FLORENCE, S.C. – Former Francis Marion University faculty member Mark Scarbecz will speak about “Women in Dentistry: A Sociological Investigation,” Thursday, April 21.
The speech will begin at 8 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
Scarbecz’s speech will focus on his four-year research project studying U.S. dental students. Scarbecz and his colleagues surveyed first-year dental students across the nation and then surveyed them again prior to their graduation. The purpose of the survey was to examine gender differences in students’ motivation to attend dental school and their aspirations for the future.
His presentation is particularly relevant given the recent controversy over women in scientific professions, which was generated by the comments of Harvard University president Lawrence H. Summers earlier this year. Scarbecz also will discuss the need for a sociology of dentistry and oral health, and general trends regarding the influx of women into the profession of dentistry.
Scarbecz is the director of planning and assessment for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis. He was a member of the FMU faculty from 1989 to 1999.
His presentation is the keynote address for the Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium to be held at FMU the following day, hosted by the FMU sociology program. The symposium is sponsored annually by the South Carolina Sociological Association.
For additional information, contact FMU sociology professor Joel Thayer at 843-661-1656.
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