Some of the most important research and discoveries in science have been made by women. To celebrate these inspiring individuals and to support the next generation of female scientists, the United Nations dedicated February 11 as "International Women and Girls in Science" day. To honor this tradition, JILA hosted a panel discussion/open-forum with both JILA Fellows and JILA staff as speakers. The panelists were: Ana Maria Rey (a NIST and JILA Fellow), Margaret Murnane (JILA Fellow), Dr. Ellen Keister (Director of Education for STROBE, a science center within JILA) and Kenna Hughes-Castleberry (JILA's Science Communicator). Audience members asked a variety of questions for the hour-long panel discussion, ranging from stories about discriminatory practices to making the community a more supportive place. All four panelists emphasized the need for confidence, self-care, and an empowering network for success. Those who attended commented that the panel was helpful and gave them ideas for future events.
Written by Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, JILA Science Communicator.