'Sex and Gender Analysis' talk is April 4

Londa Schiebinger
Londa Schiebinger

A Stanford University researcher and expert on the relationship between gender and science will deliver the third and final event in UNL's Women’s and Gender Studies Program’s spring 2011 colloquium series, "Science and Gender Matters."

In an April 4 talk, Londa Schiebinger will introduce Stanford’s Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine and Engineering Project. The project develops state-of-the-art methods of sex and gender analysis for basic and applied research in science, medicine, and engineering. Schiebinger's presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 212 of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center.

In her talk, Schiebinger will set out three distinct levels for analyzing issues concerning women and gender in science: efforts to increase the number of women in science, programs to remove bias and barriers from the institutions of science, and analyses of sex and gender in knowledge or research results. She will give special attention to the third level - the knowledge level, which she calls "gendered innovations."

Such analysis has resulted in increased awareness about the symptoms of a heart attack in women or increased understanding about how osteoporosis affects men, for example.

Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science in the History Department at Stanford University and Director of the EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Engineering Project. From 2004-2010, Schiebinger served as the director of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/8hj