Noon Lecture by Maria Gomez '92 Marks Start of Women’s History Month

Women's History Month begins March 1, celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - the STEM fields. Rhode Island College launches its celebration today with a noon lecture by a RIC grad who's now chair of the Chemistry Department at Mt. Holyhoke College.

Maria Gomez ’92, a theoretical chemist who graduated from RIC with majors in chemistry, physics and mathematics, will speak on women in science in Clarke Science, Room 128.

Gomez is chair of the Chemistry Department at Mt. Holyoke College, an institution with a 175-year history of preparing women scientists. She teaches physical chemistry and materials science and conducts research with undergraduates on proton conduction in a variety of fuel cell materials.

Following her lecture, which is sponsored by the College Lectures Committee, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Adams Library, will be a reception and the opening of an exhibit at Adam’s Library, showcasing STEM research conducted by RIC female faculty.

The 2013 National Women’s History Month theme, Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination, honors generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder, and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the STEM fields, according to the National Women's History Project website.

“Our female faculty and staff are accomplished role models and mentors, not just in the classroom, but as scholars, scientists, technologists, writers and administrators, with real lives as well as careers,” said Judith Stokes, RIC associate professor of Adams Library and one of the coordinators of the exhibit. “In addition to teaching about women who came before us, Women’s History Month is our opportunity to teach students about the success of women right here at RIC.”

Other ongoing events this month will be Brown Bag Lunches with STEM faculty at the Donovan Dining Center, Room 202, on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Lunches will include informal discussions about STEM courses, research opportunities at RIC and possible career paths for students in STEM fields.