Carnegie Science Center highlights women in STEM with new Facebook Live series

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Carnegie Science Center announces the Women in STEM Speaker Series, a weekly virtual event featuring interactive conversations with inspiring role models who have established themselves as experts in a variety of STEM fields. The series will be hosted by the Science Center via Facebook Live every Wednesday at 11 am from July 15 through September 30, 2020. Recordings of the conversations will be available on YouTube following the livestream.

The Women in STEM Speaker Series is supported by an IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grant from the Association of Science and Technology Centers and IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies. This newly launched grant program awarded funding to 26 science and technology centers to launch projects aimed at increasing the representation of women and gender minorities in STEM.

“Our hope for this series is not only to celebrate the achievements of women and gender minorities in STEM, but also to inspire young people who often don’t see themselves represented in these fields,” said Jason Brown, Henry Buhl, Jr., Director of Carnegie Science Center. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to spark conversations with such a diverse range of STEM professionals, and we’re looking forward to sharing their stories with our community.”

The series will feature conversations with:

  • Wed., July 15: Dr. Wendy Bohon, Geologist & Science Communication Specialist at Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
  • Wed., July 22: Liz Engler-Chiurazzi, Research Assistant Professor at West Virginia University Department of Neuroscience
  • Wed., July 29: Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Wed., Aug. 5: Dr. Roselin Rosario-Melendez, Associate Principal Chemist and Project Leader at L’Oreal
  • Wed., Aug. 12: Dr. Rika Wright Carlsen, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Robert Morris University
  • Wed., Aug. 19: Ellen Bachman, Inside Sales Engineer at Eaton
  • Wed., Aug. 26: Kay Savage, Senior Data Scientist at Spotify
  • Wed., Sept. 2: Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service
  • Wed., Sept. 9: Dr. Sandhya Rao, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Wed., Sept. 16: Angela Cupelli, Pediatric Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse
  • Wed., Sept. 23: Mercy Shitemi, Senior Systems Analyst at Zimmer Biomet
  • Wed., Sept. 30: Dr. Natasha Tilston-Lunel, Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research

Viewers are encouraged to submit questions during the livestream or in advance by emailing Kaitlyn Zurcher at

A sign language interpreter will be present for each interview.

In addition to supporting the Women in STEM Speaker Series, Carnegie Science Center’s IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grant will also support Girls Rock Science, an event hosted at the Science Center this September that will celebrate women in STEM and encourage girls to pursue STEM careers. More details will be announced later this summer.

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About Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.