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Three prominent female scientists to speak during TWU's Science Academic Days


DENTON — Three women who have advanced in the world of science will participate in a panel discussion and a research symposium during Science Academic Days Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1 at Texas Woman’s University. The event is being held in conjunction with the dedication of the Ann Stuart Science Complex, scheduled Friday, April 1 on the Denton campus.

The three are Dorothy Beckett, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland; Mary Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Michele S. Swanson, Ph.D, professor of microbiology at the University of Michigan Medical School.

“Women in Science” Breaking the Glass Beaker,” a panel discussion, is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in room 301 of the Administration Conference Tower (ACT). “Women and Their Science: A Research Symposium” will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 1 in room 202 of the Classroom Faculty Office (CF0 Building.

Dr. Beckett earned her doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1986 and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at The Johns Hopkins University. Currently, she serves as secretary of the Biophysical Society, which encourages the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics.

Dr. Bjornsti holds the Newman H. Waters Chair of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also serves as co-leader of the Cancer Cell Biology Program and associate director for translational research in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Swanson earned her Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, where she studied gene expression in yeast. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Boston. She is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and serves in an editorial capacity for some of its publications, including as an editor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, which covers the latest developments in microbiology and related fields; and on the editorial board of Infection and Immunity, a journal that provides insights into the interactions between bacterial, fungal and parasitic pathogens and their hosts.

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