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NIH ORWH-Sponsored NASEM Symposium on Underrepresentation of Women in STEMM

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Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine: A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Symposium Highlighting Evidence-Based Interventions

Monday, March 11 in Washington, DC

The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) is pleased to announce a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) symposium that will highlight evidence-based interventions for addressing the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM).

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The symposium will inform an ongoing NAS consensus study chaired by Dr. Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut and the first African-American woman to travel into space. This consensus study will build on the findings of previous NASEM studies, including Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering, Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty and Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia

The symposium is co-sponsored by NIH/ORWH, the National Science Foundation, and the L'Oréal Foundation. More information about this study is available here.

National Academy of Sciences
Fred Kavli Auditorium
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Monday, March 11, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm (Eastern Time)

Registration is open through March 7, 2019.

Hotel accommodations in Washington, DC can be found at

The keynote address will be given by Representative Donna Shalala, PhD, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and currently representing Florida's 27th Congressional District. She will be introduced by Vivian Pinn, MD, the first full-time Director of ORWH. Dr. Shalala chaired the committee responsible for the NAS report, Beyond Bias and Barriers.

Panel sessions will be held on Beyond Bias and Barriers, which will address institutional strategies to combat bias; Family Friendly Policies, on tenure, parental leave, and child care provisions; Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement, on academic programs and policies for women students and faculty; and National Programs in scientific agencies and foundations designed to improve women's representation in STEMM. Janine A. Clayton, MD, Director of ORWH, will participate in the National Programs panel.

For more information about ORWH, visit