STEMM interviews

In the spring of 2013 a number of members of our Athena SWAN committee interviewed two distinguished female professors working in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) at universities in the USA.

A transcript of the questions and answers with each of them can be found by following the links below:


Dr. Ann Brown is an Associate Professor of Medicine and actively practising medical doctor at the Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina where she holds the position of Vice Dean for Faculty. She has been actively promoting the career development of women in the biomedical sciences at Duke for more than 10 years, serving on the Duke Women’s Initiative, establishing the Duke School of Medicine Office for Faculty Development and the Faculty Development Program. She agreed to chat with us about her experience promoting Duke womens’ career development and her experience on the steering committee of the Duke Women’s Initiative, which in 2002-2003 conducted an in-depth examination of the status of women at Duke and made specific recommendations to improve their situation. This chat gave us a unique opportunity to find out how various initiatives worked (or didn’t) at Duke over the last 10 years.


Dr. April Hill is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond in Virginia where she holds the endowed Chair, Clarence E. Denoon Professor of Science, and serves as the IQ Science Co-Coordinator. She agreed to chat with us about the progression of women in STEMM careers in academia in the USA and to try to answer general questions about current approaches to some of the problems. This chat gave us the opportunity to get a broad perspective of some of the issues across the US at various academic institutions, the progress that has been made overall and the various initiatives and suggestions that have been put forward.