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August 2019 Connect

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August 2019
GWIS Connect is a periodical for GWIS national and chapter news.  Subscribe
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  • National Fellowship 2019 Recipients
  • Chapter News
National Fellowship Program 2019 Winners
Congratulations to this year's fellowship winners!

Every year, GWIS awards fellowships to women pursuing careers in science. GWIS is excited to announce the 7 recipients of our 2019 fellowship awards. More information regarding each of these scientists will be forthcoming in a future GWIS publication.
Learn more about the National Fellowship Program

Aliza De Nobrega

Ph.D. Student

Florida State University

“Aging-related circadian dysfunction exacerbates alcohol-sensitivity and toxicity

Total amount: $5,000

Ashwini Ramesh

Ph.D. Student

Indiana University, Bloomington

“Paradox of the Parasite: Mechanisms of Parasite Species Coexistence in a Warmer Globe”

Total amount: $5,249.85

Christina Saak

Postdoctoral Scholar

University of California, San Diego

“Using differential access to iron within microbial communities to remodel community composition

Total amount: $5,000



Jessica Haugen

Ph.D. Student

Colorado State University

“Potentiation of BCG Vaccine Efficacy by Metformin”

Total amount: $10,000

Kaitlin Read

Ph.D. Student

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

“Aiolosas a novel transcriptional regulator of Tfhcell differentiation

Total amount: $5,000



Marianne Kramer

Ph.D. Student

University of Pennsylvania

“Elucidating the function of a novel long non-coding RNA during leaf senescence in Arabidopsis

Total amount: $9,752.2

Marisa McDonald

Ph.D. Student

University of Hawai'i at Mänoa

“Examining the visual physiology and ultraviolet vision in larval stomatopodcrustaceans”

Total amount: $9,997.90



Chapter News
GWIS State College Chapter mourns the passing of GWIS honorary member, Dr. Jean Brenchley. Jean had a long, distinguished career in microbiology research. Early interests in metabolism and microbial genetics expanded to research in psychrophilic (cold-loving) microbes and their biotechnological applications, and further to the exploration of microbial diversity in cold environments like Greenland glacier ice samples and ice cores extracted from Antarctic regions. She was head of the Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology and founding Director of the Penn State Biotechnology Institute prior to her retirement in 2011. Jean had a strong commitment to the career development of her students and staff and to the advancement of women in the field of microbiology. Among the many awards she received was the the Alice Evans Award from the American Society for Microbiology for her longstanding commitment to the professional development of women in microbiology. In 2009 she was the keynote speaker at the Symposium for Women in the Sciences. Jean's extensive leadership activity, awards, and honors, as well as her beyond-the-bench contributions to the art of fly-fishing are shared fondly in her on-line obituary. A memorial service is planned August 31 at Penn State.
GWIS Nashville Chapter is one of the new additions to the global GWIS community. They are committed to take an active role in connecting and empowering women in science. Recently, during the month of June, they met at the Vanderbilt University campus for an informal weekend summer potluck picnic. They are planning for some exciting events in the upcoming fall semester. 
GWIS Research Triangle Chapter organized the second annual Lemurs Live Twilight Tour at the Duke Lemur Center. The goal of the event was to support the local and global research, outreach, and conservation efforts of the center. A group of ~20 people gathered to see a pair of white and black lemurs. The twilight tour was about an hour and a half long, which included a visit to nearly a dozen lemurs of different ages and species. Tour participant comments included “wow” and “neat". This event further reinforced connection with people interested in GWIS and promotion of the chapter. 

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