Welcome to Dialogue with the Experts

From: akapur@edc.org
Date: Wed Dec 01 1999 - 10:14:20 EST

Welcome to Dialogue with the Experts, the WEEA Equity Resource Center's
series of focused discussions on EDEQUITY. As you may have noticed we had some
technical difficulties yesterday, which was the first day of the dialogue. We
apologize for any inconvenienence and we're glad you can join us today.

Today we begin our four day dialogue on Women and Girls in the Sciences. We
have a distinguished international panel of experts to lead us in a thought-
provoking discussion. They are:

* Sophia Huyer, Women in Global Science and Technology (WIGSAT).

* Jasna Javanovic, Assistant Professor, Human and Community Development
Department and the Women's Studies Program, University of Illinois-Urbana.

* Mary Susan Lindee, Acting Graduate Chair, Department of History and
Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania.

* Jayshree Mehta, President, Once and Future Action Network.

* Londa Schiebinger, Author, "Has Feminism Changed Science?" Professor,
History of Science, Penn State University. Currently, Max-Planck-Institute
for History of Science, Berlin.

* Mary Thompson, Author, "The Scientist Within You."

* Gay Gordon from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Math and
Science will serve as facilitator.

Each panelist's opening statement will be sent in a separate e-mail
message. To
respond, simply hit "reply" to any of these messages and your
comments/questions will be distributed to the panelists and the EDEQUITY
list as usual. Messages will be posted throughout the day from today
through Friday, December 3. Final comments will be posted on Friday,
December 3 at 4 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time and the dialogue will
officially close at 5 p.m.

Before we begin, a word about EDEQUITY's policy on subscriber conduct and a
few rules for the discussion.

First, remember that EDEQUITY is a public list and not everyone who
subscribes will necessarily have the same agenda. In fact, we have learned
from previous experience that some have subscribed to our list simply to
disrupt the discussion. Please be aware of this as you respond to
messages. Usually the best strategy is to ignore inflammatory, anti-equity

Differences of opinion are expected, but all messages must be respectful
and civil. Abusive language will not be tolerated. Messages not meeting
this standard will be returned to the sender for revision.

To allow for broad participation from the members of the list and to ensure
that the panelists can respond to the concerns of as many list members as
possible, please limit your messages to TWO per DAY.

To help the flow of the discussion, indicate in the first line of your
message whether you would like a response from a particular panelist (s) or
if you are addressing your comment/question to the entire list.

Finally, let me remind you that until the end of the day on Friday,
December 3,
we will post only messages about women and girls in science . We
will resume posting other EDEQUITY messages on Monday, December 6.

We look forward to your thoughtful participation.


Susan J. Smith
EDEQUITY Moderator

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