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Filmmaker DeMichiel explores why so few women go into the sciences

The Fisher Center will host filmmaker Helen DeMichiel and her “Gender Chip Project,” a work that is being hailed as an important resource for addressing the disparity of representation of women in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in the library's Geneva Room.

DeMichiel, director of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, interviewed several women majoring in the sciences at Ohio State University, and followed their college careers to produce this portrait of five women dedicated to making their chosen fields better.

Although women make up the majority of undergraduate students in the United States, only about 20 percent earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, despite enormous and expanding opportunities for graduates in these fields. Currently, only about 11 percent of the science and engineering workforce is composed of women.

After the screening, DeMichiel will join a panel discussion with Associate Professor of Biology Sigrid Carle, Assistant Professor of Geoscience Tara Curtin, and Associate Professor of Chemistry Christine deDenus; Clancy Brown '09, a biology and environmental studies major; and Meaghan McCarthy '08, a biology and pre-med major.

Faculty and students are invited to a buffet dinner that follows in the Common Room of the Scandling Center.

Details on the Gender Chip Project are available at Gender Chip.