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Women's Education, Empowerment Celebrated at Meramec

February 26, 2012

March is Women’s History Month, and St. Louis Community College-Meramec is celebrating with events throughout the month, including two keynote speakers.

Dr. Kay Perrin  
Kay Perrin speaks at Meramec March 1.

Dr. Kay M. Perrin will deliver the first keynote address on March 1 at 11 a.m. in the Meramec Theatre. Perrin’s address, “When Research Participants Have No Voice: Pregnant Women as Medical Guinea Pigs,” focuses on ethics in medical research, including what people should know about medical informed consent documents, the role of nurses in medical research and protecting patient rights and privacy. 

Perrin is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health in the Department of Community and Family Health.

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez  
Ainissa Ramirez speaks at Meramec March 5.

On March 5 at 11 a.m. in the Meramec Theatre, Dr. Ainissa G. Ramirez will deliver the second keynote address, “Shattering the Stereotype in Science.” 

Ramirez, a scholar, inventor and science evangelist, breaks the stereotype of scientists and encourages underrepresented groups to believe that science is for them. 

As the host of “Science Saturdays,” Ramirez discusses modern marvels of technology and innovation. According to Ramirez, “everyone can benefit from contributions of scientists of every stripe.”

Women’s History Month 2012 has a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

"Our goal is to encourage students of all backgrounds to pursue their STEM career goals,” said Emily Neal, political science instructor and chair of the Women’s History Month Committee.

In addition to the keynote addresses, there will be several other events including an open class lecture and film series, the Women’s Clothesline Project exhibit and three different sessions of "A Feminist Café," which fosters discussion of feminism.

For more information, call 314-984-7537, or download the detailed calendar of events.