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Welcome to the central repository for AWIS articles, blogs, press releases, webinars, videos, and newsletters as well as curated content for women in science and STEM.

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What to Do When Power Abuse Occurs in Academia (or elsewhere)
September 21, 2022
This 60-minute seminar and facilitated discussion include definitions and concrete examples of power abuse, harassment, and discrimination, as well as what others have successfully been able to do about it.
Wendy Ingram, PhD
Achieving NET-ZERO: How Advanced Materials Can Play a Critical Role
September 21, 2022
Graphene technology could be key to a net-zero emissions future, and women are at the forefront of this emerging industry.
Shiny gray tiles in a honeycomb pattern
Daniela Galvez-Cepeda
September 20, 2022
Daniela Galvez-Cepeda is an AWIS student member at Williams College, majoring in Psychology and Mathematics.
Photo of Daniela Galvez-Cepeda
Penalty: Too Few Women in the Field
September 19, 2022
Women are underrepresented in sports science as practitioners and research subjects. This impacts women athletes (and beyond).
A lone woman jumps over a hurdle on an indoor track
Learn How to Say No to Advance Your Career
September 16, 2022
Say "no" so you can say "yes" to what serves you. Learn how to set boundaries and un-commit gracefully while keeping relationships intact.
A stack of brown paper with "no" in cursive handwriting surrounded by aesthetically pleasing items on a desk, like plants, glasses, and a paint pallette
Claudia Espinosa-Garcia, PhD
September 15, 2022
Neuroimmunologist Dr. Claudia Espinosa-Garcia is passionate about conducting research to develop new strategies for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases.
Headshot of Dr. Claudia Espinosa-Garcia
Love Cork Screw’s Chrishon Lampley: For the Love of Wine
September 12, 2022
Chrishon Lampley is the first African American woman in the Midwest to take a wine label national with her brand Love Cork Screw.
Photo of Love Cork Screw CEO Chrishon Lampley in her vineyard
Time for a Change: Removing the Stigma of Menopause
September 8, 2022
The symptoms and stigma of menopause negatively impact millions of women. It's crucial to remove the stigma and support women during this phase of their working years.
Think You’re Not an Entrepreneur? Think Again!
August 29, 2022
Entrepreneurial skills can be gained from and applied to a variety of STEM careers.
An Entrepreneur Magazine sits on a surface with a plant and laptop nearby
AWIS Announces New Partnership Agreement with Michigan State University
August 25, 2022
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), one of the world’s leading research universities and the first land grant university in the U.S.
AWIS Institutional Partner Michigan State University
Dr. Holly Porter uses forensic science to solve crimes
August 24, 2022
As a DNA analyst, Holly Porter, PhD applies her science, math, and critical thinking skills to directly impact society by aiding in solving criminal cases of various natures.
Academia or Industry: A False Dichotomy
August 22, 2022
Dr. Ester Caffarel-Salvador's path as a multidisciplinary scientist taught her that you don’t have to choose between academia or industry when deciding how to shape your STEM journey.
Dr. Ester Caffarel-Salvador is in a lab holding a prototype of the insulin pill she developed.
Leveraging Social Media for Professional Opportunities
August 17, 2022
How do you present yourself to the world? In this digital age of social media, having a strong online presence can allow for more opportunities.
Virologist Dr. Suzie Stephenson on staying true to yourself in your science career
August 17, 2022
Dr. Suzie Stephenson researches Hepatitis delta virus (HDV), which affects millions of people. But she didn't always imagine herself on this path.
The Melding of Science and Art
August 15, 2022
SciArt captures artistic beauty, communicates scientific concepts, and raises visibility for social issues in science.
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Association for Women in Science Announces New Partnership Agreement with Endictus Corporation
August 11, 2022
Endictus Corp. is a minority- and woman-owned small business that provides cybersecurity engineering, information technology support, and consulting services for the federal government.
Endictus Logo
Laiba Bilal uses nanotechnology to unlock clean energy sources
August 10, 2022
Laiba Bilal is passionate about renewable energy and working at the nanoscale to create groundbreaking technology.
Laiba Bilal - Nanotechnology
AWIS CEO Attends Signing of CHIPS and Science Act at the White House
August 9, 2022
Today President Biden will sign the CHIPS and Science Act, and AWIS CEO, Meredith Gibson, will be in attendance to witness the historical event.
AWIS CEO, Meredith Gibson, on the White House lawn
Career as Crucible: How Identity and Solidarity Shape my Experience as a Woman of Color in Science
August 8, 2022
Being part of a community of women in science has allowed me to realize the strengths that being different has granted me.
Headshot of Claire Hamaji who has long wavy black hair and is wearing a black top with a deep red background.
AWIS Partners with Achieve More LLC for Strategic Plan to Advance DEI
August 4, 2022
Achieve More LLC will construct a strategic plan that furthers AWIS’ mission and includes programs and initiatives that intentionally drive DEI throughout the scientific workforce.
50th anniversary AWIS logo
Dr. Smita Darmora uses particle physics to benefit humanity
August 3, 2022
Dr. Smita Darmora utilizes global grids and cloud computing to push the borders of big data analysis.
Space Is for Everyone: NASA leaders discuss the impact of Nichelle Nichols
August 1, 2022
In 1975, NASA hired Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the television series Star Trek, to execute a marketing campaign encouraging women and men of color to apply to the space program.
Nichelle Nichols speaking at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Q&A with Kathi Vidal: Champion of Innovation and Underserved Communities
August 1, 2022
Kathi Vidal leads the USPTO and is the principal IP advisor to the President and the Administration. She is focused on incentivizing and protecting U.S. innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.
Headshot of Kathi Vidal
Emily Royer finds her passion in conservation science
July 27, 2022
Emily Royer maintains biodiversity through conservation to help maintain healthy and resilient ecosystems providing humans with numerous benefits.
Summer of Science, Emily Royer, Conservation Science
Mary Khetani, PhD
July 25, 2022
Dr. Mary Khetani is a pediatric occupational therapist and rehabilitation scientist who has spent more than a decade growing her academic career at public R1 institutions.
Dr. Mary Khetani
New Evidence Supports the Rosalind Franklin Phenomenon
July 21, 2022
The Nature article “Women are Credited Less in Science than are Men” provides new evidence that women are under-recognized for their scientific contributions.
Black and white photo of Rosalind Franklin looking into a microscope
Improving Health through Food Engineering
July 20, 2022
Dr. Cristina Chuck-Hernández shares how food engineering impacts society — and the status of women in her field.
Summer of Science - Dr. Cristina Chuck-Hernandez - Food Engineering
AWIS Webinar - Taking Action: How do I Become an Ally?
July 19, 2022
Racial bias and prejudice can be present in all sectors of business and institutions. Since the uprisings of 2020, many professionals have wondered how to get involved in social justice and anti-racism.
The Vaccine Game Changer: Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi
July 16, 2022
A conversation with Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, an internationally recognized vaccinologist, global health advocate, and 2022 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi is looking at a small vile in a lab while wearing blue gloves, a lab coat, and a mask
Dr. Jennifer Pursley found her niche in medical physics
July 13, 2022
Dr. Jennifer Pursley ensures that cancer patients receive high-quality radiation treatments while inspiring the next generation of medical physicists.
Dr. Jennifer Pursley, medical physics
Neuroscientist Dr. Lataisia Jones is motivated to help kids
July 6, 2022
As a neuroscientist, AWIS member Dr. Lataisia Jones has spent countless years studying cellular division, diabetes, and brain development to understand diseases that affect kids.
Summer of Science: Dr. Lataisia Jones, neuroscience
AWIS Names Meredith R. Gibson New CEO
June 30, 2022
The National Governing Board of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) has appointed Meredith R. Gibson as its new CEO. Gibson was formerly Interim CEO and COO of AWIS.
Meredith Gibson AWIS CEO
Pamela Marrone, PhD
June 30, 2022
Dr. Pam Marrone is an experienced entrepreneur and businesswoman skilled at starting and building companies to a high growth stage.
Headshot of Dr. Pam Marrone
Fear Turned to Fascination for Entomologist Dr. Ronda Hamm
June 29, 2022
Dr. Ronda Hamm educates others on insects and the impact they have on our health and food supply.
Dr. Ronda Hamm, Entomologist
The Association for Women in Science Condemns the Overturning of Roe v. Wade
June 24, 2022
AWIS believes that the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade will have an adverse impact on women in the STEM professions.
AWIS logo with white text and dark blue background
Cynthia Hurlbert
June 24, 2022
Cynthia Hurlbert is a technical writer who is passionate about science communication and education.
Headshot of Cynthia Hurlbert who is wearing cat-eye-shaped glasses and has short pink hair.
Using informatics to connect the dots for the greater good
June 22, 2022
Dr. Hongmei Huang pairs science and data analytics to make an impact at Genentech and beyond.
Summer of Science: Dr. Hongmei Huang in Informatics (Headshot of Dr. Huang)
The Association for Women in Science Supports Dr. Arati Prabhakar’s Nomination for Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Appointment as the President’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology
June 21, 2022
AWIS urges the confirmation of Dr. Prabhakar as the first woman and person of color nominated to serve as a Senate-confirmed Director of the OSTP.
Nominee for Director of OSTP Dr. Arati Prabhakar
Kathy Nevola, PhD
June 16, 2022
Dr. Kathy Nevola (they/them) is a Data Scientist at Olink Proteomics and one of the founding members of the MASS AWIS LGBTQ+ Affinity Group.
AWIS Member Spotlight Kathy Nevola
Any Person...Any Career...Greater Impact
June 14, 2022
Seeking to make an immediate impact with their STEM training, Drs. Marika Nell and Kevin McDermott pursued science policy.
Summer of Science - Dr. Marika Nell & Dr. Kevin McDermott - Science Policy
Pharmacologist Dr. Stephanie Watts says "science has rescued me many times"
June 10, 2022
Dr. Stephanie Watts creates paths for new medicines through her work as a pharmacologist and has overcome many barriers as a woman in science.
Summer of Science - Dr. Stephanie Watts in Pharmacology
AWIS Webinar - Simple Coaching Skills for Managers
June 8, 2022
Shift your mindset from managing to coaching, from telling to asking questions, with the outcome of enhancing behavioral change and improving performance of individuals and teams. In this in workshop, coaching is defined and then contrasted with mentoring and consulting with two experienced coaches providing demonstrations for clarity.
The Promise of Science at RTI International
June 3, 2022
A conversation with Tamara Terry, Research Survey Scientist and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Council Domestic Outreach Chair at RTI International.
Tamara Terry wearing a suit and smiling in an office setting
Association for Women in Science Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients
June 2, 2022
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) announces its 2022 Scholarship Awards recipients. Congratulations to these passionate and inspiring AWIS members.
2022 AWIS Scholarship Winners
Succeed or Keep Trying: The Motto that Shapes My Perspective
May 26, 2022
Dr. Joyner Eke's science story is marked by determination—from growing up in Nigeria, to getting her PhD, to becoming a research scientist at ThermoFisher Scientific.
Dr. Joyner Eke smiling and crossing her arms proudly wearing safety glasses, a lab coat, and blue gloves in a laboratory.
For Us, By Us: Our Journey to Creating STEMNoire
May 26, 2022
One of us was a biology major from California and one a physics major from Trinidad & Tobago. We conceptualized STEMNoire as a first-of-its-kind research conference and holistic wellness retreat for women of the African diaspora in STEM fields.
STEMNoire organizers who are smiling, laughing, and embracing one another as they pose for a group photo.
Karen Yee, PhD
May 26, 2022
Trained in molecular and cellular biology, Dr. Karen Yee is a research and program manager at MIT and chair of the AWIS Chapter Advisory Committee.
Headshot of Dr. Karen Yee
AWIS Webinar - Negotiating while Underrepresented with Sara Sanford
May 19, 2022
Sara Sanford provides actionable tools for treating negotiation as a process of discovery and tactical empathy to get your opponent on your side.
AWIS National Webinar Speaker Sara Sanford
Want to Detoxify the Workplace? Start By Stating What You Value
May 19, 2022
Values statements can help labs and other workplaces become safer and more inclusive.
A compass points to the word "VALUES"
Remembering Dr. Elsie Quarterman: A Tireless Conservationist
May 18, 2022
Dr. Elsie Quarterman dedicated her life to the conservation and study of Middle Tennessee’s rare ecosystems: its cedar glades.
Black and white photo of Elsie Quarterman in 1947 outside stepping over plants

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