Upcoming Topics…

The Benefits and Challenges of Diversity

{Led by Jazz Dickinson}

At our next meeting we’ll discuss diversity in science and engineering, focusing on the document “Benefits and Challenges of Diversity.”  We will cover the studies referenced in the article as well as some of the questions presented, including:  What kinds of diversity are important in improving research quality?  Who benefits from diversity in scientific settings?  Are there costs to increasing diversity?  How can we challenge our own unconscious biases about gender, race, age, and appearances in order to improve the scientific community?

If you would like to test your own implicit biases, including how you perceive women in science, I would highly recommend this site: Implicit Association Tests.

~ Jazz

Inspirational Profile: Molly Stevens

{Led by Abby Turner}

Molly Stevens is a highly celebrated research scientist and Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London.  Since completing her postdoc in the Langer lab at MIT in 2004, she has established a dynamic, 30-member multidisciplinary research group performing groundbreaking research in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and nanotechnology.  In addition to earning many professional honors, Molly has been featured among Vogue UK’s Wonder Women and The Guardian’s Top 100 Women of 2011.  Molly also balances  her successful scientific career with being a wife and mother.  Click the link below to download the information for this week’s discussion.

~ Abby

Inspirational Profile: Molly Stevens



Recap of Women in Science and Math: Facts and Figures

The inaugural UNC WISE meeting convened over lunch at the “Beach Café” on July 6, 2012.  The groups’ suggested reading consisted of statistical demographics in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields focused on the current status of women as well as the Journal of Chemical Education article “Is the Academic Climate Chilly? The Views of Women Academic Chemists.”

In depth topics discussed consisted of the unexpectedly low percentage of women graduate students and faculty in the sciences at UNC, the dangers of not critically analyzing statistics, and a brief discussion of the recent Atlantic Monthly article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”

The meeting wrapped up with a presentation by Jazz Dickinson on the incredible life and work of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai.