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.

Alexandra Pope, Astronomy, is featured in Western Mass News about working with the Girls Inc. "Eureka" program in Holyoke aimed at getting girls interested in science and mathematics. Western Mass News

Katie Campbell-Nelson, UMass Extension, says drought conditions in Massachusetts have been hurting local farmers. She says, "Some farmers are abandoning crops because it's not worth the financial risk of harvesting them." Sun Chronicle (from AP)

Beth Jakob, professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and associate dean for student success at the Graduate School, is one of four faculty members chosen to attend the Higher Education Resource Services Institutes (HERS), a leadership development program for women. The four join a cadre of more than two dozen other administrators and faculty members who have attended the intensive residential leadership and management training institutes that are offered at the University of Denver, Bryn Mawr College and Wellesley College. Since 1976, more than 5,000 women from more than 1,200 campuses in the U.S. and abroad have participated in HERS institutes. Read more

Sarah Berquist, an instructor at the Stockbridge School, comments in a Springfield Republican article on the Food for All garden that is part of the Agricultural Learning Center. Food is grown for the Not Bread Alone meal program and the Amherst Survival Center. Springfield Republican

The Board of Trustees voted June 15 to award and appoint tenure. The newly tenured CNS faculty members are: Bethany Bradley, Environmental Conservation; Krista Gile, Mathematics and Statistics; Simi T. Hoque, Environmental Conservation; Thomas Maresca, Biology; Luke Remage-Healey, Psychological and Brain Sciences and Jeffrey Starns, Psychological and Brain Sciences. Appointed as professors with tenure were Kirby Deater-Deckard, Psychological and Brain Sciences and Jody Jellison, Biology. Read more