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August 2016
2016 Fellowship Winners Named

We are proud to announce the 2016 Graduate Women in Science award winners!

Molly Albecker, PhD Student, Coastal Resources Management, East Carolina University.
Leaping salt barriers: Mechanisms of salinity tolerance in locally adapted coastal frogs.

Marie Hennebelle, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Food Science and Technology Department, University of California – Davis.

Metabolism and function of oxidized linoleic acid and metabolites (OxLAMs) in the brain.

Soo Hyun Kim, PhD Student, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Late quaternary records of Asian dust flux in Hawaii.

Jennifer Knickelbine, PhD Student, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Deorphanization of G protein-coupled receptors in the motor nervous system of the nematode Ascaris suum.

Cassandra (Beth) Scaffidi Koontz, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University.

Understanding the impact of Wari Imperial expansion (ca. 600 – 1100 AD) on diet and residential mobility through bioarcheological isotope analysis from Uraca in the Majes Valley of Arequipa, Peru.

Christine Lattin, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale University PET Center
Using positron emission tomography (PET) to assess tissue-specific energetic trade-offs between immune function and reproduction in a wild bird.

Congratulations to our accomplished winners and thank you to all who submitted applications. More details on our winners can be found at the GWIS website - click below!
Fellowship Awardees
New Membership Category

Our new membership category, Early Professional Member, is replacing Transitional Member in order to better serve our members. An Early Professional Member is one who has recently entered the workforce after completing a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree. This category can also be used by members who may be facing financial uncertainty. The fee will not change from the Transitional member fee.
Questions and Comments About Our New Website?

We are continually updating our website to accommodate our latest changes. If you find an error or cannot find the information you seek, contact our Technology Committee chair, Allison Shultz.

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Book Club Will Meet Again in September

GWIS had another successful on-line book club on July 20th, discussing Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. The next club will meet in September to discuss Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren. It is described as "An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world." Contact Connect Committee chair, Gina Moreno to sign up! The meeting date will be scheduled among interested members.
Tau Chapter Remembers Dr. Celia Marshak

There will be a Memorial Service for Dr. Celia Marshak on Sunday, Oct. 2nd, at 1:00 p.m. at the Scripps Cottage at San Diego State University.

Celia L. Marshak was an honorary member of GWIS, awarded for scientific teaching in 1992. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology at Hunter College in New York City in 1943, a Master of Arts in Biochemistry at Columbia University in 1946, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry at Columbia in 1951.

Celia was a lecturer at Hunter College of City University of New York (1946-1952), an associate professor at Beaver College, Glenside, Pennsylvania (1960-1965), a research assistant professor at Tulane University College of Medicine, New Orleans (1965-1969), and assistant dean at San Diego State University, (1972-1993). She continued as professor emerita at San Diego State University and as consultant for Science Careers, since 1993.

Ceila won an NSF grant under the Women in Science Program to retain mature women with science degrees for today’s state of the art in chemistry or physics. The initial program ran from January 1982 to August 1983 and has since been expanded to coeducational programs. In 1999 Celia was the “cover girl” for the annual report of the American Chemical Society, which included a full page of text and quotes describing her love of chemistry, her science outreach activities, and her life history. In addition, Celia was a AAAS Fellow.

On Race, Gender, and NIH Funding. The Scientist

'Women of NASA' Fan-Made Lego Minifigs Rocket to 10,000-Vote Review. Space

No, There Aren’t Enough Academic Jobs. But discouraging people from pursuing the career could have a devastating effect on underrepresented groups. Slate

Really? You don’t look like a scientist.Research shows women who look feminine are judged less likely to be scientists. ResearchGate

Women in physics face big hurdles — still. Persistent biases continue to affect the numbers of female physicists. Nature

Title IX suit stimulates discussion of ways to improve undergraduate science . Science

The Baby-Before-Tenure Question. Balancing an academic career with the realities of a biological clock. The Chronicle of Higher Education

Closing the Energy Gender Gap. The Conversation

More Female International Students Pursue STEM Degrees at U.S. Universities. US News & World Report

Research: The Gender Gap in Startup Success Disappears When Women Fund Women. Harvard Business Review

Why Do Women Inventors Hold So Few Patents? The Atlantic

Qualcomm Is Paying Almost $20 Million After Claims It Didn't Pay Women Equally. Fortune

How Vector Space Mathematics Reveals the Hidden Sexism in Language. MIT Technology Review

"You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage.  Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages."
Michelle Obama

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Founded in 1921, Graduate Women in Science is an inter-disciplinary society of scientists who collectively seek to advance the participation and recognition of women in science and to foster research through grants, awards and fellowships. We comprise over 20 active chapters of more than 800 women who are "United in Friendship through Science" to support and inspire member professional goals and mutual appreciation of science. Learn more at

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