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Women Scientists in the Americas: Their Inspiring Stories

Johanna Levelt-Sengers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Washington, DC

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This book profiles remarkable women who have worked, sometimes against great odds, to make a career in a world that has not always been welcoming to them. It demonstrates that even under difficult political conditions and without abundant resources, determined women scientists developed strategies to established eminent career throughout the Americas.

The book includes interviews with female scientists from 16 IANAS member academies. Through these interviews, the book encourages students -- particularly young women -- to consider science as a career.  Intended for the general public, the book is richly illustrated and produced in both English and Spanish. 

The book was released on International Women's Day, March 8, 2013 on and member Academies in the Americas. The InterAmerican Network of Science Academies Press release and free downloads of the English and Spanish versions of the book are available on:

Please join us for the U.S. release of this inspiring project, financed in part by IANAS and the IAP, the Global Network of Science Academies.

The formal part of the event will feature the U.S. scientist portrayed in the book: Eugenia Kalnay, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and member of the National Academy of Engineering; leaders of the IANAS and of its Women for Science Program; leaders of the US National Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering; and University of Maryland officials. Among the invitees will be representatives of area organizations focusing on national and international science capacity building. 

Before and after the formal part, there will ample opportunity for networking and discussion.  Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

On the day of the event (April 17, 2013 at 10:00am), we suggest you use the Constitution Avenue entrance of the NAS building. Please provide a photo ID to the security desk officer and proceed to the Lecture room.  There is limited parking available. Entrance to the parking lot is located on 21st Street, NW.

Have questions about Women Scientists in the Americas: Their Inspiring Stories? Contact Johanna Levelt-Sengers <>

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National Academy of Sciences, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20418

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Johanna Levelt-Sengers

InterAmerican Network of Sciences Academies (IANAS)

and its Women for Science Working Group Biographies Project



The InterAmerican Network of Science Academies (IANAS) spans 18 Science Academies from throughout the Americas.  Its goal is science and technology (S&T) capacity building in the IANAS academies and countries, thus contributing to development and economic growth.  The NAS Foreign Secretary, Michael Clegg, is one of the IANAS Co-Chairs.


Among the IANAS Programs is the Women for Science Working Group (WfS-WG), established in 2010, which comprises a representative (‘focal point’) at each of the 18 Academies throughout the Americas.  The goals of WfS-WG are: increasing the visibility of women’s contributions to science throughout the Americas, addressing gender issues in IANAS programs, and empowering women in underserved populations as full participants in S&T development.  Anneke Levelt Sengers, a member of both NAS and NAE, is a co-Chair of this program.  The bilingual Spanish-English collection “Women Scientists in the Americas; Their Inspiring Stories” is the outcome of one of the projects IANAS WfS-WG initiated.


Each of the IANAS academies was asked to select a prominent woman scientist to be interviewed.  The goal was to produce inspiring biographies accessible to a general public; encouraging students to consider S&T careers; and addressing issues of particular interest to female students and early-career women.  The WfS-WG focal points interviewed their countries’ scientists on the basis of a list of topics to be addressed.  In the course of the project, science journalists in quite a few of the IANAS countries were engaged to produce biographies based on the interviews.  Sixteen of these biographies are bundled in the present book.


The US scientist presented in the book is NAE member Eugenia Kalnay, distinguished University Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park.  Also presented is NAS Foreign Associate Eugenia Del Pino, Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University at Quito, Ecuador.


The project was partially financed by IAP, the Global Network of Science Academies.

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