Women’s role in science will be front and center at Fordham next week, as the University hosts a two-day long conference run by the Henry Luce Foundation.

“Women in STEM Leadership: Clare Boothe Luce 25th Anniversary Professors Conference,” takes places Sunday, Nov. 8 and Monday, Nov. 9 at the Lincoln Center campus.

In addition to break-out panel sessions such as “Persistence in Science & Strong Female Role Models,” “Ethics in STEM Education,” and “Putting Ladies FIRST (Fierce in Research Science and Technology): Mentoring a New Generation of Women Scientists,” the conference will feature keynote speeches by Cynthia Friend, PhD, and Shirley Malcom, PhD.

Friend, the T.W. Richards Professorship in Chemistry and professor of materials science at Harvard University, is a physical chemist whose current research is focused on developing solutions to important problems in energy usage and environmental chemistry.

Malcom, the head of education and human resources at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), works to improve the quality of science education and increase access to education and careers in STEM fields.

Joseph M. McShane, SJ, president of Fordham, will close out the conference with a speech on Sunday, and Maura B. Mast, PhD, Dean of Fordham College Rose Hill, will introduce Malcom on Monday.

Fordham has had a long relationship with the Luce Foundation, whose Clare Boothe Luce Program seeks to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in science, mathematics and engineering. Since the program was first started in 1989, Fordham students have received countless Clare Boothe Luce scholarships, research scholarships and fellowships.

For more information, visit the conference event page.


Patrick Verel is a news producer for Fordham Now. He can be reached at [email protected] or (212) 636-7790.