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of Engineering in 1992 and received the Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award from the Multi-Association Industry Affordability Task Force in December 1999.

Session I: Statistics on the Career Pathways of Women of Color Faculty in Academia: Where We Stand: Commissioned Research


Lydia Villa-Komaroff is a member of the board of directors and chief scientific officer at Cytonome/ST, LLC and a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. During her 20-year research career, she held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Harvard Medical School. Her research was focused on molecular biology of protein synthesis, protein processing, and developmental neuroscience. As a science administrator, she served as vice president for research at Northwestern University in Illinois and vice president for research and chief operating officer of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA. Villa-Komaroff has served on several NRC committees. She is a member of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) and was a member of the Committee on U.S. Competitiveness: Underrepresented Groups and Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline. She was elected to a 4-year term on the board of directors of AAAS and was non-executive chair of the board of directors of Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc. Villa-Komaroff received her A.B. from Goucher College and her Ph.D. from MIT.


Donna K. Ginther is a professor of economics and the director of the Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the University of Kansas faculty, she was a research economist and associate policy adviser in the regional group of the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2000 to 2002, and she taught at Washington University from 1997 to 2000 and at Southern Methodist University from 1995 to 1997. Her major fields of study are scientific labor markets, gender differences in employment outcomes, wage inequality, scientific entrepreneurship, and children’s educational attainments. Ginther has been published in several journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Demography, and the Papers and Proceedings of the American Economic Association. She has also received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Kauffman Foundation. She is currently a member of the board of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association, and a member of the board of trustees of the Southern Economic Association. A native of Wisconsin, Ginther received her doctorate in economics in 1995, master’s degree in economics in 1991, and bachelor’s degree in economics in 1987, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Shulamit Kahn has been at Boston University (BU)’s School of Management since 1987. She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in economics in 1983 and taught at the University of California, Irvine, in the intervening years. Her specialty is labor economics and human resources. Her recent and ongoing research revolves around two major topics. The first is the careers of male and female academics in science. Her present work in this

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