Motherhood Panel at AAAS Fellowships Seminar

I’m happy to announce that there will be a large gathering of contributors to Motherhood June 4 in DC. The AAAS Former Fellow panel is where this whole project begain! See the following announcement for details:

Please join us for the next 2007-08 Fellowships Seminar:

“Motherhood: The Elephant in the Laboratory”
A Panel Discussion

Based on the book of the same name, and featuring many of the book’s contributors, this seminar will focus on the many ways in which women can successfully combine motherhood and a career in science. The panelists will each share their stories from the book, and will discuss the unique difficulties of balancing a professional life with the demands of motherhood in highly competitive (and often male-dominated) fields.

Moderated by:
Emily Monosson, Toxicologist and Writer
Editor, “Motherhood: The Elephant in the Laboratory”
1988-89 AAAS Environmental Fellow at the EPA

Panel to include:
Teresa Capone Cook, American Heritage Academy
Gina Wesley-Hunt, Montgomery College
Marla McIntosh, University of Maryland
Marguerite Toscano, Smithsonian Institution
Devin Reese, National Science Resources Center
Suzanne Epstein, Food and Drug Administration
Andrea Kalfoglou, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Marilyn Wilkey-Merritt, George Washington University
Kim Fowler, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

4 June 2008
6pm (reception to follow)

AAAS Abelson/Haskins Conference Room
1200 New York Ave., NW

Please RSVP by Monday, 2 June at:

Further information on the book “Motherhood: The Elephant in the Laboratory” can be found at:

If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Emily MacGillivray at or 202/326-8979.

We hope to see you there!


2 Responses to “Motherhood Panel at AAAS Fellowships Seminar”

  1. 1 Suzanne Epstein June 10, 2008 at 12:34 am

    A happy and successful life, as a scientist-mother or in general, does not correlate with fame, fortune, prestige, or any other particular circumstance. People in quite varied situations that are not at all what they expected can end up quite happy and fulfilled. On the other hand, people who do exactly what they planned and expected, and are very successful, can end up happy or very unhappy. Depends on their attitudes, whether the plan really suited their natures, other events, and so on. Being an optimist helps.

    I guess that’s small comfort to a young scientist who doesn’t know what will happen and is fearful. There is no shortcut, and many people go through painful experiences, even if things work out fine later. This is true for the other difficulties and transitions of life. But the improvements in scientific career conditions and institutional features we talked about might help. Also, maybe people could really learn to skip the apologizing and guilt, and just get on with it.

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