Some Reflections on the Dearth of Women and Science:
A talk by Ben Barres, Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford

Fong Auditorium
Boylston Hall
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a reception to follow

This web page is an archive of a talk that took place on 3/17/08 at Harvard University. It was an extraordinary talk given to hundreds of people in a packed auditorium. Ben Barres' talk provides case by case evidence that essentially proves that women are just as capable as men in science. He talks about his own experience, having been female, and now as a male scientist and how people automatically respect his opinion more. Ben Barres is a female to male trangender Professor of Neurobiology, who has an unparalleled standpoint on the issue of women and science. His talk provides evidence against the popular opinion of leaders in academia. It also provides a fascinating perspective on transexualism.

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To learn more about transgender issues,
consider visiting the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and perhaps making a donation to them as well.

To learn more about women in science,
check out this wikipedia entry.

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Promotional information for the talk

Join Professor Ben Barres for a personal and intellectual analysis of the obstacles faced by women in academic science and what individuals and institutions can do to increase opportunities in the sciences for women. Professor Barres brings a unique perspective to this discussion: Professor Barres is transgender, and has experienced life as both a female and as a male scientist. His seminal article in the Journal Nature, “Does gender matter?” posits the challenge: “To paraphrase Martin Luther King, a first-class scientific enterprise cannot be built upon a foundation of second-class citizens. If women and minorities are to achieve their full potential, all of us need to be far more proactive. So what can be done?”

Ben Barres, MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, and Neurology at Stanford University. Dr. Barres earned a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard, an MD from Dartmouth, and a BS in Biology from MIT. He is Associate Chair of Neurobiology at Stanford Medical School.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, The Harvard College Women’s Center, the Committee on Degrees in Women, Gender and Sexuality, The Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, The Women’s Network of Harvard, and the Postdoctoral Affairs Office.