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The UTA College of Science Distinguished Women in Science Speaker Series was developed to show the impact women in science have had on society. We're proud to have welcomed presentations by leading women researchers from here and around the globe.

Distinguished Women in Science Speaker Series

Upcoming Speakers

The 2022-23 College of Science Distinguished Women in Science Speaker Series guests are still being finalized and will be announced soon.

Previous Speakers and Honorees

April 21, 2022

Lori Glaze, Ph.D.

Director, Planetary Science Division, NASA
Maverick Science alumna, Dr. Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Science Mission Directorate’s Planetary Science Division, was a featured guest during Science Week and delivered a biographical overview of her work through the lenses of distinguished women in science in her own life. An Arlington, Texas native, Dr. Glaze received B.A. and M.S. degrees in Physics from UTA and earned her Ph.D. in Volcanic Eruption Plume Dynamics from Lancaster University, England.

Mary Gray Ph.d

March 8, 2022

Mary Gray, Ph.D.

Mathematician, Statistician, Lawyer and Distinguished Professor at American University
Talk title: “Statistics and Human Rights”

April 20, 2021

Drew Harvell, Ph.D.

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
Talk title: "Ocean Outbreak: Pandemics in the Ocean are Heating up with Climate Change"”

November 7, 2019

Ami Radunskaya, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics, Pomona College
Past President of the Association for Women in Mathematics
Talk title: “From Music to Mathematics to Medicine: One Woman’s Journey”

September 25, 2019

Maura Hagan, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Science, Utah State University
Member, National Academy of Sciences
Talk title: “Surfing Atmospheric Waves: Their Impact on Space and the Career of a Physicist”

March 18, 2019

Penny Beuning Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University, Boston
Talk title: “On the Move: Protein dynamics in DNA damage responses and mutagenesis”

November 17, 2018

Cassandra McZeal, Ph.D.

Mathematician, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Rice University
Talk title: “Not That Kind of Doctor: Stories of Triumph, Excellence, and Achievement in Math and Computer Science”

March 28, 2018

Kelsey McNeely, Ph.D.

Emerging Energy Sciences section head, Exxonmobil
Talk title: “Biofuels research: Genetic Engineering as a key enabler”

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