Women in Science workshop April 13

Rushika Perera and Rebekah Gullberg
CSU Assistant Professor Rushika Perera and graduate student Rebekah Gullberg at work at the Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory.

Since 2013, a small community of faculty and graduate students has been meeting to discuss gender bias in science careers. Now, that team has organized the Women in Science Workshop, which will be held Thursday, April 13, 1-5 p.m. in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom.

The conference is open to men, women, undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, staff and community members. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

At the workshop, two prominent female scientists and a science communications expert will discuss career mentoring, challenges they’ve encountered related to gender, successes and “near misses,” and how to best engage scientists and the general public about research.

Speakers include:

  • Janice Clements, vice dean for faculty and professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Jeni Cross, associate professor in CSU’s Department of Sociology, and
  • Suzanne Ffolkes, vice president of communications, Research!America

Janice Nerger, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, and Dr. Mark Stetter, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will provide opening remarks. Following the workshop, a mixer will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

See a detailed workshop agenda online.

“We welcome anyone interested in continuing the conversations that will sustain, support and promote gender equity,” said Candace Mathiason, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology and workshop organizer.

The workshop will provide:

  • practical suggestions for all faculty and administrators to assist in
    recruiting, retaining, and promoting female scientists,
  • strategies and tools to assist in conversations about science to nonscientists, and
  • insight into the team science model.

Mathiason also leads Women in Science Career Issues, a project that aims to expand a community across campus that provides support, mentoring and insight around gender equity in science. She has teamed up on this project with Danielle Adney, a student in veterinary medicine, and Sue VandeWoude, professor of comparative medicine and associate dean for research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Support for the workshop is provided by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology; the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President; The Infectious Disease Research Center at CSU; Innovata BioConsulting, The Kathryn T. Bohannon Women’s Program Fund; and the Women &¬†Gender Collaborative.