Senior Women in Science at Duke

Overview of SWS

The Senior Women in Science (SWS) is a group organized around the realization that the Natural Science departments in Duke's School of Arts & Sciences lag significantly behind the Humanities and Social Sciences in achieving parity for women. This is not unique to Duke, as nationwide the number of female professors in the sciences is low. The SWS was established in the Fall of 2004. Its members include full and associate female professors who are regular faculty in the Natural Sciences. The ultimate goal of the SWS is to improve the climate for all women scientists at Duke, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty.

Co-conveners 2018-20

Roxanne Springer Lillian Pierce
Physics Mathematics

SWS Advisory Committee 2018-19

Christine Drea (Evolutionary Anthropology), Anne Pusey (Evolutionary Anthropology), Marcy Uyenoyama (Biology), Louise Roth (Biology), Christina Williams (Psychology & Neuroscience), Kate Scholberg (Physics), Roxanne Springer (Physics), Ingrid Daubechies (Mathematics), Lillian Pierce (Mathematics), Anita Layton (Mathematics), Barbara Shaw (Chemistry), Kathy Franz (Chemistry), Susan Rodger (Computer Science), Xiaobai Sun (Computer Science), Merlise Clyde (Statistics).

Picture of SWS Advisory Committee in August 2009

The 2009-10 advisory committee of SWS after its fall meeting on August 2009.

From left to right, top row: Naomi Quinn (Cultural Anthropology), Tina Williams (Psychology & Neuroscience), Christine Drea (Evolutionary Anthropology), and Barbara Shaw (Chemistry). Middle row: Xiaobai Sun (Computer Science), Dalene Stangl (Statistical Science), Susan Rodger (Computer Science), and Kate Scholberg (Physics). Bottom row: Marcy Uyenoyama (Biology), and Louise Roth (Biology).