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William J. Degutis Women in Science and Health Lecture Series

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The William J. Degutis Women in Science and Health Lecture Series is an annual event in the College of Science and Health, generously supported by Dr. Linda C. Degutis (’75, BS Nursing). The purposes of the lecture series are to promote the accomplishments of women in the natural and health sciences and in the closely related fields, as well as create scholarship and community among faculty, students, staff, and the public. Each lecture is presented by a prominent scientist at the forefront of these fields, and the speaker usually participates in additional programming with DePaul students and faculty. 

​​​​​​​Poster for the 2024 Degutis Lecture: Antartica's Marine Realm: From the Subtidal to the Deep-Sea

​​The 2024 lecture will be given by Margaret "Maggie" Amsler, M.S.​​ on May 2nd from 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM. The lecture will be held in McGowan South (1110 W. Belden Ave) Room 104, with both in-person and virtual attendees. A recording of the 2024 lecture will be uploaded to the CSH YouTube channel once it is available.

​​About the Lecture Series Donor:

​The William J. Degutis Women in Science and Health Lecture Series has been generously supported by DePaul alumna Linda C. Degutis '75, BS Nursing, DrPH, MSN, FRSPH. Dr. Degutis is a nationally recognized leader for her policy, advocacy, and work on initiatives focusing on prevention of violence and injury, in addition to suicide prevention and intervention. She is also the former Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention & Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and serves as Vice-Chair of the CSH Advisory Council
The lecture series is named after Dr. Degutis' father, William J. Degutis. Mr. Degutis, a WWII veteran, worked at Ford Motor Company and for the US Department of the Interior - Federal Water Pollution Control Administration for many years protecting waterways. He instilled in his daughter a similar love for science and public service. ​Follow this link ​to hear a message from Dr. Degutis.

The ​​​2023 Lecture:

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​​​The 2023 lecture was given by Francesca E. ​Duncan, PhD​ on April 13th. This lecture was titled "Modulating Female Reproductive Function across the Lifespan" and was held in McGowan South (1110 W. Belden Ave) Room 104, with both in-person and virtual attendees. A recording of the 2023 lecture is uploaded to the CSH YouTube channel available now.

​Dr. Duncan is the Co-Director at the Center for Reproductive Science and a part of the Department of Obstetrics and Genecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Duncan leads a research program focused on understanding the cellular mechanisms of how aging - both physiological and iatrogenic - impacts reproductive potential at the levels of the gamete and ovary.

She has co-authored more than 90 manuscripts in the area of productive biology, and her work has been highlighted by the BBC radio, in Discover Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and CNN Health.

The ​​​2022 Lecture:

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The 2022 lecture was titled "Einstein's Waves: Cosmic Sounds from Black Holes and Neutron Stars" and was presented by Dr. Vicky Kalogera of Northwestern University. 

Dr. Kalogera is an expert in the astrophysics of compact objects, black holes and neutron stars (the death remnants of stars), studying their formation and evolution especially in systems of multiple stars. ​In 2018 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and in 2021 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. ​

​This lecture took place on April 14th, 2022.

​​​The 2021 Lecture:​

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The 2021 lecture was titled "On the Origins of Gender: Brain Sex Differences, Neuroplasticity and Women's Advancement in STEM" and was presented by Dr. Lise Eliot of Rosalind Franklin University​. 

Lise Eliot is a Professor of Neuroscience and Executive Chair of Foundational Sciences & Humanities at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University. She received a B.A. degree Magna Cum Laude in History & Science from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Cellular Physiology & Biophysics from Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. 

​The Lecture Series Legacy:

​​The predecessor of this series was the Jeanne LaDuke Women in Mathematics, Science and Technology Annual Lecture Series, which ran from 2005 through 2016. The LaDuke Lecture Series honored Dr. Jeanne LaDuke, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, who taught at DePaul for 30+ years and conducted groundbreaking research on the contributions of women mathematicians in the early twentieth century in the United States. 

Scroll through the gallery below to learn more about speakers from the Jeanne LaDuke Lecture Series (2005 - 2016)​. Click here​ for a list of past speakers and titles