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.