Thursday, March 22, 2018

Women’s History Month: Perspectives of Women in STEM

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will host a panel discussion with four inspiring North Carolina women working in STEM.

Although women make up half the U.S. college-educated workforce, they only comprise 29% of the science and engineering fields. This Monday, Mary Schweitzer, Gwen Belk, Caitlin Burke and Elizabeth Snider will discuss their diverse careers in STEM and share their perspectives and experiences. 

Our Panelists: 

Dr. Mary Schweitzer is a professor of biological sciences at North Carolina State University with a joint appointment at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as a research curator in paleontology. Dr. Schweitzer is well known for her groundbreaking work in paleontology. Bio

Gwen Belk, a chemist, worked at Research Triangle Park for 10 years, and then continued her career at the Department of Environmental Quality (formerly the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources) until retiring after 21 years of service. Bio

Caitlin Burke is the associate director for Conservation Trust for North Carolina. Caitlin has a BS in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Resources from North Carolina State University Bio

Elizabeth Snider, forest manager for the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University has a Masters in Forestry. Bio