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Stony Brook University

Women's History Month Colloquium Series: University Libraries Present: Women in STEM: Past, Present, and Future

University Libraries Present: Women in STEM: Past, Present, and Future

March 28, 2017, 1:00-2:30


Speakers on this STEM panel will focus on the history of women in the STEM and medical fields, and discuss prospects of women in STEM.


Nancy Tomes                                                                                                          

Tomes photo


Nancy Tomes is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.  After attending Oberlin College and the University of Kentucky, she earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978, where she studied with Charles E. Rosenberg.    Since 1978, she has taught history at Stony Brook University.  Tomes has authored four books: A Generous Confidence: Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Art of Asylum Keeping (Cambridge, 1984; U Penn, 1994) ); Madness in America: Cultural and Medical Perceptions of Mental Illness Before 1914, with Lynn Gamwell (Cornell, 1995); The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women and the Microbe in American Life (Harvard, 1998), and Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (UNC Press, 2016) She has co-edited two collections, Medicine’s Moving Pictures, with Leslie Reagan and Paula Treichler (Rochester, 2007) and Patients as Policy Actors with Beatrix Hoffman, Rachel Grob, and Mark Schlesinger (Rutgers, 2011).  In collaboration with Duke University Library’s Special Collections, she developed “Medicine and Madison Avenue,” a website on the history of health related advertising available at  Her research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Library of Medicine, the National Humanities Center, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Institute for Mental Health.   She won both the American Association for the History of Medicine’s Welch medal and the History of Science Society’s Davis prize for Gospel of Germs.  In 2011, the American Public Health Association awarded her the Arthur Viseltear Award for “her distinguished body of scholarship in the history of public health.”  From 2012 to 2014 she served as President of the American Association for the History of Medicine.  In 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor in the SUNY system. 

Contact information:


Mailing address: Department of History

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348 


Jonelle Bradshaw de Hernandez 

Jonelle Bradshaw de Hernandez


Future of Women In STEM: Workforce Technological Transformation

Technology and innovation are driving forces for global economies and drives viable solutions to many of our societal grand challenges too. The landscape for science and innovation work in both areas is vast but what prospective opportunities exist for women? This presentation will focus on the opportunities and pathways for women to consider as the STEM ecosystem continues to expand at rapid speed. 


Jonelle Bradshaw de Hernandez was appointed to serve as Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Stony Brook University and the SBU Medical Enterprise. In this capacity, Mrs. Bradshaw de Hernandez works closely with the academic leadership and advancement to prioritize and execute fundraising programs and initiatives that will attract significant corporate and foundation philanthropic support.

Mrs. Bradshaw de Hernandez couples her professional career with a vibrant academic life. She is completing her doctoral studies in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the Technology, Policy and Innovation area at Stony Brook University. Her academic work focuses on the intersection of science, technology innovation and engineering education with corporate, foundation, workforce development and demonstrates how these areas work together to maximize human capacity and fiscal and societal economies.

She is currently exploring the theoretical frameworks of job security and risk aversion in vulnerable populations who desire to enter the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. She has recently presented her work at the Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference in New York City and the Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities Summer Institute at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  Mrs. Bradshaw de Hernandez strong belief in the power of private public partnerships fuels her academic and professional work to shed light on how the increase of technological innovations and scientific discovery in basic and translational sciences can service our global society and provide an active learning framework for higher education offerings.

Mrs. Bradshaw de Hernandez previously served as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and adjunct faculty member at St. John's University for 12 years. She was promoted to work in the St. John’s University President’s Office where her Corporate and Foundation Relations portfolio expanded to include government, community and media relations collaborations.

Mrs. Bradshaw de Hernandez graduated from Cornell University College of Human Ecology with a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management concentrating in Social Policy and Community Development. She received her Masters in Arts in Social Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College and her Advanced Certificate in Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University.

Mrs. Bradshaw de Hernandez began her career in the private sector where she was recruited to work with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies as a Property and Casualty Underwriter where she managed a multi-million dollar book of business underwriting for many Fortune 500 Companies. Her role included several high profile clients and her duties included physical risk analysis of properties, factories, manufacturing plants and office buildings. Her attention to detail in her engineering reports led to special commendation by the Chubb leaders. Mrs. Bradshaw de Hernandez is an active member of her alma mater in the Cornell University community and is a strong advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Wendy Tang                                                                              

Wendy Tang


Dr. Wendy Tang received her B.S., M.S., and PhD from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY in Electrical Engineering.  She is the Associate Chair and an Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University.  As Associate Provost for Online Education at Stony Brook, she has many opportunities to interact with faculty from various disciplines teaching online.  She is also the Program Director for the online Bachelor of Science Program in Electrical Engineering, which has been recognized as one of the best in the nation.  Dr. Tang’s current research interests are in wireless sensor networks, communication networks, and graph theory applications, with a specific interest in the development of efficient routing protocols for large and dense wireless sensor networks.