Women In Scientific Education (WISE)
Monday February 24: Public Lecture by Dr. Gail Ashley, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University
Please join us at 4 pm on Februrary 24th in Room 219 McGlothin-Street Hall to hear Dr. Gail Ashley present "The Paleoclimate Framework of Human Evolution, Lessons from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania".
Following is an abstract for Dr. Ashley's talk:
There is a growing consensus that climate variability (i.e. magnitude and frequency of climate change) was an important factor in natural selection. Reconstruction of the environment requires multidisciplinary interaction of geologists, soil scientists, paleoanthropologists and paleoecologists. The study of a Plio-Pleistocene "time slice" in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania provides a successful example of a reconstructed paleolandscape that is rich in detail and adds a small piece to the puzzle of hominin evolution in Africa. Lake Olduvai in the Olduvai basin expanded and contracted on Milankovitch time scales (~20 Ka). Groundwater-fed wetlands provided a source of food and safety in an otherwise harsh setting. New research using plant biomarkers allows reconstruction of an ancient landscape and yields information for paleoanthropolgists studying food sources including hunting or scavenging for meat. The importance of springs and wetlands to the ecology of hominins at Olduvai had not been appreciated before and the linkage was noted only because of the interdisciplinary approach of the research.
Thursday, February 6th: Margaret Saha at Thomas Nelson Community College (Postponed due to inclement weather)
Join us on Thursday, February 6th to hear Professor Margaret Saha from William and Mary's Biology department speak at Thomas Nelson Community College.
Faculty Handbook Amendment Proposal
WISE at William and Mary has proposed an amendment to the faculty handbook. This amendment deals with automatic extension of probationary peroid with 120 days or more of unpaid disability, family, infant, newly adopted child care or parental care leave. To read the amendment in full, click the link to the right.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual WISE Retreat at VIMS!
At the retreat, we heard powerful talks from Dr. Lonnie Schafer, Dr. Deborah Bronk and Dr. Kathleen Slevin. WISE is very grateful that they took the time to speak to us, and we are looking forward to an equally wonderful retreat next year!