Margaret W. Rossiter is the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of the History of Science at Cornell University. She is the editor of the two official journals of the History of Science Society, the quarterly Isis and the annual Osiris, and the author of three award-winning books: Justus Liebig and the Americans: The Emergence of Agricultural Science (Yale University Press, 1975); Women Scientists in America: Struggles and Strategies to 1940 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982); and Women Scientists in America: Before Affirmative Action, 1940-1972 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995). She has also edited or coedited three other volumes.
Dr. Rossiter received her Ph.D. from Yale University School of Medicine in the history of medicine and science. She has held a number of fellowships, including a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, and—from 1989 to 1994—a MacArthur, and has been honored with numerous teaching and research awards, including the 1997 Pfizer Prize and the History of Science Society award for the best book in English on the history of science for the previous 3 years. In the early 1980s she was on the first NSF Director's Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Technology and also served as program director for NSF's program in the history and philosophy of science. In 1996 and 1997 she was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, where she worked on the history of science in the United States.
Kathleen E. Sendall is vice president of Western Canada Development and Operations at PetroCanada. She is responsible for the Western Canada natural gas business and conventional oil properties, including technology and marketing functions that support the business. Ms. Sendall graduated from Queen's University, Kingston, with a B.Sc., honours, in mechanical engineering in 1977 and from the Western Executive Program of the University of Western Ontario Business School in 1990. Ms. Sendall joined Petro-Canada in 1978 after 2 years as an engineering supervisor of offshore and international joint ventures at Nova Gas Transmission. Ms. Sendall held various supervisory positions until 1991, when she was appointed wholesale marketing manager for Petro-Canada Products. In 1994, she served as manager and, later, director of business development in the Natural Gas Liquids business unit. She was appointed to her current position in 1996.
Ms. Sendall chairs the Advisory Council to the NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, Prairie Region. She is also a director of Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta and the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation of Calgary. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. In 1998, Ms. Sendall was the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for the category “Business, Labour, the Professions and Entrepreneurs” and in 1999 became a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Virginia Valian has served as professor of psychology at Hunter College-CUNY since 1987. She has also held the position of director of the Hunter College master's program in psychology since 1991. She received her M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1971) in psychology from Northeastern University and her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1963. She has held a variety of visiting faculty positions at universities in the United States and abroad, including Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (Paris), the University of Rochester, Wellesley College, Fudan University (Shanghai), Columbia University, and Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Valian's research interests include first and second language acquisition, artificial language learning, and human sex differences. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Society for Research in Child Development. She serves as a member of the editorial board for Cognition. She has written and lectured widely and has received considerable acclaim for her 1998 book Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women.