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» Happening At AWIS
‣ New issue of AWIS Magazine: We are excited to announce the Innovation and Inclusion issue of AWIS Magazine, featuring interviews with filmmaker and STEM advocate Crystal R. Emery and many more inspiring stories of women in science.
‣ Coded Bias Q&A: This Thursday, April 22, at 2 p.m. EDT, join us for a discussion with Dr. Cathy O’Neil, the mathematician and algorithmic activist featured in Coded Bias. When you register, you’ll also receive a link to watch the documentary.
‣ Finding passion and purpose: You’re invited to a What’s Next webinar on Wednesday, May 12 at 1 p.m. EDT with speaker Joe Sullivan, who will walk participants through “Finding Passion for your Post-COVID Life.”
‣ Hooded giveaway and talk: Dr. Malika Grayson, author of Hooded: A Black Girl’s Guide to the PhD, will share her STEM story and advice on Wednesday, June 16. Register by May 10 to be included in a drawing to win a copy of Dr. Grayson’s book!
‣ Expanding hiring opportunities: There are currently over 14,000 job postings on the AWIS Career Center, and the number of resumes has grown by 40% in the last quarter! If you’re a STEM professional seeking a new opportunity, or if you’re an employer looking to hire diverse STEM talent, this resource is for you.
» In Case You Missed It
‣ Sally Ride quarters (Space.com): Sally Ride, the first American woman to go to space, will be featured on U.S. quarters starting in 2022. She will be the first in the U.S. Mint’s “American Women Quarters Program” honoring a series of notable women.
‣ Losing women in science (New York Times): A so-called ‘epidemic of loss’ of women in science fields could happen as a result of this past year’s compounding challenges, including discrimination and lack of institutional support.
‣ Expelling sexual harassers (Science): After a bylaw change in 2019 that allows for the expulsion of sexual harassers, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences is taking steps to terminate the otherwise lifetime membership of astronomer Geoffrey Marcy and evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala.
‣ A boost for R&D (TheScientist.com): In a unique show of bipartisanship, the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology introduced a bill to double the budget for and add a technology directorate to the National Science Foundation to the tune of $18.3 billion by 2026.
‣ Gender equity in biotech (STAT News): Dr. Nancy Hopkins, featured in the film Picture a Scientist, and two MIT colleagues are launching the Future Founder Initiative to close the gender gap in biotech entrepreneurship.
» The Bottom Line
…you can have all the people you want in the pipeline, but if they don’t have support at the places where they need to have support, then they’re not going to make it through.”
– Dr. Ariangela Kozik, with Dr. Kishana Taylor, co-founded #BlackInMicro, which has grown into the Black Microbiologists Association. Read their story and become an AWIS member to read the full Innovation and Inclusion issue of AWIS Magazine.
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