The 2013 Sigma Delta Epsilon-Graduate Women in Science National meeting was held August 16-17 in College Park, MD, hosted by Omicron and Iota Nu chapters. The meeting was very well attended and a huge success. On August 16th, the GWIS National Council met all day to conduct business related to GWIS National operations, including approval of a revised 2013-2014 budget, discussion of the current and prospective financial status, installation of new officers, and development of goals for the coming year.
2013-2014 National Officers and Board of Directors
On August 17th former NSF Director Dr. Rita Colwell delivered the keynote scientific symposium entitled “Women: Catalyzing Global Science.” Dr. Colwell spoke about the critical role that women play in improving human health globally, particularly in the development of safe drinking water. Following this, Dr. Nancy Grace Roman, formerly of NASA, gave an account of the rewards and challenges that she experienced through her long career as an astronomer. Dr. Laurel Redding, the 2012 Nell Mondy Fellowship winner, spoke about her research on dairy farms and food safety in Peru. The day was capped off with reports from women living and conducting scientific research in more than a dozen countries including Nigeria, France, India, Haiti, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Turkey, Romania, Australia, and Colombia. This session was a fascinating culmination of a three-year initiative within GWIS to establish an international chapter and to increase awareness of GWIS and its network of women scientists around the globe.
Please join us next June in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN for the 2014 GWIS National meeting hosted by Xi Chapter!