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February 2018 GWIS Connect

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February 2018
GWIS Connect is a periodical for GWIS national and chapter news.  Subscribe
In This Issue
  • GWIS Featured Guest: Dr. Lisa Munro
  • GWIS National Leadership: Call for Nominations
  • Welcome Black Hills Chapter!
  • Join us in Iowa City this summer!
  • Survey on female entrepreneurs 
There will be no GWIS Lead this month. Please look for a special feature article by Dr. Munro in GWIS Empower!
GWIS February Featured Guest: Dr. Lisa Munro

Join us in conversation with Dr. Lisa Munro on Thursday, Feb. 22nd at 12 pm CST. Look for a registration link in Empower.

2017 was a year ripe with trauma. From natural disasters to the #MeToo movement, trauma victims often are at a loss as to how to process their experiences. Whether directly affected by the events of 2017, coping with a personal present or past ordeal, or seeking understanding to helping others cope, GWIS members may find this month’s guest webinar speaker a helpful resource. 
Lisa Munro has a PhD in Latin American history from the University of Arizona (2015). She works as a freelance academic editor and non-fiction writer. Her Peace Corps experience in Guatemala (2004-2006) and academic research led to a profound interest in issues of trauma and state violence. She has also worked as a law enforcement-based crime victim advocate, providing information, resources, and support to crime victims and trauma survivors. She's currently interested in exploring the power of writing to help people tell their trauma stories in healing ways.

Dr. Munro will share some of her experience and resources in the February issue of Empower. She will also be chatting virtually with GWIS members on Thursday, Feb. 22nd 12 pm CST, so bring your questions and we'll have a great, open, supportive conversation!
Learn more about Dr. Munro on her blog
Graduate Women in Science National Leadership

The Nominating Committee of Graduate Women in Science invites all members to participate in nominating candidates for elected offices.  This may be done individually or collectively through the chapter in which you hold membership. Do not overlook nominating yourself. The Nominating Committee is interested in receiving the names of everyone who is interested in serving in a national office.

Nominations may be submitted electronically:

The list of candidates along with brief biographies and photos, will be included in Connect newsletters in the spring. 

To be included on the ballot, completed nomination forms must be received by the Nominating Committee no later than 5:00 pm EST on February 9th, 2018

Nominees are needed for the following National Offices:
  • President-Elect  (Serves one year, automatically advances to President)
  • Vice President (Serves one year, advances by election to President-Elect)
  • Treasurer (Serves a two year term)
  • Corresponding and Recording Secretary (Serves a two year term)
  • Member of the Board of Directors (Serves a five year term, usually a past National GWIS Officer)
  • National At-Large Member Delegate (Serves a three year term)
  • Nominating Committee Member (Serves a three year term with third year as Chair)
  • Membership Committee Member (Serves a three year term with third year as Chair)
Nominees must be in good standing with dues paid, and must subscribe to the objectives of GWIS. Thank you for helping to create a stronger Graduate Women in Science national organization.
Nominate by February 9!
Welcome Black Hills Chapter of South Dakota!

GWIS is proud to welcome our newest chapter. Located in the scenic hills in Western South Dakota, GWIS Black Hills's home base is the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and will serve the surrounding community. Please give a warm welcome to our newest chapter!
Join us for Diverse Science in Iowa City this Summer

The Iowa City Chapter will be hosting the GWIS annual business meetings on Friday and Saturday, June 15th and 16th, as well as a scientific conference on Saturday, June 16th. The conference theme is "Diverse Science" and will include a workshop, a panel session, a poster session for undergraduate and graduate students, a banquet dinner, and a keynote speaker. Formal schedule to come. 

The business meetings and conference will take place at the Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N Madison St., Iowa City, IA 52245, and you can stay right in the same building by booking a room at the Iowa House Hotel. Book online or by phone and use code 3595 for our special discount of $95 per night. Interested in finding a roommate to split the room? Email! We are looking forward to welcoming GWIS members and friends to Iowa City!
Dr. Andrea Smith-Hunter is working on a book with the working title "Women Entrepreneurs in the Technology Industry: An Analysis across Racial Lines." She is seeking input from female entrepreneurs. If you have any experience in business or the technology industry, please consider filling out this 15-minute survey.
Dr. Smith-Hunter's Survey
Chapter News
The Madison Chapter volunteered in the New Year's American Girl event. On January 1st, American Girl debuted their Girl of the Year (GOTY) doll to the public. This year, the GOTY is STEM-inspired! GWIS Madison members attended the Chicago event and presented the "Amazing Lasers" laser maze puzzle and refraction demonstrations.
Members of the Greater Maryland had a wonderful time sampling and learning about the 7 styles of cheese from Sharon at Crisafulli’s cheese shop. It was an informative and delicious Cheese 101 class. What a great way to kick off a new season!

Upcoming events
East Central

Chicago, IL
February 28th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Career Panel: Industry, Consultancy, and MSL. Contact the chapter for more info and to RSVP.

February 11th, 1:00-5:00 pm, Darwin Discovery Day.  Activities, tours and university science collections are featured throughout the MSU Museum. The event is free for the public. More info

March 3rd, 1:00-4:00 pm, Middle School Girls Math and Science Day.  Hosted by science students and researchers at Michigan State University. To get more info, register, or volunteer, contact the chapter

Greater Maryland
February 21st, 6:45-8:15 pm. GWIS members will meet with the Frederick County Public School’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) high school girls science club to share experiences on careers in science. Contact the chapter to RSVP.

February 22nd, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, Women in STEM Mentorship Launch event. Hood College. More info

Research Triangle, NC
February 10th, Region 3A Science & Engineering Fair. Judges and volunteers are needed. For more info, contact the chapter or visit the Research Triangle chapter website
West Central

Madison, WI
February 5th, 3:30-5:30 pm, The Graduate Student's Guide to the Non-Academic Job Search. Guest speaker Dr. Anne Krook. Auditorium 1111, Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building. More info

February 27th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Workshop: How to Prepare a strong National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship (F award, NRSA) application. Guest speakers: William Karpus (Graduate School Dean) and Jenny Dahlberg (Grants Administrator). Register here

Eastern South Dakota
February 22nd, 5:30-7:00 pm, Tour and social at USGS EROS (Earth Resources Observation and Science). More info

Los Angeles, CA
February 4th, 9:00-3:00 pm. Industry careers conference - Across the STEMverse. RSVP here or contact the chapter

February 23rd, 9:30-3:00 pm. 3rd Annual Bioscience Talent Connection: a full day event which will commence with career development discussions followed by a showcase of life science companies in the SoCal area. USC main campus, 3715 McClintock Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90089 (USC Leonard Davis). RSVP here for free.

February 6th, 5:00-6:30 pm, Spring Book Club: "Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions" by Brian Christian and Tom Griffths. Refreshments will be provided. St. John 400.

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