Inspiring Curiosity Over Three Decades: The Impact of Gender and Technology

Recorded March 1, 2012 in the Ann & Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts.

Carol Auster, professor of sociology and recipient of the 2011-12 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, takes the audience on a journey that reveals how changes in gender expectations and in technology have influenced her own career as a teacher-scholar–from the use of punch cards for her early research on women engineers to the use of digital images for her recent research with student co-authors on popular culture.

Her research on women engineers, Disney theme parks, Mother’s and Father’s Day cards, pet cemetery memorial plaques, and the peer review process for scholarly manuscripts all have a place in this story. She hopes to inspire others to be curious enough to take advantage of unanticipated opportunities to seek answers to their questions.


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