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NEWARK, NJ, May 19, 2022 Edge’s Dr. Forough Ghahramani, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, will participate as a speaker in the “Engaging More Women in Academic Innovation” presentation session at the Equity in STEM Community Convening. The conference, hosted by WEPAN and its ARC Network initiative, will be held in-person on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 through Friday, June 3, 2022 in Washington, D.C. and celebrates 20 years of the NSF’s ADVANCE program and WEPAN’s 30th anniversary.

The Equity in STEM Community Convening serves as a gathering for researchers, practitioners, and change agents dedicated to creating equitable STEM workplaces. Attendees will have an opportunity to share new research findings and exchange resources; brainstorm strategies and collaborate in novel ways; and demonstrate effective programs and interventions for greater collective impact.

Notes Dr. Ghahramani, “Encouraging greater diversity in STEM education and research initiatives is essential and concrete actions are needed to provide better outreach programs and resources and to create systems that foster greater inclusion in academic innovation. Our presentation will outline the key findings from the quantitative and qualitative data obtained from women involved in academic innovation, based on the article, “Engaging More Women in Academic Innovation: Findings and Recommendations,” recently published in National Academy of Inventors: Technology and Innovation Journal. The presentation will also put forth a set of recommendations based on the survey feedback, follow-up interviews, and the collective experience of Technology Transfer professionals who work daily with academic innovators. The hope is that these recommendations will provide valuable insights into concrete actions that can be taken to ensure systemic changes that foster greater engagement of academic women and other under-represented populations in all stages of the innovation life cycle.”

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