The Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Tuesday, March 9 at 8:00am to 11:00am

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Spring 2020 changed in how nearly everyone conducted their personal and professional lives. For academic STEMM, the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic ranged from delayed experiments in individual laboratories to cancelled global scientific conferences. People shifted classes to virtual platforms, and negotiated with family members for workspace in their homes. This changed reality blurred the boundaries between work and nonwork, infusing ambiguity into everyday activities. While adaptations allowed people to stay connected, the evidence available at the end of 2020 suggested that the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic endangered the engagement, experience, and retention of women in academic STEMM.

On Tuesday March 9, 2021, join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for the public release of the consensus study report,The Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The report explores how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the careers of women in academic STEMM during 2020 and considers how these disruptionsboth positive and negativemight shape future progress for women in academic STEMM.

The reports findings will be presented by committee members on March 9, 2021, at 11:00 am ET:

  • Eve J. Higginbotham (NAM)(Chair), Vice Dean of Inclusion and Diversity, Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health, and Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Reshma Jagsi, Newman Family Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Erick C. Jones,George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
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