Erin Blasko | September 23, 2018
Valerie Sheares Ashby, dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University, will deliver the inaugural Sister Kathleen Cannon, O.P., Distinguished Lecture Series talk at noon Oct. 3 (Wednesday) inside Jordan Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
A chemist who formerly chaired the department of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ashby has won several awards for her work, including the National Science Foundation Career Development Award and the DuPont Young Faculty and 3M Young Faculty awards.
Her research focuses on synthetic polymer chemistry, with a present focus on designing and synthesizing materials for biomedical applications such as X-ray contrast agents and drug-delivery materials.
“The purpose of the Cannon Lecture Program is to bring to campus women who are leaders in their fields to share their stories and inspire others,” said Thomas G. Burish, Notre Dame provost, whose office sponsors the series. “An accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator, Dr. Ashby is a shining example of such a person.”
Ashby’s lecture will focus on “impostor syndrome,” a psychological phenomenon in which individuals attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than ability and fear that others will eventually unmask them as frauds.
Specifically, Ashby will talk about her own struggles with impostor syndrome, despite two degrees from North Carolina and multiple postdoctoral fellowships, and about how she learned to overcome the phenomenon, which is common among graduate students.
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