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July 2017 GWIS Connect

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July 2017
GWIS Connect is a periodical for GWIS national and chapter news.  Subscribe
In This Issue
  • President's address
  • GWIS National Meeting
  • GWIS Election results
  • Amazon Smile funding for GWIS
  • Next GWIS Book Club
  • Chapter News

This month, we look at science advocacy with a GWIS Lead interview of Nancy Baron, Director of Science Outreach for COMPASS, an organization that coaches marine scientists in communication with the public. Next week in GWIS Empower, GWIS feature writer Catherine Steffel addresses the new surge in science activism since the 2016 U.S. election and what GWIS members can do to advance science and evidence-based policy in their communities.
A Message from the GWIS President
Dr. Michelle Booze

It is always hard to start these types of messages. I am at work, a patient sample is waiting for me, and I am having trouble finding the words to convey how proud I am of GWIS and the amazing work previous presidents, officers, and committees have done to bring our organization into the 21st century. I have some pretty big shoes to fill, but I am so ready for the challenge.
I have been a member of GWIS for six years and have moved up in leadership at the chapter and national levels. I have taken a struggling chapter which was about to disband and brought it back to life; my final act as president of the chapter was heading the team that planned and hosted this year’s National Meeting. I have been involved in the finance committee, the nominating committee, and the honorary membership committee. I am excited to use my own unique talents to keep up the momentum of the organizational changes that are happening.  
My goal as president is to find out from you, those who are running the day to day operations of your committees and chapters, what is working. I want to continue what has been positive and helpful into the next year. I also want to hear what isn’t working so I can try to come up with solutions that will make things easier for all of you. My door (Come visit South Dakota!), phone, and email are always open. I am here for you.
I am looking forward to working with all of you in the next year as we keep our momentum going and accomplish even greater things!
Eastern South Dakota Chapter Hosts Successful National Conference

This year's GWIS National Conference was organized and presented by Eastern South Dakota Chapter in downtown Sioux Falls. The well-attended Saturday symposia offered talks related to the theme “The 21st Century Scientist: Skills for Success”. Keynote speakers included Dr. Isaiah Hankel of the Cheeky Scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Travis, Associate Vice President for Women Faculty Programs at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. Amy Elliott, Director of Center for Health Outcomes & Population Research extolling the benefits of networking, finding a career sponsor, and building effective research teams. A lively panel discussion on essential skills for landing the career you want ended the day conference. Many attendees presented posters of their original research with Emily Hardy from Auburn University winning first place for her poster entitled, Pyridine Containing Schiff Base Ligands for Rapid Detection of Nuclear Contamination. The evening banquet featured speaker Rebecca Johnson, a local writer of science books for kids and young adults. 
GWIS thanks the members of Eastern South Dakota Chapter for the many hours they devoted to producing such a high quality conference as well as the conference sponsors, particularly Sanford Research, for their generous support.
New Officers Elected for GWIS National Leadership

New officers were elected on June 23rd for GWIS National Leadership. Officers elected include President Dr. Michelle Booze (Eastern South Dakota Chapter), President-elect Dr. Amy Belfi (New York City Metro Chapter), Vice President Dr. Georgina (Gina) Moreno (New York City Metro Chapter), Board of Directors member Dr. Courtney Ritter (At-Large member), Membership Secretary Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Pertzborn (National Capitol Chapter), and Nominating Committee members,  Dr. Anne Marie Nzioki (International Chapter) and Suzanna Schmeelk (New York City Metro Chapter).
2017-2018 National Council Officers

National Council officers include Treasurer Allison Didychuk, Director and Editor Dr. Jane Sharer Maier, Past President Dr. Stacey Kigar, President Dr. Michelle Booze, Director (Chair) Dr. Tina Hill, Vice President Dr. Gina Moreno, President-elect Dr. Amy Belfi, Director Dr. Courtney Ritter. Not pictured - Membership Secretary Dr. Mandy Pertzborn, Corresponding & Recording Secretary Dr. Sadiye Rieder, Director Dr. Anne Pumfery, and Director Dr. Melissa Mullen Davis.
Support GWIS With Amazon Smile

You can support GWIS with your Amazon purchases! If you use the Amazon Smile portal for making your Amazon purchases at, Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to GWIS. To set up your Amazon account for GWIS donations, click on the amazon smile image at right.
Catch Up on Summer Reading with GWIS!

Does your chapter want to host the next GWIS on-line book club? We are looking for chapter participation in our quarterly book club. Read and discuss books with your GWIS friends while hosting an on-line chat with our at-large members. We will set it up for you! Contact Gina Moreno for more information and to suggest the next title. 
Chapter News
Chicago Chapter hosts 3rd annual Fundraiser Event

June 28th was the 3rd annual Fundraiser Event for the Chicago chapter. All proceeds will go towards GWIS Chicago yearly events and travel awards for conference and field studies. Chicago chapter officers were there to provide information on memberships, workshops, mentorship programs, and introduce newly elected officers. There were a number of raffle prizes and silent auctions thanks to the generous supports of various businesses in Chicago. The event had a great turnout and everyone had a wonderful time with wine, food, and friendship.

State College Chapter hosts Grad School 101 information session for undergraduates

Grad School 101 aims to coach undergraduates toward pursuing graduate school. Grad School 101 of the State College Chapter has completed two grad school 101 events so far this summer. During each seminar, they shared an overview of grad school: application requirements, study strategies for the GRE, tips on navigating choosing a grad school, recommendations for getting the most out of grad school visitation weekends, and general overviews of what grad school life looks like. The first session hosted students within Materials Science and the second seminar featured students within Chemistry. 

Upcoming events

Boston, MA
October 6-8, Cheeky Scientist Summit in Boston. A series of workshops, resume evaluation, job search strategy plans, mock interviews for PhD candidates who want to transition into industry. If interested in attending the Summit this year, make sure to get on the wait list here as soon as possible.


State College, PA
July 13, Grad 101: Chemical Engineering. Information and Q&A sessions for prospective graduates and interested undergraduates. For more details, contact Karly Regan or email the chapter.
July 14-15, Outreach activity: Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.  For more details, contact Karly Regan or email the chapter.

Research Triangle, NC
July 27, 7:00-8:30 pm, Science Cafe: When Men are Mice. University of North Carolina surgeon scientist Melina Kibbe, MD, will discuss sex equity throughout the biomedical research pipeline: from cell research to human clinical trials. Daily Planet Cafe at the Nature Research Center, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh. RSVP here or contact the chapter for more info. 

West Central

Northern Colorado
July 11, Open mic and Storytelling night for STEM women. Wolverine Farms. For more info, contact Molly McLaughlin.

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