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Every year, female mathematicians and scientists are invited to share their experiences and interest in math and science with the participants of the EYH Conference.  The addresses are open to the entire community.

The 2016 speakers will be Dr. Theresa Rutledge and Dr. Morgan Steffen.

Dr. Theresa Rutledge, Preston Memorial Hospital (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)

Dr. Rutledge earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University.  She has a medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. She did her residency in General Surgery at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, MI an affiliate of Michigan State University.  She is currently on staff as a general surgeon at Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, WV. She lives on a farm with her husband and 4 children. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, riding horses and spending time with her family.

Dr. Morgan Steffen, JMU Department of Biology (Ph.D. Microbiology)

Dr. Steffen is a Virginia transplant, graduating from Iowa State University with a Bachelor's in Biology and from the University of Tennessee with a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Dr. Steffen currently studies harmful algal blooms in freshwater systems around the world, working on lakes from Ohio to China. When she's not in the field collecting green water samples, Dr. Steffen enjoys running with her dog, cooking, and traveling.

The 2015 Morning Speaker was Dr. Shalyn CrawfordFour Star Equine Veterinary Services (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).

Dr. Crawford is a Virginia alum twice over, graduating Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University and then advancing to veterinary school at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.  After graduating as a DVM, Dr. Crawford went on to complete a competitive post-graduate internship in equine medicine, surgery, and general practice at the well respected Blue Ridge Equine Clinic outside of Charlottesville, VA.  She owns and operates Four Star Equine Veterinary Services out of New Market, VA.

The 2015 Afternoon Speaker was Dr. Kimberly F. Sellers, Georgetown University (Ph.D. Statistics).

Dr. Sellers is an Associate Professor of Statistics at Georgetown University.  She completed bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics at the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Statistics at the George Washington University.  Dr. Sellers held previous faculty positions at Carnegie Mellon University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Senior Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB).   In her spare time, Dr. Sellers enjoys spending time with her 7th grade son as well as traveling and the arts. 

The 2014 Morning Speaker was Dr. Melyni Worth, Foxden Equine (Ph.D. Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology).

The 2014 Afternoon Speaker was Dr. Caroline Lubert, JMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Ph.D. Engineering).

The 2013 Opening Speaker was Dr. Elise Barrella, JMU Department of Engineering (Ph.D Civil Engineering).

The 2013 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Crystal Brogan, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy).

The 2012 Opening Speaker was Dr. Debra Warne, JMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Ph. D. Mathematics).

The 2012 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Alissa S. Crans, Loyola Marymount University (Ph.D. Mathematics).

The 2011 Opening Speaker was Dr. Carla Martin,  JMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Ph.D. Applied Mathematics).

The 2011 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Rebecca Goldin, George Mason University (Ph.D. Mathematics).

Dr. Rebecca Goldin

The 2010 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Kyle Myers, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Ph.D. Optical Sciences).

Dr. Kyle Myers

The 2009 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Kathryn Thornton, former NASA astronaut (Ph.D. Physics).

Dr. Kathryn Thornton

The 2008 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Monica Neagoy (Ph.D. Mathematics Education).

Dr. Monica Neagoy