School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Three School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Professors Featured in the "Super Women & SuperScientists" Exhibit at The Science Place

The Science Place is hosting "SuperWomen, & SuperScientists," a photo gallery of extraordinary women sports figures and scientists in collaboration with The Women’s Museum.

Sponsored by EDS, this exhibit spotlights sports legends photographed by Jodi Buren as well as 27 women accomplished in science, technology, engineering, and math. These remarkable women have seized the opportunities they have been given.

Among the celebrated SuperScientists are the following UTD School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics faculty members:

  • Inga Musselman, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry
  • Betty Pace, M.D., professor of molecular and cell biology
  • Mary Urquhart, Ph.D., assistant professor of science/mathematics education

“We brought the SuperWomen exhibit because we are targeting all students at a time in life when they are making career choices: Do I stay in school? Do I drop out? Where to go to school? What kind of studies do I need to take?" said Vangie Garza, vice-president of development for The Science Place. “This is a wonderful exhibit because its purpose is to empower girls and women... We are targeting girls in particular because fewer girls are looking at STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math."

The traveling exhibit will be on view at The Science Place from January 11 through March 31, 2006. There will also be two major events taking place around the exhibit.

  • On February 16, from 6-8pm, there will be a catered reception featuring celebrated photographer Jodi Buren, author of the SuperWomen exhibit. Admission is $5.50 for non-members.
  • On March 11, many of the featured scientists and women engineers portrayed in the exhibit will be present at The Science Place at a special catered event titled Spotlight Social: A Tribute to Women. Tickets are $50 per person.

“We are hoping that people from the community will bring their daughters, and their wives, and their friends and be able to interact with these women. Hopefully, we will break down gender boundaries and get women inspired and to feel empowered to think that they can do well in sports, which is male dominated, as well as science, technology, engineering and math, also male dominated. So we want to inspire as many women as possible" said Catherine McMillan, director of marketing for The Science Place.

The Science Place, a museum committed to science, math, and technology education, has been called one of the most compelling and unique museums in the Southwest. It offers exhibit halls, a planetarium, and an IMAX® Theater. The Science Place is about discovering the joy of learning through over 200 hands-on exhibits and larger than life films. It also hosts the oldest science preschool in the region, which opened in 1946.

  • Updated: December 19, 2007