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A7 Ten Pioneering Women

Description: We will examine the extraordinary lives of 10 women whose energy and creativity helped to transform human life and thought. Among the individuals are Rachel Carson (environmental science), Mary Leakey (human evolution), Jocelyn Bell Burnell (radio astronomy), and Elizabeth Blackburn (biology of aging). We will highlight the great diversity of scientific styles and talents as well as changes in the accepted scientific process over the past century.

Suggested Reading: Some of the scientists we'll celebrate are included in Sharon Bertsch McGrayne's Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries (Second Edition, Joseph Henry Press, 2001). This book is available in an inexpensive paperback.

Instructor: Bill Ingham grew up near the south shore of Lake Erie, in the snowy Concord grape-growing region of western New York. He attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and did his graduate work in astrophysics. For 34 years he was a faculty member at JMU, where he was on the staff of the Honors Program and taught courses in physics, astronomy, and the history of science.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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