2015 Executive Board Elections

UNC WISE will be holding elections for the new 2015 Executive Board during its December meeting.  There were three, accepted nominations to the Board.  Each candidate has provided a written vision statement.  (You can click on each nominee’s name below to access her vision statement.)  We invite everyone to read through these vision statements before attending the December WISE meeting.

In alphabetical order, the candidates are:


November Meeting!

Hello WISE Members!

Our November meeting is tonight, and we will be hearing from Amy Blackburn who is joining us from University Career Services! We invite you to join us tonight, Thursday, November 6th at 5 PM in the Carolina Union Rm. 2422.

Amy Blackburn will lead an interactive workshop focused on creating individualized career/job search plans.  She will teach us about the 5 Es of Career Development, and will allow for plenty of time for open discussion and questions.

We are excited to see you tonight!

Welcome-back Social

We will be having a social tonight, September 8th at 5 pm at Old Chicago on Franklin Street to celebrate the beginning of the new school year! Come hear what event we have in store for the next semester and network with other WISE members. Light appetizers will be served. We hope to see everyone there!

Panel Discussion at UNC on Women in STEM Fields

We wanted to make you aware of an upcoming (09/23/2014) panel discussion on women in STEM. You can find the list of participants on the panel below. Don’t forget to register! (https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_aWXnYMn6B7mjaZv)

Diversity in Higher Education- Creating an Inclusive Climate for Female Faculty in the Sciences
September 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs in partnership with the Carolina Women’s Center and Women’s History Month is hosting this seminar as part of their Diversity in Higher Education seminar series. The event will feature a panel and facilitated discussion with leading female scientists at UNC about promising practices and also challenges that female faculty face in higher education with regards to increasing female enrollment, degree attainment and faculty recruitment in the Sciences. The seminar will feature panelists Clara Lee, MD, MPP (Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Research – Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UNC Department of Surgery), Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, (Professor, Epidemiology Nutrition and Epidemiology), Valerie Ashby, PhD, (Professor & Department Chair, Chemistry) and Pamela Johnson Rowsey, PhD, RN, (Associate Professor and Coordinator of Student Diversity and Recruitment, School of Nursing). The panel will be moderated by Dr. Silvia Tomášková (Associate Professor, Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies)

The seminar is free and open to all but we request registration (https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_aWXnYMn6B7mjaZv). Refreshments will be provided. Learn more at http://diversity.unc.edu/seminars.

July Meeting

Jazz Dickinson will lead our discussion on Monday, July 7th from 5:30PM-6:30PM in Venable 2204. Our discussion will be based on a recently published article which finds that male faculty hire fewer women graduate students and post-docs than female faculty members (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/06/25/1403334111). In addition, the researchers found that “elite” male faculty, such as those who have won major career awards, train significantly fewer women than other male faculty.

Firgure 3C

The percentage of female postdocs employed in different laboratory types subdivided by the gender of the PI is displayed. ***P < 0.0005 (Fisher exact test).  (Sheltzer and Smith, PNAS)

At the July WISE meeting, we will discuss the potential reasons for this hiring discrepancy, the implications for women scientists, and ways to address this problem.





Article: “Elite male faculty in the life sciences employ fewer women” by Jason M. Sheltzer and Joan C. Smith (PNAS, 2014).

Monday, July 7, 2014     |     5:30PM-6:30PM     |     Venable 2204



WISE to Sponsor Table at the NC Science Festival

As many of you know, the UNC Science Expo is this Saturday, April 12. WISE will be one of many organizations represented at UNC Science Festivalthe expo.  Thanks goes to Desiree and Stephanie for all of their hard work to make the WISE table a reality.

The Experiments – This year we’ll be doing four experiments and we’ll have a painting/drawing station with some emphasis in health and strength.  We will

  • make slime with glitter,
  • make super bubbles with corn syrup,
  • explore non-newtonian fluids with corn starch and water, and
  • inflate balloons with baking soda and vinegar.

We are expected to have volunteers at the table from 9:30AM-3:30PM, so if you’re available and not already volunteering, feel free to stop buy and support WISE for however long you can help.

If you have any questions before this Saturday, you can email Desiree or Stephanie. Thanks to all of you who are already volunteering your time!



UNC Faculty and WISE Member Contributes to Launch of the Chemistry Women Mentorship Network

Professor Jillian Dempsey (Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Professor Brandi Cossairt (Chemistry, University of Washington) have worked together to launch the Chemistry Women Mentoring Network (CHEM WMN).  This national network of women will serve as a resource to young women interested in pursuing a career in academic chemistry.  The networked is currently made up of over thirty chemists from twenty different U.S. states (and Canada!).

The mentoring structure is vertical, and it considers the role of mentorship at all stages of the academic pipeline including undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty.  The program seeks to not only build relationships between women in chemistry, but to make the climate in academic chemistry more comfortable.

Prospective mentees currently include undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars. All may apply online.  Questions can be directed to chemWMN@gmail.com.