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Scientist leading Wellesley College!

Kim Bottomly, a renowned immunobiologist and most recently a deputy provost at Yale University, takes over the reigns today as Wellesley College’s president. The college’s faculty, staff, students, and alumnae are looking forward to working with Dr. Bottomly, and this includes all of us at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). Gender and STEM issues have long held great importance to us and Dr. Bottomly exemplifies what we know to be true: girls—and other underrepresented communities—can achieve tremendous success in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. WCW continues our work in this area through two initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation: the FairerScience and SISTEM (Success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects. It seems we still have a long way to go but individuals like Dr. Bottomly continue to break ground as models, mentors, leaders, and advocates. Not surprisingly, Dr. Bottomly does bring an impressive resume of scientific research, cutting-edge education, academic leadership, and professional advocacy (read about her impressive credentials on the Wellesley College website). We’re excited to have her lead the way as Wellesley continues to educate women who will make a difference in the world and as WCW continues to shape a better world through research and action!

Susan McGee Bailey
Wellesley Centers for Women