Champions of women in science
Alexandra Surcel, a senior majoring in chemistry and public
health, had been thinking of starting a support group for
undergraduate women in the sciences when she saw something that
helped jolt her into action.
"A female student raised her hand in chemistry
class and asked a question that I didn't think was stupid--maybe
because I had the same question," Surcel says with a laugh. "And
the professor responded without answering her question, sort of
brushed her off. Then about 10 minutes later, a guy raised his
hand and asked the same question, and the professor
"Maybe it just fit in better with the
professor's lecture at that point," she muses, unwilling to blame
the professor without a discussion. "I thought of it as perhaps
a sex issue, though, and it got the ball rolling."
McCarty begins as A&S dean
Dick McCarty hit the ground running. By the time his appointment
as dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences was announced
last week, he was already on the job.
His first meeting as dean Wednesday morning was
to discuss the evolving new master plan for the Homewood
He had already been serving on a key master
plan committee, and related projects like a planned new classroom
building, an NMR imaging facility and a renovation of Gilman Hall
have been on his plate since his one-year term as interim dean in
the 1997-98 academic year.
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