Science and Feminism
Cindy Norton, Ph.D.
St. Kate's Connection
Professor of Biology and Women's Studies,
Endowed Professor in the Sciences, 2006—09
Most Notable Accomplishment
Establishing an active research program
focusing on the reproductive biology and
behavior of the hermaphroditic freshwater
snail, Helisoma trivolvis. This work combines
my interest in reproductive behavior and gender
issues, and allows me to provide valuable
research experiences for our biology majors.
Thoughts on Science and Feminism
Some of my most valuable learning (and
teaching) experiences have been in my interdisciplinary
work. I love thinking about how
individuals trained in different fields view the
same problem in different ways and how
their thinking and methods often overlap. I
am particularly interested in the intersections
of feminism and science, and am planning
"Inclusive Science" (see below), a conference
focused on how science has been influenced
by race, class and gender biases, and strategies
to overcome those biases to better
understand scientific processes and improve
students' science learning experiences.
Running, biking and playing with the Corps
de Catherine, a group of St. Kate's faculty,
staff and their families. Singing with a church
choir, a MacPhail School of Music ensemble
and a quintet. Knitting, skiing, movies,
spending time with family and pets.
Best St. Catherine's Memory
Participating in the St. Kate's version of A
Prairie Home Companion for Opening Workshop
— what a blast!