Open Lecture Uncovering Bias in Science, Technology and Health

All faculty and staff are invited to attend "Using the Lens of Gender to Uncover and Address Unconscious Bias in Science, Technology and Health” on Monday, October 21 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. in the Cooperage. Conversation will continue with a follow-up post-lecture dialogue led by Margaret Anderson of the Hutchins Dialogue Center.

Sue Rosser, Provost and Academic Vice President at San Francisco State University, is a nationally recognized expert on issues of discrimination, unconscious bias, and gender equity, especially in the sciences. A professor of Public Policy and of History, Technology, and Society, she 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. She is the author of 13 books and more than 130 journal articles. Recent books include Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science, The Science Glass Ceiling: Academic Women Scientists and the Struggle to Succeed, and Feminism Within the Science and Health Care Professions: Overcoming Resistance. www.sonoma.edu/education/noyce/rosser

Gender bias in science and engineering research is pervasive in basic research and its translation into health practice and technology, as well as the classroom. Unintentional bias may be 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. 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. Removing unconscious bias expands research results, practice, and products to benefit the population as a whole.

Co-sponsors: Schools of Arts & Humanities, Business & Economics, Education, Extended and International Education, Science & Technology, Social Sciences; Associated Student Productions (ASP); Athletics Department; California Faculty Association Affirmative Action Committee; Center for Community Engagement: Hutchins Dialogue Center; Hutchins School of Liberal Studies; Psychology Department; Residential Life; Sonoma State University Department of Nursing; SSU Campus Recreation; University Library; Women’s and Gender Studies Department (tentative list).

The lecture is open to the community. For more information contact Professor Sharon Cabaniss in the Mathematics Department cabaniss@sonoma.edu.