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Skeptics Distinguished Lecture Series at Caltech
Begins New Season this Sunday

Women in Science:
From Ancient Times to the 21st Century

Sunday, September 26th, 2:00 pm
Baxter Lecture Hall
Caltech, Pasadena, CA.

Journalist Laura S. Woodmansee

Journalist Laura S. Woodmansee

Science journalist Laura S. Woodmansee, author of Women Astronauts and Women of Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier, will talk about the changing role of women in science from ancient times to today. Laura will discuss how the pioneering women of science overcame obstacles to follow their dreams. Today, women work in every field of science and space exploration, but it hasn’t always been this way. Even today, women are underrepresented in most technical fields. Laura has interviewed many powerful women in science including astronauts Sally Ride, Eileen Collins, Susan Helms, Shannon Lucid, the late Kalpana Chawla of Space Shuttle Columbia, Jill Tartar of SETI, Mars engineer Donna Shirley, and many others. Discover what experiences and advice these role models have shared. Laura’s new company, Space Girl Productions (www.woodmansee.com), creates entertaining educational videos and DVDs. Book signing to follow lecture.


PLUS:
Retracing Darwin’s Footsteps

Skeptic publisher, Michael Shermer, will regale skeptics with tales from his month-long adventure with Frank Sulloway’s expedition to retrace Darwin’s footsteps in the Galapagos islands and document the ecological changes over the past century and a half.

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