• Individual Members
  • Early Career Members
  • Student Members
  • Corporate Members
  • SPIE Professional Magazine
  • Visiting Lecturers
  • Women In Optics
  • Women in Optics Events
    Women in Optics Planner
    2016 WiO Planner
    2015 WiO Planner
    2014 WiO Planner
    2013 WiO Planner
    2012 WiO Planner
    2011 WiO Planner
    2010 WiO Planner
    2009 WiO Planner
    2008 WiO Planner
    2007 WiO Planner
    2006 WiO Planner
    2005 WiO Planner
    Women in Optics Videos
    Women in Optics Survey
    Women in Optics Funding
  • BACUS Technical Group
Print PageEmail Page

Therese Huston

Writer; Faculty Development Consultant, Center for Faculty Development, Seattle University, USA

Therese Huston

Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
Educational Background: PhD, MS, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Data lured me into science. I love designing experiments, and I’m guilty of peeking at data before I’ve gathered it all. Up until fifth grade, I thought that science was about naming things—like naming planets and clouds and grasshoppers. When I learned it was actually about teasing apart truth from fiction, I was hooked.

I'm a writer on a mission to debunk myths about how women decide. All too often, women are seen as indecisive, emotional, or afraid to take a chance, and these perceptions create obstacles that men don’t face. The scientific research says that many of these assumptions are at best, exaggerated, and at worst, downright false. My book, How Women Decide, takes on these very real obstacles.

Sadly, “Mansplaining” happens, so practice saying, “Actually, I understand that, but here's what I'm really wondering.” I wish I had learned a nice way to get the men around me to stop explaining what I’d already figured out. (Maybe I should really work on my preoccupation with “nice,” but one cultural hurdle at a time).

View more 2016-17 profiles