UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine Fall 2015 - Page 3

WOMEN in SCIENCE Senior Leaders of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center By JOSH TILL and HIL ARY ME ARES In the United States today, women are better represented in the workforce than ever before. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women comprise nearly half of the total U.S. workforce at 47 percent. In recent years, more than half of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in all academic fields – 57 percent – were earned by women. One area of concern, however, is the lack of women in STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. For example, statistics show that women make up only: n 39 percent of chemists and material scientists n 27.9 percent of environmental scientists n 15.6 percent of chemical engineers n 12.1 percent of civil engineers n 8.3 percent of electrical engineers Furthermore, recent data shows that only around double from that of 1993. team, almost half are women, and all are The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center has a longstanding tradition of diversity among its faculty, staff and particularly its leadership. Of the Cancer brilliant, talented scientists who Center’s senior leadership team, almost half are women, and all are brilliant, talented scientists who are leaders in their fields and bring unique talents and are leaders in their fields and expertise to trending upward. In the last decade, the number and learning how they came to UAB and how they related fields has risen to almost 50 percent. Women C E N T E R and environmental scientists were women – more than leadership Magazine, we introduce you to each of these six of women receiving doctorate degrees in STEM- C A N C E R sciences. In 2010, 48 percent of biological, agricultural 26 percent. While these numbers are low, they are fortunately C O M P R E H E N S I V E Center’s senior among women has been strongest in the biological bring unique women, and in Alabama, that number is even lower – U A B occupations, up from 23 percent in 1993. Growth expertise to their work at the Cancer Center. 32 percent of physicians in the United States are 2 Of the Cancer now comprise 28 percent of all workers in STEM In this issue of UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center women. We hope you enjoy getting to know each one are meeting the challenges of leading the way in the talents and their work at the Cancer Center. fight against cancer. # K N O W U A B C C C • U A B . E D U / C A N C E R 3