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If you ask people what they picture when they think of jobs related to STEM fields, you’ll often hear something involving lab coats and Erlenmeyer flasks full of colorful fluids. While chemistry is an important part of STEM, the spectrum of jobs that exist in the industry has much more depth than many may realize. […]

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Chair, John Murray Endowed Professor; Dept. of Orthopaedic Oncology, Unit 1448, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Q. How has your field changed in welcoming women since you first started? A. The number of women in orthopaedics has steadily increased. Women represent less than 20 percent of orthopaedic surgeons, but when I started my career […]

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Chair, Dept. of Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital John F. Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair B.S., Tufts University Q. How has your field changed in welcoming women since you first started? A. The surgical profession has changed profoundly in regard to gender since I first entered the field in the late 1970s. When I […]

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Each year, Women in Science with Excellence (WISE) hosts a luncheon to celebrate leading women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Over two hundred people attended the 8th Annual WISE Luncheon on Friday, January 20th at the River Oaks Country Club. Four inspirational women were honored during the event for their achievements […]

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Vice President, U.S. engineering and construction, Spectra Energy, BSc, petroleum engineering, Colorado School of Mines Q. How has your field changed in welcoming women since you first started? A. During my career, I have seen the engineering field transition from simply accepting women to proactively encouraging women to get into the field. Women engineers are […]

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There is a long list of admirable qualities in effective STEM professionals, and you’ll find them in endless combinations. However, there are a few qualities that you can find in almost every successful scientist, developer, or engineer. Contrary to what some may believe, the list doesn’t necessarily include pure intelligence. It often takes people a […]

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Meg Boulware: Move Beyond Issues that Stall Career Development  It’s exciting to work with innovators and creators every day, says Meg Boulware. She founded intellectual property (IP) boutique law firm Boulware and Valoir in 2010. The practice helps chemistry and biotechnology firms obtain and protect their patents and trademarks, and also advises clients on global […]

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Barbara Thomas Smith: Go Beyond Biases to Build Your Own Career  She was going to take a break from the corporate world for awhile, Barbara Thomas Smith decided. When she did that, a new career role opened up in front of her. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry at Texas A&M University and […]

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Dr. Beena George: Bridging STEM and Business Without Gender Gaps “I never go into a class and assume that male students will do better than female students when they develop financial statements,” says Beena George, Ph.D. “I expect both groups to do the same.” George is Dean of the Cameron School of Business (CSB) at […]

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Gia Merlo, MD, MBA: We can keep women from dropping out of STEM careers Dr. Gia Merlo helps future physicians gain cultural competence, empathy, and a realistic, holistic view of what a career in medicine entails. As professor and Vice Dean for Health Professions at Rice University, Merlo teaches health professions students what it’s like […]

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