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Award-Winning Expert to Give Lecture on Gender and Science

Historian Londa Schiebinger, director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, will deliver a lecture on “Gendered Innovations in Science” at Pomona College on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m.

A professor at Stanford, Schiebinger’s area of expertise is in the history of science. Her latest book, Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (2008), examines the history of women's participation in science and the structure of scientific institutions—and points to “gendered innovations” along the way, taking note of transformations in the personnel, cultures, and content of science and engineering.

A prolific writer, Schiebinger’s works have been translated into 10 languages. Among her most notable are: Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (2004), which was awarded the prize in Atlantic history by the American Historical Association in 2005; Nature’s Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (2004 reissue); Has Feminism Changed Science? (1999), which Newsweek called “a frank assessment of the role of gender in shaping scientific knowledge”; and The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science (1989) is, “feminism put to work,” according to The New York Review of Books.

She has been awarded numerous prestigious grants and fellowships, including the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Program, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

This lecture will be held in Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. 6th Street, Claremont). This event is part of the 2009 Phebe Estelle Spalding Lecture Series at Pomona College. For further information, call (909) 607-0870.