CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will host a series of events on Jan. 14 in conjunction with a special week commemorating women in science.

Corvallis Mayor Helen Berg proclaimed Jan. 12-18 "Celebration of Women in Science: The Future" week in Corvallis. A number of public events - most of them at OSU and local schools - are scheduled Jan. 14, including an awards presentation and a keynote talk by environmental scientist Pamela Matson.

The event is sponsored by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), a national organization with an Oregon chapter, headquartered in Corvallis.

Matson, a professor of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California at Berkeley, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a MacArthur Fellow.

She will visit Corvallis and Albany high schools on the morning of Jan. 14 to talk about the development of her career and research. At 11:30 a.m. Matson will give a luncheon talk, "Getting Here From There - "A Woman's Career Path in Science." It will be held at OSU's Memorial Union East International Forum. The public is invited, though pre-registration is required. Lunch costs $5 for students, $9 for others. To register, call Diane Carroll, Department of Animal Sciences, 541-737-1898. Matson also will visit Philomath High School after lunch.

An awards ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. at OSU's LaSells Stewart Center. Receiving AWIS "Fellow Awards" will be several community members who have helped or inspired women in science or math. Immediately following the ceremony, Matson will give her keynote talk, "Nitrogen on the Move - Another Global Change."

A post-lecture reception will follow Matson's talk. The OSU Book Store will have women in science books for sale and posters of women in science on display concurrently from Saturday Academy.

Other related events include an exhibit celebrating women in science at the Corvallis Public Library, Jan. 3-20; and a poster and essay contest in local elementary and middle schools about women in science. School libraries will display books and materials highlighting women in science. For more information about the AWIS commemoration, contact Ann Brodie, 541-737-4953.

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Ann Brodie, 541-737-4953