Ellen Swallow Richards' Legacy: MIT Alumnae Make a Difference

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Alumnae Educators:
Spreading the Word on Science and Technology

Since the 1800's, when Ellen Swallow Richards became the first woman to graduate from MIT -- and the first to teach here -- many MIT alumnae have become important players in science and technology education. They have developed engineering curricula, created innovative educational programs and reached out to the public through journalism. Our panelists will discuss their successes in advancing science and technology education as well as how MIT did or did not provide them with the tools they needed.

Karen Arenson, '70, Former Education Reporter, The New York Times, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

Leah Jamieson, '71, Dean of Engineering, Purdue and former Co-Director of the Center for Engineering Projects in Community Service;
Cecily Cannan Selby, LI '50, Professor of Science Education, NYU, and former National Executive Director, Girl Scouts;
Elisabeth Stock, '90 and '95, CEO and Co-Founder, Computers for Youth
Emily Wade, '45, President, Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)

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Arenson Karen Arenson '70 received an S.B. in economics from MIT and a Masters degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard. She spent 30 years as a reporter and editor at The New York Times, where she covered finance, economics and higher education. She currently serves as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and a member of the advisory board and strategic planning committee of the Honors College of the City University of New York. She has served as president of the MIT Alumni/ae Association and has been a member of the MIT Corporation and its executive committee.

Jamieson Dr. Leah Jamieson, '71 Professor Leah Jamieson '71 received an S.B. from MIT in Mathematics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. She has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Director of Graduate Admissions in the School of Electrical Engineering, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Engineering, and Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University. She was a former president of IEEE. She was a founding Director of the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), a program in which teams of undergraduates are designing, building, and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. She has been recognized with the NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, the IEEE Education Society's 2000 Harriet B. Rigas "Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator" Award, the Anita Borg Institute's 2007 "Women of Vision Award for Social Impact" and was named 2002 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. Along with 2 colleagues, Jamieson received the 2005 NAE Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for the creation and dissemination of EPICS.

C. Selby Dr. Cecily Cannan Selby, LI '50 holds an A.B. from Radcliffe in physics and a PhD in Physical Biology from MIT. After ten years of research on biological cell structures at the Sloan-Kettering Institute and Cornell Medical College in New York, for family reasons she moved her career to education: first as headmistress of the Lenox School, then as National Executive Director of Girl Scouts, USA. Returning to science through science education she was President of Americans for Energy Independence; helped found, as Dean, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; and was then appointed as co-chair of the first National Science Board Commission on Pre-College education in Mathematics, Science and Technology. She long served as a director of RCA and Avon Products corporations. Her trusteeships include Radcliffe College, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, New York Hall of Science (now Trustee Emerita), Girls Inc.and Brooklyn Law School. Her last full-time job was Professor of Science Education at New York University. Among her honors is Radcliffe's Career Achievement Award. She writes on issues related to science education and women in science. Dr. Selby was the second woman to be appointed a member of the MIT Corporation.

E. Stock Elisabeth Stock, '90 and '95 received four degrees from MIT: S.B. in Writing and Engineering, S.B. in Mechanical Engineering, S.M. in Technology and Policy, and MCP in City Planning. She is CEO and Co-Founder of Computers for Youth, a national non-profit organization that has a proven track record of increasing student achievement both by connecting classroom learning with the home and by boosting parental involvement. CFY has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and National Public Radio and was recently awarded $27M of federal funding to expand its program in NYC and LA. Elisabeth has been awarded a life-long Ashoka fellowship and has served as an advisor to numerous city and federal agencies. Prior to CFY, Elisabeth served as a White House Fellow, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana (where she was a high school teacher), and as a member of the MIT Corporation.

Wade Emily Wade, '45, President, Museum Institute for Science Teaching received her S.B. from MIT in Chemistry. She is Founder and President of the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), an organization aimed at providing professional development for K-12 teachers and for informal educators with a goal to promote improved student interest and literacy in science and to encourage more students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in their higher education. She was also Chair of the Manomet Center for Environmental Science for many years and serves as Director and Trustee of TERC, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging and inspiring all students through stimulating curricula and programs designed to develop the knowledge and skills they need to ask questions, solve problems, and expand their opportunities. She is also a Director for the Center for Technology and Innovation (CT&I). She was recognized for her contribution to improving science education when she was inducted into the Massachusetts Science Educator Hall of Fame in 2004. She is a life member of the MIT Corporation and was the second woman to ever serve as President of the MIT Alumni/ae Association.

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