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January 2017 Broadcaster

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January 2017
In This Issue
  • President's Message
  • GWIS 2017 National Meeting
  • GWIS Fellowships
  • GWIS Talks TED
  • Changes in GWIS Electronic Communications
  • The Plight of Contingent and Adjunct Faculty, Part 3
  • Million Women Mentors Update
President's Message

Dear Readers,

Happy New Year from your National leadership! We hope your holidays were well spent and relaxing.

The National officers have been busy putting the finishing touches on two new programs being offered this year. The first is a total overhaul of our online publications, which we hope will increase readability and engagement. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

The second is a mentoring webinar series; each month, we will announce a theme and feature an outstanding female scientist who embodies it. Up to seven spots will be available for members to sign up, and members of our Lead Committee will be on hand to facilitate the conversation. This group is being intentionally kept small to promote an intimate conversation with the speaker and to give you a chance to network with her.  To kick off our program in February, we will be discussing the theme of diversity with our featured speaker, Dr. Patricia Silveyra, Assistant Professor at Penn State Medical College. Look for more information next month!

On a personal note, it has been my mission as President to create a safe space within GWIS to discuss some of the most pertinent, pressing, and unique issues women face as they navigate careers in science. As a scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health, issues of psychological wellness are near and dear to me. I am very excited about launching this mentoring program, in which members will be able to connect with someone who has overcome a variety of obstacles to obtain success in her career. It is my fervent hope that, despite the diasporic nature of our organization, the small discussion groups will provide this safe space for us to come together and address the issues that so many of us tend to deal with in isolation.

These are just some of the many changes that are under development in GWIS National. Others under way include a revamp of the National website to make membership renewal, donations, and fellowships applications more user-friendly. As always, we are eager to hear from you, our members, about what projects or ideas are important to you. Please feel free to reach out to me, or any of us in GWIS National, if you have suggestions for improvements or feedback on our new programs.

Best wishes for a productive 2017!


GWIS National Meeting: June 15th-17th, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Mark Your Calendars! The annual GWIS National Meeting brings together GWIS members from across the United States and around the world to connect, lead, and empower women in science. Join GWIS Eastern South Dakota chapter in Sioux Falls, SD, June 15th-17th  for the 2017 GWIS National Meeting “The 21st Century Scientist: Skills for Success”.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Why attend the GWIS National Conference? 
•    Network with GWIS members from across the country and around the globe
•    Learn new skills essential for success as a 21st century scientist
•    Support and empower women in science
Registration opens on March 1st, 2017. 
GWIS Fellowship Application Submissions End January 13

Since 1941, the GWIS National Fellowships Program has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to empower women in the early stage of a STEM career. Please check our website for guidelines and application instructions, and make sure to read the FAQ section for further information. The deadline for all GWIS Fellowships will be 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time, January 13, 2017.

Can a divided America heal? How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? In his TED Talk "Can a Divided America Heal?" social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, in conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, describes the patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America — and provides a vision for how the country might move forward. With the Presidential Inauguration coming up, join us in our first GWIS Talks TED discussion series seminar on Tuesday, January 17 at 1 pm EST. The discussion will be held via UberConference and our discussion forums. Please email Gina Moreno ( to sign up.  
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Changes coming to GWIS Communications

To better serve you, we will be making changes to our communications. The GWIS Broadcaster and the GWIS Bulletin will be discontinued and instead, we will be featuring four monthly electronic publications, each with a specific focus on GWIS happenings, featured GWIS scientists, career and mentoring information, and continued news on women in science in the world! Changes take place starting next month. All Broadcaster subscribers will be automatically subscribed to the four publications and can unsubscribe from any or all of the mailings. Look for an announcement with more details coming soon!
The Plight of Contingent and Adjunct Faculty

This article is part 3 of a series examining the hurdles faced by adjunct faculty and how they are trying to surmount them. Part 1 provided an overview of how adjunct faculty have quietly come to dominate the college learning scene. In part 2, the impact of the growing unionization movement was presented. Here, an excerpt of an account of one adjunct’s experience and advice for early career scientists and professionals is given. Look for the full article in our new publication, GWIS Empower, next month!

Adjuncting in STEM – The Community College Experience

Contributed by Catherine Steffel, Medical Physics Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“You never hear a first grader say, ‘When I grow up I want to be an adjunct teacher.’  It’s not something I planned on.” [Elizabeth Conway, Adjunct in English]
The GWIS spotlight on contingent faculty continues in our conversation with Michele Guannel, PhD, former GWIS Hawaii chapter president and STEM adjunct faculty member at community colleges in southern Florida.
Growing up, Michele Guannel spent copious amounts of time outdoors and on the seashore. She brought this interest to Smith College, where an enthusiastic and dedicated adviser encouraged her zeal for seaweed, environmental causes, and gender equity. 

A seven-year hiatus after college, which included two years in an AmeriCorps program, reinvigorated her concern about the state of public education and helped her decide on teaching as a career focus.  Graduate education in a “very supportive” environment at the University of Washington School of Oceanography followed by a science education postdoc at the University of Hawaii were intended to help her reach her goal of improving education at community and technical colleges.  Instead, multiple concerns led her to adjunct faculty positions at Miami Dade College and Broward College campuses.
Michele shared her experiences with us towards the end of the fall academic semester, one of the busiest times for students and teachers alike.  Prior to our interview, Dr. Guannel had been teaching six classes, some outside her area of expertise, for little pay.  She recently accepted a postdoctoral offer from the University of the Virgin Islands–St. Thomas campus and has since resigned from all adjunct positions.

A personal account of Michele’s observations and advice delivers an oft-disregarded perspective in higher education – that of the adjunct instructor as an individual. 

Read more on Catherine Steffel's interview with Dr. Guannel next month in GWIS Empower, as she discusses her love for science education, her concerns with the adjunct faculty system's effect on both teachers and students, and how it affected her efforts to balance her career with caring for her young family.
Million Women Mentors Reaches 1 Million Pledges 

Ahead of its 4-year goal of reaching 1 million mentoring relationship pledges, Million Women Mentors (MWM) and STEMconnector® are proud to announce that as of December 1, 2016, MWM has registered 1,000,000 PLEDGES for mentor relationships. Thank you to all GWIS members who are participating!

Nominations are open for GWIS national offices. GWIS national officers gain valuable leadership experience working with dozens of other women to manage and promote an organization of over 800 women in science. Do not overlook nominating yourself. Nomination form deadline is 5:00 pm on January 15, 2017.  Nomination Form

GWIS Renewals Our apologies if you have not been receiving timely automated renewal notices from our membership system. Please know we are a aware of this problem and are working to remedy it! If you are not sure if your membership is current, logon to our website and follow the prompts. Thank you!
Gone in 2016: 10 Notable Women in Science and Technology. Dark matter discoverer, Vera Rubin, 3-D bio-printing technology developer, Jemma Redmond, and quantum physicist, Deborah Jin, are among accomplished women scientists that died in 2016.
2016 U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index Shows Uptick in Hiring, Education. The overall index inched upward, in part because of an influx of foreign students and workers. Gaps between men and women, and between whites and minorities, also remained entrenched. Women continue to fall behind their male counterparts in participation in some parts of STEM. For the number of degrees, graduate degrees increased six percent since last year with women increasing more than men. US News
Most Female Inventors Come From America.  The number of female inventors is highest in the USA, according to a report by the World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO. Worldwide, the share of applications with women inventors increased from 17 percent in 1995 to 29 percent in 2015. statista
Addressing Biomedical Science’s PhD Problem. Demand for doctoral degree graduates in biomedical science has not kept pace with supply. Only a small portion attain tenure track academic positions and even private sector jobs in research are in short supply. And yet PhD programs continue to grow due to the role students play in the workforce of research institutes. Resources have been developed to help students understand career prospects and options. The Scientist
Biological Knitting Pattern Collection. Combine your love of knitting and anatomy. Etsy
The Next Challenge For Women In STEM Is Here. Because of the current gender gap in certain science and tech fields, the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2020, women will gain one STEM job for every 20 lost to technology. Men will gain one for every four.
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