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Addressing Harassment in STEM at the Systemic Level
AWIS is a founding member of the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM which was formed in response to the 2018 NASEM report on the persistent issue of sexual harassment in STEM. The consortium’s mission is to address harassment in all its forms and intersectionalities. Joanne Kamens is currently serving as AWIS’s representative to the Societies Consortium Leadership Council and recently attended the 5th annual convening of the Consortium along with Meredith Gibson, CEO of AWIS. The convening was hosted by the American Geophysical Union and included a diverse representation of society leadership, academic senior administration, DEI knowledge experts, funder representatives and early career voices. The convening had a very timely theme – Advancing the Future of STEMM: Transforming the Threat of Gender/Race DEI Retrenchment into an Opportunity for Systemic Change – and was guided by three objectives: Defang DEI backlash - Societies will consider their role in catalyzing ecosystem-wide progress toward gender and intersecting racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEMM; Explore strategies for how societies individually, and through the Consortium, can empower graduate student and early-career leaders of marginalized gender and race, to advance a future of STEMM equity, ethics, and excellence; Continue to focus on courageous, transformative, and ethical leadership – and how to pivot from principles to policies to concrete and sustainable action, advancing gender and intersecting racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. The keynote by Holden Thorp, Editor-In-Chief of the Science Family of Journals was moderated by the amazing Shirley Malcom, SEA Change Director AAAS and Consortium Co-Vice Chair. It was inspiring to hear these leaders talk bluntly and openly about the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in our academic science infrastructure and their calls for change.
Posted on 30 Oct 2023
Delta hopes all-female flight to NASA will inspire next generation of women aviators
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Delta celebrated women in aviation Friday with their seventh annual WING, or Women Inspiring our Next Generation, Flight What made the flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Florida so special is that everyone on board, nose to tail, was a woman. The pilot, the flight crew, gate agents and even the ground crew were all women. “This inspires me to be a pilot of color,” Leslie Santoseega, a Morrow High School student, said. ″I come from immigrant parents. So, for me to be an actual citizen to take these opportunities. I have to take the most I can of these opportunities.” The more than 130 young women passengers are metro Atlanta middle and high school students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Along with showing young aviation enthusiasts that the sky is the limit, Delta ultimately hopes WING will help close the gender gap in a male-dominated industry.
Posted on 09 Oct 2023
Google Technical Program Manager Terysa Ridgeway To Make Coding Fun With The Launch Of An Educational Toy Robot For Children
The desire to educate the next generation is in Terysa Ridgeway’s DNA. Her parents were teachers. She recalls during the summer months living in Louisiana, her mother would bring home a computer. At the time, Ridgeway was just 7 years old and had an inquisitive spirit. “She gave me the opportunity to figure out how to turn it on,” Ridgeway, now 39, told AFROTECH. “Nowadays, a 6 or 7-year-old plugging something into an outlet is probably unheard of. But I mean from everything from plugging it in, to turning it on, to figuring out how to work on it was like all up to me. And I feel that retrospectively looking at it now as a mother, that was probably the best thing she could have done because like I was building problem-solving skills.” The fire Ridgeway felt during those summer months continues to burn in her as a technical program manager at Google. She also is the author of children’s series “Terysa Solves It,” written to expose young girls to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pathways.
Posted on 09 Oct 2023
A call to cite Black women and gender minorities
Theoretical astrophysicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein recently unveiled the Cite Black Women+ in Physics and Astronomy Bibliography. As a graduate student, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein knew she was on track to become the first Black woman, at least as far as she is aware, to earn tenure in either theoretical cosmology or particle physics theory. She accomplished that goal this month. In that moment, she says she felt waves of emotion—not of pride, but of grief. “I should have been the 150th, not the first,” she says. A theoretical astrophysicist at the University of New Hampshire, Prescod-Weinstein spends her time digging into some of the most fundamental mysteries of our universe, including the nature of dark matter and the aftermath of cosmic inflation. She has also been deeply engaged in an understanding of her own place, and that of other marginalized scholars, in studying the cosmos. Her latest addition to this work is the compilation of every paper ever published by Black women and gender minorities with physics or astronomy PhDs in the United States. Last December, Prescod-Weinstein celebrated the 50th anniversary of the year Willie Hobbs Moore became the first to accomplish this feat by presenting the Cite Black Women+ in Physics and Astronomy Bibliography—a free database intended to change the narrative of whose work gets recognized. That’s paramount in an academic system where the number of times a person’s work is cited is often used as a metric for success. Citations traditionally play a role in who gets hired, who wins fellowships, and who gets awarded research grants.
Posted on 09 Oct 2023
The 100 Most Influential People in AI 2023
Congratulations to the innovators and technologists on TIME’s:100 Most Influential people in AI list. With all of the scientists, especially women and people of color, making waves in the artificial intelligence sector. What is unique about AI is also what is most feared and celebrated - its ability to match some of our own skills, and then to go further, accomplishing what humans cannot. AI’s capacity to model itself on human behavior has become its defining feature. Yet behind every advance in machine learning and large language models are, in fact, people - both the often obscured human labor that makes large language models safer to use, and the individuals who make critical decisions on when and how to best use this technology. Reporting on people and influence is what TIME does best. That led us to the TIME100 AI. Across the past century, the cover of TIME has reflected the forces shaping society; that has been true this year as well. Generative AI - a type of AI that can produce text, images, video, and other content, the best-known example being ChatGPT - first landed on our cover in February. “This shift marks the most important technological breakthrough since social media,” TIME correspondents Andrew R. Chow and Billy Perrigo wrote then. In March, TIME published an essay from AI safety advocate Eliezer Yudkowsky that prompted discussion in the White House press briefing room about the Biden Administration’s plan on AI. By May, they gathered a selection of voices to analyze the potential risks presented by this explosive new technology. That issue, with a cover asking if AI could mark the end of humanity, went online just days after hundreds of leading AI scientists and CEOs released a startling joint statement: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.”
Posted on 27 Sep 2023
Olay Champions Inclusive Beauty While Empowering Women in STEM
These Black women in STEM are using science to make the beauty industry more inclusive. Discover how Olay is ushering in a new era of inclusive beauty through innovative formulation. The inclusive beauty movement has evolved from a few early adopters who diversified their product offerings and marketing efforts to a concept that is now a must-have for brands to lead within their messaging. Olay has been at the forefront of that change, through consumer research, product development efforts, and a commitment to increase the number of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Announced in 2020, OLAY’s FacetheSTEMGap is an initiative to double the number of women in STEM and triple the number of women of color in STEM by 2030. The voices and lived experiences of these women are needed in the beauty industry and beyond, says Rolanda Wilkerson, PhD, senior director of fellow beauty care at Procter & Gamble. She and Black, both Black women, are two scientists powering OLAY’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts. They’re joined by cosmetic chemists, biologists, toxicologists, engineers, researchers, coders, IT professionals, and others, all responsible not only for bringing products to market, but also addressing social injustices and creating lasting change within the work they do.
Posted on 27 Sep 2023
Eclipsed genius: Despite modest progress, sexism and racism persist in science
When Margaret Rossiter, Ph.D. began digging around for evidence of women's contributions to science in the 1970s, she hit a wall pretty quickly. "People said there weren't any women scientists," Rossiter, a professor emerita at Cornell University, told Salon in a phone interview. "[They said] you'll never find anything and you're wasting your time." But time would prove them wrong. Rossiter persisted and ended up uncovering a paper trail of letters and documents that illuminated the lives of hundreds of women forgotten in science history. Some worked as volunteers in laboratories and research settings, invisible in the public eye, with their contributions overshadowed by those of their male colleagues. Others were recognized as professors or scientists, but parallel research in other corners of the globe conducted by men took home the glory instead. Rossiter named the phenomenon in which women's work in science is repressed or denied the "Matilda Effect," and it persists today. Although huge steps have been made toward equity today, women in science still make less money than male scientists and are underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) A 2022 study published in Nature also found women still aren't getting the credit they deserve and are "significantly less likely" to receive authorship when working on a scientific study.
Posted on 07 Sep 2023
Women Inventors Grab Spotlight in National Exhibit
SWE-sponsored national exhibit draws attention to six women inventors. Women continue to influence all aspects of society through their groundbreaking research and inventions. What better place to draw attention to their contributions than in the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum (NIHF) housed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia. The achievements of six women were featured in a theme-based poster exhibit designed to inspire the next generation of women in STEM fields. Titled “Making Change: Structures, Systems, and Societies,” the exhibit features women whose work has had an extraordinary impact on the structures and systems of science and society. The hanging life-size posters positioned side by side on a truss bear vibrant images and brief biographies of each woman and greet staff and visitors as they enter the atrium to do business in the USPTO or swing by the adjoining museum. The tribute is the result of collaboration between SWE and the NIHF, a not-for-profit organization that recognizes individual engineers and inventors who hold U.S. patents of significant technology.
Posted on 07 Sep 2023
AWIS Career Center
If you are exploring new career opportunities the AWIS Career Center is here for YOU. They have added a new section with helpful advice on topics from resumes and cover letters to networking and personal branding. On their page you can find essential tips for every step of your career journey.
Posted on 07 Sep 2023
Olay Champions Inclusive Beauty While Empowering Women in STEM
Olay is paving the way for the inclusive beauty movement to move beyond a buzzword and deliver true equality in skin care. Meet the two Black scientists at the forefront of that change. Olay Senior Scientist Markaisa Black, PhD, dreams of a world in which anyone browsing store shelves or scrolling through products online can look at a beauty product and know it will work for them.
Posted on 28 Aug 2023

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