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Fireside Chat with H.R.H. Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite
November 21, 2021
AWIS President Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister has a personal conversation with AWIS 2020 Pinnacle Awardee H.R.H. Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite about her role as a scientist, scholar, and humanitarian.
Fireside Chat with Karmyn Norwood - 2020 Game Changer Award Recipient
November 21, 2021
AWIS CEO Sandy Robert speaks with Karmyn Norwood, Vice President for the Air Mobility & Maritime Missions (AMMM) International Programs Line of Business at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta, Georgia. K
The History of AWIS - Celebrating 50 Years!
November 21, 2021
Ever since AWIS was founded 50 years ago, we are still committed to our goal of advocating for gender equity.
Four Essential Leadership Skills for Scientists
November 18, 2021
Enhancing these four essential skills is critical for your success as a scientist and for the success of your team. Further developing these skills can open you up to opportunities that were not accessible before and will support your journey as a leader.
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AWIS CEO Transition
November 10, 2021
Meredith Gibson is named Interim CEO of AWIS. Sandy Robert will be leaving AWIS at the end of this year to become Executive Director of ASM International.
The Impacts of Parenthood Are Not Equal
October 29, 2021
Research shows that women who become mothers are offered fewer opportunities and earn less over their careers.
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Harnessing the Science of Diversity:
 A Conversation with Dr. Marie A. Bernard
October 29, 2021
"We need to make sure that the pathway for future scientists is robust, that we have removed barriers and put in as many facilitators as possible."
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AWIS 50th Anniversary Event
October 28, 2021
It’s not every day that an organization turns 50! AWIS National celebrates this historic milestone and 50 years of AWIS advocacy.
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AWIS Encourages Diverse Representation in Nobel Prizes for Science
October 8, 2021
The 2021 Nobel Prize winners in the categories of physics, chemistry, physiology and medicine have been announced and none of the winners are women. We are deeply concerned about the lack of diversity among the recipients.
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Societies Consortium 2021 Convening
September 30, 2021
The Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM held its third annual All Members Convening.
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AWIS Webinar - Hidden Strengths: Disabilities Make Better Scientists
September 23, 2021
Jesse Shanahan led this panel as they shared why disabilities are actually hidden strengths, how to check your own biases, ways you can support those around you, and how science can be more inclusive.
Washington Wire September 2021
September 22, 2021
Goodbye, Washington Wire. Hello, AWIS News Brief!
How to Work Well with Working Mothers – and Why it's Worth It
September 15, 2021
Amid this current “she-cession” and the significant loss of talent across many industries, it is more important than ever to understand that women, specifically working mothers, are worth championing.
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AWIS Webinar - Federal Grant Requirements to Report Harassment Really Change Behavior?
August 25, 2021
Policies against sexual harassment have been in place for many years. Congress continues to push agencies to do more to prevent sexual harassment in extramural research settings.
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Visa Support for Women Scientists in Afghanistan
August 25, 2021
AWIS signed a letter drafted by IEEE asking the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy to extend P-2 Priority designation visas to technical professionals, engineers and scientists that are willing to come conduct research in the United States.
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Carlotta Maria Arthur, PhD
August 20, 2021
Carlotta M. Arthur, PhD, was the first African American woman to earn a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from Purdue University. She is now the Program Director for Clare Boothe Luce Program.
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Washington Wire August 2021
August 17, 2021
Hear the latest on sexual harassment and grant reporting
Nicollette Laroco
July 26, 2021
“I aspire to create a new narrative of what an engineer looks like.”
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AWIS Webinar - How Can I Lead in My Career and My Industry?
July 22, 2021
Erica Mattison leads this online workshop to help you define your vision for leadership. Learn how to lead and identify specific actions to take for whatever point you are at in your career, whether you are starting out or have decades of experience.
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Washington Wire July 2021
July 20, 2021
These women scientists are leading in sustainability.
These Women Are Making the Plant-Based Meat of the Future
July 20, 2021
LIVEKINDLY spoke with three women from the field of food science about their love for innovation and their journey to their careers.
AWIS Magazine Women in food tech LIVEKINDLY Article
Eco-Friendly Pest Control for a Sustainable Future
July 20, 2021
AWIS member Dr. Fatma Kaplan is a genius in eco-friendly sciences. We spoke with Dr. Kaplan about how she is using science to create large-scale, positive change.
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What the Pandemic Taught Us About Supporting Employees
July 16, 2021
Dr. Joanne Kamens provides insights on how companies can support their employees post-pandemic.
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Fireside Friday
July 2, 2021
Fireside Friday is a member-only newsletter. AWIS members can check their inbox weekly and click here to view past issues.
AWIS National Fireside Friday Weekly Newsletter
Laura McCullough, PhD
June 25, 2021
Meet Dr. Laura McCullough, professor of physics at University of Wisconsin-Stout. "I want physics to be welcoming to everyone interested in it."
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AWIS Webinar - The ABCs of STEM Success: Hooded and Beyond
June 19, 2021
Dr. Malika Grayson, author of Hooded: A Black Girl's Guide to the PhD, shares her journey of surviving and thriving as a doctoral candidate in STEM … and beyond. She is only the second Black woman and first Caribbean American woman to graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
Dr. Malika Grayson
Washington Wire June 2021
June 18, 2021
Fulfilling your leadership potential as a woman in STEM
Business Development Manager
June 14, 2021
AWIS is hiring a Business Development Manager to to grow and support the association through revenue generation.
Don’t Ask, Can’t Tell: Let’s Talk about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in STEM
June 1, 2021
Until we are willing to acknowledge people’s sexual orientation and gender identity, we will not be able to create truly inclusive STEM communities.
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Washington Wire May 2021
May 26, 2021
Meet our 2021 inaugural scholarship winners
A Top Notch Resume is Your Gateway to the Job Interview
May 21, 2021
Moving, promotion, or new opportunity? Create a new or updated resume to move forward.
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Monica Gonzalez Ramirez, PhD
May 13, 2021
A Q&A with Dr. Monica Ramirez Gonzalez on her career in biomedical research and her passion for science outreach.
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Association for Women in Science Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients
May 13, 2021
Meet the driven, competent, and impressive AWIS members who are our 2021 scholarship winners.
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AWIS Webinar - Resilience 101: Finding Passion and Purpose for your Post-COVID Life
May 12, 2021
Are you feeling bored, unfulfilled, stuck, or simply want a new challenge? Are you waiting for things to return to normal after the pandemic? Don't postpone your happiness. Create a plan to shape your future now.
Natasha Louise Tilston, PhD
May 5, 2021
Molecular virologist Natasha Louise Tilston talks to AWIS about viruses, vaccines, and what we can learn from 2020.
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Nancy Rawson, PhD
April 26, 2021
Learn what taste and smell tell us during COVID-19 and beyond from Dr. Nancy Rawson, cell biologist and leader at the Monell Chemical Senses Center.
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Breaking the Color Barrier and Glass Ceiling in Academia
April 22, 2021
Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, Dr. Stephanie Dance-Barnes, and Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe share how they've navigated the path to academic leadership.
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AWIS Webinar - Coded Bias: The Dangers of A.I. and Algorithms
April 22, 2021
Data Scientist Dr. Cathy O’Neil for an engaging discussion about the impact of Artificial Intelligence which is based on poorly designed algorithms. Her TED Talk "The Era of Blind Faith in Big Data Must End" has 1.4M views, and her research and insights were featured in "Coded Bias" – a film by Shalini Kantayya.
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Energy in Motion: Filmmaker Crystal R. Emery is a Force for Change in STEM
April 22, 2021
An interview with Crystal R. Emery on broadening participation in science and medicine through innovative media and programs.
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Washington Wire April 2021
April 20, 2021
What would you ask Dr. Cathy O'Neil from Coded Bias?
Black in Microbiology: From Successful Hashtag to Burgeoning Nonprofit in Six Months
April 19, 2021
When microbiologists Ariangela Kozik, PhD and Kishana Taylor, PhD decided to launch #BlackInMicrobiology, they had no idea that in less than a year, they’d be at the helm of a nonprofit, taking their goals to the next level.
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AWIS Announces 'Shooting Star' Chapter Awards
April 15, 2021
AWIS recognizes five chapters for stellar outreach, engagement, and advocacy in 2020 with 'Shooting Star' Chapter designation and monetary grants.
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AWIS To Host Film Screening and Discussion on Biased Algorithms
April 8, 2021
AWIS will be hosting Dr. Cathy O’Neil, who appears in the film Coded Bias, for a conversation to build awareness about the algorithms built by predominantly white, male teams that incorporate their unconscious biases and reinforce racist, sexist, and capitalistic injustice.
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AWIS Webinar - Successful Networking During the Pandemic
March 25, 2021
Some are saying that networking isn't happening during the pandemic. Others ... are actually networking! Join social networking pioneer, Diane Darling, for a conversation about how to make connections, expand your network, build relationships and present your best self when taking part in a virtual event.
AWIS Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Racism
March 23, 2021
We know that many Asian Americans deal with racism daily – although it may not always be as visible or violent as we may think. In this article, AWIS recognizes and speaks out on the emotional toll these attacks have had on our Asian members, coworkers, neighbors, friends and family.
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Washington Wire March 2021
March 16, 2021
Recognizing the many contributions of women scientists
AWIS Webinar - Stories and Advice from Inside the Patent Process
February 25, 2021
If you or a colleague is planning to file a patent, join a conversation with our expert panel including Dr. Tina Dorr, partner and patent attorney with Cantor Colburn (and former biochemist); Dr. Sharon Hausdorff, VP and Chief IP Counsel at Teva Pharmaceuticals, a registered US patent agent and Israeli patent attorney; and Emily Kinser, a lab manager at 3M and former IBM Master Inventor with 50 Issued US patents and another 19 pending!
There are serious gender and diversity gaps in patenting
February 17, 2021
To help increase the diversity of patent holders, AWIS is hosting a panel of experts to share lessons learned.
AWIS Establishes New Scholarships - DEADLINE APPROACHING
February 17, 2021
Stay tuned! AWIS is offering new scholarships to support the professional development and advancement of AWIS members.
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Achieving Equity for Women in STEM
February 5, 2021
To implement real change in the scientific workplace, participation is needed on both an individual and corporate level.
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