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AWIS-VA to hold fall meeting November 11

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 07 - October 5, 1995

The Virginia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS-VA) will hold its fall meeting at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. with a time for networking among members and guests. A business meeting will follow from 11 a.m. to noon, with introductions of local officers, presentation of nominees for next year, and general information about AWIS-VA.

Attendees will break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m., then reconvene to participate in a panel discussion titled "Challenges of Leadership," led by three local women activists with diverse backgrounds. Panel members will relate personal experiences encountered in their respective leadership roles, and guide an audience discussion.

Featured on the panel are Laurel Davis, Sue Tolin, and Rosary Beck. Davis, a Blacksburg resident, has a degree in biology but interrupted her pursuit of a career in science for several years while raising her children. She recently served as president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Tolin, professor of plant pathology at Virginia Tech, just finished a term as president of the American Phytopathological Society, and has helped formulate science policy at national and international levels.

Beck is a resource teacher for the program for the gifted at Prices Fork and Belview Elementary Schools in Montgomery County. She worked in private schools for many years before switching to the public-school system.

The AWIS-VA meeting will close around 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting, but registration is required. The fee of $15 for the day includes lunch. The deadline for registration is October 16. Please call the Women's Research Institute at Virginia Tech for a registration form (540-231-7615).

AWIS is a national organization that promotes education, interest, opportunies, employment, and advancement of women in science. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary. AWIS-VA was founded at Virginia Tech by Carol Burger, director of the Women's Research Institute. Current officers are: Burger, president; Brittany Craig, secretary; Connie Anderson, membership chair and treasurer; Mary Rhoades, program and publicity chair.