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2011/2012 Events

Fifth Annual UOWGS Members Banquet

Saturday, July 14th, 5:30pm
Gerlinger Lounge

By invitation only. Please email mwatt@uoregon.edu to reserve a place for you and a guest by July 2nd.

UOWGS Pizza Lunch

Friday, June 22nd, noon
Klamath 331

We would really like to get your feedback on the things we've done this year and hear about any suggestions or requests you have for next year. If you are unable to attend, feel free to email brady2@uoregon.edu or any of the other officers with any feedback.

Seminar: Adina Paytan on the Leopold Fellowship

Tuesday, May 28th, 2pm
Klamath 331

WGS is hosting Adina Paytan tomorrow at 2 PM in Klamath 331. Adina doesvery interesting biogeochemistry research at UC Santa Cruz, but she is here to talk to us about her Leopold Fellowship, and how it helped her better communicate her research.

The Leopold Leadership Program provides outstanding academic researchers with the skills, approaches, and theoretical frameworks for translating their knowledge to action and for catalyzing change to address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. It seeks to prepare Fellows to:

Fourth Annual Generations Luncheon

Saturday, April 28th

The University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences organization focuses on the development of women within interdisciplinary sciences to become successful scientists. As part of this goal, we are hosting our fourth annual Generations Luncheon. This event provides an opportunity for female scientists in fields such as chemistry, biology, and physics to meet and share their expertise and experiences with other generations scientists. Women at every level of the science career ladder will be in attendance, including professional and academic scientists, graduate and undergraduate science majors, and high school students.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker this year is Stephanie Chasteen, a PhD physicist and science education and communication consultant. In her talk, titled "The quasi-linear dynamics of a career in science education", Dr. Chasteen will describe her unusual path, culminating in work to reform science education, with rest-stops in Africa, National Public Radio, and science museum work She currently, among other consulting positions, writes a blog which can be found at www.sciencegeekgirl.com.

By invitation only.

Workshop: "Communicating Science: Skills for Scientists to Reach Public Audiences." Denise Graveline.

Saturday, April 21st, 8:30am-5pm
Ford Alumni Center

A lively small-group workshop on how to improve your skills in communicating science to public audiences. You'll learn how to assess your non-technical audience and develop a message that suits their communications style; how technical and non-technical communications styles differ; how to express yourself clearly without dumbing down your content or oversimplifying it. Video practice and feedback are included. Registration is limited.

Workshop facilitator Denise Graveline is a communicator and speaking coach based in Washington, DC. She also is an experienced science communicator, having led communications efforts for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the journal Science, the American Chemical Society, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and more.

Seminar: "The Eloquent Woman: Issues for Women in Public Speaking." Denise Graveline.

Friday, April 20th, 10am
Leona Tyler Conference Room
Susan G. Campbell Hall

Since ancient times, women have faced more hurdles than men have in speaking in public, from being banned outright to facing more limited offers and opportunities. Learn about men's and women's different speaking styles, myths about women and public speaking that have lasted for centuries, and what women can do to overcome obstacles to public speaking. Denise Graveline is a communicator and speaking coach based in Washington, DC, and author of The Eloquent Woman, a blog about women and public speaking. She also is an experienced science communicator, having led communications efforts for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the journal Science, the American Chemical Society, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and more.

Reception to follow for additional questions and discussion.

Seminar: "Learning the Chemistry of the Human Element: Strategies for Navigating the Career Landscape." Dr. Jodi Wesemann, Assistant Director of Higher Education for the American Chemical Society.

Wednesday, April 4th, 3:30pm
Klamath 331

Jodi's Bio: Jodi L. Wesemann is the Assistant Director for Higher Education at the American Chemical Society, where she works with the Undergraduate Programs Office, the Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Office, and the Office of Two-Year Colleges. Prior to assuming this position in 2002, she was Associate Professor of Chemistry at Saint Mary’s College of California. She earned her B.A. in chemistry from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Indiana University-Bloomington. She was a Fulbright Fellow at Universität Braunschwieg, Germany and a postdoctoral fellow at Harvey Mudd College supported by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Scholar/Fellow Program for Undergraduate Institutions. Wesemann has chaired the ACS Southern Indiana Section and the Younger Chemists Committee. Having been Treasurer for the Association for Women in Science from 2006-2011, she is now serving as a facilitator for the AWIS Work-Life Satisfaction workshops. With Mary K. Boyd, she co-edited Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research: Fostering Excellence and Enhancing the Impact, published by the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2009.

Family and Friends Night Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 28th, 5pm-Close
McMenamins E. 19th St. Café
1485 E. 19th Ave.
(541) 342-4025

McMenamins will donate 50% of the proceeds for the evening to UOWGS.

Seminar: "Opponent Process Theory: Relevance to Drug Addiction and Life as a Scientist." Dr. Elena Chartoff

Tuesday, February 21st, 2pm
Klamath 331

Lunch with Carol Carroll, Deputy Director of Science Directorates at NASA

Friday, January 27th, 11:30am

The Materials Science Institute will be hosting Carol Carroll for a seminar on January 27. UOWGS will be hosting her for lunch at 11:30am that day. Please RSVP with Sarah Brady if you are interested in attending.

Materials Science Institute Seminar: "Enabling Exploration: NASA's Technology Needs." Carol Carroll, Deputy Director of Science Directorates at NASA

Friday, January 27th, 4pm
110 Willamette

ABSTRACT: NASA is beginning to write a new chapter in Space Exploration. What are NASA's new plans? Where are we going? Why? What do we need to get there? How can your research help NASA explore space? How can you get an internship, fellowship, or post-doc position at NASA?

NASA has retired the Space Shuttle and is going to rely on newly formed private companies to take crew and cargo to low earth orbit. NASA's goal has always been to explore the unknown and push the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits. Now NASA is going to do this by developing the technologies and capabilities to send humans farther than they have ever gone before -- to asteroids, the moons of Mars and eventually Mars.

The International Space Station (ISS) is finally complete and is a functioning orbital space laboratory. NASA will use the ISS as a test bed and a stepping stone for the journey ahead. NASA is building a large new rocket that can take humans to these distant destinations.

Now we need to develop the technologies to live and work in space, far from home. Imagine the technology advances that are needed, from communication to power to life support to food production to radiation protection.

NASA Ames, one of NASA's 4 research centers, conducts a wide variety of research and technology development to enable these future NASA missions. We conduct research into advanced materials and sensors, robotics, artificial intelligence, life sciences, and biotechnologies. These technologies are critical for humans to safely travel on long duration space missions and return to earth.

NASA Ames also has a strong scientific research heritage and conducts robotic space missions that are re-writing the textbooks about the formation of our solar system and our galaxy. The LCROSS spacecraft crashed into the moon (on purpose) and has changed our understanding of the moon. The Mars Science Laboratory, a 2000 lb rover, is on its way to Mars to answer questions about the past and current habitability of Mars. The Kepler spacecraft is discovering earth-like planets orbiting distant stars and is beginning to answer the age-old question: are we alone?


Seminar: "Climate Change, Mammal Ecology, and the Making of an Academic Career." Dr. Samantha Hopkins

Tuesday, December 6th, 2pm
Klamath 107

Seminar: "The Quasi-Linear Dynamics of a Career in Science Education." Dr. Stephanie Chasteen, Science Education Initiative, University of Colorado

Friday, November 11th, 1:00pm
Klamath 331

Abstract: I'm deeply interested in how to communicate and teach science effectively, because I think that this is some of the most important work I could do. I have seized (and created) opportunities to delve into this subject on a variety of dimensions. I've had several mini-careers in science journalism, radio and podcast broadcast, hands-on museum exhibits, writing about education, researching effective education practices, teaching teachers, and independent consulting. I'll explain how this multifaceted career path all makes sense, and how I've managed to spin my physics training into a set of skills, and a job, that I couldn't have imagined ten years ago but feels like a perfect fit.

Dr. Chasteen is currently a Science Teaching Fellow through the Science Education Initiative at the University of Colorado, with a focus on communicating effective pedagogy to K12 and faculty audiences. She has a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She also has expertise in science education and education reform through coursework and professional experience. She previously held a postdoctoral appointment at the Exploratorium Museum of Science "Teacher Institute" in which she developed and taught professional development workshops in science inquiry to K12 teachers. In her most recent position, she has transformed junior level courses at the University of Colorado to better teach students the skills and habits of mind that are expected of budding physicists. She has developed and presented numerous workshops on effective pedagogy and education research for faculty and K12 instructors.

UOWGS Fall Fundraiser

Tuesday, November 8th, 5-10pm
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
1600 Coburg Rd
Eugene, OR 97401

Present this flyer to your server and BJ's will donote 15% of food sales to UOWGS!

Negotiation Workshop with Geri Richmond

Thursday, November 3rd, 2-4pm
Willamette 240D