January 17, 2005
Reporters interview incoming chancellor following
Harvard president's comments
By Jim Burns
Chancellor Designate Denice Denton found herself in the eye
of an international media storm early this week after Harvard
University's president made controversial comments at an academic
conference about the underrepresentation of women in math and
UCSC Chancellor Designate Denice D.
Denton spoke to numerous news organizations about the Harvard
president's comments. Photos:
Kathy Saube, University of Washington
Denton, who was presenting at the conference on Friday, has
been asked by numerous news organizations to offer her views
of the comments made by Lawrence Summers.
The Harvard president sparked an uproar when he said that innate
differences between men and women might be one reason fewer
women succeed in science and math careers. According to a Boston
Globe article on the controversy, Summers also questioned
how much of a role discrimination plays in the underrepresentation
of female professors in science and engineering at elite universities.
"Here was this economist lecturing pompously [to] this
room full of the country's most accomplished scholars on women's
issues in science and engineering, and he kept saying things
we had refuted in the first half of the day," Denton said
in the Globe article.
Denton is coming to UCSC from the University of Washington,
where she is dean of the College of Engineering.
Following the Boston Globe's coverage of the Harvard
president's comments, the incoming chancellor was also interviewed
by the New York Times, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,
National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
(CBC), and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The following links provide some of the coverage:
remarks on women draw fire (Boston Globe)
chief defends his talk on women ( New York Times)
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