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February 2017
Welcome to GWIS Connect!

GWIS Connect replaces our previous publication, the GWIS Broadcaster. GWIS Connect will bring GWIS national and chapter news to you once a month. Look for our new publications in the coming weeks!:
  • GWIS Empower - a members-only mailing that includes career resources related to the month’s theme, feature articles, and a link to sign up for a mentoring webinar with the month's featured female scientist.
  • GWIS Lead - an interview with our featured scientist, plus a short, animated video about the scientist’s research and/or career.
  • News Digest - collected stories of interest from the U.S. and world media.

This month's featured scientist is Dr. Patricia Silveyra, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Penn State. She will lead a webinar discussion on Diversity on Tuesday, February 21st, 8 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

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February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as designated by the United Nations. Resources to promote the achievement of full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls can be found at the UN website.
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Grand Chapter News
This year’s first Grand Chapter meeting was held on January 15, 2017.
  • Dr. Courtney Ritter has been appointed the new chair of the Development Committee. She will be leading GWIS to build more corporate relationships with different institutions. Members and chapters should contact Courtney with their own particular interests in this area at
  • Six chapters have received grants for new branding materials.
  • The Lead Committee has been arranging themed webinars that will air throughout this year, and these webinars will be open to members only. The initial webinar speaker in February will be Dr. Patricia Silveyra, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Penn State, and she will lead a discussion on diversity.
  • The Grand Chapter meeting also covered progress in the media changes that are being rolled out and preparations for the 2017 National Meeting in Sioux Falls, SD June 15-17.
Many of our members participated in the Women's March on Washington on January 21st. Those who went reported powerful experiences of standing together to support women's priorities nationally and internationally. At GWIS, no matter which party leads, we support women's equality in science, in the workplace, and in all aspects of our lives.
Participants Needed for Research Study

The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University is recruiting participants for a research study that seeks to examine the intrapersonal and interpersonal factors that promote persistence in graduate women of color in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Study participants will be asked to take part in a 90 minute phone/online interview. Upon completion, each participant will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. 
In order to participate in this study, students must: (a) identify as female; (b) belong to any of the following racial/ethnic group(s): Hispanic/Latinx, Black/African American, Native American, Asian American, Alaskan Native/Pacific Islander; (c) be currently enrolled in their third year or higher in a Ph.D. program in the physical sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics; OR be currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship; OR be an Early Career Professional within 5 years post-graduation. 

New Prize for Research in Neuromodulation

The Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation is a highly competitive prize which honors scientists for their excellent contributions to neuromodulation research.  Neuromodulation is any form of alteration of nerve activity through the delivery of physical (electrical, magnetic, optical) stimulation or chemical agents to targeted sites of the body. Established in 2016, the prize is awarded annually for outstanding research as described in a 1,500 word essay based on research performed in the past three years. The winner of the prize is awarded US $25,000 and publication of his or her essay in the journal Science. The Grand Prize essay and that of the Runner-up are also published on Science Online.

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Chapter News
Orange County, CA Chapter's Fleur Tehrani Honored

Dr. Fleur Tehrani, professor of electrical engineering at the California State University, Fullerton, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). She is the inventor of metabolic rate monitors and several respiratory assist devices, including one of the most advanced respiratory control systems, known as Adaptive Support Ventilation. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society. Congratulations to Fleur!
Auburn Chapter holds Canvas Painting Social

The Auburn Chapter celebrated the end of the year with a holiday stress buster canvas painting social.  Members gathered to enjoy good food, great company, and unseasonably warm and relaxing weather while flexing their artistic side.  A great time was had by all!

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