WALLA WALLA - Susan Weiler, senior research associate in biology at Whitman College, was invited to attend an event at the White House in which First Lady Michelle Obama and National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh spoke about the NSF's new career-life initiative.
The initiative seeks to provide greater work-related flexibility for scientists, men and women, who are faced with the challenges of juggling work and family life, and particularly to help bridge the gap between men and women in tenure-track and tenured positions.
Weiler, who has written on the subject, was one of six people appointed to a working group charged with developing recommendations for the 10-year initiative. This policy further aims to assist women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math to balance their careers with the demands of raising a family. For video of the proceedings, go to ubne.ws/paLLju.