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Get Slimy with GWISE!

By: Caitlyn Cardetti 

We had a great time showing kids and adults how to make slime this past weekend at Stony Brook University’s CommUniversity Day! We chose to do slime because… who doesn’t love slime?! It’s appropriate for essentially all ages and we thought teaching our community about polymers really unites the science of all our members – chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and (a bit of a stretch but) psychology too. Well, psychology in the sense that slime doubles really well as a stress ball, the clean up maybe not so much…

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Interview with the Ombudsman

With a new year ahead of us, it’s important that graduate students (and everyone else) know about the resources at Stony Brook University for handling issues and conflict. With that in mind, we interviewed the University ombuuds, Donna Buehler, to find out more about what she does, and how she can help improve both students and faculty experiences at SBU.

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Winner: Meet Katherine

Say hello to Katherine! A foodie, fencer, and fellowship winner for this year’s National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship! Keep reading to learn more about her work on cell and organ regeneration!

EDUCATION: B.S. in Biology with a developmental genetics specialization from Stony Brook University. This Fall I will be starting a Ph.D. at Northwestern University in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences program.
RESEARCH: I am interested in studying stem cell biology, specifically their roles in animal development and in organ regeneration.

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Winner: Meet Gabrielle

Say hello to Gabrielle! One of the many winners of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship, Gabrielle works to better human’s understanding of lymphomas by developing a gene-editing system that could prevent their development.

A photo of Gabrielle in lab gear, holding a micropipetter.

EDUCATION: B.S in Biochemistry at Stony Brook; starting a Ph.D. at Rockefeller University in the Fall.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Viral evolution and innate immunity against viruses.
FUTURE GOALS:My immediate goal is to get my Ph.D. and after that I plan to continue doing research. I’d love to do a post-doc at a place like the National Institute of Health (NIH).

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Resources for Mothers and Mom’s-to-be at Stony Brook University

BY: Sindhuja Tirumalai Govindarajan

First things first.

Are you pregnant? Are you thinking about getting pregnant? If you just discovered you are pregnant, or if you are planning to get pregnant while in graduate school, you’ll already have a thousand questions in your head. Things will happen real quick and you will want to set up a system that will help you in your quest to be a badass grad-mom. We know some of you are worriers, guess what, we are too! This article was put together after talking to fellow moms on campus, and we want to share our list of resources that we found useful both before, during, and after pregnancy. If you are a mom or mom-to-be at Stony Brook University, reach out to us at sbu.gradmoms@gmail.com and we will help you get acquainted with the Grad Mom’s group at SBU!

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STEM Moms: Meet Taylor

In honor of the women who fed and housed us before we were even born, we are turning Mother’s Day into Mother’s Week! For the rest of the week we will be posting about the amazing women at SBU who research all day and raise children all night. Our first STEM Mom is Taylor Medwig-Kinney, whose research on cell fate determination and development can help humans better understand evolution and how disease affects development.

Taylor with a sign that shows Rosie the Riveter holding a pipette, with the words "Women in Science, we grab by the pipette" surrounding it.
Taylor with the poster she made for the inaugural March for Science, held in Washington, D.C. in 2017.
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Women in Science & Medicine: Meet Margaret

This Saturday, May 11th, SBU’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) will be hosting its First Annual Northeast Regional Symposium for Advocates of Women in Science and Medicine! To help kick off the event, we decided to interview the woman behind it all, Margaret Shevik, who wants to inspire other women in her field to pursue careers in science and medicine.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences; B.A. in Art History, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, MD/Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology, student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Stony Brook University

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Thank You SBU Grads, You Really Showed Up for the Showcase

First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone who joined us earlier this month to celebrate and support the the amazing research being done by the amazing scientists here at Stony Brook University. It is through events like these that we can further our cause of promoting women scientists in science and engineering. We had a great turnout this year and we hope to see everyone at future events!

BY: Caitlyn Cardetti

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Spring 2019 Showcase: Meet Dr. Jillian Nissen

Our final panelist for the Women’s Research in STEM Showcase is Dr. Jillian Nissen of SUNY College at Old Westbury. Dr. Nissen works to understand the differences between women and men’s immune systems in response to glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from Stony Brook University
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor at SUNY College at Old Westbury
CURRENT RESEARCH: My current research focuses on the phenomenon that men are not only more likely to be diagnosed with glioblastoma than women, but are also more likely to succumb to this disease following diagnosis.

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Spring 2019 Showcase: Meet Dr. Marci Lobel

Our third panelist for tomorrows Women’s Research in STEM Showcase is Dr. Marci Lobel of Stony Brook University. Dr. Lobel directs the Stress And Reproduction (STAR) lab, which seeks to understand the psychosocial affects of reproductive health.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Social Psychology (with minors in Health Psychology and Measurement) from the University of California, Los Angeles
CURRENT POSITION: Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Stress, coping, and their impact on health, especially women’s reproductive health.

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Spring 2019 Showcase: Meet Dr. Harini Krishnan

With the Showcase only days away, we’re continuing our interviews of the professors who will take part in our panel on being a women in STEM. Say hello to our second panelist, Dr. Harini Krishnan of Stony Brook University.

CURRENT POSITION:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Miller Lab, Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Stony Brook University, NY, (This is my second postdoc).

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Spring 2019 Showcase: Meet Dr. Carol A. Carter

A part of the upcoming Women’s Research in STEM Showcase, includes a panel of women professors who are prepared to talk about being a women in STEM and answer questions from the audience. We wanted to introduce our panelists and therefore say hello to Dr. Carol Carter of Stony Brook University.

EDUCATION: B.S. from City College of New York;
M.Ph. from Yale University;
Ph.D. from Yale University
CURRENT POSITION: Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at Stony Brook University

CURRENT RESEARCH: Infections caused by HIV and other viruses; anti-viral drug development; cellular protein trafficking

FUTURE GOALS: Translation of basic science discoveries to clinical use

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Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Six

Finally the last, but not the least, of our presenters at the upcoming Women’s Research in STEM Showcase that is happening on Thursday, April 4th, from 6 to 9 pm. The following scientists study bluff erosion, the genetics of epilepsy, parallel programming, cancer stem cells, and the effect of global change on marine life.

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Five

We’re not done yet! These scientists are currently studying space rocks, the movement of cancer, dialog agents, and the environment of tumors. Keep reading to learn more about their hard work!

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Four

Say hello to four more amazing scientists who are studying areas like how social media profiles users, the spine’s played a role in human evolution, the chemistry of antibiotics, and how fungus becomes resistant. Learn more about them below and next Thursday, April 4th, at our Showcase!

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Three

Our third installment of scientists conduct research on prostate cancer, safety materials for chemical warfare, cellular life cycles, and software security. Keep reading for information about the people that make this research possible!

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Two

What do monkeys, electrons, and pharmacology all have to do with one another? They’re all topics at our upcoming Showcase where the following ladies will be presenting their work on such subjects!

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part One

One of GWiSE’s main goals is to actively promote women in science and engineering. That is why we are hosting a showcase on April 4th from 6 – 9 pm to highlight graduate student research at Stony Brook University. To take it a step further, we will be posting regularly about the student’s who are making this showcase possible. Keep checking in for more installments!

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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The GWiSE Guide to Finding a Research Group

As an undergraduate, you go for the school. As a graduate, you go for the research. Selecting an advisor for your thesis quickly becomes the most important task you have in graduate school, not just for your research, but also for your personal happiness. In short, the best tip I have is: DO. YOUR. RESEARCH.

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Meet Shruti

Say hello to Shruti, our mentorship coordinator with the undergraduate WiSE group at Stony Brook and globetrotter. When she’s not researching our genome to better understand it’s relationship to cancer and psychiatric disorders, she loves to travel, meet people, and try new things. Check out what she has to say on getting more women interested in STEM!

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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Stats from Angela Saini’s Inferior

We’re kicking off Spring Semester 2019 right – with a new book club and a new outlook on how science impacts society’s view on women. Our inaugural book is Angela Saini’s Inferior, where she tackles years of data, biases, and up-and-coming research that is taking what it means to be female in a whole different direction.

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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New Year, New Funding: Top 10 Fellowships for Women

As graduate students we are always on that grant grind. Not only for the accolades, but also for the extra funding because, hey – it can’t hurt right? So we gathered together some grants (in no particular order) that you can look out for throughout the year!

BY: Alison McCarthy

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Meet Alison

Say hello to Ali, our secretary and cannoli connoisseur. In addition to research and helping run GWiSE, Ali serves as the Vermont and New Hampshire Chapter Liaison for She’s the First, where she works with campus chapters to further girl’s education in low income countries.

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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12 Books to Ring in the New Year

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

In honor of our new book club (sign up HERE, if you want to get in on the fun!), we decided to compile a list of the books we are excited to read in the coming year. Whether you’re a curl up by the fireplace reader or a lounge at the the beach reader, we’ve got your next fem- and steminist books right here.

Facts for your Feminist Agenda

1.Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong -and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Women are the inferior sex, right? Wrong! For hundreds of years, everyone believed that ladies were all around the weaker and used that as a justification for their subservient roles. Charles Darwin asserted that women were less evolved than men and for quite a while other male scientists supported him. Even now, science tells us that men and women are different and claim that even on a biological level, we have different tasks hard-wired into our DNA. Angela Saini challenges this and reveals with new data that women are just as smart and strong as men.

 “I first stumbled across this book on @stemminist, a twitter-based book club for feminism and STEM. It’s a great read and will have you often muttering “what the heck” to yourself. While I wouldn’t call it a feel good read, it does feel really good to finally have the myths about us [women] get acknowledged and dispelled in this book. I cannot wait to discuss this at our first book club meeting!”

Caitlyn Cardetti (SBU)
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Meet Mikaela

Hello readers! It’s my turn to sit in the hot seat and let you know a little bit more about me. So say hello to me, Mikaela, the blog and web administrator for this site! While blogging is my night job, my daytime hours are spent in the lab developing energy storage materials. When I’m not working, I love to go horseback riding, practice acroyoga, and read high fantasy novels.

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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SBU Faculty: Men & Women by the Numbers

BY: Mikaela Dunkin
Contributions by: Caitlyn Cardetti & Alison McCarthy

Back in October, we had a meeting on the 11th to celebrate International Day of the Girl. While snacking on brie-stuffed strawberries and arancini, we conversed about our experiences of being women in science. We discussed statistics, sexism from peers and professors, the people that have helped us get so far, and the ones who still do. While our experiences were diverse, we were all in agreement on one thing – how beneficial it is to see other successful women in science. Whether it’s a family member, a teacher, or a celebrity, we could all think of a woman that inspired us. They are someone to point to when we are told that ‘girls aren’t good at science’ until we become that woman ourselves.

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Meet Caitlyn

Say Hello to Caitlyn – our event coordinator, twitter wrangler, and resident expert on how to survive Minnesota in the winter. As a part of our new ‘Meet the Executive Board’ series, we’ll – and by we I mean the blogger, Hi! Hello! – we’ll be showcasing each member of the board, interview style.

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

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