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Science Writer Visits Texas Tech

Hope Lenamon

March 14, 2018


Margaret Wertheim will give seminars, workshops and discussions during her time in Lubbock.

Texas Tech University will host Australian science writer Margaret Wertheim Monday and Tuesday (March 19-20) for a series of seminars, workshops and discussions.

Wertheim's schedule of events will allow her to speak with a variety of people across the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities. In addition to her public sessions, she will host private sessions with Texas Tech Honors College classes and classes at Monterey High School.

Wertheim's scheduled events open to the public include:

  • STEMinar Core Seminar – Noon-1 p.m. Monday (March 19) in Teaching Learning & Professional Development Center room 153. STEMinars provide the opportunity to explore topics of general interest in the spirit of collaboration. Wertheim will give a talk titled “Science + Women.”
  • Mathematics Education and Teaching Seminar – 4-5 p.m. Tuesday (March 20) in Education building room 156. Wertheim will give a talk pertaining to the teaching and training of future mathematics teachers.
  • Public Talk and Reception – 6 p.m. Tuesday (March 20) in the Museum of Texas Tech University auditorium. Wertheim will lead a talk based on an article she wrote for the digital magazine Aeon. In the article, she discusses engaging math through a process of material exploration and play. The talk will be followed by a panel response and a question-and-answer session with the audience. At 7:30 p.m., a reception will be held in the Museum of Texas Tech Sculpture Court.

Through Wertheim's work in science and gender issues, she aims to illuminate the obstacles women face to full participation in STEM fields, while also celebrating science and math as domains to which women can have access. She is the author of “Pythagoras Trousers,” a book that examines the history of the relationship between physics and religion, and dissects how this relationship created a barrier for women.

For 10 years, Wertheim wrote monthly columns about science and technology for women's magazines like Vogue Australia and Australian Elle. She also wrote a six-part TV series aimed at teenage girls for the Australian Broadcasting Company titled “Catalyst.” The series remains a landmark in TV science programming and served as a precedent for shows like “The Big Bang Theory.”

Wertheim's visit is a collaborative effort by the Creative Process Commons, STEM CORE, Double T College, the Museum at Texas Tech, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library of the Texas Tech University Library.


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