West Virginia State University President Dr. Nicole Pride will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 West Virginia Women & Technology Conference, to be offered online this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Charleston-based TechConnect West Virginia is hosting this year’s virtual conference, which is free to view online. It will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon on Monday, Oct. 19.
As in years past, the 2020 webinar/conference will address the under-representation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields and explore strategies for closing the gender gap in technology.
The scheduled agenda for the webinar includes:
- 9 a.m.: Welcome and conference kickoff with remarks by TechConnect West Virginia Executive Director Anne Barth.
- 9:05-10 a.m.: Introduction of the keynote speaker, Pride, by Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; Pride’s keynote address.
- 10:05-11 a.m.: “Research Perspectives: HBCU & Land Grant Institutions,” featuring WVSU faculty members Dr. Padma Nimmakayala, Associate Professor of Research, Department of Biology; Dr. Barbara Liedl, Associate Professor, Department of Biology; Dr. Sean Collins, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Biology. Dr. Ami Smith, director of the WVSU Extension Service, will moderate the panel.
- 11:05 a.m.-noon: “Race Matters: A Conversation with Scholars,” a discussion featuring West Virginia University Assistant Professor Lauri Andress, School of Public Health, West Virginia University; and Stephanie House-Niamke, W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow and Doctoral Student in Sociology, WVU. Melanie Page, associate VP for creative and scholarly activity at WVU, will serve as the moderator for this panel.
- Noon: Conference conclusion and closing remarks.
Learn more and register here.