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.

Linda R. Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences, wrote a column in Psychology Today discussing how racial anxiety can help perpetuate racial inequality and offering empathy as a solution.

Lisa Scott and doctoral candidates Hillary Hadley and Charisse Pickron, all Psychological and Brain Sciences, have found that talking to babies in their first year, in particular naming things in their world, can help them make connections between what they see and hear, and these learning benefits can be seen as much as five years later, as reported in Developmental Science., Psych Central, Science Newsline, MedicalXpress, Science Codex,

Lena Fletcher, Rick Harper, and Ezra Markowitz, all Environmental Conservation, were selected for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Faculty fellowships for 2015, which provide faculty with a forum and support to incorporate service-learning into their courses and help students make significant contributions to the larger community. Environmental Conservation News

Michele Cooke and Laura Fattaruso, Geosciences, with another colleague, have used new three-dimensional numerical modeling to captures far more geometric complexity of an active fault segment in southern California than any other. They suggest that the overall earthquake hazard for towns on the west side of the Coachella Valley such as Palm Springs and Palm Desert may be slightly lower than previously believed, as reported in Geosphere. Innovations Report,, Science Codex, Science Daily, eScience News,, Claims Journal, Red Orbit, NBC News, The Desert Sun, News release

Michele Markstein, Biology, in a two-part radio interview, discusses why fruit flies are one of the most powerful genetic systems available to scientists today and how she is using them to study cancer and stem cells. Pulse of the Planet (part 1), Pulse of the Planet (part 2)