Welcome to the New Year!

Do you have resolutions for the new year? Maybe they include expanding your career and social networks? A great way to do so is by getting involved in your local GWIS chapter! Don't have a chapter? Our Omega and Iota Nu chapters serve U.S. and international at-large members and are always looking for ways to better help women scientists connect. Consider serving on a national committee or establishing a mentor relationship through GWIS and Million Women Mentors. On our website, update your profile to indicate how you want to be involved in GWIS or contact officers and committee chairs directly. You can also connect with GWIS members within your chapter and within the greater organization by using our forums! We want to help you get the most from your membership. Troubles logging in? Contact Membership Secretary Laura Arneson. If you have any other questions about our website, contact our Technology Committee chair, Allison Shultz.

Volunteer with GWIS at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.!

Join GWIS at the USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 15-17, 2016. This festival is one of the largest and most exciting in the world! At the GWIS exhibitor booth, we will be demonstrating how red cabbage extract can be used as a pH indicator. We are looking for volunteers to help run the exhibit booth and for donations towards supplies for this booth. If you are interested in science outreach, this is a great opportunity to share science with a large audience while volunteering with your fellow GWIS members! Click the button to sign up for a shift.

Special thanks to Beta chapter for organizing our effort! For questions or more information, please email Allison Didychuk at didychuk@wisc.edu.

Make Plans to Attend the 2016 National Conference in June

The GWIS National Conference, “Educating Scientists for Effective Science Outreach”, will take place in Raleigh, NC June 23-25 and will be hosted by Rho Tau Chapter. During the National meeting, scientists from all career stages will have the opportunity to network, share their science and gain first-hand science outreach experience at a local science museum. Registration will open late February or early March.

Congressional Visits Day April 12 & 13

The CVD is a two-day annual event that brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Uniquely multi-sector and multi-disciplinary, the CVD is coordinated by coalitions of companies, professional societies and educational institutions and it is open to all who believe that science and technology comprise the cornerstone of our Nation's future. Look for information from your favorite professional scientific societies on how to participate in this important opportunity to influence policies relating to your field.

New Sigma Omega Delta Chapter Climbing High in Fort Collins

In its second year, the Northern Colorado chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), Sigma Omega Delta (SOD), has made great strides in connecting its members to resources, making new networks through outreach, and advocating for graduate women in science in its community of Fort Collins, CO. The chapter has hosted a number of events in collaboration with local organizations such as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, student advocacy groups, such as Society of Women Engineers, as well as individuals from local government, industry, and academia. These events have addressed some of the struggles women face in the sciences and provided a forum for graduate women to network, learn, and socialize. Lessons learned from the first panel, titled “Gender in personal and professional arenas: striking a balance for success in scientific careers,” will be included in an article in Eos, a magazine by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). In recognition of its hard work on the Colorado State University campus, SOD received the New Student Organization of the Year award. In addition to coordinating educational events, our chapter has been building connections with supportive professors, mentors and leaders, working together to improve university policies for all graduate women, not just those in the sciences. Through these alliances, the Northern Colorado section of GWIS has developed a strong advocacy branch. Indeed, we have recently begun to work with the Graduate School to develop a paid parental leave policy for graduate students—both women and men. Universities around the nation have begun to recognize the importance of providing at least some paid parental leave for their graduate students who have children, as well as job protections for graduate students who take parental leave. We are working closely with administrators and are hoping for swift implementation of a policy. As an organization we have sought to improve professional development, networking, and activism related to issues facing women in science. These goals are member-generated and member-driven. As the group continues to take into consideration changing needs and desires, we look forward to learning, growing, and supporting our membership.

Sigma Omega Delta members enjoying a social outing at a local brewery.

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On-Line Book Club Begins February 28th

GWIS will be holding an online Book Club four times a year. We will be using an online forum and conference calls to hold our discussions. Our first book club meeting will be Sunday, February 28 at 5pm. We will be discussing The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club by Eileen Pollack. Please email Gina Moreno if you would like to participate.

Beta Chapter Hosts 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Beta chapter recently hosted its second annual 3 Minute Thesis competition on the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus. Attendance this year was even better than last year with standing room only at one point! The WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation) and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development collaborated to put on the event. ThermoFisher Scientific and Sigma Aldrich sponsored prizes and a reception, respectively. The three winners were 1st place, Sean Andrist (Computer Science) , 2nd place, Katelyn Milliman (Astronomy), 3rd place, Beth Tomaszewski (Environmental Chemistry).

Alpha Upsilon and Nu Explore their Artistic Creativity

The Alpha Upsilon chapter at Auburn University celebrated the end of fall semester with a stress-buster networking and painting gathering. Members assembled at the Davis Arboretum pavilion where they enjoyed snacks and apple cider, and painted canvases. New connections, masterpieces, and memories were created by all. Meanwhile, at Penn State, Nu chapter members held an Art and Wine event to learn basic painting techniques and relax with friends.

Tau Chapter Loses Celia L. Marshak

Tau Chapter is sad to report the passing of Cecilia Marshak, a long-time respected member. Celia was made a GWIS Honorary Member for Outstanding Service to Scientific Education in 1992. A memorial service is expected to occur early in the new year though at this time no details are known.

Don't Miss the Winter Issue of the GWIS Bulletin!

Members-only content includes:

∙ Letters Between Friends - Insights into GWIS history
∙ 2015 Nobel and Ig Nobel Prize Winners
∙ Epically Awesome Women in Science - Henrietta Leavitt and the Harvard "Computers"
∙ (Not So) Alternative Careers in Science - Working in a University's Technology Transfer office
∙ Chapter Updates including Iota Chi's professional development event examining effective verbal communication skills for female scientists.

Seeking Your Stories: Networking and Career Transitions

The Broadcaster wants to look at networking and career transitions in upcoming issues. Do you have a personal story about how a key networking connection got your foot in the door for a great new job? Have you successfully changed tracks during your career and how did you manage it? Or, recommend a colleague who has a story worth sharing. Contact Broadcaster Editor, Jane Sharer Maier.

Four Women Scientists to be Honored with National Medals 

Three women will receive the National Medal of Science:
Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a nuclear physicist and chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 to 1999.
Mary-Claire King, a genetics professor at the University of Washington did work while at UC-Berkeley leading to the discovery of the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 breast cancer genes.
Geraldine Richmond, the presidential chair of science and chemistry at the University of Oregon, has done research in chemical and physical processes that occur in complex surfaces.

A National Medal of Technology and Innovation will be bestowed upon Nancy Ho, a a research professor emerita in Purdue University's School of Chemical Engineering. Ho has studied recombinant DNA techniques to improve industrial microorganisms, particularly for production of renewable biofuels and bio-products.

Sexual Harrassment Fall-out Continues to Grow

Christian Ott, a CalTech professor of theoretical astrophysics was stripped of his university salary and barred from campus for one year for gender-based harassment. To be reinstated, he must undergoing training and prove that he has been rehabilitated before he can resume advising students without supervision.  Science

Meanwhile, Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) plans to introduce legislation that would prevent a professor from moving between teaching institutes without the new institute being aware of past confirmed harrassment activities.  Wired

NASA released a statement  this week that the agency "does not tolerate sexual harassment" including a demand for compliance by all grantee institutions it supports.  NASA letter

Also this week, an "Elephant in the Valley" survey reports discrimination experiences by women working in Tech.  Newsweek

Stache-tag: More Female Leaders

WIth possible contention for an Ig Nobel prize, two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia published a study last month in The BMJ examining the relationship between facial hair and leadership in academic medicine as a way to draw attention to sex disparities. “We chose to study moustaches as the comparator because they are rare (<15% of men from the most recent measures available), and we wanted to learn if women were even rarer.” The authors examined website photos of the departmental leadership at the top 50 medical schools in the United States and developed the “moustache index,” which compares the number of female department leaders to department leaders with mustaches.
Science Careers
Original BMJ article

Jobs Outlook

 How will your job hold up? Check out The Future of Jobs Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, released this week by the World Economic Forum. The "Fourth Industrial Revolution" has been predicted by various industry leaders as developments in fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and genetics and biotechnology have coalesced to create new economic sectors. Women, however, stand to lose big as they are poorly represented within these hot new technologies. A special section devoted to the Industry Gender Gap is included.
The Future of Jobs

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