Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 17:53:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for January 17 & 24, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of 01/17/03 & 01/24/03, eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek,
& Michael Rupen

This week's issues:

1. National Academy News: Shirley M. Malcom to Recieve Public Welfare Medal
2. Coming events at APS meetings
3. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

1. National Academy News: Shirley M. Malcom to Recieve Public Welfare Medal
From: Crystal M. Tinch

Date: Dec. 11, 2002
Contact: Christian Dobbins, Media Relations Assistant
Office of News and Public Information
(202) 334-2138; e-mail>

WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences has selected Shirley M. Malcom 
to receive the academy's most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal.
Established in 1914, the medal is presented annually to honor extraordinary
use of science for the public good. Malcom has spent nearly 30 years working
both at the grass-roots level and internationally to improve science and
technology education and participation by students of diverse backgrounds.

"Dr. Malcom has served science with extraordinary scope, originality, and
achievement," said R. Stephen Berry, home secretary of the National Academy
of Sciences and chair of the selection committee. "With each young mind that
experiences the value of science through science education, there is a new
chance that the world will see the next Pasteur, Salk, or Einstein. Dr.
Malcom has helped bring science to millions of students who otherwise might 
not have had the opportunity."

As head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Malcom has had a unique
impact on advancing public understanding of science and technology, and
increasing the participation of women, minorities, and people with
disabilities in these areas.

"Dr. Malcom has been a tireless advocate for the empowerment of the general
public through science and technology, viewing such an education as a
necessary ingredient for social progress," said National Academy of Sciences 
President Bruce Alberts. "She has also been at the forefront in making science
available to those normally underrepresented in science careers, dedicating her 
life to making sure that everyone has a chance to succeed."

Growing up in the South during the 1950s and 1960s and attending a segregated,
all-black high school, Malcom witnessed firsthand the lack of opportunities
for minorities to achieve in science. She graduated from the University of
Washington, Seattle, where she was usually the only African-American woman
in her science classes. Malcom went on to be a high school teacher and then a
college professor, finally moving to Washington, D.C., to work as a research
assistant at AAAS. There she was charged with taking an inventory of the
nation's education programs in science for minority students, a task that
brought home the magnitude of the problem faced by racial and ethnic
minorities.  Science education programs often excluded minorities, she found, 
and those that were set up to serve minorities favored men.

These findings resulted in the 1976 landmark report THE DOUBLE BIND: THE PRICE
OF BEING A MINORITY WOMAN IN SCIENCE, which Malcom co-authored. She helped
document how minority women were the victims of both racism and sexism.  That
report helped bring to light a problem that until then had not been a prominent
part of the national consciousness.

In 1979 Malcom became head of the AAAS Office of Opportunities in Science and 
in 1989 became director of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
Realizing that traditional education was not reaching everyone, Malcom found
ways to bring science to minorities in their own communities.

She led the creation and development of a host of innovative efforts such as 
the Black Churches Project, a network of churches that worked to bring science,
environment, and health education to the African-American community, and
Proyecto Futuro, a program designed to connect science with the Latino
community and culture. Other activities included the development of 
high-quality, age-appropriate preschool science courses; Kinetic City Mission 
to earth, an online science adventure series for after-school programs; D.C. 
Acts, a science, mathematics, and technology education reform partnership of 
AAAS, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and District of Columbia Public 
Schools; and Bioscience Education Network, a digital library for undergraduate 
biology education.

Malcom's activities have not been limited to grass-roots efforts. She has
filled several U.S. presidential appointments, serving on the National Science
Board from 1994 to 1998 as well as on the President's Committee of Advisers on
Science and Technology from 1994 to 2001. Internationally, she was a U.S. 
delegate to the 1999 UNESCO World Conference on Science. She also helped form 
the Once and Future Action Network, a coalition of nongovernmental 
organizations (NGOs) and donor groups that worked to ensure a science and 
technology component in the NGO Forum held parallel to the U.N. Fourth World 
Conference on Women in Beijing. In 1983 she was an organizer for the meeting 
of the Panel of Experts on Science, Technology, and Women to prepare for the 
U.N. Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya. She was one of eight women 
advisers representing different regions of the world on the Gender Working 
Group of the U.N. Commission on Science and Technology for Development. 
Malcom chairs the Committee on Capacity Building in Science of the 
International Council for Science.

Born on Sept. 6, 1946, in Birmingham, Ala., Malcom received her bachelor's 
degree with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington in 1967, 
and her master's degree in zoology and animal behavior from the University of 
California, Los Angeles, in 1968. She received her Ph.D. in ecology from 
Pennsylvania State University in 1974. Malcom holds 12 honorary degrees, sits 
on seven active boards, including the board of trustees for California 
Institute of Technology and Morgan State University, and has contributed to 
more than a dozen books and other publications.

The Public Welfare Medal, consisting of a medal and an illuminated scroll, 
will be presented to Malcom during the NAS annual meeting in April. The 
National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that 
provides science advice under a congressional charter.

[ This news release is available at HTTP://NATIONAL-ACADEMIES.ORG ]

2. Coming events at APS meetings

>From WIPHYS posting of 01/29/03: 

CSWP and the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP)
will sponsor a networking breakfast from 7:00-9:00 am in the Hyatt
Regency Hotel, Hill Country C Room. The speaker will be 
Padmasree Warrior, Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer for
Motorola who has made key contributions, both managerial and
technical, to the development of innovative transistors for cell
phones. Her talk will be followed by a chance for discussion and
networking. Cost: $20. Details and registration at - some
complimentary registrations for women physics students are
available thanks to a generous contribution from FIAP! Pre-
registration is strongly encouraged you need not be registered at
the APS meeting to attend.

CSWP is offering a special panel discussion, "Women in Physics:
Title IX and the Need for Change" from 3:30-5:30 pm. Speakers
are Debra Rolison (Naval Research Lab), Catherine Didion (AWIS)
and Judy Franz (APS). Moderator is Susan Coppersmith (Univ of
Wisc). The panel (Session 2A) will be held in Room 8C of the
Convention Center. Following the panel there will be an informal
reception (cash bar and light fare)from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Waller
Creek Room. Please join us for an interesting discussion! 

And at the April Meeting in Philadelphia a networking breakfast
on Tuesday, April 8 from 7:00-9:00 am. The speaker will be Sherry
Yennello of Texas A&M University. Cost: $20 ($10 for students). 
You need not be registered for the APS meeting to attend. Please
watch the CSWP website at for details.

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