Feminism and Science
Bonnie Spanier, Emerita Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, believes that feminism and science work together for social change and evidence-based medicine.
Professor Spanier graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1967 and received her doctorate from Harvard University in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in 1975.  In Biology at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, she received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Lung Association, and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College.  She received intensive education in the history of science (Harvard) and the science and politics of breast cancer (NBCC Project LEAD). 

In 1984, she came to Women’s Studies at the University of Albany as its director and oversaw its growth into a full-fledged department offering a master’s degree and doctoral concentrations.  She taught undergraduate and graduate women’s studies and created courses on Women, Biology, and Health, fulfilling Natural Science Gen Ed, and  Sex/uality, Race, and Class in Science and Medicine.

Professor Spanier is an internationally recognized consultant on women's studies and curriculum transformation to improve accuracy of knowledge, particularly in the natural sciences.  In Spring 2007 she was Maria-Goeppert-Mayer-Professor for International Gender Research at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Women and Gender (ZFG), Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany. 


Her activism in education, making science more accurate with diversity studies, was rewarded with the University at Albany's Bread and Roses Award and Albany NOW's Making Waves Award.  She was an Advisory Board member for “Women and Scientific Literacy: Building Two-Way Streets,” funded by the (U.S.) National Science Foundation via Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1996-2000.

Her activism around breast cancer and women’s health started in the late 1990s when she co-founded and co-led the Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!) with Patricia Stocking Brown in Albany, New York.  She was a science consultant for CRAAB!’s “True Burden” Project on environmental factors in breast cancer, funded by the New York State Department of Health.  She was also a co-founder of a unique statewide organization, NYS’s Breast Cancer Network, www.nysbcsen.org.

She contributed to Albany’s CRAAB! Newsletter and is a Science Consultant to Gayle Sulik's international Breast Cancer Consortium,   www.Breastcancerconsortium.net

Bonnie Spanier helped establish an archive of Siena College biologist and feminist Patricia Stocking Brown’s papers in UA’s Library and the Patricia Stocking Brown Feminist Library Research Award supporting student research in the library’s archival resources. 

Taking early retirement and moving to Michigan in 2009, Professor Spanier has taught Women, Health, and Environment for Grand Valley State University in Traverse City.  Now working with the Lown Institute's Right Care Alliance (www.rightcarealliance.org) Women's Health Council, she continues to write on women’s health and evidence-based medicine, as well as the science and politics of breast cancer.  Her guide to evidence-based medicine and breast cancer will be published soon.