Professor to discuss women in STEM fields

By UW-Barron County

“Women in Physics” and what can be done to attract more females to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields will be the topic of a presentation by Laura McCullough at UW-Barron County on March 2, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall, (R234). The UW-Stout professor of chemistry and physics will discuss some of the educational issues facing women in physics, starting with elementary school and continuing through graduate school and beyond.

McCullough also will offer suggestions on how to promote educational and career opportunities for girls and women in STEM areas. Her talk is a part of UW-BC’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series, which is free and open to the public. UW-Barron County is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake.

“When I walked into my physics graduate school on day one and there were twenty-four men and me, I knew we had a problem, a problem begging for a solution,” said McCullough, who earned her Ph.D. in science education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Since then, she has written a book, “Women in Physics,” and has written for professional publications, explaining the teaching of physics and ways to reduce gender success differences in STEM fields.

The Thursdays @ the U series is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. For more information, call 715-234-8176.


Brian Becker