Saturday, June 23, 2007

Making a Dent in Academia

One year ago, the former Dean of Engineering at the University of Washington committed suicide. For nine years, Denise Denton worked to increase gender and racial diversity in science and technology and devoted great energy to improving engineering education. She was the first woman to hold a deanship at an NRC-designated Research One university. Her final employer (University of California) now hosts a memorial web site, and today Dr. Free Ride posted a tribute to her.

Much can be done to build upon her legacy of making science and engineering a better place for women.

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