7 May 2014

MagLab education director appointed to commission

Roxanne Hughes, director of the MagLab’s Center for Integrating Research and Learning, is the newest member of the Tallahassee-Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CSWG).

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Dr. Roxanne Hughes, Director of the MagLab's Center for Integrating Research and Learning, is the newest member of the Tallahassee-Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CSWG).

Roxanne HughesRoxanne Hughes."We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Hughes to the Commission this year," said Jessica Lowe-Minor, current Chair of the Commission. "We have an ambitious agenda and look forward to working with Roxanne to ensure that women and girls in Tallahassee/Leon County are safe, free from discrimination and fully able to pursue their dreams."

Hughes, who began her career as a high-school science teacher and track coach, earned her doctorate degree in educational policy with a focus on why undergraduate women leave science and math.

Her dissertation, "The Process of Choosing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Careers by Undergraduate Women: A Narrative Life History Analysis," was recognized by Phi Delta Kappa International in 2012 as one of five outstanding doctoral dissertations internationally.

At the MagLab, Hughes applies her research to the education and outreach programs conducted at the lab. She and her team analyze how their hands-on programming, both in schools and through summer camps, helps inspire the next generation of scientists. The MagLab's SciGirls camp, offered in partnership with WFSU, inspires middle- and high-school girls to pursue STEM careers by providing them hands-on opportunities to explore science.

The Leon County Board of County Commissioners established the CSWG in 2011, and two years later, the City of Tallahassee joined the county, thus creating the shared Tallahassee-Leon County CSWG. The 21-member commission works to promote awareness on issues pertaining to women and girls in the community and serves in an advisory role, providing input to the city and county commissions.

Most recently, the committee's input came in the form of an annual report: "A Call to Action: Improving the Status of Women and Girls in Tallahassee and Leon County." The report offers 100 recommendations in the areas of workplace and economic security, violence and health.

Hughes was appointed by County Commissioner Kristen Dozier, and will serve in a two-year term through April 30, 2016.

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is the world’s largest and highest-powered magnet facility. Located at Florida State University, the University of Florida and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the interdisciplinary National MagLab hosts scientists from around the world to perform basic research in high magnetic fields, advancing our understanding of materials, energy and life. The lab is funded by the National Science Foundation (DMR-1157490) and the state of Florida. For more information, visit us online at nationalmaglab.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at NationalMagLab.