MIT Professor to Address Progress Toward Gender Equality

April 04, 2000

A prominent professor who helped bring gender inequities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to the forefront will share her story at the April 11 Annual Spring Reception of Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine (WISDM) at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Nancy Hopkins, a well-known DNA researcher and professor, and an advocate for gender equity at MIT, will present "Women Faculty at MIT - A Progress Report" at 6 p.m. in the Adolf Auditorium at the Medical Center, preceded by a reception at 5:15 p.m. in the Flaum Atrium. Hopkins will share the steps she and her colleagues at MIT took to bring gender inequity in promotion and salary issues to the attention of MIT administrators, resulting in substantial improvements for women faculty at the renowned educational institution.

A professor of molecular and developmental biology, Hopkins joined MIT as an assistant professor in the Center for Cancer Research within the Biology Department. She was promoted to associate professor in 1976 and to professor in 1982, shifting to the field of developmental biology nine years ago. Hopkins is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1995 she was appointed chair of the first Committee on Women Faculty in the School of Science at MIT.

Widely published and respected for her significant scientific achievements, Hopkins has presented talks on gender issues around the world, including stops at The White House, Harvard, UCLA, Paris and Brussels.

Her April 11 presentation is free and open to the public. Hopkins will also deliver a scientific presentation to the University of Rochester's Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Medical Center on April 12.

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