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Annual Membership Drive

Wed Sep 30, 2015 3pm to 4:30pm
Willamette Atrium

Please join UOWGS for sweet treats and coffee!! Please bring $5 fee for 2015-2016 membership.

WGS Officers Meeting

Thu Oct 8, 2015 6:30pm to 7:30pm

WGS officer meeting

Wed Sep 9, 2015 5:30pm to 7pm

JUMP: application deadline for grad mentors

Fri Sep 11, 2015 3pm to 4pm

An application form must be submitted online through our website. Email uowgs@uoregon.edu or visit our website if you have any questions.

Happy Hour @ Sidelines

Fri Sep 25, 2015 6pm to 11pm
77 W Broadway

Welcome Week happy hour with WGS! Meet incoming grad students!

2015 Members Banquet

Tue Jul 7, 2015 6pm to 9pm
Sweet Cheeks Winery, 27007 Briggs Hill Road, Eugene, OR 97405, United States

Please join us for our 2015 Members Banquet at Sweet Cheeks! This is a members only event. Please check back in May/June for further info.

Girls' Science Adventure Day - Behavioral Biology

Sat Jun 13, 2015 9am to 12pm

End of Year Members' Meeting

Mon Jun 8, 2015 12pm to 1pm
225 Streisinger aka The Novick Room

Come have lunch on us and see what WGS has been up to for the past year! We will have plenty of food and would love to hear what you want to do in WGS next year.

WGS Spring Seminar: Dr. Ben Barres

Thu May 14, 2015 11am to 12pm
Deschutes 220

The UO Women in Graduate Science seminar series is proud to welcome Prof. Ben Barres on May 14th from 11am-noon in Deschutes 220. Prof. Barres is a distinguished Professor of Neurobiology, Developmental Biology and Neurology at Stanford University, and a strong public advocate for gender equality in the sciences. UOWGS will host an engaging and interactive roundtable discussion with Prof. Barres regarding women in STEM. We'd love to include your thoughts during the discussion; please email your roundtable questions for Prof. Barres to uowgs@uoregon.edu before the event.

WGS Undergrad Outreach Event "Beyond a Science Degree"

Mon May 4, 2015 4pm to Mon May 4, 2015 6pm
Gerlinger Lounge

Our undergrad research event, "Beyond a Science Degree" is focused on providing information to physical science majors on what their options are post graduation. We are working to help connect students with research opportunities, provide advice on how to reach their goals, and expand the common idea of what you can do with a science degree. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to uowgs@uoregon.edu. Guests who RSVP will be automatically entered to win a variety of great prizes from local vendors! Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

WGS/ION Seminar: Dr. Ben Barres

Thu May 14, 2015 4pm to Thu May 14, 2015 5pm
Willamette 110

The UO Women in Graduate Sciences is proud to cohost the ION seminar series of Dr. Ben Barres on May 14th from 4-5pm in Willamette 110. Dr. Barres has pioneered work in glia neurobiology that has elevated glia from the lowly "glue" of the brain to integral members of the central nervous system formation that are required for proper synaptogenesis. His current work also focuses on the roles of glia and neurons in regeneration or more precisely, the failure to regenerate after injury.

7th Annual UOWGS Generations Luncheon

Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Ford Alumni Center, 1720 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403, United States

This event provides a unique opportunity for females in STEM disciplines to meet and share their experiences with the future generation of women scientists. Women at every level of the science career ladder will be in attendance, including professional and academic scientists, graduate students, undergraduate science majors, and high school students. We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be Kiki Prottsman. Kiki is the Executive Director of Thinkersmith and a former computer science instructor at the University of Oregon. Attendance is by invitation only.

UOWGS Members Happy Hour @ Falling Sky Delicatessen

Fri Apr 10, 2015 6pm to 9pm
FALLING SKY BREWING POUR HOUSE & DELICATESSEN, 790 Blair Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97402, United States

WGS Winter Workshop w/Stacey York: Rescheduled

Wed Apr 1, 2015 3pm to Wed Apr 1, 2015 5pm
Onyx 171

Join WGS for an interviewing and resume building workshop! Dr. Stacey York from MSI will lead the discussion; light refreshments will be provided.

UOWGS Seminar--Dr. Stacey York: Canceled

Tue Mar 3, 2015 2pm to Tue Mar 3, 2015 4pm
KLA 331

Join WGS for an interviewing and resume building workshop! Dr. Stacey York from MSI will lead the discussion; light lunch provided.

Girls' Science Adventure Day - Computer Science

Sat Feb 14, 2015 9am to 12pm

All Members Meeting

Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:30am to 12:30pm

Come have lunch on us and talk with us about upcoming WGS events for the new year! We will have plenty of food and would love to hear what you want to do in WGS this year.

Girls' Science Adventure Day - Geography

Sat May 9, 2015 9am to 12pm

Girls' Science Adventure Day - SPICE

Sat Apr 11, 2015 9am to 12pm

Girls' Science Adventure Day - Math

Sat Mar 14, 2015 9am to 12pm

Rachel Smith Seminar

Take Back the Night

2011-12 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