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March 2018 GWIS Connect

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March 2018
GWIS Connect is a periodical for GWIS national and chapter news.  Subscribe
Women in power - Women history month
In This Issue
  • March's featured scientist: Dr. Villa-Komaroff
  • AAAS Report
  • Women's History Month
  • National Meeting Reminder
March's featured scientist: Dr. Villa-Komaroff

Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff is a molecular and cellular biologist and was the third Mexican-American woman to receive a scientific PhD in the United States (1975). She is known for her work with recombinant DNA and her landmark paper describing how bacteria could be modified to generate human insulin. She was also the cofounder of SACNAS, The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native American in Science. She was awarded a GWIS Honorary Membership Award for Scientific Excellence in Research in 2001.
On Tuesday, March 20th at 1pm EST/12pm CST/10am PST, Dr. Villa-Komaroff will lead our webinar titled "Facing challenges and obstacles in today's labor market." We are excited to sit down with Dr. Villa-Komaroff as she shares her experiences and advice on how to navigate today's job market. Look for the registration link in GWIS Empower.
Dr. Villa-Komaroff's Biography
Video series featuring Dr. Villa-Komaroff
Follow the Webinar Event on Facebook
AAAS Annual Meeting Report

GWIS Vice President Gina Moreno attended the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Austin, TX as a representative of GWIS.  At the conference, Gina worked to network and promote the visibility of GWIS through her involvement in a number of workshops and events including the AAAS Affiliates Meeting and the Networking Breakfast for Women and Minority Scientists. There were many women in science recognized and honored at the AAAS Annual Meeting for their achievements this year, including Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a veteran astronaut and 11th director of the NASA Johnson Space Center, who served as the speaker at the 2018 AAAS Plenary Lecture (pictured below). To learn more about the 2018 AAAS Meeting or about the GWIS-AAAS affiliation please following the link below or contact

AAAS Meeting
Learn more about the 2018 AAAS Meeting
March is Women's History Month!
Celebrating GWIS Honorary Members

Contributed by Michelle Booze, Ph.D.

The Graduate Women in Science Honorary Membership Award is the highest award given by the organization. Starting in 1926, we have awarded over 125 women who have excelled in scientific research or education. In 2016, our longstanding awards were named after the first women who received them - The Dr. Florence R. Sabin Award for Research Excellence and The Jean E. Simmons Award for Science Education Excellence. We also created The Bette Barnes Early Career Scientist Honorary Membership Award, a new award for outstanding women who have received their doctoral degrees within the previous seven years.

This Women’s History Month, we will be highlighting a few of our Honorary Members on our social media and via email. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as we honor and celebrate these amazing women from GWIS history.
Florence R. Sabin
The 1920’s

Dr. Florence R. Sabin
Honorary Member since 1926

Dr. Florence R. Sabin (1871 - 1953) received her PhD in 1901 from John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Sabin was the first woman to hold a full professorship at John Hopkins, the first woman to be elected to the National Academy of Science, and the first woman to head a department at the Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research. Dr. Sabin received the first GWIS Honorary Membership Award in 1926 for her excellence in scientific research.
Annie Jump Cannon
The 1930’s

Annie Jump Cannon
Honorary Member since 1931

Annie Jump Cannon (1863 - 1940) received her master’s degree in Astronomy from Wellesley College in 1907. Her work was instrumental to contemporary stellar classification. The Harvard Classification Scheme, which organizes stars based upon their temperature and their spectral types is credited to her and Edward C. Pickering. Jump Cannon was awarded a GWIS Honorary Membership Award for Scientific Excellence in Research in 1931.

Alice Evans
Alice Catherine Evans
Honorary Member since 1931

Alice C. Evans (1881 - 1975) received her master’s degree in 1910 from University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she studied bacteriology in milk and cheese production. Her landmark discovery was the bacterium Bacillus abortus, which caused brucellosis in cattle and humans. The research led to the pasteurization of milk in 1930. Evans was awarded a GWIS Honorary Membership Award for Scientific Excellence in Research in 1931.
Alice Evans

Dr. Alice Hamilton
Honorary Member since 1931

Dr. Alice Hamilton (1869 - 1970) received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1883. She was a leading expert in the occupational health field and was a pioneer in industrial toxicology. She was the first woman to be appointed to the faculty at Harvard. Dr. Hamilton was awarded a GWIS Honorary Membership Award for Scientific Excellence in Research in 1931.
GWIS Annual Meeting Reminder

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!
Chapter News
Los Angeles Chapter hosted their first annual Across the STEMverse industry careers conference on February 3rd. The event was a big success! Participants were able to make meaningful professional connections and explore different career options in their field. This event was generously supported by Amgen, USC Dornsife, USC Gerontology, and USC School of Pharmacy. 
A panel of Greater Maryland Chapter members shared their careers with high school girls at the FCPS Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. WISE is a program developed to encourage females to participate in the fields of science and engineering.
Members of the Eastern South Dakota chapter participated in the Horizon Elementary Family Science Exhibition Friday evening. They hung out with children and their families to create a DNA bracelet based on their observable genetic traits. Everyone had a great time learning and having fun.

Upcoming events

Greater Maryland and NYC Metro
April 6-8th, USA Science & Engineering Festival. Greater Maryland and NYC Metro chapters will co-host GWIS exhibit.  Volunteers are needed to staff the exhibit, assist in developing the student activity/demo, and community sponsors. Contact chapters for more info.
West Central

Northern Colorado
March 8th, 5:30 pm, Northern Colorado Happy Hour. The Mayor of Old Town.

Los Angeles, CA
March 22nd, 10:00 am, Career Development Series: Build your Professional Foundation. USC Health Science Campus, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. RSVP here.

March 24th, Experiment with Fun: BUGS. Kapolei Library.
April 21st, Girls on the Run with GWIS. Register to run or assist a running buddy. Ala Moana Beach Park. More info.
International Chapter

GWIS International Chapter "Member of the Month" and "This is how a scientist looks like outside the lab" are two sessions dedicated to increase members' visibility. If willing to be featured, please send an email to International Chapter secretary Tsiory H. Andrianavalona.

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About GWIS

Founded in 1921, Graduate Women in Science is an inter-disciplinary society of scientists who collectively seek to advance the participation and recognition of women in science and to foster research through grants, awards and fellowships. We comprise over 20 active chapters of more than 800 women who are "United in Friendship through Science" to support and inspire member professional goals and mutual appreciation of science. Learn more at

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