Women in Science Initiative Events
WISI holds an annual lecture and other forums and events to encourage networking, mentoring, and educational opportunities for CNS women faculty and students.
Spring 2016 Events
March 28: 4th Annual CNS Women in Science Lecture: Accomplishments, Challenges, and Next Steps
2:30-4:00 pm in Student Union Ballroom.
What have we done for women in science in CNS? This central question was addressed by a panel of faculty and graduate students from the College of Natural Sciences who have played important roles in promoting professional development and gender equity for women scientists.
At the event, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, administrators, and staff recently joined together for the CNS Women in Science Initiative's annual lecture heard about the college’s successful programs. Dean Steve Goodwin underscored the importance of supporting the professional lives of women faculty and students in the college. Sally Powers, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, presented CNS Women in Science Initiative 2012-2016. Nilanjana Dasgupta, Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion, shared the results of her CNS Faculty Survey. A three-person panel gave highlights of departmental activities: Lily Jeznach, PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering, described the vibrant GWIS: Graduate Women in STEM organization at UMass Amherst; Farshid Hajir, Head, Mathematics and Statistics, talked about Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Women Scientists; and Barbara Osborne, Professor, Veterinarian and Animal Sciences, discussed the benefits Professional Mentoring Groups.
Fall 2015 Events
October 9: Brown Bag event: Should You Join a Professional Mentoring Group?
noon – 1:30 pm in Campus Center room 165-9.
Professional peer mentoring groups are informal networks intended to foster collegiality, learning, and advanced faculty careers at UMass. Come to this informational brown bag meeting to hear from three members of CNS faculty: two women faculty (Catherine Benincasa, Mathematics and Statistics, and Lynmarie Thompson, Chemistry) about how their peer mentoring groups have affected their careers and why a group may be valuable to you, no matter what stage of your professional career; and the third presentation will be by a senior faculty of color (Gerry Downes, Biology) who will talk about his mentoring experiences and interest in forming a group. In addition, Buju Dasgupta, Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion, will share findings related to mentoring from the CNS faculty survey conducted last year.
Faculty who are currently participating in a professional peer mentoring group are encouraged to attend and share their experience. There will also be time for discussion, questions and taking steps to form small interdisciplinary groups for those interested. Group formation is based on interests and schedule, and can be a mix of senior to assistant faculty, tenured and non-tenured, or exclusively non-tenured faculty. You may also indicate interest in joining a group in advance of this meeting by completing the CNS Mentoring Group form.
Please contact Wendy Varner, wvarner [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu, for more information.RSVP to Amanda Leigh-Hawkins at aleigh [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu.
Spring 2015 Events
3rd Annual CNS Women in Science Lecture: "Gender Matters"
Priyamvada Natarajan, cosmologist and theoretical astrophysicist, Yale University
Monday, April 6, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium
The slides for this lecture are now available for review.
CNS welcomes Priyamvada Natarajan, professor in the departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, to present “Gender Matters” as part of the WISI Lecture Series. Natarajan is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. She is noted for her key contributions to two of the most challenging problems in cosmology: mapping the distribution of dark matter and tracing the growth history of black holes. She is deeply interested in institutional change with regard to gender parity in the academy and is committed to promoting women's development in academic science. Her talk will focus on this issue of national concern and her own efforts to promote gender equity, inclusion, and diversity in science and technology at Yale. Please use this Powerpoint slide to announce this lecture in classes.
For more information, please go to the CNS calendar.
Fall 2014 Events
September 29: Panel and Mixer luncheon event: Should You Join a Professional Mentoring Group?
noon – 1:30 pm in Campus Center room 917.
Professional peer mentoring groups are informal networks intended to foster collegiality, promote learning, and help with the challenges of negotiation within the university and career. Come to this informational meeting and lunch to hear from three women faculty members (non-tenured faculty member, full professor and assistant professor) about how their mentoring groups affected their careers and why a group may be valuable to you, no matter what stage of your professional career. There will also be time for discussion, questions and taking steps to form small interdisciplinary groups for those interested. Group formation is based on interests and schedule, and can be a mix of senior to assistant faculty, tenured and non-tenured, or exclusively non-tenured faculty. You may also indicate interest in joining a group in advance of this meeting by completing the CNS Mentoring Group form.
Please RSVP to Wendy Varner, wvarner [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu, to indicate your attendance.
Spring 2014 Events
April 7, 2nd Annual CNS Women in Science Lecture
"Moving Beyond Fixing the Women to Changing the Culture in Academic STEM Fields."
Susan Metz, Senior Research Associate and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Stevens Institute of Technology.
4:00 p.m. Student Union Ballroom.
The slides for this lecture are now available for review.
Susan Metz is a nationally recognized leader in catalyzing change in academia regarding women in science. Her lecture will address how unintended bias affects hiring, retention and promotion of women faculty and will identify research-based strategies to engender an inclusive and productive work environment. Metz has secured nearly $10 million in federal, corporate and foundation grants to work with over 200 colleges and universities to increase access, retention and advancement of women and girls in STEM fields. She is a Founder and Past President of WEPAN, Women in Engineering Proactive Network, Inc., and has served on advisory boards of organizations that influence national STEM policy including the National Science Foundation and National Academy of Engineering. Under her leadership, Stevens and WEPAN were recognized by Presidents Clinton and Bush respectively with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Susan is a recipient of the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award and is an Association for Women in Science Fellow. Use this PPT slide to announce this lecture in classes.
Fall 2013 Events
December 13: Panel and Mixer: Should You Join a Professional Mentoring Group?
10:00 – 11:30 am in ISB 145
Several successful Professional Mentoring Groups exist within CNS, and news has spread of the benefits of joining one. Come to this event to hear from a panel of faculty members about why a Professional Mentoring Group may be worth your time. Time will also be devoted to facilitating the formation of new groups. (Many existing Mentoring Groups began by obtaining a Mellon Mentoring Team Grant through the UMass Office of Faculty Development.)
If you are interested in joining a group but couldn't attend this meeting, please complete the CNS Mentoring Group form.
November 4: Webinar, "Retaining Women in STEM Fields"
1:00 – 2:30 pm in ISB 145
This webinar explored why women leave faculty positions and what departments, colleges and universities can do about it. The webinar featured Joan C. Williams, distinguished professor of law and the founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She drew on work prepared for the NSF-funded Tools for Change Project and discussed:
- The ways departments can save money by eliminating a chilly climate for women.
- The importance of family-friendly policies.
- The way the right policies can avoid legal problems – and the wrong policies can leave departments and institutions vulnerable.
October 16, Lecture, "Recent Research Regarding Detection and Treatment of Breast Cancer"
5:15 p.m. in ISB 221
D. Joseph Jerry, PhD, Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at UMass Amherst Science; Director, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute; Co-Director, Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, and Kaitlyn Wong, MD, Surgery Resident at Bay State Medical Center.