National Conference in Review

Rho Tau (Research Triangle Park Chapter) welcomed over 60 scientists to the 95th annual GWIS conference on June 25th!  Scientists (both male and female) from all career stages had the opportunity to network, share their science and gain first-hand science outreach experience at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Early career scientists shared their research through traditional poster presentations and talks and also outreach themed table presentations and short public talks.

Our keynote was a captivating walk through the various avenues of science outreach and science communication by Dr. Holly Menninger, the Director of Public Outreach at NC State’s College of Sciences.  Concurrent sessions included a 3 person panel of leaders in the education and STEM outreach sector who gave important advice to those seeking an outreach career.  We also had the pleasure of skyping with a pillar in the science community Dr.Elizabeth Weisburge,who gave an encouraging talk about her career and the future of women in science. The final concurrent session was a peer-review of outreach presentations.


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After the concurrent session, we had the opportunity to hear from 4 presenters including a GWIS fellowship winner! After lunch, groups split for Hunt Library Tours, Arboretum Tour and outreach at NC Museum of Natural Sciences.




Afterwards, we regathered for a poster presentation at the NC State Arboretum and continued with a  banquet dinner with our speaker Scott Huler. We also had a hard fought silent auction and a celebratory award ceremony to present poster and talk prizes. For special thank you’s see here.




How could we forget the fun times at the Thursday and Friday pre-conference activities! These days included National officer meetings and a fun Comedy Show outing at Comedy Worx!

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Special Thank you’s for GWIS Conference!

The 2016 GWIS National Conference was organized entirely by Rho Tau Officers and our volunteer committee, whose dedication and wisdom made this possible. I thank you for your time and effort towards making this a great meeting.


Special thank you’s for our conference speakers and of course Winnell Newman (NCSU)

Dr. Sarah Council
Conference Director
President, Rho Tau Chapter of Graduate Women in Science (2015-2016)



We as a team also very much appreciate the support of the organizations and companies acknowledged in this booklet and all of you for attending the 95th Annual National GWIS Conference!



National Conference 2016 Logistics

Welcome to the Graduate Women in Science 2016 National Conference here in Raleigh! The Rho Tau chapter is so glad you are here!

For participants attending Thursday and Friday pre-conference (including National GWIS Leadership), click here

Conference Participants:

Registration will open on Saturday June 25th at 8am in the main lobby of the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) building (850 Oval Dr, Raleigh, NC 27695) on the Centennial Campus of NC State! Welcome.

During the conference follow events with the Twitter hashtag #GWIS2016.

Please click here for downloadable Saturday schedule of events.

Please click here for Abstract Booklet including Speaker Bios, Poster Presentation and Oral presentation abstracts and Conference donors.

“The is what a scientist looks like” T-shirt will be sold at the registration table for a $15 donation.

Parking and Directions:

Saturday morning and lunch (8am to 2pm):

Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) building (850 Oval Dr, Raleigh, NC 27695)

Parking is available for free on the weekends and after 5pm at the BTEC building located on NC State’s Centennial campus. Please park in the spaces in the round about or in the parking deck.  There will be signs directing you to the building. Conference will be located in the front lobby and classrooms on the 1st floor.

Saturday afternoon (2pm to 4pm):

Outreach at NC Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) at the Nature Research Center. (11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601).

Parking is free on the weekends. For more information please see here.

Tours and free time at the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606).

Parking is free here. Plenty of space in the parking lot or along Beryl Rd.

Saturday afternoon and night (4pm to 9pm)

JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606). We will be on the grounds in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center in the York Auditorium and South Terrace.

Parking once again is free. Park in the lot or along Beryl Rd if needed.



GWIS National Pre-Conference Logistics

Welcome! We are so glad you are coming (or here) for the 2016 GWIS National Conference!

Link to pre-conference schedule is here. Main schedule and abstract book can be found here.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Raleigh near NC State University Southwest. (3741 Thistledown Drive. Raleigh NC 27606. 919-854-0001). We have a block reservation under “GWIS”.

Conference Transportation:

Unfortunately the hotel does not offer shuttle service of any kind. With that being said we have strived to get everyone to the needed location in personal cars or NCSU vans. You will be contacted shortly (or have been contacted) about airport rides to the hotel on Wednesday night.

During the conference we will have Rho Tau drivers transport you to the needed locations (see below).

–Thursday afternoon: van transport from BTEC to Raleigh Beer Garden (6pm reservation-leave by 5:35pm at the latest), van transport from RGB to Hotel

–Friday: van transport from hotel to BTEC (pick up 7:30-8:00am, 8am bfast, 8:30 meeting), van transport from BTEC to dinner at Mellow Mushroom (5:30pm reservation, leave BTEC by 5pm). Walk to Comedy Worx. Van transport from Comedy Worx to hotel

–Saturday: van transport to BTEC (pick up 7:30-8am, bfast at 8am, keynote at 9am) (see main conference page for more information)

–Sunday: Please see below

Parking at BTEC can be tricky on Thursday and Friday. Please use the 1st floor paylot close to the building for those days. If you park any where else you will get a ticket.

Please make arrangements for Sunday transport to the airport. Several options for this include pre-ordering Uber, Taxi, SuperShuttle Raleigh ((919) 840-5170).

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call 919-612-9312.


Welcome to our 2016-2017 officers!

President- Kathleen McCann, Ph.D.


Kathleen received her B.S. in biological sciences with a minor in technical writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in genetics from Yale University. She is currently an IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She has mentoring, teaching, science outreach, event planning and writing/communications experience. Her goal is to make science more accessible by bridging the gap between scientists and the community.

Vice President- Meghan Rebuli, Ph.D.


Meghan Rebuli received her B.S. in Human Biology and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 2015 with Dr. Heather Patisaul, where she studied the effects of endocrine disruptors on neurodevelopment and behavior.  She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Trainee at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Dr. Ilona Jaspers.  Her current research focuses on understanding the role of sex differences in innate immune response and gene expression in the airway when exposed to tobacco products and other toxicants.  Meghan has published 5 first author publications in high impact toxicology journals and has presented her work at a variety of national and international conferences.  She is currently a council member and program committee member for the Triangle Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.  Meghan’s vision for the Rho Tau GWIS chapter is to continue developing new and interesting networking events for current participants and help to expand membership and attendance to new and upcoming graduate women in science.  She also looks forward to creating joint activities with the new Greenville based chapter of GWIS.

Treasurer- Susan Lyons


Susan is currently finishing up my PhD in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She investigate the relationship between the brain, hormones, and reproductive behavior in birds, and I am specifically interested in understanding the neuromechanisms that underly motivated behaviors.

Secretary- Megan Serr






Megan is a PhD candidate in Zoology at NCSU, focused on conservation biology and invasive species. Before going back to graduate school I taught high school biology and anatomy and physiology to nursing students at a small university. In my spare time I like to herp ( look for amphibians and reptiles) and I am secretary for the North Carolina Herpetological Society.

Liaison- Vicky Cattani, Ph.D.


Vicky Cattani grew up in Argentina and did her undergraduate at the University of Buenos Aires, where she majored in Genetics and Evolution. She then moved to the US to attend graduate school at the University of Rochester, where she received her PhD in 2012. For her graduate work, she studied reproductive isolation and meiotic recombination in Drosophila species. Following her PhD, Vicky moved to New York University to do postdoctoral work at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology. She is now a postdoc at North Carolina State University, where she studies the causes and consequences of plastic recombination in flies and worms. Vicky is also the Chair of the GWIS Fellowships Committee, and has served in the committee since 2014.

Deep River Brewing Social and Tour

Greenville, NC, home to East Carolina University and several biotech companies, has just established a new chapter (Epsilon Chi) of Graduate Women in Science, and the Rho Tau Chapter out of Research Triangle Park wants to welcome them with open arms!  Join us in welcoming the newest members to the GWIS family by attending a joint social and behind the scenes tour at Deep River Brewing in Clayton, NC!

Please join us on Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 pm at the Brewery for a tour of the facilities (1:30 pm) followed by a social with pints and flights at the taproom between our two chapters. The guided tour is free, and friends and family are more than welcomed to attend! RSVP here by Friday, May 6.

Deep River Brewing Company

USA Science and Engineering Festival

If you are interested in volunteering for a shift at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in the Graduate Women in Science booth, please see the GWIS National sign up sheet for availability. If you sign up via the previous link please also register here for Rho Tau Chapter participants.

Check out details about the Festival here:

If you have any questions please email Dr. Jennifer Ingram at

High School Girls Mentoring Conference

The GAINS conference ( is looking for volunteers on Monday April 4th at Duke for 1) tours of Duke sites from 9:30am to 11am, 2) “selfie with a scientist” initiative from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in Fitzpatrick lobby, or 3) Career mixer 3:30pm to 4:30pm at The Trent Semans Building. If you would like more information please email Ann Decker at Please include your name, school association and the choice between tours, selfies or mixer.

Rho Tau GWIS Officer Elections!

Make a difference! Volunteer for a 1 year term.  Please see below for duties. If interested fill out this google doc.  Elections will be held in June.

President- Develop chapter goals and provide direction, Maintain communication and coordinate activities with outside groups, Schedule and lead monthly officer meetings, Update Rho Tau website with chapter and outside events, Send monthly email to listserv with upcoming events, Lead and organize 2 events per year

Vice President- Manage and coordinate with Secretary, Treasurer, and Liaison to ensure task completion, Fill in for President at events or meeting when necessary, Lead and organize 3 events per year,

Secretary- Take minutes during officer meetings and email typed notes, Continually update Facebook and LinkedIn pages with upcoming events, Draft chapter updates with National, Lead and organize 2 events per year

Treasurer-Receive chapter dues from National and deposit into Rho Tau account, Collect receipts and send reimbursements, Maintain bank account status, Lead and organize 2 events per year, Lead and organize yearly fundraiser

Liaison-Participate in National meetings (via phone or in person) and report back to Rho Tau officers, Add new email addresses and delete old email addresses from contact lists, Lead and organize 2 events per year, Lead membership drive

Membership Secretary- Take minutes during officer meetings if Secretary is not present, Update GWIS groups on email account , Send email welcoming new members , Lead and organize 2 events per year