Spring 2011

May 9, 2011

Spring Keynote Lecture on Climate, Oceans, and Public Health: Cholera in the Twenty-first Century by Dr. Rita Colwell

Time: 4 PM (reception to follow)
Date: Monday, May 9
Location: Trustees Ballroom, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor

Dr. Colwell is a distinguished university professor at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, recipient of the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize, and was the 11th Director of NSF. Dr. Colwell was NSF director at the founding of the GK-12 program for STEM graduate students to teach science in K-12 classrooms; she is a strong advocate of science education, and of scientific advancement for the greater good of society.


May 4, 2011

Second Annual GWISE Career Fair & Networking Reception

Time: 5-7PM
Date: Wednesday, May 4
Location: Boston University Trustees’ Ballroom, 9th floor School of Management Building, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, enter on Silber Way
Dress: Business Casual
Thinking about what you might want to do when you graduate? About to graduate and looking for a job? Looking to expand your network? The Second Annual GWISE Career Fair and Networking Reception is your one-stop-shop for all your career and networking needs.
Come join Boston University GWISE and fellow women in STEM from the Boston community to network and explore careers! Speak with HR reps and female scientists/engineers at local companies**, meet the women of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) & Women Entepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST), and get some advice from the Career Development Office and Center for Career Development at BU. Even if you’re not looking for a job right now, it’s a great opportunity — network with peers from other departments and institutions at the wine and cheese reception!
Boston University GWISE Career Fair and Networking Reception

RSVP here
Bring your resume, bring your business card, or just bring yourself and come ready to meet and mingle with Boston’s best!
**Companies currently registered to attend include: Google, Raytheon, the Broad Institute, Teradyne, IBM, the Mathworks, Boston Scientific, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, EMC, Boston Teacher Residency and more!


April 30, 2011

SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) in the City

Date: Saturday, April 30
Location: BU Photonics Center
Caling all volunteers! The third annual “SET (Science, Engineering, Technology) in the City – A Day of Career Exploration for High School Girls” will take place on Saturday, April 30th, 2011. We are anticipating 175-200 students this year. I hope you’ll consider volunteering at the event – we need volunteers to staff informational, demonstration, and career tables at the informational bazaar from 10:30-11:30 AM at the Photonics Center at Boston University. Please save the date! If you agree to volunteer, we’ll follow up with you to register for a table once the website is ready.
For more information about the event, please visit our website: http://www.bu.edu/lernet/setinthecity/

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact us at SETintheCity@gmail.com


April 27, 2011

Ask For It! Bookclub

Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 12pm
Location: Department of Math and CS, room TBD, 111 Cummington Street

This month the professional development book club will finish reading Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Want by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. We will meet over lunch to discuss Phases III and IV. All who have read the book are welcome – we just ask that you RSVP here. Lunch will be served. For more information or if you have any questions email Anna Barry (annab@bu.edu).
Professional Development Book Club – Ask For It: Phase III-IV



April 21, 2011

Networking workshop (GWISE Professional Development Series)

by Sarah Cardozo Duncan

Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Location: 24 Cummington St, LSEB room 103
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” As grad students, networking in conferences and job fairs is a challenge we all have to face. To help us work on that, Sarah Cardozo Duncan is coming to BU to give GWISE a Networking Workshop. Sarah is a Boston-based career strategist with over twenty years of recruitment and career development experience. She is an accomplished and highly regarded speaker and workshop leader. It’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss!!!
Light refreshments will be served.


April 14, 2011

Tea & Talk: A Conversation on Careers

Time: 4:30
Location: Room 103, LSEB 24 Cummington St
Speaker: Giselle Limentani, PhD
Director of Product Development, GlaxoSmithKline

Join GWISE for a discussion on career prospects in industry with speaker Dr. Giselle Limentani. Dr. Limentani will give us a 15 minute presentation about her career path, career opportunities in industry, and advice along those lines. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion with Dr. Limentani. Tea and cookies will be provided.
For food ordering purposes please RSVP HERE.
Sustainability @ BU – Bring Your Own Mug

Giselle Limentani obtained her PhD in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a focus on gas and liquid chromatography. She then worked at Ciba-Geigy Corporation in the Physical and Analytical Chemistry department for 5 years before moving to GlaxoSmithKline. She has worked at GlaxoSmithKline for the last 23 years and is currently a Director in the Product Development department in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She has led the analytical and formulation development of numerous new compounds and has played a key role in the development and approval of seven marketed products.


April 4, 2011

Sara Laschever: Teaching Women to Ask for What They Want

Author, Editor, and Cultural Critic with a Special Interest in Women’s Life and Career Obstacles
Date: Monday, April 4
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: 24 Cummington Street, LSEB Room B01
Whether they want higher salaries, better career opportunities or more help at home, women are much less likely than men to ask for what they want. Sara Laschever looks at the causes of this recently recognized phenomenon and assesses the shockingly high price paid by women, their families, their employers, and the economy as a whole if they don’t take steps to address it. She shows women how to recognize more opportunities to negotiate, evaluate the economic value of their work, rehearse their negotiations beforehand, and employ negotiating strategies that have been shown to work well for women.

Please join GWISE and The Office of the Provost in welcoming Sara Laschever, the co-author, with Linda Babcock, of Ask for It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want and Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change to Boston University for an dynamic discussion followed by a wine and cheese reception.
RSVP HERE if you plan to attend, and please contact gwise@bu.edu if you have any questions!


March 30, 2011

GWISE March Book Club: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

This month, the GWISE Book Club will be reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In this memoir, Somali-born Ali recounts her upbringing in Eastern Africa and the Middle East, and her eventual asylum in the Netherlands. Her critical stance against radical Islamic fundamentalism and the deplorable treatment of women in many societies has earned her death threats and consideration as an enemy by many in the Muslim world. Join us as we read Ali’s compelling memoir. GWISE is lending several copies of the book; please contact rcs204@bu.edu to borrow a copy.

Date: Wednesday, March 30
Time: 12-2pm
Location: Charles River Conference Room, SMG 7th floor



March 30, 2011

Science Club Mentoring
Dates: April 6th- June 15th, Orientation on March 30th
Time: 3-5pm
Location: West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston
Want to share your excitement about science with 3rd-6th grade girls? Volunteer as a mentor at the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston. The club will meet Wednesdays from April 6th until June 15th. We will a modified version of the Circuits and Magnets curriculum developed by Science Club for Girls. Volunteers must attend an orientation on Wednesday March 30th from 3pm-5pm and be able to volunteer for at least three Wednesdays between April 6th and June 15th. If interested, please email eperuski@bu.edu and mark your calendars for orientation on March 30th!


March 26, 2011

Museum of Science Teen Girls Overnight
Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: 7-10:30pm
Location: Boston Museum of Science
Want to inspire teens to pursue science? Want to have some fun? Want to see what happens at the Museum of Science when the crowds are gone and the real museum comes to life? Come join GWISE and volunteer at the Museum of Science’s Teen Girls Overnight on Saturday March 26th! We’ll be volunteering at the museum from about 7PM-10:30PM on Saturday night, March 26. We’ll meet up as a group at Kenmore station. Then, we’ll head to the museum to work with middle school and high school girls on a variety of drop-in activities centered around a theme- “networking”, and we’ll answer their questions about what it’s like to be a woman in science! It’ll be a blast! To see a little more about how MOS overnights work, check out the video here. If you’d like to join us and volunteer at the the overnight, please RSVP here. And If you’ve got questions, email danowski@bu.edu. We hope you can come for a rockin’ good time!


March 23, 2011

Professional Development Book Club: Ask For It Phase III
Date: Wednesday, March 23
Time: 12:30pm
Location: MCS (Math and Computer Science) Room 137, 111 Cummington Street
This month, the professional development book club is continuing to read Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Want by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. We will meet to discuss Phase III: Get Ready! Refreshments will be served.


March 3, 2011

Resume and CV Writing Seminar (GWISE Professional Development Series)
Director of Career Development Office Doris Catlin: How to Construct an Effective Resume or CV
Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: 24 Cummington Street, LSEB Room 103
Don’t forget to bring your resume!

Does your resume or CV effectively present your background and support your career goal? Whether you are preparing for a position in industry, academia, or for an alternative career, your resume or CV will be your first impression. Director of the Career Development Office, Doris Catlin, has helped many graduate students develop resumes and CVs that effectively present their experience and qualifications. Please join us on March 3rd for the third installment of our Professional Development Series, and boost your marketability by improving your resume or CV! Feel free to bring your current resume or CV for on-the-spot improvement tips!

RSVP HERE if you plan to attend, and please contact gwise@bu.edu if you have any questions!


February 26, 2011

How about a weekend beer tasting!

Please join fellow GWISE members for a tour of Harpoon Brewery on Saturday, February 26th at 1:00pm We will be joining the 1:00 group tour of the brewery, followed by a complimentary beer tasting. Be sure to arrive a little early so the tour does not sell out! We will be meeting at Kenmore station at 12:00pm to travel over together if you would like to join us. Or, you can always meet us there – Harpoon is right on the SL2 T line! The cost will be $5 per person, payable at Harpoon. For more information about weekend tours, check out: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/index.cfm/page/Weekend-Tours/pid/146300 Please see the Harpoon website for direction details: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/index.cfm/page/DirectionsHours/pid/28490



Presentation Skills Seminar – February 22, 2011

Professor Irving Bigio (BU Biomedical Engineering): How to Write and Give a Great Presentation
Date: Tuesday, February 22
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Life Science and Engineering Building (LSEB) Room 103
Presenting work effectively is a crucial skill for researchers in every field. Whether it’s for a conference, lab meeting, or job talk, there are a few simple rules that can make your presentation shine. Professor Irving Bigio has coached engineering graduate students for years on how to create and deliver effective and memorable presentations – and in this seminar he’ll share them with the GWISE and graduate student community! Please join us on February 22nd for the second installment of our Professional Development Series, and give yourself an edge by improving your presentation skills!
RSVP HERE if you plan to attend, and please contact gwise@bu.edu if you have any questions!


Work-Life Balance Seminar – Monday, February 7, 2011

Dr. Joanne Kamens (RXi Pharmaceuticals): 10 Commandments of Work-Life Balance for Scientists
Date: Monday, February 7
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Life Science and Engineering Building (LSEB) Room 103
Juggling your career and research along with your family and personal life can be challenging! Come get tips on how to maintain a healthy, happy, and productive work-life balance from Dr. Joanne Kamens of RXi Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Kamens has more than 20 years of industry experience in pharma, biotech, small and large molecule research management and therpeutic strategy planning. Outside of work, Dr. Kamens is a proud mom and a strong advocate for women in science and engineering through local organizations like AWIS (Founding Past President) and WEST (Board of Directors). She is also a member of the Boston University GWISE Advisory Board. We’re so excited to kick off GWISE’s spring Professional Development Series with a seminar on work-life balance, given by a scientist who has truly mastered the balancing act!
Light refreshments will be served, so please RSVP HERE to help us get a head count. Contact gwise@bu.edu with any questions. See you there!


GWISE February Book Club: Never Let Me Go -February 4, 2011

Date : Friday, February 4
Time: 12pm
Location: SMG, room TBD
Our first Book Club of the semester will be reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. This compelling novel, narrated by an alumni from a fictional school in the English countryside, explores the lives of special students who live in puzzling circumstances. Only gradually, the truth about the school and the fate of its students becomes more clear, leaving the reader to absorb the full magnitude of their story, including its social implications.
The movie released in 2010 with the same name was based on the book.
GWISE has several copies of the book available; please contact Rachel at rcs204@bu.edu to borrow one!
To attend, please RSVP HERE


Tea and Talk with BU’s New Provost: Dr. Jean Morrison, Geologist January 25, 2011

Time: 3:30 pm

Location: Life Science and Engineering Building (LSEB: 24 Cummington St) Room 103
Did you know that Dr. Jean Morrison, a geologist from USC, is the first female provost in Boston University history? Take a break from classes and research and join GWISE for tea, snacks, and casual conversation with Dr. Morrison! She’ll chat about her experiences as a geologist, professor, administrator, and advocate for women in science – and you can find out more about her new position here as the chief academic officer at BU.
RSVP requested (so we know how much food to get!) – just SIGN UP HERE. Please help GWISE go green by bringing your own mug! Questions? Contact gwise@bu.edu.


GWISE and WISE Happy Hour at Scoozi

January 20, 2011

Time: 5-6:30pm
Location: Scoozi (580 Commonwealth Ave)
Come to unwind, socialize, and network with GWISE grad students and WISE faculty members! Appetizers will be provided.
The first 40 RSVPs receive a FREE DRINK ticket for wine or beer! You can’t go wrong!
RSVP Here!


Negotiations Book Club- Ask For It

4 session book club this Spring semester

Date: Wednesday, January 19
Time: 1pm
Location: MCS Room 137, 111 Cummington St
We are continuing to read Ask For It by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. For this meeting, we will be discussing ‘Phase I: Everything is Negotiable’. Anyone interested in joining the book club is welcome. If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP here.