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AWIS Names Meredith R. Gibson New CEO
June 30, 2022
The National Governing Board of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) has appointed Meredith R. Gibson as its new CEO. Gibson was formerly Interim CEO and COO of AWIS.
Meredith Gibson AWIS CEO
Pamela Marrone, PhD
June 30, 2022
Dr. Pam Marrone is an experienced entrepreneur and businesswoman skilled at starting and building companies to a high growth stage.
Headshot of Dr. Pam Marrone
Fear Turned to Fascination for Entomologist Dr. Ronda Hamm
June 29, 2022
Dr. Ronda Hamm educates others on insects and the impact they have on our health and food supply.
Dr. Ronda Hamm, Entomologist
The Association for Women in Science Condemns the Overturning of Roe v. Wade
June 24, 2022
AWIS believes that the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade will have an adverse impact on women in the STEM professions.
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Cynthia Hurlbert
June 24, 2022
Cynthia Hurlbert is a technical writer who is passionate about science communication and education.
Headshot of Cynthia Hurlbert who is wearing cat-eye-shaped glasses and has short pink hair.
Using informatics to connect the dots for the greater good
June 22, 2022
Dr. Hongmei Huang pairs science and data analytics to make an impact at Genentech and beyond.
Summer of Science: Dr. Hongmei Huang in Informatics (Headshot of Dr. Huang)
The Association for Women in Science Supports Dr. Arati Prabhakar’s Nomination for Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Appointment as the President’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology
June 21, 2022
AWIS urges the confirmation of Dr. Prabhakar as the first woman and person of color nominated to serve as a Senate-confirmed Director of the OSTP.
Nominee for Director of OSTP Dr. Arati Prabhakar
Kathy Nevola, PhD
June 16, 2022
Dr. Kathy Nevola (they/them) is a Data Scientist at Olink Proteomics and one of the founding members of the MASS AWIS LGBTQ+ Affinity Group.
AWIS Member Spotlight Kathy Nevola
Any Person...Any Career...Greater Impact
June 14, 2022
Seeking to make an immediate impact with their STEM training, Drs. Marika Nell and Kevin McDermott pursued science policy.
Summer of Science - Dr. Marika Nell & Dr. Kevin McDermott - Science Policy
Pharmacologist Dr. Stephanie Watts says "science has rescued me many times"
June 10, 2022
Dr. Stephanie Watts creates paths for new medicines through her work as a pharmacologist and has overcome many barriers as a woman in science.
Summer of Science - Dr. Stephanie Watts in Pharmacology
AWIS Webinar- Simple Coaching Skills for Managers
June 8, 2022
Shift your mindset from managing to coaching, from telling to asking questions, with the outcome of enhancing behavioral change and improving performance of individuals and teams. In this in workshop, coaching is defined and then contrasted with mentoring and consulting with two experienced coaches providing demonstrations for clarity.
The Promise of Science at RTI International
June 3, 2022
A conversation with Tamara Terry, Research Survey Scientist and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Council Domestic Outreach Chair at RTI International.
Tamara Terry wearing a suit and smiling in an office setting
Association for Women in Science Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients
June 2, 2022
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) announces its 2022 Scholarship Awards recipients. Congratulations to these passionate and inspiring AWIS members.
2022 AWIS Scholarship Winners
Succeed or Keep Trying: The Motto that Shapes My Perspective
May 26, 2022
Dr. Joyner Eke's science story is marked by determination—from growing up in Nigeria, to getting her PhD, to becoming a research scientist at ThermoFisher Scientific.
Dr. Joyner Eke smiling and crossing her arms proudly wearing safety glasses, a lab coat, and blue gloves in a laboratory.
For Us, By Us: Our Journey to Creating STEMNoire
May 26, 2022
One of us was a biology major from California and one a physics major from Trinidad & Tobago. We conceptualized STEMNoire as a first-of-its-kind research conference and holistic wellness retreat for women of the African diaspora in STEM fields.
STEMNoire organizers who are smiling, laughing, and embracing one another as they pose for a group photo.
Karen Yee, PhD
May 26, 2022
Trained in molecular and cellular biology, Dr. Karen Yee is a research and program manager at MIT and chair of the AWIS Chapter Advisory Committee.
Headshot of Dr. Karen Yee
AWIS Webinar - Negotiating while Underrepresented with Sara Sanford
May 19, 2022
Sara Sanford will provide actionable tools for treating negotiation as a process of discovery and tactical empathy to get your opponent on your side.
AWIS National Webinar Speaker Sara Sanford
Want to Detoxify the Workplace? Start By Stating What You Value
May 19, 2022
Values statements can help labs and other workplaces become safer and more inclusive.
A compass points to the word "VALUES"
Remembering Dr. Elsie Quarterman: A Tireless Conservationist
May 18, 2022
Dr. Elsie Quarterman dedicated her life to the conservation and study of Middle Tennessee’s rare ecosystems: its cedar glades.
Black and white photo of Elsie Quarterman in 1947 outside stepping over plants
Investigating Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Discrimination in Medical Physics
May 12, 2022
Only about 23% of medical physicists are women. The most vicious barrier is sexual harassment, which Dr. Paradis and her colleagues set out to investigate.
Headshot of Dr. Kelly Paradis
Women Who Lead the National Science Foundation: Dr. Karen Marrongelle
May 6, 2022
As COO of NSF, Dr. Karen Marrongelle cultivates a culture of innovation while consolidating and coordinating operations.
Headshot of Dr. Karen Marrongelle
Women Who Lead the National Science Foundation: Dr. Joanne S. Tornow
May 4, 2022
Dr. Joanne S. Tornow, Assistant Director of Biological Sciences (BIO), is solving complex problems by expanding the talent pool and boundaries in biology.
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Women Who Lead the National Science Foundation: Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves
May 2, 2022
Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves is making inclusive excellence normative in STEM undergraduate education.
Headshot of Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves
Elise Lewis, PhD
April 27, 2022
Dr. Elise Lewis shares lessons in leadership and mentorship from her toxicology career.
Headshot of Elise Lewis, an African American woman with a bob haircut, with green grass and trees in the background.
Alix Generous: Neurodiversity Advocate
April 27, 2022
Alix Generous is a behavior analyst, DEI consultant, and professional speaker. She also happens to be autistic.
Alix Generous leaning on a dark brown door.
Rap and Environmental Justice: A Scientist Finds Her Calling
April 22, 2022
After the pandemic shook up her routine, Jazmine R. Alexander realized that she wanted to use her education to teach her community how to become ecocentric.
AWIS Webinar - Space is for everyone: Ensuring Diversity at NASA with Nichelle Nichols
April 20, 2022
Recorded: April 19, 2022 The film Woman in Motion depicts the career of Nichelle Nichols and her efforts to recruit diverse astronaut applicants. Due to historical discrimination, space exploration was dominated by white men, until Nichols launched campaign to convince people to apply with slogans like “This is your NASA” and “Space is for everyone.” Gene Roddenberry used science fiction […]
AWIS Announces 2021 ‘Shooting Star’ Chapter Awards
April 15, 2022
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) has designated nine ‘Shooting Star’ Chapters in recognition of their resiliency, digital engagement, innovative outreach, vision, and unique initiatives during 2021.
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Women with Impact: Growing Progress at Corteva Agriscience
April 14, 2022
These four leaders are advancing ID&E initiatives, enhancing science, innovating agriculture, and inspiring colleagues and peers the world over.
Headshots of Corteva Scientists: Gina Zastrow-Hayes, Veronica White, Dr. Yuhong Ju, and Dr. Laura Wayne
Gauri Kulkarni, PhD
April 14, 2022
Dr. Gauri Kulkarni, a regenerative medicine scientist and president of AWIS-North Carolina, aims to "be the change she wishes to see."
Headshot of Dr. Gauri Kulkarni
Have you heard of Eunice Foote?
April 12, 2022
Eunice Newton Foote is considered a “hidden climate science pioneer.” This Earth Month, let us continue to celebrate women climate scientists and make sure that their contributions are not sidelined or forgotten.
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You Should Be Following These Women in Astrophysics
April 4, 2022
These science communicators share their expertise, defy stereotypes, and reach diverse audiences.
Mae Jemison floating in a space lab
Srishti Baid
March 29, 2022
Srishti Baid, a doctoral candidate in microbiology at the University of Kansas, is passionate about research, outreach, and mentoring.
Shrishti is standing in a Mustang convertible, posing with her crossed arms resting on the top of the windshield.
Eleni Bachlava, PhD
March 25, 2022
Dr. Eleni Bachlava has dedicated her career to developing and commercializing innovative vegetable seed products.
Headshot of Eleni Bachlava
Minding the Patent Gap
March 18, 2022
More women are becoming patented inventors than ever before. But a significant "patent gap" still exists.
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Safest Cars Come from the Safest Factories: The Road that Brought Me to Tesla
March 17, 2022
Corinne Farleigh shares what it's like to work in the field of Environment, Health, Safety & Security — and why she loves it.
Corinne Farleigh is standing confidently wearing a safety vest with red industrial equipment behind her.
Two AWIS Members Featured at the Smithsonian
March 11, 2022
Drs. Lataisia Jones and Ronda Hamm are among the history-making women whose statues are on display at the Smithsonian as part of #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit.
Two women scientists stand next to orange life-size statues of themselves outside the Smithsonian.
AWIS Condemns the War in Ukraine
March 11, 2022
Scientific achievement requires diverse viewpoints and rapid innovation benefits from collaboration across the international scientific community. AWIS condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces – as well as all acts of violence and oppression.
50th Anniversary AWIS Logo
AWIS Webinar - Her Hidden Genius with Marie Benedict
March 10, 2022
In honor of Women's History Month, Marie Benedict discussed her latest book with AWIS, Her Hidden Genius.
The Right Stuff: Clothing to Enable Women’s Accomplishments
March 4, 2022
Playing soccer as a Title IX athlete led me to the goal of my life’s work. Although we were breaking boundaries as female athletes, the products we wore were made for men and did not fit our bodies.
Anne McClain of NASA runs through procedures in the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft during a vehicle fit check Nov. 20.
Unlock the benefits of LinkedIn by being yourself
March 3, 2022
Personalize your profile so it’s authentic to you, connect with the people you know, engage genuinely, and share your voice.
A Black woman sits on the floor with her laptop surrounded by colorful books on coding and a green plant behind her.
Abbie Stack
February 24, 2022
Abbie Stack works at Bayer Crop Science, specializing in molecular plant disease diagnostics and emerging viral diseases of tomato and pepper.
Headshot of Abbie Stack
Felicia McClary, PhD
February 17, 2022
A Q&A with Felicia McClary, a Senior Program Manager at Amazon.
Headshot of Dr. Felicia McClary
My Year of Saying, Yes!
February 17, 2022
Cathy Pearl, a leading innovator in voice technology, shares how she overcame the challenge of reentering the workforce and ended up saying yes to countless opportunities.
Cathy Pearl standing in the colorful Google Android statue garden with her son.
AWIS Webinar - (Re)Defining the Image of STEM
February 16, 2022
For too long, we have had this stereotypical image in our head of who can be and what exactly is a scientist. No longer should those stereotypes stand, for anyone can be in STEM. Learn how we can increase the representation of underrepresented groups in STEM and emphasize that THIS IS WHAT A SCIENTIST LOOKS LIKE!
AWIS National Webinar Speaker Dr. Korie Grayson
More must be done to address systemic gender bias and harassment in STEM
February 15, 2022
Due to the ongoing prevalence of bias and harassment of women in science and STEM, the Association for Women in Science wants to reinforce the following points
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Four Ways to Think Like an Investor
February 11, 2022
Dr. Jessica Sagers, who works in venture capital, shares her advice for scientists pitching their ideas to investors.
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Line Stigen Raquet
February 3, 2022
Line Stigen Raquet is a business executive in the life science and medical devices industries with a passion for innovation, transformations and growth.
Preview | AWIS Magazine Fall 2021
February 3, 2022
AWIS offers opportunities for advertising and sponsorship for your organization. Check out this preview!
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Curiosity, Advocacy, Inclusivity (and a Dash of Humor): Under Secretary Geraldine Richmond’s Formula for Success
February 3, 2022
Dr. Richmond, an accomplished physical chemist, advocate for women in science, and AWIS member, was appointed last November as Under Secretary of Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy by President Biden.
Geraldine Richmond has short blonde hair, is wearing an ornate wrap top, and is surrounded by sunlit greenery.

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