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Women to Watch: Caroline Guerra - AWIS
Meet an inspiring WomanInSTEM! Caroline Guerra, a student at the Community School of Naples, is researching how to transform food waste like banana peels and corn husks into innovative, eco-friendly bioplastics.
Posted on 13 Oct 2022
Resources – Society of Women Engineers
SWENext offers a variety of resources for students, educators, SWE members, and adult advocates. It includes recruitment flyers, various outreach resources, books, and presentations for your use. Program support is generously provided by Bechtel Corporation.
Posted on 13 Oct 2022
Women to watch: Claudia Espinosa-Garcia, PhD
In the Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Meet Dr. Claudia Espinosa-Garcia, an instructor at Emory University. Witnessing her father overcome a brain disease when she was a child ultimately inspired her to enter neuroimmunology. She is a first-generation college graduate and the only woman in her family with a PhD. She believes women, as minorities across the world, face innumerable barriers in STEM. Years ago, She had no one to guide her or advice when she was lost. Nowadays, it is a privilege for her doing what she loves for a living. Therefore, besides her work in the lab, she is a member of many organizations supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, AWIS, an organization supporting women success and driving systemic change; SACNAS, a society that aims to further the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American students in science. Additionally, she is part of the FALAN networking that promotes relationships between neuroscience researchers in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the rest of the world. She sincerely hopes she can help to those in need.
Posted on 29 Sep 2022
How we boosted the number of female faculty members at our institution
Twenty years ago, when one of us (E.W.) joined the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, women represented only 13% of the academic staff. By the end of 2017, the figure was still only 16%, despite efforts to bridge the gender gap. For years, women were told by those working in the field that they simply had to be patient as the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce caught up with social movements, and that a new generation of young female engineering and science graduates was coming through. But that hasn’t happened. Despite a small increase in the number of women studying STEM subjects as undergraduates or postgraduates in Australia, female enrolment in these fields was only 36% of the total in 2019. Female representation in science and engineering, especially at the senior level, is still appallingly low. Find out how a one-year recruitment drive led to an unprecedented increase in women faculty across STEM departments at The University of Melbourne.
Posted on 13 Sep 2022
Dr. Holly Porter uses forensic science to solve crimes
Dr. Holly Porter found meaningful work in forensic biology, but she had to overcome obstacles to get there. For SummerOfScience, she shares her story and advice. As a DNA analyst at the Baltimore City Police Department her role involves completing the technical as well as analytical steps involved in recovering and analyzing DNA from evidence items. In addition, she authors reports, review the work of other analysts, and testify in court. She has more recently begun working on audit teams to assess crime laboratories to ensure that they are maintaining high standards and performing quality work.
Posted on 29 Aug 2022
Improving Health through Food Engineering
Dr. Christina Chuck shares how food engineering impacts society and the status. Her profession is food engineering, a multidisciplinary area that leverages chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology, and engineering to solve problems associated with the food system. Food science and engineering use scientific principles to overcome storage, processing, packaging, and food distribution challenges. Her mission is to use science to make healthier and nutritious foods readily accessible to all, to improve the lives of countless people struggling with food-related diseases.
Posted on 26 Jul 2022
Meet the Woman Who Makes the James Webb Space Telescope Work
The JWST is poised to unlock revolutionary discoveries. Astrophysicist Dr. Jane Rigby is charged with figuring out how best to harness the capabilities of this amazing observatory. “Give me a telescope, and I can come up with something good to do with it,” says Jane Rigby, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center who serves as the agency’s operations project scientist for the $10-billion James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most powerful off-world observatory yet built by humankind. Over the course of her career, Rigby has used many of the world’s premier ground- and space-based astronomical facilities - and she is helming one of Webb’s many “early release science” campaigns front-loaded for its first year of observations, utilizing the telescope to study star formation in galaxies across eons of cosmic time. But her main work with Webb is to work with her team to ensure everyone fortunate enough to use it can do “something good,” by looking after the full breadth of scientific investigations the telescope will perform for researchers around the globe during its planned five-year primary mission. This is no small task: For those hoping to squeeze as much science as possible out of this one-of-a-kind observatory, each and every moment of Webb’s time is precious - and Rigby oversees the schedule.
Posted on 26 Jul 2022
Title IX – Ensuring Gender Equity in Education
Title IX was passed on June 23, 1972, by the United States Congress for the purpose of prohibiting sex discrimination in any education setting or other activity that receives funding from government assistance. Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Over the years, Title IX has provided protection and justice for victims of sexual harassment and assault, students that are pregnant and parenting, members of the LGBTQ+ community, teachers, coaches, and athletes. Read about the history of Title IX, why it’s still relevant, and recommendations for institutions and policymakers in Title IX at 50 a report by the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE). AWIS is a member of NCWGE.
Posted on 27 Jun 2022
The Unwritten Laws of Physics for Black Women
"Physics taught me that time moves like an arrow, always pointing forward. But I’d argue time is more like a tightly wound spiral. The names and faces are new at each turn, but this feeling that we don’t belong has hardly budged." Important article by Katrina Miller, a physics PhD student and journalist.
Posted on 27 Jun 2022
Inspiring Black Women In Computing: Modern Figures Joins Khoury College Podcast
The theme of this year’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences DEIAB (diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging) Speaker Series is Why I Belong in CS. The series, a mix of in-person and virtual events, hosted University of Florida professors Jeremy Waisome and Kyla McMullen for a podcast on March 30. Waisome and McMullen host Modern Figures, a conversational-style podcast they created that elevates the voices of Black women in computing. Their podcast is presented by the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Science in collaboration with the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Through Modern Figures, McMullen and Waisome share stories about women and girls in computing, aiming to reach students where they are and dismantle the idea of the stereotype-advancing “single story.” Each podcast follows a similar trajectory to tell the story of each guest - childhood, education, work experience, present career, and future goals - with a focus on who pointed them towards computing. They want their podcasts to be understood by everyone, regardless of how much experience listeners have with computing and technology. They especially hope to engage with high schoolers and encourage them to consider computing-related fields.
Posted on 05 Jun 2022

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