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area (joint with Donna Ginther) concentrates on academic careers in biomedicine and is being funded by the National Institute on Aging of the NIH. In another stream of current research joint with Megan MacGarvie, Professor Kahn is studying the contributions of foreign Ph.D. students to global knowledge creation and diffusion, entrepreneurship and innovation; the work on innovation is also joint with Donna Ginther. This work, funded by the National Science Foundation, has been presented at universities and conferences around the world. As part of her recent service to the university, she served on the BU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee and the BU Law School Dean Search Committee. In service related to women in academia, she sat on the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, was chair of the Boston University Faculty Council’s Committee on Diversity, and was a co-author of “Major Findings of the 2006 Survey on Equity and Diversity at Boston University.” She is currently teaching primarily undergraduates and is coordinator for a core SMG course on statistics and economics.

Sylvia Hurtado is professor and director of the Higher Education Research Institute at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences. Just prior to coming to UCLA, she served as director of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. Hurtado has published numerous articles and books related to her primary interest in student educational outcomes, campus climates, college impact on student development, and diversity in higher education. She has served on numerous editorial boards for journals in education and on the boards for the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) and the Higher Learning Commission, and she is past-president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Black Issues in Higher Education named her among the top 15 influential faculty whose work has had an impact on the academy. She obtained her Ph.D. in education from UCLA, Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and A.B. from Princeton University in sociology. Hurtado has coordinated several national research projects, including a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored project on how colleges are preparing students to achieve the cognitive, social, and democratic skills to participate in a diverse democracy. She is launching an NIH project on the preparation of underrepresented students for biomedical and behavioral science research careers. She has also studied assessment, reform, and innovation in undergraduate education on a project through the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement.

Session II: Putting a Face to a Statistic: A Panel of Women of Color in Academia


Joan W. Bennett (NAS member) is a professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and the associate vice president for the Office for Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Rutgers University. She is a past president of the American Society for Microbiology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Bennett has done work in fungal genetics as well as in women’s studies. She taught a popular course, “Biology of Women,” beginning in 1976 while she was at Tulane University (1971-2006). She is currently a leader of her institution’s NSF ADVANCE project on women faculty. Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and history from Upsala College and a master’s and doctorate degree in botany from the University of Chicago.

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