The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center and the Center for Science in Society present:
Sally Mason, President, University of Iowa
“Unexpected Paths: Women in Academic Leadership”
Part of the “Celebrating Women Scientists as University Presidents” Lecture Series
Date: Thursday April 2, 2009
Place: Ely Room, Wyndham
Sally Mason is the 20th President of the University of Iowa, as well as a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In her first year at Iowa, President Mason started an initiative to make sustainability a central priority of the University’s operations, its academic mission, and its greater responsibilities to society.
The daughter of an immigrant family and the first child to attend college, President Mason received her B.A. in zoology from the University of Kentucky, her M.S. from Purdue University, and her Ph.D. in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology from the University of Arizona in 1978. After two years at Indiana University doing postdoctoral research, she spent 21 years at the University of Kansas, where she was a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, Acting Chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology., Sciences. She then served as Provost of Purdue University from 2001-2007, where she was instrumental in the development of Purdue’s Discovery Park, an interdisciplinary research incubator focused on such topics as nanotechnology, entrepreneurship, and biosciences.
President Mason’s research interests have focused on the developmental biology, genetics, and biochemistry of pigment cells and pigments in the skin of vertebrates. She currently co-chairs the Task Force on National Energy Policy and Midwestern Competitiveness of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a national task force exploring how likely upcoming energy and climate change legislation will impact Midwest economic competitiveness.