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Dr Debra R. Rolison to give 2013 Abbott Chemistry Lecture

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The University of North Dakota’s Department of Chemistry is hosting its annual Abbott Chemistry Lecture this week. Dr. Debra Rolison of the US Naval Research Laboratory is giving a public presentation on Thursday evening, followed by a lunch time presentation on Friday in the department. Details follow for the Thursday lecture and you can find more details on the department’s website.


Creating Change in Scientific Institutions through Subversion, Revolution (Title IX!), and Climate Change

The slow crawl at which research-intensive universities diversify their faculty is a national disgrace in that they actively recruit for students that reflect the face of America. Similar difficulties are apparent among the scientific staff of national/federal laboratories. But how can one person change the world of science? Subvert the standard operating procedure. Create a microclimate that shows―over time―how new patterns of operation and inclusiveness yield productive, innovative science. Use the scientific capital and street credentials accrued over time, thanks to the humane microclimate and research productivity of one’s team, to challenge the status quo with reasoned and bold arguments for change. Remember the importance of uppity behavior and applying “tipping point” mechanisms to move beyond initial reactions of dismissal to―over time―accepted inevitability (such as greeted my audacious suggestion in March 2000 to withhold federal funds from non-diversified chemistry departments through application of Title IX). Ask the leaders of our S&T institutions the following: how good can American science, engineering, mathematics, and technology (STEM) be when we are missing more than two-thirds of the talent? Learn to demand that our world of science be one that truly relishes the talent innate to all of humanity for science and discovery.

Dr. Rolison heads the Advanced Electrochemical Materials section at the NRL, where her research focuses on multifunctional nanoarchitectures for such rate‑critical applications as catalysis, energy storage and conversion, and sensors. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah (2000–present). She was a Faculty Scholar at Florida Atlantic University (1972–1975) and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry (UNC–CH, 1980).

Dr. Rolison is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Women in Science, the Materials Research Society (Inaugural Class), and the American Chemical Society and received the 2011 ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, the 2011 Hillebrand Prize of the Chemical Society of Washington, and the 2012 C.N. Reilley Award of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry. Her editorial advisory board service includes Analytical Chemistry, Langmuir, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Advanced Energy Materials, Nano Letters, the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Annual Review in Analytical Chemistry.

When not otherwise bringing the importance of nothing and disorder to materials chemistry, Rolison writes and lectures widely on issues affecting women (and men!) in science, including proposing Title IX assessments of science and engineering departments. She is the author of over 200 articles and holds 24 patents.

Dr Rolison’s talk is Thursday, April 25th at 7pm in Abbott Hall 101. All are welcome and a reception will follow. 


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April 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

UND’s Women in Science invites you to their meeting

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February 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

UND Women in Science Panel – October 30th at 1pm

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UND’s Women in Science group and The Graduate School invite you to a WIS event tomorrow focusing on the grad school experience. Check out the flyer for details!

UND Women in Science Panel

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October 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

UND Women in Science holds its 1st Business Meeting

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A small, but dedicated group gathered in Gamble Hall yesterday for the first business meeting of UND’s Women in Science group. Largely a student lead organization, UND WIS has a faculty advisory committee committed to supporting and guiding the group.

Established about a year ago, the UND WIS has hosted several events aimed to promote it’s mission of networking, mentorship and support to all female students in the sciences. Last semester, a graduate student panel discussed the trials and tribulations of graduate school life; a faculty panel talked about their various career pathways to academia through the sciences; and a ‘pre-finals’ chill out social allowed students to come together to relax and network at the end of a busy semester. The group also hosted a fun Nightlife “craft” event earlier in the year to invite the student community to participate in some fun hands-on activities like making slime.

Having attended a few of these events, it is clear that the group is gaining momentum but would like to get the word out to more students, and invite more participation. Elections will be coming up in April, so there are opportunities for involvement.

After a brief Treasurer’s Report (it has only been a year), discussion lead to upcoming event opportunities (invited speakers, outreach, community association with similar groups like the AAUW). The next event will be an undergraduate panel on March 1st from 2:45pm in the Badlands Room. Grad students and faculty: if you are mentoring any undergrads in our sciences, you might like to share this information. We keep you posted about other events and business meetings here, but if you would like to join their mailing list, send an email to: [undwis@gmail.com]

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February 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

Meeting Announcement from UND Women in Science

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Women In Science will be hosting their first official business meeting this Wednesday 2/8/12 in Gamble Hall Room 380 at 4:00 PM.  Please join us if you are interested in the work that Women In Science has done so far and the direction that we are heading toward. Also, please spread the word to any friends or colleagues who you feel would be interested in supporting Women In Science.

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February 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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WIS Faculty Panel discusses Career Pathways

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On a snowy November day, a group of female science faculty, including our VP for Research, gathered to share their career stories with students and others at the second panel event for the UND Women in Science group. The UND WIS is a student group with a mission to bring together both students and faculty who women in science disciplines to network, support and discuss the challenges and the opportunities they face throughout their careers. The event was co-sponsored by The Graduate School.

Chaired by Dr Rebecca Simmons (Biology), Dr Phyllis Johnson (VP for Research), Dr Phoebe Stubblefield (Anthropology), Dr Susan Ellis-Felege (Biology) and Dr Jody Ralph (Nursing) talked about their sometimes unconventional journeys to academia, and some of the challenges they encountered along the way. The discovery of their chosen discipline ranged from childhood passion to accidental good fortune late in undergrad. There were amusing anecdotes, advice on balancing career and family and the value of good mentorship. Good advice to both undergrads and grads – don’t shy away from tackling the hard classes!  Here are a few photos from the event.

WIS Faculty Panel discuss their career pathways

Dr Phoebe Stubblefield found Forensic Anthropology late in her undergraduate career

Dr Phyllis Johnson, VP for Research at UND, and chemistry graduate.

Next month, UND WIS is planning an end of semester social event, so watch for details. You can also read some of the contributions made to our blog from various students and faculty for the Women in Science series. If you would like to contribute to the series, contact Susan Caraher in The Graduate School.

Gretchen Mullendore and Rebecca Romsdahl discuss the challenges in being an (overly) supportive mentor.

Nicole Haese, Microbiology & Immunology

Annie Wargetz, Space Studies

Lisa Burnett, Microbiology & Immunology

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November 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

Today: UND Faculty Panel discusses “Career Pathways of Women in Science”

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Please join us for the second in a series of panel sessions organized by UND Women in Science. Our senior scientists will share how they have met challenges and creatively solved problems in their own careers. The panel is open to all, and junior scientists are particularly encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, November 15th
12:30-2:30 River Valley Room, Memorial Union

Panel is from 1:00-2:00 preceded and followed by brief reception and conversation. All are welcome!

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November 15, 2011 at 9:45 am

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