Released February 16, 2017

Remarkable Women of Indiana: Women in Science


Contact: Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, [email protected]

INDIANAPOLIS — Join the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for Remarkable Women of Indiana as we celebrate women in science. Learn more about the women who helped shape Indiana and hear from those who continue to move the Hoosier state forward. The third annual event, which coincides with National Women’s History Month, takes place Saturday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are excited to celebrate women in science at this year’s Remarkable Women,” said Katelyn Coyne, gallery and public programs developer for the museum. “Not only will visitors be able to meet and talk with female thought leaders from Indiana, they’ll also have the chance to explore the historic impact of some Hoosier scientists.”

This year’s keynote speaker is renowned pediatric endocrinologist and researcher Ora Pescovitz, M.D., Senior Vice President and U.S. Medical Leader for Eli Lilly and Company. Pescovitz will talk about essential leadership traits for thriving in a high-pressure environment, surviving setbacks and how to make a lasting difference through words and actions.

In addition to Pescovitz’s talk, attendees will be able to engage in a panel discussion with Women & Hi Tech about how to attract, support and promote women in technology-related fields.

Visitors can also meet the second graders from Cumberland Elementary School in West Lafayette working to have the Say’s Firefly named Indiana’s official insect. In addition to sharing their research, teacher Maggie Samudio and her students will talk about their work with Purdue to launch a Say’s Firefly into space to see if it still lights up.

Schedule at a glance:
Noon     The Road Less Traveled by Maureen Harrington
1 p.m.   Melba Phillips: A Hoosier Physicist by historian Jill Weiss
2 p.m.   Women & Hi Tech panel discussion
3 p.m.   Leading with Purpose in Dynamic Times Keynote by Ora Pescovitz, M.D.

The State Historic Sites will also offer activities in the museum’s first floor galleries throughout the day including: a stenciling activity to demonstrate the restoration of the elaborate ceilings at Culbertson Mansion by restoration artist Kris Lemmon; an excavation activity courtesy of Angel Mounds Historic Site to simulate a real archeological dig; a discussion on Gene Stratton-Porter’s techniques for studying and capturing creatures on film using actual specimens of moths, cocoons and nests from Limberlost swamp; a stained glass demonstration by Rhonda Deeg, a stained glass restoration artist from Madison; a discussion on Lucy Say and her connection to New Harmony; a look at the naturalist work of T.C. Steele’s wife, Selma; and a look at architecture and historic preservation at the State Historic Sites.

Remarkable Women of Indiana is included with museum admission.

For more information, please call 317.232.1637 or visit

The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.

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The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.