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Women In Scientific Education (WISE)

WISE is please to announce the April 2014 Grant winners!

Check out the "Past Grant Winners Page" to learn about them.

Dr. Margaret Saha will giving a talk Thursday, March 20th titled at 3:30pm titled "How to Make a Brain: Alternative Pathways to Careers in Science"!

We hope that you will be able to join us this coming Thurs. 3/20 at 3:30 PM in Rm 327 HT Campus for a talk by Dr. Margaret Saha of the Biology Dept. at W&M. This talk is part of the series being presented by WISE (Women in Scientific Education) as part of our NSF Grant this spring. TNCC is partnering with the College of William and Mary and Richard Bland College in the third and final year of this grant for female faculty in the STEM disciplines.  
Dr. Saha is the Chancellor’s Professor whose research interests include the “Molecular genetics of early vertebrate embryogenesis, particularly in  the development of the nervous system”. In 2006 Dr. Saha was among 15 statewide recipients of the 2006 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards. The awards are administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Most recently Dr. Saha’s work has included a grant with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on the exploration of the DNA of bacteriophages (viruses) to engage undergraduates in research. She has been working closely with Marty Zahn and the students in one of his BIO 101-102 labs at the HT campus on this project.

WISE Workshop: Working to Increase Diversity: Eliminating Bias during Hiring and Retention


We are pleased to announce that Fanchon Glover and Cheryl Dickter will be holding a workshop about Eliminating Bias during Hiring and Retention on March 17th at 12 pm in the James Room of the Sadler Center. This workshop will highlight some of the key ways in which bias can occur in the academy against people from diverse backgrounds (e.g., racial minorities, women, sexual minorities). Research illustrating how the concepts of explicit and implicit bias can affect the hiring process as well as the promotion of faculty from underrepresented groups will be presented. Policies to reduce the prevalence of explicit and implicit bias during hiring and promotion will be discussed. Finally, tips will be presented with the goal of reducing bias in recruitment, hiring, and the evaluation of teaching, service, and research at William and Mary.  This event is open to the entire campus community, so please share this with your male and female colleagues who may not be on our mailing list.

We will be serving a light lunch, so please respond to let us know if you are coming here. We hope to see you!

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!