Special guests join the audience in conversation immediately following Saturday matinees of Avant Bard’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie, starting at about 4 pm.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Director, Women’s Business Center
Juli Monroe is the Director of the Women’s Business Center, a program of the Community Business Partnership. Before beginning with the WBC, she was an entrepreneur, and her business focused on coaching clients in growing their business through effective networking and word of mouth marketing. Juli continues that work with new business owners from pre start-up to two years in business. Through the WBC, she also counsels clients and teaches classes in all aspects of starting and growing a new company.Her approach to life and business revolves around building relationships, both in person and online. She uses Twitter, Facebook and other online platforms to maintain the relationships she makes in-person and to find new friends she’s yet to meet “in real life.” Juli is excited to have published a book entitled The Enthusiastic Networker, which helps readers find their unique networking presence and voice.
Phyllis D. Frosst, Ph.D.
Global Director – Public Health Policy, Seqirus
Dr. Phyllis Frosst is the Global Director of Public Health Policy for Seqirus in Washington D.C., where she leads global policy efforts supporting pandemic influenza preparedness. Dr. Frosst has served as the Senior Advisor for Policy, Communications and Strategic Alliances at the NIH, and Head of Policy at the National Human Genome Research Institute, where she directed policy development and served as a liaison to the US Congress. Dr. Frosst holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a doctorate in Cell and Molecular Structure and Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in viral gene therapy.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Special guests to be announced.
PAST PROGRAM for Saturday, November 4, 2017
Dr. Peggy Agouris, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science
George Mason University
Dr. Peggy Agouris is the Dean of George Mason University’s College of Science. She is also the Director of the Center of Earth Observing and Space Research (CEOSR), one of Mason’s most active research centers. She has authored more than 100 articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings in the image analysis and computer science literature, several of which have received national and international awards. Dr. Agouris has directed numerous Ph.D. and M.S. theses, and many of her advisees are already faculty members in various national and international institutions. Her work has been supported by research grants and contracts from NSF, NASA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Army TEC, USGS, and others. She has consulted for the CIA, Milcord, Intergraph, BAE Systems, and other companies, and has also served as expert witness in high-profile technology litigation cases. She received her Diploma in Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University. Prior to joining George Mason University in 2007, she was with the School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine, and before then with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
PAST PROGRAM for Saturday, October 28, 2017
Dr. Jessica Pfeifer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, UMD – Baltimore County
Executive Director of the Philosophy of Science Association
Dr. Sethanne Howard, Ph.D.
Astrophysicist, Meteorologist & Oceanographer (retired)
Author of The Hidden Giants, a history of women in science
Jessica Pfeifer is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Executive Director of the Philosophy of Science Association, the leading international association devoted to philosophy of science. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, in Philosophy and Science Studies, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University, majoring in Philosophy and in Government. Her work focuses on the nature of necessity, possibility, and probability in science, and especially evolutionary theory. She has published articles in leading journals on the philosophy of science and has co-edited two books, The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia (Routledge 2002) and The Philosophy of Philip Kitcher (Oxford 2016).
Sethanne Howard was born in Coronado, California, in 1944. She is the first woman to receive a degree in physics from the University of California, Davis. She received a Master’s Degree in nuclear physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Georgia State University. Between her bachelor’s degree and PhD, she worked for a US Naval facility as an oceanographer and meteorologist during which time she created, designed, and conducted the ADP/Geophysics training and indoctrination program (still used there). She completed her Ph.D. studying large-scale computer simulations of interacting galaxies. After her Ph.D. work she spent time working with x-ray satellites at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she received two awards for education outreach. In 2000, she started working at the U.S. Naval Observatory, where she was Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office and produced the book used as an international standard by the astronomical community. She is now retired. Her hobby is the history of women in science and technology, and she maintains a website dedicated to this effort hosted at the University of Alabama (www.4kyws.ua.edu). Her book on the history of women in science, The Hidden Giants, was just published and is available online.