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October 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM
Seattle University at the forefront
We appreciate your recent coverage of women in higher education who are breaking the glass ceiling in science and engineering [“Engineering’s new face, at UW female professors no longer a novelty in male-dominated field,” page one, Oct. 15].
However, you did not fully inform readers by reporting how all area universities are faring when it comes to recruiting and promoting highly distinguished female faculty members in these typically male-dominated fields.
As a forward-looking institution, Seattle University is firmly at the forefront of increasing the number of women in science and engineering. For example, all three engineering department chairs and both associate deans in our College of Science and Engineering are women. And 33 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty members in engineering and computer science are women, one of the highest percentages nationally. Additionally, the university received two grants totaling $800,000 from the National Science Foundation and the Luce Foundation to encourage more women to major in electrical and mechanical engineering, physics and computer sciences.
We look forward to seeing more coverage from The Seattle Times on this important topic.
Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D., Provost, Seattle University
June 5, 2013 at 7:31 AM
Seattle needs backup plan
One wonders whether the state is planning for a life after Boeing [“Some Boeing work is moving south,” page one, June 1].
Alex Pietsch, the head of Gov. Jay Inslee’s aerospace office, is just whistling past the graveyard when he says that it’s just the way things seem to be going.
No employer with a viable alternative is going to put up with the internal union political nonsense that Boeing has endured in this state for years.
Boeing’s move of its headquarters to Chicago should have been a wake-up call. Now the state had better figure out what to do about thousands of semiskilled workers who will be dumped on its doorstep in the coming decades.
John Pomfret, Seattle
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