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UI to host Nov. 11 presentation on women in science

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Audrey Qualls, associate professor of measurement and statistics in the University of Iowa College of Education's Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations and winner of a 1997 UI Collegiate Teaching Award, will speak on the subject of women in science and engineering between 4 and 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997 in River Room #1 of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Qualls, whose research field includes the use of standardized tests in school settings, works with the Iowa Basic Skills Testing Program in the College of Education. As chair of the UI Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) advisory board, she noted in a fall 1997 UI Spectator article that she helps promote WISE because she wishes a similar program would have been in place when she was growing up to encourage her to pursue studies in the field of mathematics.

The talk, co-sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Chapter of the Association for Women in Science and WISE, is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Anyone needing an accommodation in order to attend the activity should contact WISE at 353-2290.

The WISE program is designed to encourage women to participate in science-related disciplines within the university, the state, and the nation, and to promote their educational and career development. Further information about WISE may be obtained by contacting Beverly Marshall-Goodell, WISE program coordinator, at 353-2290 or