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March 23, 2005

Tenth Annual Smith Conference to 'Change the Face of Science'

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. —Ten years after its founding, a Smith College student organization for underrepresented women in the sciences will celebrate its anniversary with a conference to discuss strategies for success in the field.

The two-day conference of the Union of Underrepresented Students in the Sciences, April 2-3, is called “Changing the Face of Science: Be a Scientist, Not a Statistic” and is free and open to the public.

Psychologist Melba Vasquez will deliver the keynote address “Challenges for Women of Color in the Sciences: Strategies for Success” at 12 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in Stoddard Auditorium.

Vasquez is the director of Vasquez & Associates Mental Health Services in Austin, Texas. A past president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for the Psychology for Women, she publishes in the areas of professional ethics, psychology of women, ethnic minority psychology, training and supervision.

Other sessions will focus on career paths in medicine and academia, including:

“Women in Medicine: My Reflection of Paradigm Shifts,” 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 2, Campus Center Rooms 103-104. Virginia Banks, an infectious disease physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will be introduced by her daughter, Mary, a member of the Class of 2007 and president of the Minority Association for Pre-Health Students.

“Exploring Career Paths in Academia,” 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Campus Center Rooms 103-104. Participants include Esteban Monserrate, laboratory instructor of biological sciences at Smith; Benita Jackson, assistant professor of psychology at Smith; and Smith alumna Megan Núñez, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Mt. Holyoke College.

The annual conference is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.

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