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Women in the Chemical Workforce: A WORKSHOP REPORT TO THE CHEMICAL SCIENCES ROUNDTABLE
members, several of whom are here—that ACS get these statistics in order and do a ranking ASAP. It may take some work to pull the data from the Directory for Graduate Research, but the data are there: they are collected by the ACS Committee on Professional Training. This is something that could be done and published quickly. I would like to see it in the student affiliate newsletter.
Robert L. Lichter, Dreyfus Foundation: I want to follow up on the comment about money. You don't need money to do a lot of things, but it surely does help to have it. I want to make an offer here: the Dreyfus Foundation will be very open to proposals that deal with many of these issues. I refer you to <www.dreyfus.org>. Look under the special grant program and follow the instructions.
Barbara K. Warren, Union Carbide: Is anybody here willing to set up a listserve so that we may share our ideas? ACS/CPT not only collects data on women faculty, but looks at how many women are on the faculty and what their level of development is. If it seems to ACS/CPT that women are not being promoted or are not getting sabbaticals or equipment, it asks questions. This is not done for every school, but it is something that ACS has been doing for a long time.
Participant: I think year 2000 is again the year for surveying all women chemists, am I not right? So when you get that survey form, please answer it, buy the book, and use it when you go to your dean, or your supervisor, or your director.
Shannon Davis, Solutia, Inc.: I want to take Barbara up on her challenge. I have hosted a Web site for quite some time for my own personal network, and now I am going to open it up. It is on yahoo.com, and I'll send everyone the address.
Janet G. Osteryoung, National Science Foundation: I would like to make a few concluding remarks. One of them has already been made both directly and indirectly by others, but I want to reinforce it. There are a lot of people here from senior ACS leadership. Your presence is very noticeable, and we really appreciate it. I think there is a potential for doing some good things.
Specifically, Frankie Wood-Black and I have already talked about having a symposium at the San Diego ACS meeting that is based on this workshop. We will work to develop that.
I would also like to thank the ACS for its assistance in getting Rep. Johnson to be dinner speaker last night. This was something that I don't think we could have done by ourselves.
Let me finally say something about NSF. Everything that has been said about what NSF does or doesn't do or thinks or doesn't think is very much in the folklore category. You have to be careful about things like that. It is a diverse organization that has a lot of temporary people moving through it, and one person's experience at one time in one part of the institution does not tell you very much about what NSF does or doesn't do. The practices and attitudes are actually quite variable.
In the Chemistry Division, I would say that we have worked diligently, although not very successfully, to do some positive things about the kinds of problems that have been discussed at this workshop. My mind has been stimulated to come up with some new ideas.
I should also mention that there is a new program in the works at NSF. Its clever name is Advance, and it will be designed to address some of the issues that were brought up here.
Finally, let me tell you two things people have said to me. One is, “I've changed my thinking.” I think that is excellent. That is what you would like a workshop to do. The other is, “My head hurts!” I like that one a lot.