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.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was featured in a story about the public’s reaction to the ongoing controversy surrounding the use of deflated footballs by the NFL’s New England Patriots during their recent AFC Championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences and director, Faculty Equity and Inclusion; Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate System Research Center; Rebecca Spencer, Psychological and Brain Sciences; and Julian Tyson, Chemistry, have been named 2015 Public Engagement Faculty Fellows. Faculty fellows chosen by the university's Public Engagement Project (PEP) receive a stipend and technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences. PEP is supported in part by the College of Natural Sciences. Public Engagement Project

Bethany Bradley, Environmental Conservation, has found that non-native plant species are much more widespread than native plants, in the first comprehensive assessment of native versus non-native plant distribution in the continental United States, as reported in Global Ecology and Biogeography., Science Daily

Linda R. Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences and director, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, coauthored a column in Psychology Today about how racial anxiety and racial threats tend to blunt egalitarian impulses in people and can work to highlight racial bias.

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation and director, Large Pelagics Research Center, using a new approach for determining the age at sexual maturity for wild stocks of western Atlantic bluefin tuna, suggest that these fish mature at a considerably younger age than currently assumed, as published in Nature's Scientific Reports. Fisheries News, Recorder, news release