CNS Women in Science Initiative

The CNS Women in Science Initiative (WISI) focuses on increasing the success of women scientists at all stages of their academic careers. WISI offers special programs and events, and connects women scientists through campus organizations and community outreach, and provides helpful off-campus resources for women scientists.

Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, is quoted in a story in Nature about President Obama's proposed budget increases for research in the fiscal 2017 budget he has drafted. Brigham-Grette says she and other scientists who work in the arctic regions would like the Coast Guard to get another heavy icebreaker. She says the new vessel is needed, "so that no matter what the season, even in midwinter, we have the capability to go where we need to go." Nature

CNS students, including Ankita Shankhdhar, a master’s student in applied mathematics, participated in a UMass Hackathon organized by the UMass Graduate Researchers interested in Data club, or GRiD. Over the course of a weekend, an interdisciplinary group of 90 students from the Five Colleges tried to make sense of hundreds of thousands of rows of numbers, asking and attempting to answer questions about how the PVTA operates and whether there are ways it can improve. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, writes about how being a perfectionist in the workplace doesn't have to be difficult for the individual or the other workers. She says the impulse to be perfect is complicated and often is rooted in internal insecurity and a constant need for validation by people in authority. Quartz

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, comments in a Washington Post news story about how Donald Trump handled coming in second in the Iowa caucuses, falling short of his goal of winning. She says his response is "a great optics lesson in how not to lose." She says it's a normal instinct to dislike losing, but people have to learn how to manage their feelings when it happens. Whitbourne says Trump's ego was bruised because he had bragged about always being a winner, but then failed to meet his goal. Washington Post

Gabriela Weaver, Chemistry, and Director of the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, had a recent article published in the Journal of Chemical Education, "Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Flipped Format General Chemistry Course," selected as an "Editor’s Choice" in Science. Read more