Professor Jacquelynne Eccles is the Wilbert McKeachie and Paul Pintrich University Professor of Psychology and Education, and a research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She has served as chair of the Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Directorate at the NSF and the MacArthur Foundation on Successful Pathways through Middle Childhood. She is past president of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Successful Adolescent Development.
Dr. Eccles has been the associate editor of Child Development and editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence. She is currently the editor of Developmental Psychology. She is co-author/co-editor of 15 books/special issues including Women and Sex-Roles; Managing to Succeed, and most recently, Understanding Women’s Choice of Mathematics- and Science-Related Careers; and Gender and Occupational Outcome. She has received several major awards recognizing her scholarship including life time career achievement awards from SRA, APS, Division 15 of APA, and the Society for Research on Human Development. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 1998. Her research interests focus on the development and socialization of psychological, particularly self-system, influences on motivation, activity choice, and engagement. Professor Eccles is the patron of the Network Gender & STEM.
Title: Gender, Spatial Thinking, & STEM in Formal & Informal Educational Contexts
Lynn S. Liben is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at The Penn State where she also holds faculty appointments in Human Development and Education. Her work focuses on identifying and explaining developmental, individual, and gender differences in spatial skills and how these skills link to STEM learning in both formal and informal educational settings. A second research focus is on the development of gender and racial stereotypes, including ways in which such stereotypes may affect children's educational and occupational choices. Dr. Liben currently serves as President of the Society for Research in Child Development.
Janet Shibley Hyde is Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin, USA. She is perhaps best known for her meta-analyses of research on gender differences, including gender differences in mathematics performance (Science, 2008; Psychological Bulletin, 2010). Based on these and other meta-analyses, she proposed the Gender Similarities Hypothesis in 2005. Current work focuses on interventions to increase students’ science course-taking. Since 1990 she has been co-director of the Wisconsin Study of Families and Work, www.wsfw.us. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has won numerous awards, including the Heritage Award from the Society for the Psychology of Women for her career contributions to research on the psychology of gender.
Prof. Dr. Petra Stanat is Director of the Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (Institut zur Qualitätsentwicklung im Bildungswesen, IQB) at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. After her studies at the Free University Berlin, she obtained her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. Petra Stanat received her habilitation from the Free University Berlin and accepted her first position as professor at the University at Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2005. In 2007, she returned to the Free University Berlin as a professor of empirical educational sciences and moved on to her current position at the IQB in 2012. In her research she explores, among other things, the educational situation of children and adolscents from immigrant and low SES families.
Title: 'Beyond Pink & Blue: How Sex Hormones Shape Gender Development and What That Means for STEM'
Sheri Berenbaum is a Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics and a member of the Neuroscience Institute at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on the development of individual differences in cognition and social behavior from a neuroscience perspective. She is particularly interested in the effects of prenatal sex hormones on the development of sex-typed behaviors, and how these effects are mediated directly by the brain and indirectly through the social environment. She applies her research to understanding sex differences in STEM, and to providing optimal treatment of children with disorders of sex development. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, and she has provided service to several scientific organizations.