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[Stemed-l] Tuesday Talk, Women in STEM, April 19 2016 4:30



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From: "Holly Hargraves" <hhargraves@umass.edu>
Date: Apr 13, 2016 2:43 PM
Subject: Tuesday Talk, Women in STEM, April 19 2016 4:30
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STEMING THE TIDE: FEMALE EXPERTS AND PEERS ACT AS “SOCIAL VACCINES”
THAT INOCULATE YOUNG WOMEN AGAINST STEREOTYPES AND INCREASE THEIR
PARTICIPATION IN STEM CAREERS

Most STEM seminars are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each
month during the academic year in Hasbrouck 113 (note the room has
changed from the one used for many prior events). Everyone is welcome;
no reservations are needed, and there is no charge. Parking is available
in the nearby Campus Center Garage. Refreshments will be available
fifteen minutes before the lecture begins. Please note: This last
Seminar on April 19th will be held at 4:30.

APRIL 19 2016 4:30
Nilanjana Dasgupta, Professor, Psychology, UMass, Amherst

Nilanjana Dasgupta is a social psychologist whose work focuses on the
effects of social contexts on implicit stereotypes - particularly on
factors which insulate women in STEM fields from harmful stereotypes
about their ability in those areas. Individuals’ choice to pursue one
academic or professional path over another may feel like a free choice,
but it is often constrained by subtle cues in achievement environments
that signal who naturally belong there and who don’t. What factors
release these constraints and enhance individuals’ freedom to pursue
academic and professional paths despite stereotypes to the contrary?
Dasgupta will present a series of studies addressing this question in
the context of young women’s confidence, persistence, and career
aspirations in science, mathematics, and engineering in the face of
negative societal stereotypes casting doubt on their ability. Data shows
that the presence of a few female experts or a critical mass of female
peers in high achievement STEM settings function as social vaccines that
increase female students’ social belonging in STEM and inoculate their
self-concept against stereotypes. Based on the data, Professor Dasgupta
will describe a set of research-driven remedies and interventions that
promise to enhance the recruitment and retention of diverse groups in
STEM classes, majors, and professions.


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