Promoted by: Gender Balance Group of INESC TEC, with the support of CMU Portugal Program
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10:30 am – Welcome words
10:40 am – Invited Talk, Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon University
1:30 am – Open discussion
12:30 pm – End of session
Working towards gender balance in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is becoming critical for many organizations since it helps to foster diversity and attract and develop talent. This talk aims to raise awareness for gender balance, especially in the context of R&D and Higher Education Institutions. Gender balance may be fostered in several stages of the career and within several organizational processes, such as recruitment, career development, or career progression. Understanding the causes of existing issues and building on experience of other organizations will allow structuring a better roadmap towards gender balance.
Lenore Blum (Ph.D., MIT) is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus, at Carnegie Mellon, where she was founding director of Project Olympus, faculty director of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, and held the inaugural Deans’ Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship. Project Olympus is a good example of her determination to make a real difference in the academic community and the world beyond. Olympus has two main aims: to bridge the gap between cutting-edge university research/innovation and economy-promoting commercialization for the benefit of our communities and creating a climate, culture and community to enable talent and ideas to grow in the region. Lenore is internationally recognized for her work in increasing the participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. She was a founder of the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Expanding Your Horizons Network for middle and high school girls. At Carnegie Mellon she founded the Women@SCS program. In 2004 she received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. In 2009 she received the Carnegie Science Catalyst Award recognizing her work with Project Olympus targeting high-tech talent to promote economic growth in the Pittsburgh region and for increasing the participation of women in computer science. Currently, women comprise 50% of the undergraduate computer science majors at Carnegie Mellon, more than twice the national average. Her research, founding a theory of computation and complexity over continuous domains, forms a theoretical basis for scientific computation. On the eve of Alan Turing’s 100th birthday in June 2012, she was plenary speaker at the Turing Centenary Celebration at the University of Cambridge, England. Her current research, on developing a computer architecture for a conscious AI inspired both by Alan Turing and recent developments in cognitive neuroscience, is joint with her husband Manuel Blum and son Avrim Blum.
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