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.

The research of the Large Pelagics Research Center (LPRC) assessing of Atlantic bluefin tuna was featured in the March 2015 issue of National Fisherman. Using spotter pilots was a tremendous help in determining the size and location of schools in bluefin tuna in the Atlantic, says director Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation.

Michele L. Cooke, Geosciences, has been elected to the board of directors for the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Michele L. Cooke, postdoctoral fellow Elizabeth H. Madden, and Alex E. Hatem '14 MS, all Geosciences, have explained fault evolution near fault bends such as along California’s San Andreas Fault in greater detail than ever before with experiments using kaolin, or china clay, prepared so its strength scales to that of the Earth’s crust when confined in a clay box. This research is expected to help scientists more accurately predict earthquake hazards and allow them to better understand how Earth evolved, as reported in the Journal of Geophysical Research. R & D magazine, Space Daily,, Science Daily, Tech Times, Science Newsline, News release

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation, and director, the Large Pelagic Research Center (LPRC), and her former doctoral students Kara Dodge and Benjamin Galuardi have documented leatherback turtles’ remarkable navigation abilities with state-of-the-art, GPS-linked satellite tags in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. They believe this is the first analysis of migratory orientation in adult and subadult leatherbacks. New York Times, Boston Globe, Science Daily, Tech Times, Science Newsline, The Conversation, Maritime Global News,, Star Tribune, Republican

Research by Bethany Bradley, Environmental Conservation, about the first comprehensive assessment of native versus non-native plant distribution in the continental United States, was featured in News release