MIT’s Nancy Hopkins to deliver inaugural Women in Science colloquium May 12

Massachusetts Institute of Technology biologist Nancy Hopkins, who launched a national re-examination of equity for women scientists in 1999, will present the University of Chicago’s inaugural Colloquium on How to Advance Women in Science and Engineering at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in room 120 of Kent Chemical Laboratory, 1020 E. 58th St. Hopkins will discuss “The Changing Status of Women in Science at MIT: 1999-2011.”

Hopkins is MIT’s Amgen Inc. Professor of Biology, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also is known for her work in promoting equal opportunity for women scientists in academia, beginning with a committee she chaired at MIT that studied inequalities experienced by women professors.

The May 12 talk is organized by the University’s Women in Science Project and is sponsored by the Ben May Department for Cancer Research, Center for Gender Studies, Computation Institute, Division of the Biological Sciences, Division of the Physical Sciences, Division of the Social Sciences, Institute for Mind and Biology, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories, the College, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.