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Date: September 10, 2008
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

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Montgomery College Presents Discussion about Motherhood Among Women Scientists
Talk to Feature MC Professor Gina Wesley-Hunt, September 25 on Rockville Campus

EDITORS: Please note that this event has changed venue to the Theatre Arts Arena on Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus. The new information is included below. For a high resolution image to accompany the release, click on this link.

Montgomery College will host a panel discussion about motherhood among women scientists on Thursday, September 25 at 2:30 p.m. The discussion is part of the College’s Rockville Campus SEM (Science, Engineering, and Mathematics) Exchange, a series of presentations about recent advances and issues in the sciences. It will be held in the Theatre Arts Arena on the College’s Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville.

Led by Dr. Gina Wesley-Hunt, an assistant professor of biology at Montgomery College, the discussion is based on the book “Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Women Scientists Speak Out,” edited by Emily Monosson. Several scientists contributed to the book, including Dr. Wesley-Hunt, about the challenges and the solutions of combining motherhood and a scientific career. Panelists will share their personal stories and career choices, redefining what it means to be a successful professional scientist in the face of societal roadblocks. Definitions of success, structuring grants to allow flexibility for family leave, knowing your rights or lack of them, and equitable co-parenting are among the many issues to be considered. 

Dr. Gina Wesley-Hunt has earned three degrees in evolutionary biology: a B.A. from Northwestern University; and a M.S. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. Her teaching experiences have been diverse, including George Washington University, The Field Museum of Chicago and The University of Chicago. She completed post-doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. 

The panelists will include:
Emily Monosson:      Environmental Toxicologist and writer.
PhD, Cornell University

Suzanne Epstein:      Immunologist, FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Marla McIntosh:        Professor of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland.
PhD, University of Illinois.

Marilyn Merritt:          Associate Research Professor of Anthropology, George Washington University.
                               PhD, University of Pennsylvania.

Anne Douglass:         Atmospheric Chemist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
PhD, Iowa State University.

Andrea Kalfoglou:       Assistant Professor, Health Administration and Policy Program, 
                                University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
PhD, Johns Hopkins.

For more information on the panel discussion or future SEM Exchange presentations, contact Miriam Carter in the Office of the Deans on the Rockville Campus at (240)567-5357 or e-mail  

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