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Mariko Ogawa
Executive Advisor to the President, Director of the Support Office for Women Researchers, and Professor of History of Science and Science Studies, Mie University

Professor Mariko Ogawa's teaching and research interests are in the history of biology and medicine in nineteenth-century England and Germany, and in gender in science. She is the author of "Uneasy Bedfellows," Bulletin on History of Medicine (2000), "The Mysterious Mr. Collins," Journal of History of Biology (2001), Robert Koch's 74 Days in Japan(Humboldt Universitat, 2003), "Liebig and the Royal Agricultural Society Meeting at Bristol, 1842," Ambix (2008), and of two books in Japanese: Feminism and Technology / Science, (Tokyo: Iwanami, 2001) and Darwin Redux: Narrative in Evolutionary Theory, (Tokyo: Iwanami, 2003). Recently she has been engaged in several coauthor works, and has also translated many books into Japanese, especially those relating to gender in science. With her translation, four excellent books by Professor Londa Schiebinger, the Director of the Clayman Institute, are now available in Japanese. She is currently writing a book, Sanitary Measures and Politics in Victorian England (in Japanese).

As director, she carries out a program named "Let's revitalize our prefecture by revitalizing women researchers in science and technology, like the beautiful pearls that are a special product of Mie". This was adopted in 2008 as one of the programs for "Supporting the Development of Female Researchers" by MEXT. Currently, 35 organizations have participated by putting into place innovative programs allowing women researchers to extend and establish their career paths and to continue their careers even after having children. The central aim of her stay was to identify how to increase the number of women researchers in universities. She wants to study innovative policies in the US, and is also interested in historical gender problems on evolutionary theories as well as contemporary problems of gender studies.

Professor Ogawa was in residence during February 2010.