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Williams College Professor Wendy Raymond Named to NSF Committee on Equal Opportunities

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 13, 2010 -- Williams College Professor of Biology Wendy Raymond has been appointed to the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE).

The committee advises the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on matters of policies that encourage full participation of underrepresented groups - women, people of color, and persons with disabilities - in scientific and engineering fields.

Raymond has been active in fostering community and inclusion at Williams. In 2007, she was named associate dean for institutional diversity.

In this capacity, Raymond works within the administration to improve recruitment and retention of faculty and staff of color and to build an inclusive community that fosters academic excellence.

She is a member of the Office of the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity and has chaired the Claiming Williams Steering Committee, Committee on Diversity and Community, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Advising. She has also served as director of Williams’ Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Undergraduate Science Education grant.

Also on the national scene, in 2005-08, Raymond collaborated with other national leaders to run four Symposia on Diversity in the Sciences, which sought to support diversity among undergraduate and graduate science students.

Her writing on the topic of bringing underrepresented minorities into fields of science has been published in The Scientist.

Raymond's scientific research interests focus on the biological components and enzymes involved in tRNA stability.

At Williams, Raymond teaches Immunology, Genetics, Cellular Regulatory Mechanisms, and Genomics.

She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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