Dr. Sue Rosser Presents Lecture on Gender Bias in the Sciences, Oct. 21

rosser.jpgGender bias in science and engineering research is pervasive in basic research and its translation into health practice and technology, as well as the classroom.

Sue Rosser, Provost and Academic Vice President at San Francisco State University, presents a free public lecture at Sonoma state University on "Using the Lens of Gender to Uncover and Address Unconscious Bias in Science, Technology and Health. The event is set from 4-5:15 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the Cooperage.

Rosser is a nationally recognized expert on issues of discrimination, unconscious bias, and gender equity, especially in the sciences.

Her talk covers the issues of unintentional bias reflected in the application of the scientific method in:

(1) exclusion of females as experimental and design subjects;
(2) choice and definition of problems to be studied;
(3) methods and approaches used in data gathering; and
(4) theories and conclusions drawn from the data.

She says "uncovering one source of bias opens the door to revealing others such as race, class, and disability that may distort research and its translation into practice and products," she says. "Removing unconscious bias expands research results, practice, and products to benefit the population as a whole."

A professor of Public Policy and of History,Technology, and Society, Rosser has served as a Dean of Liberal Arts (Georgia Institute of Technology); Director for the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research (University of Florida-Gainesville); Senior Program Officer for Women's Programs at the National Science Foundation; and Director of Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina.

For more information contact Sharon Cabaniss, cabaniss@sonoma.edu or visit http://www.sonoma.edu/education/noyce/rosser.

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