Category: WISE

Save the Date & Call for Abstracts

3rd Annual Women’s Health Research Day

Save the Date & Call for Abstracts

 

The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender/National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program and other local groups, is pleased to sponsor UIC’s 3rd annual Women’s Health Research Day to promote research and advance the understanding of new developments in women’s health. This half-day event provides an opportunity for faculty, fellows, and students to network and to showcase their research through poster and oral presentations.

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Call for Abstracts: Students, fellows, staff, and faculty are invited present a poster on women’s health or sex/gender differences research. Monetary prizes will be awarded for top posters. Additionally, a multidisciplinary team science prize, sponsored by the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, will be awarded to the presenter of the top clinical-translational science poster. Abstracts are due on Monday, March 21, 2016.

This year’s theme is “Every Cell Has a Sex.” Up to two abstracts that best exemplify this theme will be invited to present 5-minute “data blitz” presentations prior to the keynote address.

For abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, visit: http://go.uic.edu/whrd16abstracts.

Registration: Advance registration required. Visit: http://go.uic.edu/whrd2016 to register.

Keynote speaker:

Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Director, Women’s Health Research Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and, in 2006, coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. She now heads the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country.  She founded and directs the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA), one of several high school outreach programs that engages girls in basic and medical sciences, and developed the concept for a National Physicians Cooperative in Oncofertility (NPC) in order to link medical practices interested in fertility preservation protocols. Dr. Woodruff also serves as the founding director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, which has as its mission ‘science to care’ and ensuring that sex and gender are part of the research mission.  Because of her work in inclusion, she was recently interviewed by Leslie Stahl and was highlighted on a 60 Minutes report and has written extensively on inclusion of sex and gender in science and medicine (PNAS, Nature). She was named to the Time Magazine 2013 list of the World’s Most Influential People as the only scientist on the list and was voted 112th. Dr. Woodruff was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring in an oval office ceremony (2011) and her other awards include the Beacon Award from Frontiers in Reproduction (2013), the Women in Science Award from the Weitzman Institute (2012), and an Alumni Association Merit Award from Northwestern (2012). In addition to her academic stewardship, she also served as the President of the Endocrine Society from 2013-2014. Dr. Woodruff leads a large group of scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates, visiting scholars and technicians who together make up the Woodruff Lab.  Members of the lab are making important breakthroughs in follicle biology, oocyte quality and translating this work to patients.

Questions?

For more information about Women’s Health Research Day, please contact Kris Zimmermann at kzimme3@uic.edu or 312.413.4251.

Co-sponsors:
UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science


Attend Ford’s 2016 Car Show Preview & Hear from Sheryl Connelly

Sheryl Connelly

The UIC WISE Program is excited to offer ONE student the chance to attend Ford’s 2016 Chicago Auto Show Preview day on Friday February 12. Ford is transitioning from an auto company to an auto and mobility company – and they would like us to be a part of it.

The day will kick off with an exclusive session with Sheryl Connelly, Ford’s head of global consumer trends and futuring, at 9:20 a.m. CT. She will discuss their 2016 Trends Report and how these will impact how we get around.

They are also excited to share, for the first time in Chicago, Ford’s new “Drugged Driving Suit.” This suit is used in Ford’s international Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program that helps educate parents and teens about the dangers of impaired driving. You’re invited to test it out for yourself.

Of course they’ll have show-stopping Ford Performance vehicles, including the all-new Ford GT, all-new F-150 Raptor and all-new Focus RS you’ll be able to experience our latest product news, including the new Ford Fusion, and demo some of our latest technology, including the new SYNC 3 infotainment system and its new design, new features and voice-activation capabilities.

How to obtain this pass? ENTER HERE!


WISE Presents at Annual WEPAN Forum

Edyta Dudek, WISE Community Outreach Director, presented at the 2015 Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN) Forum in Denver, Colorado in June. In their presentation, entitled “Lessons Learned from a Year of “Girls Who Code” in a University Setting,” Dudek and Arreola shared lessons learned from hosting a beginner-level “Girls Who Code” club for middle and high school students in a university setting. Participants explored computer games designed by the young girls and practiced programming using the Scratch language.

 


FREE SciGirl Training for STEM Educators – Saturday, September 12

https://crwg.uic.edu/files/2014/06/GWC-trinity.jpgThe WISE Community Outreach Program is offering a free SciGirls training for STEM Educators on Saturday, September 12th, to learn how to use best strategies to teach STEM to middle and high school girls.

Workshop participants will:

  • Learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM
  • Experience hands-on STEM activities
  • Leave with curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM
  • Learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven
  • Discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids

To learn more, or to register, visit: http://www.ngcproject.org/scigirls-full-day-training-stem-educators

 


WISE program receives WEPAN Women in Engineering Program Award

In June 2015, our Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program was honored at the annual Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) national conference in Denver, CO. WISE received WEPAN’s Women in Engineering Program Award. The annual award recognizes an outstanding Woman in Engineering Program that has a long-term impact on program recipients, and serves as a model for other institutions. WISE Director, Veronica Arreola, accepted the award on behalf of WISE.


New! WISE Graduate Student Research Award

WISE is proud to announce a new award. The WISE Graduate Student Research Award will recognize one outstanding woman graduate student in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The award will be presented at the annual WISE End of the Year Dinner (Tuesday, April 14, 2015) and come with a small monetary award and one-year membership to a professional organization.

Requirements for the award include:

1. Must be a current graduate student at UIC in any science, technology, engineering or mathematics field;

2. Must have presented at a professional meeting and/or have a paper published or  in press between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015;

3. Must provide evidence as to how student’s work adds to her field of study;

4. Application (see below) must be filled out in full. Self-nominations are expected (step up, WISE women!), but nominations from research advisors and others are gratefully accepted;

5. Deadline is March 18, 2015 at 5 PM.

WISE Graduate Research Award

  • Please list any papers and/or presentations this student will have completed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015
  • Accepted file types: pdf.

WISE Girls Who Code featured in UIC News

This past fall, our Women in Science and Engineering program began a chapter of Girls Who Code, a national organization with a mission to provide computer science education and exposure to girls. Our Girls Who Code program was recently featured in UIC News.  Read more at: http://news.uic.edu/girls-who-code


Girls Who Code Update

WISE launched a Girls Who Code club in October and now we present a short update from our club’s historian, Sydney C.

This year in Girls Who Code we were basically covering coding from learning how to make a square to art and now video games. This week the group learned to make video games. It was hard to make the programs because you had to be precise on making one section at a time. The computer only responds to the program we give it so that was the hardest part but overall the staff and student ambassadors were helpful, gave you tips into creating a programs, and they were generous to help and support us students into this program so I thank you all. :­) :­) :­)

We made a short video of some of the girls’ projects during week three. Enjoy!


Fall 2014 CRWG Newsletter Now Available

The Fall 2014 edition of the CRWG Newsletter, Building Research Connections, is now available. Check it out here: Building Research Connections Fall 2014.


Status of Women in the Geosciences

Ioana StefanescuFriend of WISE, Dr. Roy Plotnick, WISE student, Ionana Steanescu (pictured at left) and Dr. Alycia L. Stigall of Ohio University (whose lab alumni include former WISE Chic President Jennifer Bauer), have published a paper on the status of women in the geosciences by examining who has been presenting at the North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC). NAPC is held every four to five years and is the one conference where all the different flavors of geoscience gather together.

What they found is that participation of women has increased over the years and that this increase is due to collaboration. Women’s increase in presenting at the meeting is not reducing men’s participation as 90% of the abstracts included a male name. This does mean that women were more likely to be part of a group of presenters than to be solo authors. The other finding of note is that the increase in women’s representation appears to be attributable to an increase in student authorship.

While the news is good in the geosciences in terms of women’s participation in this specific and important meeting, the authors do note that there is still a lack of women in leadership positions and being keynote speakers. This speaks to one aspect of WISE’s work. While we want to see the number of women go up in STEM, we also want to see women’s role in leading their respective fields go up as well.

Evolution of paleontology: Long-term gender trends in an earth-science discipline
Roy E. Plotnick, Alycia L. Stigall, Ioana Stefanescu