We were delighted to welcome Professor Shana Sturla and Dr. Dana Buske back to MIT campus to have lunch with members of Women in Chemistry! Shana is an Associate Professor at the ETH in Zurich and Dana is an environmental consultant at Tech Environmental in Boston. It was interesting to hear about their different career paths – what their job is like, what motivated their choices, and how they prepared and progressed to each stage in their career. Dana and Shana were both instrumental in starting Women in Chemistry when they were graduate students at MIT, so it was especially exciting for us to meet and spend time with them!
2014-2015: WIC Lunch Series with the Female Faculty
In the summer of 2014 we started the WIC Lunch Series with the Female Faculty. The goal of this series is to provide an opportunity, in a more informal setting, for community building between WIC members and the female faculty in the Department of Chemistry. These lunches have spanned an entire year, and in addition to the female faculty, we were able to invite the chemistry lecturers and MLK visiting professor. Looking back, it was a unique opportunity for us to hear many different perspectives on topics ranging from mentorship, finding balance, gender issues, applying to faculty positions, and transitioning from graduate student to post doc to faculty. So much great advice was shared by the inspiring women in our department! We look forward to planning future events that bring students and faculty together.
Professor Cathy Drennan
— Go for the thing you’re interested and passionate about. Just go for it.Professor Liz Nolan
— On transitioning from a post doc to managing a lab as a faculty member: You learn not to make the same mistake twice.
Professor Mei Hong
— On choosing a research focus: Follow your heart as much as your mind.Professor Alice Ting
— You have all these resources and you’re only limited by your creativity. It’s exciting and scary.
— Having scientific conversations are extremely important for idea development.
Dr. Beth Vogel Taylor
— In teaching, it’s useful to have had bench experience. You use it for stories and context.Professor Gabriela Schlau-Cohen
— On advising: You don’t need a style. The most important thing is having communication and being able to adapt.
Professor Susan Solomon
— On formulating research questions: I don’t do work that is derivative of others. I’m often trying to consciously think outside the box.
— On time management: Women are really good at being helpful. Always ask yourself if this would be asked of a guy. Never say yes to something on the telephone. Manage your calendar in the privacy of your own mind.
— Strategies for combatting implicit bias: Have a sense of humor. You don’t want to get mad and create barriers for someone to be more thoughtful about these things.Professor Sylvia Ceyer
— Skills are needed to address bias. If these things take you by surprise, you’re not going to react in the best way. More training and thinking ahead of time about what the best strategies are will help you to react in a constructive way.
Dr. Patti Christie
— If you’re given an opportunity, you take it.Professor JoAnne Stubbe
— On the strength of MIT: I’ve been able to do things here that I couldn’t do anywhere else.
— All of you can find something that excites you.
Professor Malika Jeffries-EL
— I knew I was a chemist early in. I was that girl melting her crayons to find out what happens.
— It’s a sprint and not a marathon. Take a detour, even if it slows down your research. Pick up some other things along the way.
— On being a professor: This is the best job ever.
WIC Travel Grant Recipients announced in Chemformation
Check out our announcement in the March Chemformation about the WIC Travel Grant Recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year!
Lunch Series: Lunch with Liz Nolan
It’s time for the next lunch in the WIC lunch series with the female faculty in Chemistry! Each lunch will feature one professor, where it will be an open forum to get to know her better, hear about her journey, and discuss any topics of interest to the group. We do not have many opportunities to interact with the female faculty in an informal setting, so we hope you will all enjoy and take part in the lunch series!
This lunch will be with Liz Nolan on Tuesday, August 5th from 12:30-1:30pm in the Moore Room. Lunch will be provided, so if you would like to attend please RSVP by 5pm on August 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in your RSVP. Come with questions and topics you would like to talk about!
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Beach Trip – Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival!
WIC is organizing a trip to the Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival this Sunday, June 20th. We will leave from the Kendall T stop at 10 am, and spend a few hours at the beach to check out all the sculptures (but you can stay as long as you like since we are taking public transportation). There will be food trucks and vendors at the festival but you can also bring your own food. If you plan on joining us, please email email@example.com with your phone number so that we know not to leave without you. Admission to the event is free. We hope you can join us for a fun day at the beach!
You can find more details at this website: http://www.nobomagazine.com/2014/07/17/schedule-entertainment-food-trucks-at-revere-beach-sand-sculpting-festival/
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WIC Lunch with Cathy Drennan 06.11.2012
“Go for the thing you’re interested and passionate about. Just go for it.”
– Professor Cathy Drennan
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Lunch Series: Lunch with Cathy Drennan
Introducing… a new WIC Lunch Series!
We are excited to announce and invite you to a new WIC lunch series with the female faculty in Chemistry! Each lunch will feature one professor, where it will be an open forum to get to know her better, hear about her journey, and discuss any topics of interest to the group. We do not have many opportunities to interact with the female faculty in an informal setting, so we hope you will all enjoy and take part in the lunch series!
Come with questions and topics you would like to talk about!
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WIC visits Genzyme
WIC celebrates Pi(e) Day!
Genzyme Site Visit on April 9th
** Please note the date change to April 9th **
We have an excellent opportunity to visit one of our local biotech neighbors, Genzyme, and learn more about bio-manufacturing and the biotechnology industry! The tour will be led by Paula O’Donnell, part of the Genzyme Allston Landing Senior Leadership Team and has a lot of experience in the industry. The tour will include the bioreactor suite and the quality control (QC) labs, and we will get to learn about Genzyme and the processes involved in making Cerezyme (the therapy produced on-site).
The site tour is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9th. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 4th. The tour can accommodate a maximum of 20 people, so please RSVP to reserve your spot!
What: Site tour of Genzyme, Allston Landing Facilities
When: Wednesday, April 9th
Meet: 5:00 pm in Lobby 18
Transportation: 70/70A bus
Why: Learn more about the biotech industry, manufacturing,
and what chemists do at Genzyme!
Note: Space is limited, so please RSVP to email@example.com.
We hope you can come, and let us know if you have any questions!
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