the AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She served on the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, from 1994 to 1998 and from 1994-2001 served on the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcom received her doctorate in ecology from Pennsylvania State University; master’s degree in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles; and bachelor’s degree with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. In addition she holds thirteen honorary degrees. In 2003 Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

GERALDINE RICHMOND is the Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science Institute at the University of Oregon. Richmond received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Kansas State University and her PhD in chemical physics at the University of California, Berkeley. For the past 25 years her research has focused on the development and application of state-of-the-art lasers to study surface chemistry and physics. On a national level, Richmond has served and continues to serve on many science boards and advisory panels overseeing funding for science, technology, and education. Richmond has been honored with numerous national and regional awards for her research, her teaching, and her efforts in encouraging females of all ages to enter and succeed in science careers. In 2001, she was named Oregon Scientist of the Year by the Oregon Academy of Science. Richmond is a member of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences, and a governor’s appointee to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education for 19992006. She is the founder and chair of COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists) and was the 2005 winner of the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.

ALICE M. RIVLIN is a Visiting Professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. She is the Director of the Greater Washington Research Program at Brookings. Before returning to Brookings, Rivlin served as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996 to 1999. She was Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1996, and Deputy Director (1993-1994). She served as Chair of the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority (1998-2001). Rivlin was the founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-1983). She was director of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings (1983-1987). She also served at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (1968-1969). Rivlin received a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, taught at Harvard, George Mason, and New School Universities, has served on the Boards of Directors of several corporations, and was President of the American Economic Association. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of BearingPoint and the Washington Post Company. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers, television, and radio, and has written numerous books. Her books include Systematic Thinking for Social Action (1971), Reviving the American Dream (1992), and Beyond the Dot.coms (with Robert Litan, 2001). She is co- editor (with Isabel Sawhill) of Restoring Fiscal Sanity: How to Balance the Budget (2004) and (with Litan) of The Economic Payoff from the Internet Revolution (2001). Rivlin was born in 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She received a BA in economics from Bryn Mawr College in 1952; and in 1958 a PhD from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in economics.

RUTH SIMMONS is president of Brown University. Simmons has created an ambitious set of initiatives designed to expand the faculty; increase financial support and resources for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students; improve facilities; renew a broad commitment to shared governance; and ensure that diversity informs every dimension of the university. These initiatives have led to a major investment of new resources in Brown’s educational mission. A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons also holds an appointment as a professor of comparative literature and of Africana studies at Brown. She graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans before completing her PhD in Romance languages and literatures at Harvard. She served in various administrative roles in the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming president Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of initiatives including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college. Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, and 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal. She has been a featured speaker in many public venues, including the White House, the World Economic Forum, the National Press Club, the American Council on Education, and the Phi Beta Kappa Lecture at Harvard University. She has been awarded numerous honorary degrees.

ELIZABETH SPELKE is Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative at Harvard University. She studies the origins and nature of knowledge of objects, persons, space, and number, by assessing behavior and brain function in human infants, children, human adults and non-human animals. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and cited by Time magazine as one of America’s Best in Science and Medicine, her honors include the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association and the William James Award of the American Psychological Society.

JOAN STEITZ is Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University School of Medicine and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She earned her BS in chemistry from Antioch College in 1963, and her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University in 1967. She spent the next three years in postdoctoral studies at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, and joined the Yale faculty in 1970. Steitz is best known for discovering and defining the function of small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs), which occur only in higher cells and organisms. These cellular complexes play a key role in the splicing of pre-messenger RNA, the earliest product of DNA transcription. Steitz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosphical Society, and the Institute of Medicine. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Science, 11 honorary degrees, and a Gairdner Foundation International Award, among others. She serves on numerous review and editorial boards.

ELAINE WEYUKER is a principal technical staff member at AT&T Labs at Florham Park, NJ. Weyuker received a PhD in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and an MSE from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania. Before moving to AT&T Labs in 1993, she was a professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, NY, where she had been on the faculty since 1977. Her research interests are in software engineering, particularly software testing and reliability, and software metrics, and has published many papers in those areas. Among her honors, she has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and as a Fellow of the IEEE, and has been named a Fellow of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery). Weyuker is one of only two female AT&T Fellows. In each of the past 6 years, The Journal of Systems and Software has rated her as one of the top five software engineering researchers in the world. In November 2001, the NYC YWCA honored Weyuker as a “Woman Achiever” for both her career achievements and her community service. She has made major contributions to the formal foundations of testing and to establishing testing as an empirical discipline, and has been a prime mover in making testing a recognized, professional specialty. She has been a lecturer, teacher, and mentor, and has been actively involved in professional activities. She was a founding member of the ACM Committee on the Status of Women and Minorities, which was established to improve the status of under-represented groups by developing programs to target girls and young minority members. During her tenure, the committee established a successful distributed mentoring program.

MARIA T. ZUBER is the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she also leads the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Zuber has been involved in more than half a dozen NASA planetary missions aimed at mapping the Moons, Mars, and several asteroids. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and ScM and PhD from Brown University. She was on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University and served as a research scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Philosophical Society, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Geophysical Union, where she served as president of the Planetary Sciences Section. Among her awards are the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the NASA Scientific Achievement Medal, and Brown University Horace Mann Medal, as well as a Scientific Achievement Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Professor Zuber served on the Mars Program Independent Assessment Team that investigated the Mars mission losses in 1999, and more recently on the Presidential Commission on the Implementation of the United Space Exploration Policy tasked with conceiving a plan to implement President Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration. In 2002, Discover magazine named her one of the 50 most important women in science.

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