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April 2017
GWIS Connect is a periodical for GWIS national and chapter news.  Subscribe
In This Issue
  • GWIS National Conference 
  • National Officer Nominees
  • GWIS Orientation Webinar
  • New Executive Secretary
  • Book Club
  • Adjuncting in STEM
  • Chapter News
This month's featured scientist is Dr. Meryl Mims, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. She will lead a webinar discussion on Negotiation on Tuesday, April 18th,1:00 pm EST and be featured in an interview later this month in GWIS Lead. Look for details to sign up in next week's issue of GWIS Empower
GWIS National Meeting: The 21st Century Scientist: Skills for Success
June 15th-17th, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Registration is open for the 2017 GWIS National Conference June 15th-17th in Sioux Falls, SD. The 96th annual event will take place in historic downtown Sioux Falls, SD, home to unique shops and a thriving food scene. Join GWIS Eastern South Dakota chapter as they present “The 21st Century Scientist: Skills for Success”.

Are you ready to launch your science career to the next level? Learn from successful scientists who will teach you the skills you need to thrive in a 21st century market. Featured speakers include Dr. Elizabeth Travis, Associate VP, Women’s Faculty Programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. Amy Elliott, Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research, Sanford Health; and Dr. Isaiah Hankel, founder of the Cheeky Scientist. Science Writer Rebecca Johnson will be the featured Banquet Speaker. Network with members of the South Dakota Biotech Association  and attend a research proposal writing workshop through the South Dakota Small Business Innovation Research Group. Learn more about the 2017 GWIS National Conference and register today. 

The 2017 GWIS elections will take place at the Grand Chapter meeting within the National Meeting, on June 16th. Members, look for an announcement on officer nominees coming soon!

March for Science, April 22

Visit the march's website and Facebook page for more information.

Contact your local chapter if you would like to participate in GWIS events near you!
New! GWIS Orientation Webinar

Are you new to GWIS? A long-time member but curious about all the new and exciting work GWIS is currently doing? Please join us on June 5th, 2017 at 5PM EST (2PM PST) for our first GWIS Orientation Webinar. Our GWIS President, Stacey Kigar, will provide a general overview of our organization, information on our current work, and ways for members to get more involved with GWIS. We hope you'll join us. Please register by May 22nd, 2017.
GWIS Welcomes Jennifer Riggs

Ms. Jennifer Riggs of Forward Management is joining GWIS in the capacity of part-time Executive Secretary and will be performing various administrative tasks.

Jennifer was born and raised in Southern New Jersey where she currently resides with her husband Brian and two daughters, Payton and Jordyn.  Prior to starting her company, Jennifer spent her entire career in the health sciences field. She has a degree from Rowan University where she majored in both business and marketing and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Her decision to start her own company was prompted by a series of life-changing events and a desire to create something of her own. In addition to supporting GWIS, Jennifer is also the Executive Secretary for the Association for Patient Experience.
GWIS Book Club Will Meet This Month

It's time for our next GWIS Book Club! Please join us on Sunday, April 23 at 3pm EST to discuss Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. We will discuss the story of the black female mathematicians working at NASA whose calculations fueled some of America's greatest achievements in space. Did you watch the movie and are interested in learning more about the untold story of these incredible women? Are you itching to chat more to other women in science about Hidden Figures (the film or the book!)? Please join in on the fun! 
Members of International Chapter have successfully utilized social media to stay in touch and be active at promoting science across continents. Members celebrated International Women’s Day (March 8th) together as a group by sharing selfies taken from their various locations using the app WhatsApp. Above, Patricia Silveyra (Pennsylvania, USA), Oluwakemi Rotimi (Nigeria), Gurjot Kaur (Germany) and another friend pose for a group selfie after using WhatsApp to connect at the Society of Toxicology conference in Baltimore on March 12. Way to go using technology and your love of science to stay connected and motivated!!! For an annual fee of $15, any GWIS member can have dual membership with International Chapter.
Register for Dual Membership
Adjuncting in STEM Series Available On-line

If you missed the last article in the series, Adjuncting in STEM; No Resolution for Adjuncts and Students, published in GWIS Empower last month, you can access it as well as the first three parts now on our website. 
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Next Week in GWIS Empower: Negotiation
  • Perspective on Negotiating Job Offers as a Woman in STEM, by Kameko Halfmann, Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Norbert College
  • A compilation of resources for negotiating in STEM
Next month's theme is Work/Life Balance. We will be exploring how women in STEM are striving to be effective workers and mothers and how their efforts may or may not be supported in their work environments. We would love to hear your experiences! What's working? What isn't working? What do you think could be better? Click the button below to briefly contribute your opinions. 
Chapter News
New York City Metro partnered with the Rockefeller University's Women in Science group (WISeR) for the Wikipedia Women in STEM Edit-a-Thon event. With the guidance of trained Wikipedians, participants spent the evening of March 9th over pizza and beer giving creating and contributing to women in STEM entries worthy of their amazing work and achievements.

Members of State College chapter participated in the Exploration-U day, during which the Penn State faculty, undergraduate and graduate students showcased their research on general science topics with hands-on activities for families and children. This event attracted State College area school district teachers and students who came to display work and interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as gained more information on new STEM careers.
Bette Barnes, 1924-2016.  Madison, WI Chapter and National GWIS is sad to announce the passing of long-time member, Bette Barnes on December 6, 2016. Bette was a member of GWIS since 1947, serving many offices in both Madison, WI (Beta) Chapter and the national organization including six years as treasurer and as president in 1991-1992, and recipient of the Meritorious Service Award in 2001.

Bette received her undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College in 1945 and her M.S. in Zoology from UW-Madison in 1947. She studied and taught at UW-Madison in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology for 36 years. She retired in 1991 as Senior Lecture Emerita from the Physiology Department.

A champion for women in the workplace, she advocated against sexual harassment before the term existed. She chaired the University Sexual Harassment Policy Committee for two years in the 1970s, and the Committee on Women's Issues in the Medical School, opening the first childcare facility on campus with colleague Mary Rouse.
Upcoming events
East Central

Chicago, IL
April 27th, 6:00 pm, industry career panel and discussion. Goethe-Institut. For more info, contact the chapter.

April 21st, 7:00 pm, Outreach Opportunity: MSU Science Festival. Woldumar Nature Center. For more info, contact

State College, PA

April 9th, 10:00 am. Bi-annual Girl Scout workshop, theme: "Think like a Scientist." Whitmore Labs, University Park. Register here by April 5th. For more information, contact Alyssa Rosas or Kyra Murrell.
April 10th, 2:00 pm. Negotiating Salaries and Benefits Workshop. 321 HUB, University Park. For more information, contact Victorial DeLeo.
Apr 27th, 10:00 am. Millipore Sigma Tour. For more information or car-pooling requests, contact Victoria DeLeo

Research Triangle, NC

April 24th, 6:00pm, Wikipedia Workshop. UNC Health Sciences Library, Rm 527. More info
West Central

Madison, WI
April 5th, 8:15 am. Effective Communication Workshop. Microbial Sciences 2301. For more info, contact the chapter.

Twin Cities, MN
April 18th, Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA featuring author Duchess Harris, Ph.D., J.D.  Moscow on the Hill, 371 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN  More info 

April 15th, 8:00 am, Expanding Your Horizons. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus. More info.

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