Women in STEM Conference

Loker Student Union (LSU)

April 30, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

Dr. Ellen Junn
Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Dr. Rod Hay
Dean, College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, CSU Dominguez Hills
“STEM and Women in STEM at CSUDH”

Morning Session (9:00 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.)

Status of Women in STEM: Opportunities and Challenges

Moderator: Jenny Whyte, Director, CSUDH Women's Resource Center

8:50 - 9:50 a.m.

Rebecca Blanton
Executive Director, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

Lee Ann Kline 
President and Founder "STEM Advantage”


"Exploring volcanoes on Earth and the solar system"

10:00-11:20 a.m.

Dr. Rosaly Lopes
Senior Research Scientist in Planetary Science

Julie Webster
Cassini Spacecraft Manager, NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Luncheon Reception (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Wanda Austin. President and CEO
        The Aerospace Corporation
“Women in STEM”

Afternoon Session (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Strategies for Greater Success for Women in STEM Fields

Moderator: Bree Nguyen, Strategic Partnership Manager for Facebook

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Dr. Anita Sengupta
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
“Curiosity and Landing on Mars”

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Joyce Chan
Assistant Professor, CSUDH, Anthropology
“Nature vs. Nurture: Understanding Human Variation and Factors that Determine What We Look Like.”

Dr. Katherine F. Stevenson
California State University, Northridge
"Lead, Follow, and Help Pave the Way"

Concluding Remarks

Breakout Sessions:

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

a. For High School students, teachers, and counselors

b. Becoming a Scientist: Preparing Resumes, Statements, Interviews

c. Career Advancement