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International Sisters in STEM Symposium 2021

Presenting Sponsors:

Steven and Francesca Molinari P’19



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International Sisters in STEM Symposium 2021: Enhancing Environments
July 18-23, 2021

Due to the many unknown factors surrounding COVID-19 and for the health and safety of our participants, this event has been rescheduled for 2021.

Students and faculty from Notre Dame’s international network of sister schools will gather on campus in July 2021 to participate in the Academy’s inaugural International Sisters in STEM Symposium.

During the week, multinational teams of eight students will work on one of four tracks: design thinking and entrepreneurship, environmental science, robotics and coding, and the medical sciences. A special track for faculty will run parallel to the student teams and will address 21st century teaching opportunities and challenges. Symposium events will be held in the Academy’s new Riley Center for STEM Education.

Guest speaker Lama Nachman will offer an opening address, “Amplifying Human Potential with Technology” to Symposium participants. Nachman is an Intel fellow and Director of Anticipatory Computing Lab in Intel Labs. Her research is focused on creating contextually aware experiences that understand users through sensing and sense making, anticipate their needs and act on their behalf. One of the most notable achievements of Nachman’s career is an Intel collaboration with Professor Stephen Hawking to develop a new software platform and sensing system to help Hawking communicate. Nachman received her M.S. and B.S. in computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   

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Highlighting the Symposium will be an address by NASA astronaut and the first woman of color to travel into space, Dr. Mae C. Jemison. While aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J mission in September 1992, Dr. Jemison performed experiments in material science, life sciences, and human adaptation to weightlessness. Before joining NASA, she was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia and a general practice physician in Los Angeles. Among her many current initiatives, Dr. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching non-profit initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next 100 years. Dr. Jemison will offer the Symposium’s closing address on Friday, July 23.

The Academy gratefully acknowledges The Edward E. Ford Foundation for their $50,000 matching grant in support of the International Sisters in STEM Symposium and thank Steven and Francesca Molinari P’19 for their generous matching gift.

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International Sisters in STEM Symposium 2021 Participating Schools

Argentina - Michael Ham Memorial College
Canada - The Study
China - Zhuhai Girls’ School
England – Notting Hill and Ealing High School
Japan - Notre Dame Seishin Junior and Senior High School
Peru - San Silvestre School
Taiwan - Sacred Heart School for Girls
United States - Academy of Notre Dame de Namur