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.


Dr. Ray Ann Havasy is the the founder and director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning in Rockville Center, New York. She has been a scientist, educator, and not-for-profit business executive for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degrees in zoology and education from Connecticut College and her Masters and Doctorate Degrees in biology and education from Columbia University. She has been a science teacher, a district wide science coordinator, and a middle school principal. Dr. Havasy has published several articles on science education and was recently recognized for her work by becoming the Society of Professional Engineer’s Educator of the Year. In 2010 Dr. Havasy was named one of New York’s 50 Most Influential Women.

Dr. Anca Constantin is an Associate Professor in JMU’s Physics and Astronomy Department, where she teaches classes and conducts research on galaxies that host supermassive black holes in their centers. Prof. Constantin received her Bachelor of Science in physics at University of Bucharest and completed her PhD in astrophysics at Ohio University. She held postdoctoral positions at Drexel University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, before joining JMU in 2009. Her galactic investigations involve identifying telltales of the processes by which black holes form and grow. The lullabies her daughter heard when she was little often included some sort of cosmic perspective ... literally!


The 2019 Morning speaker was Dr. Jerri Alexiou, a board certified dermatologist practicing in Harrisonburg since 2001.

The 2019 Afternoon speaker was Dr. Linda Thomas, director of the School of Integrated Science at JMU (Ph.D. in Architecture and Building Construction, B.S. & M.A. in Civil Engineer, Law Degree)


The 2018 Morning speaker was Dr. Angela Jarrett, a Peter O'Donnell, Jr. postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

The 2018 Afternoon speaker was Ms. Marne Martin (Bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Masters degree in International Management from ESCP Europe in Paris France, and MBA from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University).


The 2017 Morning speaker was Dr. Cynthia Bauerle, JMU College of Science and Mathematics (Ph.D. Molecular Biology).

The 2017 Afternoon Speaker was Ms. Beth Mellott, Booz Allen Hamilton (B.S. Computer Science, M.A. Education).


The 2016 Morning speaker was Dr. Theresa Rutledge, Preston Memorial Hospital (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)

The 2016 Afternoon speaker was Dr. Morgan Steffen, JMU Department of Biology (Ph.D. Microbiology)


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

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


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).


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


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


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

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