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Speece to speak at Women's Symposium


Dr. Susan Phillips Speece, Chancellor of Penn State Berks, will speak at the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce Women's Symposium on February 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the WCR Center for the Arts, located at 140 North Fifth Street in Reading.

In the panel discussion titled "What I Know Now & Advice from the Executive Suite," Speece and others will share what they have learned along the way while breaking the "glass ceiling."

Speece has an impressive background as an academic administrator and is nationally recognized for her contributions to science education. Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), her key areas of scholarship include AIDS and AIDS education, cell adhesion, proteins, and ecological diversity. Her specialties in science education include teacher effectiveness, college science teaching, and alternative assessments.

The author of more than 30 publications, Speece has also made more than 75 professional presentations and keynote addresses, and has received funding for 14 grants, including those from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Lilly Foundation, and the Commission on Higher Education. She has served as chair or officer of many professional associations and societies including chair of the National Biology Assessment Tool Development Task Force and a member of the Board of Directors for the Q Section of AAAS.  She also was selected as a national expert on standards-related assessment tools for NSF.

Speece earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University in biology, and chemistry and biology, respectively; her Ed.D degree in education and biology from Ball State University, and completed an NSF post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, where she investigated calcium proteins.

Since coming to Pennsylvania, Dr. Speece has served on the Berks AIDS Network board, worked with the United Way, served on the Higher Education Council of Berks County, and participated in a wide variety of community functions.

The Women's Symposium is part of the Chamber's Professional Women's Network, a series of networking and educational events for female professionals at all levels of business.

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