Spring 2010 Events

2010 Professional Development Series

Career and Networking Reception: April 27, 2010 5-7pm

School of Management, Silber Way Entrance, 9th Floor Trustees Ballroom

Come, bring your resume, talk with HR reps and women who are scientists/engineers working at biotechnology companies in the Boston Area. There will be food and drink and representatives from an anticipated 20 local companies ranging from High Tech to BioTech and Pharmaceuticals to Life Sciences, as well as a staffing agency. Whether or not you’re looking for a job now, or in the future, you will have the opportunity to gather lots of information and be better prepared to make decisions about your future.

RSVP- To attend Reception

Companies Registered to attend:

Boston Teacher Residency
Children’s Hospital
Draper Labs
MIT Lincoln Lab
Phillips Healthcare
Randstad Staffing
Raytheon BBN
The Mathworks

Negotiation Skills Workshop – Presentation Available HERE

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 noon-2pm

by Dr. Xu Simon

Tired of not getting what you want from your colleagues, your boss, or your service provider? Principled negotiation is a process that can be learned; come find out how. In this workshop, Xu Simon, certified mediator in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, walks you through the entire process, from giving yourself permission to ask, through preparation, reframing, satisfying interests, generating and choosing alternatives, and using body language to gauge progress so you can walk away from more negotiations with greater satisfaction. The 90 minute session includes two 10-minute practicals to help solidify new skills.

Hosted by BU’s -GWISE,Women in Biology, Women in Physics, and Women in Chemistry, Women of CELSET

GWISE Career Options Panel and Reception:

This event was a great success!! Pictures are posted and we’ll post a summary of the panelists advice for careers in science shortly. pics

Wednesday, March 17th, 4:30 pm

Life Sciences and Engineering Building, 24 Cummington St, Room B-01

Wondering what career options you’ll have after grad school? GWISE has invited five fantastic women in various science and engineering careers from around Boston to come and share their stories with us! Come hear firsthand accounts of what it’s like to work in industry, non-profit, academic, government, and alternative careers in science and engineering – and learn tips to prepare you for a career in each one. Panel to be followed by a wine and cheese reception with panelists.

Panelists include:

Dr. Christine Cunningham (VP of Research and Educator Resource Development at the Museum of Science)

Pamela Reid (CEO of Coviant Software Corporation)

Dr. Carol Manahan (Scientific Education Manager, Novartis, and founder of the National Postdoctoral Association

Corie Lok (Research Highlights Editor, Nature Magazine)

Professor Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Director of Graduate Studies in Cognitive and Neural Science, BU)

Book Club: Three Cups of Tea Friday March 26, 12pm

The book club is currently reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. This is an amazing true story about a man who builds schools for children in rural Pakistan, and who especially encourages the education of girls. During the times before and after 9/11 he has worked to share the true nature of the Muslim world with America. We still have several copies of the book available to be borrowed. If you would like to borrow a copy please email cab@bu.edu.

If you are planning to attend the book club meeting at 12PM on Friday, March 26 in the 7th floor boardroom of 1 Silber Way, please RSVP HERE. We will be serving lunch and so it is important for us to know how many people are planning to attend.

Grant Writing Seminar: Friday, February 26th, 2:30pm

Grant Writing Seminar: The presentation is available. grant_seminar.pdf

LSEB 103 at 24 Cummington St

Learn about grant writing for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships given by Professor Cynthia Bradham from the biology department. In this talk Dr. Bradham will give us an introduction into the structure, style, and planning required in putting together a competitive grant. Dr. Bradham teaches a one semester course on grant writing and scientific presentation skills offered through the biology department.

Lunch with Leaders: Wednesday February 24, 2010

WISE/WIN would like to invite GWISE members to a ‘Lunches with Leaders’ event on Wednesday, February 24th. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department will be hosting Dr. Susie Wee on the 24th as part of the ECE Distinguished Lecture Series and the WIN Women of Industry Colloquia Series. Dr. Wee is Chief Technical Officer of HP’s Cloud Computing Business.

Lunch Details : Noon at Room 245 in 110 Cummington St Please RSVP

Dr Wee’s ECE Lecture “Experiences, Devices, Services, and the Cloud” is on Wed 2/24 @ 4pm BU Photonics Center Room 211

Social outing: Boston Ballet Thursday December 17, 2009 7:30pm

Group special 50% discount. Please email: gwise@bu.edu if you are interested by Friday December 4, 2009.

Book club: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan Friday 1/29/2010 12-1 discussion led by Dr. Beverly Brown

Light refreshment will be provided. Location: TBA

Professional Devlopment Book Club: Negotiation Book Club – Ask for it: How Women Can Use the Power of

Negotiation to Get What They Really Want by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

organized through AWIS: http://www.mass-awis.org/

Recent Event:

Annual Luncheon: December 2nd, 2009 noon

It was a great success! Thanks for all those in attendance for such lively discussion and for taking your time to

join us. Data sheet from event. pdf ~GWISE


BU GWISE Newsletter and Upcoming Events – October/November 2009

GWISE Events and Announcements
Event: Professional Development
Event: Annual GWISE Luncheon
Event Group: Dissertation Writers’ Support Group

Boston University Events and Opportunities:
Graduate Student Parents (and Parents to be) Forum
Play: Blue Lias- or the fish Lizard’s Whore

Local Oppurtunities
AWIS Events: Negotiating with your Spouse
WEST Events: ‘Fall Job Series’ Workshops
AMITA Events: AMITA Women in Biotech Series

Greetings GWISE community! -We’re past the halfway mark for Fall.
Professional Development:

Are you a graduate student looking for a lab or a senior graduate
student looking for a postdoc?
The lab you choose will become your home away from home,
and you want to make sure you have all the information you need
to make the right decision.
Come learn about the main issues you should consider, the questions you should ask,
and how to go about finding the answers.
Dr. Joanne Kamens will give the presentation:
“How to Choose Your Next Lab–A Key Career Decision for Scientists”

Joanne Kamens, Ph.D. Senior Director of Discovery, RXi
Pharmaceuticals, Worcester, MA
Please join us for a light breakfast.
9am – 11am Tuesday November 17, 2009 590 Commonwealth Ave, SCI 352
Please RSVP HERE so we know how much food to order!


Annual GWISE Luncheon

Every year we get together to talk about how GWISE has contributed to the
BU community, identify goals for the next year and have round table
discussions on issues of interest to graduate women in areas of science and
engineering. All of this over lunch!

Please join us on Wednesday, December 2nd from 12.00-2.00 in the Photonics
9th Floor Colloquium Room.
Save the date! A formal invitation with RSVP link will be mailed to you in
the coming days.

Dissertation Writers’ Support Group

Desperately trying to remember that key point you figured out three years ago? Applying
for jobs or grants? Checking your email to avoid looking at that blank screen where
you’re supposed to be writing?

We know that getting through that last year is tough, we’re doing it too. Join us for
support, venting, setting reasonable goals (and making sure we stick to them). Meetings
will be every other week over lunch (because you do have to take a break to eat). Email
efarring@bu.edu for more information.

Graduate Student Parents (and Parents to be) Forum

Thursday, November 12, 12:30-1:30PM
CAS 200 (725 Comm Ave)

Meet and talk about issues that parents (or people planning to become parents) may face while in graduate school and possible solutions. Bring lunch and come socialize, too! No RSVP necessary.
If you have any questions or are unable to make it & would like to be kept informed of future events like these, email ccarveth@bu.edu.

Blue Lias- or the fish Lizard’s Whore

November 10, 2009, 7:00pm
George Sherman Union, Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor

Blue Lias- or the fish Lizard’s Whore is a solo play in one act, written and performed by Claudia Stevens (a BU alum) with music composed by Allen Shearer

Blue Lias deals with confrontations of religion and science in nineteenth century England–as well as issues of class and gender–given expression in the life, personality and career of famed fossil collector Mary Anning (1799-1847). Anning, who is sometimes credited with discovery of the first fossils of Ichthyosaurus, received little credit for her path-breaking work from England’s male-dominated scientific community.

Stevens also portrays Anning’s nemesis, the eccentric, humorously self-important William Buckland, who often helped himself to her work. A clergyman as well as an Oxford geologist, Buckland, like many of his contemporaries, wrestled with the fossil evidence disclosed by Anning and others, attempting to reconcile scientific discoveries with biblical accounts. Through musical and dramatic performance, and using letters and impressions by contemporaries, Stevens enriches her depiction of complex and significant characters and issues in the history of science.

Free and open to the public.

AWIS Event: Negotiating with your Spouse

Thurs., Nov. 19th, 6:30pm
Broad Institute, Monadnock Room

Laurie Israel is a lawyer focusing on family law and estate planning and
administration. Laurie is one of the pioneers in Mediation to Stay Married
(also known as Marital Mediation) and is a Board Member of the Massachusetts
Council on Family Mediation. Her interest in marital mediation came as a
natural corollary to the divorce work Laurie has been doing. She will be
giving us practical tips and advice on how to effectively and peacefully
negotiate with your spouse/partner.

$10 for members/students, $20 non-members
Sign-up HERE

WEST Events: ‘Fall Job Series’ Workshops

Nov. 16 & 19, 5:30pm
One Main Street, Cambridge

The “Fall Job Series” workshops are small, interactive workshops that will help
you land a new job or find a new career, even in tough economic times. You will
gain career expertise through participatory exercises and lectures, and you will
also receive personal feedback directly from career experts. These workshops are
designed specifically for those in the science and technology industries.

You can sign up for just one workshop or both ? whatever is best for your
schedule and interests. There is a discount for both workshops, as well as for
becoming a WEST member. And please note that enrollment is limited.

Workshop Choices:


Monday, November 16, 2009
5:30pm-9:00pm Cambridge, MA


Thursday, November 19, 2009
5:30pm-8:30pm Cambridge, MA

Pre-registration for the first or both workshops ends at 6pm Friday, Nov. 13.
Pre-registration for the second workshop only ends at 6pm Tues., Nov. 17.

See http://www.westorg.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=98538 for more information.
AMITA Women in Biotech Series: Cryoimaging for Disease Biomarkers (and the Venture to Make it Happen)

Thurs., Nov. 12th, 6:30-9:00pm
MIT, Bush Room 77 Mass Ave. Cambridge MA

AMITA Women in Biotech Series.
Dr. Nazneen Aziz NT ’87

Cryoimaging for Disease Biomarkers (and the Venture to Make It Happen)
When: Thursday, Nov 12th, 2009
6:30 – 7:00 Registration and Light Supper
7:00- 8:00 Presentation
8:00 – 9:00 Discussion and Networking
Where: MIT, Bush Room 77 Mass Ave. Cambridge MA
Speaker: Dr. Nazneen Aziz, NT ’87
Cryoimaging of biological fluids for discovery of structural biomarkers
Registration: $15 for AMITA members
$20 non-AMITA professionals
$10 MIT10 registration at: