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News from URI's Graduate School of Oceanography...

Distinguished Science Policy Researcher to Speak on the
Advancement of Women in Science and Technology

Narragansett, R.I. -- April 4, 2001 -- Dr. Henry Etzkowitz of the State University of New York at Purchase will present a talk based on his recent book, Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology, on Wednesday April 18, at 12:30 p.m. in Corless Auditorium on the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett. Organized by the Women in Oceanography Collegium, the talk is free and open to the public.

Etzkowitz’s book considers why there are so few women scientists. According to the publisher, Cambridge University Press, "Despite the scientific ethos of universalism and inclusion, women continue to experience real social inequities as they struggle to gain recognition in the scientific community. Based on extensive interviews and backed by quantitative analysis, this compelling work exposes the hidden barriers, subtle exclusions, and unwritten rules that confront women at every juncture along the scientific career path--from childhood to retirement."

In Athena Unbound, Etzkowitz and his co-authors, Carol Kemelgor and Brian Uzzi, present vivid personal accounts of the effects these obstacles have on the personal and professional lives of women. And they argue that "women can succeed in the scientific workplace by successfully managing "social capital," those networks and relationships scientists rely on for professional support and new ideas."

Henry Etzkowitz is a co-founder of World Innovation Network (WIN) and Director of the Science Policy Institute at State University of New York. In a more than 30-year career as a science polity researcher and entrepreneur, Etzkowitz has organized and studied start-up ventures in California and New York. He publishes on entrepreneurial science and other science and technology issues in leading international journals, such as Science, Minerva, and Research Policy, and has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Sloan and Andrew Mellon Foundations.

He is a consultant to the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the Center for Business and Policy Studies Stockholm, and the Comptroller of the City of New York. He has authored and co-authored several books, including The Second Academic Revolution: MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science (in press), Public Venture Capital, and Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology.

For more information, call Professor Karen Wishner at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography at 874-6402.

Contact: Lisa Cugini, 874-6642,

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