Women and Science

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

An ancient Egyptian hieroglyph at Saqqara declared Merit-Ptah as “the Chief Physician.” 4700 years after her achievement, we ask: How are women in science faring?

It is a well-documented phenomenon that for all STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, the gender gap widens in the progression from undergraduate study, through graduate and post-doctoral work, up through academic appointment. Do different scientific abilities or perspectives exist between genders? If so, to what degree are these the influence of nature versus nurture, the influences of biology, culture, and politics? How much sexism remains in the scientific profession? How much of it is borne by men? By women?

What challenges have those women who have achieved success in the sciences faced? What work remains to further women’s progress in achieving equal opportunity with men in science, engineering, etc., in the lab, in the field, in the classroom, and in the boardroom?

Our roundtable gathers women of high achievement who have thought hard—and fought hard—addressing these issues.


Cristina Alberini

Professor in the Center for Neural Science, New York University

Cristina Alberini, Professor in the Center for Neural Science, New York University, has been studying the biological mechanisms of long-term memory for the last 20 years. Her studies explore the biological mechanisms of memory consolidation and reconsolidation, the processes by which newly learned information become long-lasting memories, and how memories are modulated and integrated into… read more »

Priyamvada Natarajan

Professor of Astronomy and of Physics, Yale University

Priyamvada Natarajan’s research is focused on exotica in the Universe—dark matter, dark energy and black holes. She is noted for her key contributions to two of the most challenging problems in cosmology:  mapping the distribution of dark matter and tracing the growth history of black holes. Her work using gravitational lensing has provided a deeper… read more »

Liz Phelps

Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University

Dr. Liz Phelps received her PhD from Princeton University in 1989, served on the faculty of Yale University until 1999, and is currently the Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. Her laboratory has earned widespread acclaim for its groundbreaking research on how the human brain processes emotion, particularly as… read more »

Tal Rabin

Research Staff Member and Manager of Cryptographic Research Group, IBM T.J.Watson Research Center

Tal Rabin is the manager and a  research staff member of the Cryptography Research Group at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. Her research focuses on the general area of cryptography and, more specifically, on secure multiparty computation, threshold cryptography and proactive security which the National Research Council Cybersecurity Report to Congress identified as “exactly the… read more »

Anna Ziegler


Anna Ziegler’s plays have been produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Magic Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges, Theater J, DR2 (W.E.T.), Cherry Lane Theatre (Playwrights Realm), Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre, Summer Play Festival (SPF), The Fountain Theatre, English Theatre of Berlin, Theatre503 (UK), Synchronicity Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, and… read more »

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