Halloween Science Trivia was Spooktacular!

GWIS celebrated Halloween with science trivia at Raleigh Brewing Company. GWIS members and friends showed up in costume and with their trivia hats on! A big thank you goes out to the members of our leadership board for all their hard work planning this event.

A big congratulation goes out to the winning team, Aloha is hello backwards, and to the winning costume, Fanta of the Opera.

Costume contest participants at Halloween-themed science trivia night!



Fourth Annual Charity Casino Night!

Join GWIS-RT at the 4th Annual Charity Casino Night on Thursday December 7th at 7 pm at Research Square in Durham NC. Donate to local children, show off your poker skills, and network the night away! Everyone is welcome!

Bring an unwrapped educational gift or toy to donate to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Triangle and receive chips to play casino games! Winnings can be exchanged for raffle tickets to enter drawings for gift packages. If you run out of chips, don’t worry! More chips can be acquired through $5 donations.

It will be a night of great food, drinks, and casino games, plus fun prizes for the luckiest winners!! RSVP HERE to join! Please RSVP by November 30. Dressy casual or business casual dress recommended.

What: Charity Casino Night (donate an unwrapped gift and play poker games)

Where: Research Square (601 W Main St Suite 102, Durham, NC 27701)

When: December 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Parking options: Free parking is located in front and beside of Research Square entrance (marked as 1, do not park in front of Magpie or West End) and the gravel Amtrak parking lot (3). Paid parking lots: Fuller Street Garage (2) and Brightleaf Lots (4).



Write to Change the World!

Write to Change the World

Shaping Public Opinion with Op Eds


Want to get your message out? Shape public opinion?

Even with the explosion of social media, Op Eds are a critical anchor in any media advocacy strategy. This hands-on workshop will: (a) introduce participants to the purpose and potential of op-eds as part of a larger media advocacy strategy; (b) provide tips and strategies for developing effective op-eds; (c) help writers “translate” their professional knowledge into brief, powerful arguments that can shape public opinion; and (d) provide participants with tips on amplifying their voice through the media.

Preregistration is required.  Please make sure to sign up by Nov 1st.  Email us at triangle.aep@gmail.com with any questions.


TechnoQuest 2017: Girl Scouts Outreach at Meredith College


Are you interested in science outreach? Then come join GWIS-RT for TechnoQuest 2017! TechnoQuest is an event where hands-on workshops are presented to Girl Scouts to increase their awareness of science and technology. We’ll present a workshop that will cover how scientists use DNA to help solve crimes! The event is on Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 AM at Meredith College in Raleigh.

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up HERE by November 3!

What: Volunteer at TechnoQuest 2017

Where: Meredith College (3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607)

When: November 11, 10:00 AM


Halloween-themed science trivia night at Raleigh Brewing Company

Please join us for a Halloween-themed science trivia night on October 26 at 7 PM at Raleigh Brewing Company. Costume are strongly encouraged. Friends and family are welcome! If you have a team, include that information on the registration form, otherwise we can match you in a team. You can register here.

Date: Thursday, Oct 26 at 7 PM
Location: Raleigh Brewing Company Tavern (3709 Neil St, Raleigh, NC 27607)
Entry Fee per person: $5 (includes snacks, candy, and 1 drink voucher)

Attend BugFest with GWIS!

Are you interested in learning about bugs? Are you adventurous enough to eat bugs? Then join fellow GWIS members as we attend BugFest! BugFest is a free, family friendly event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This year the theme is all about dragonflies (http://naturalsciences.org/bugfest/index).

GWIS will meet at 9 AM and will attend BugFest as a group. Family, friends, and non-GWIS members are welcome to join us! This is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow science enthusiast while learning all about bugs! To RSVP click HERE. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 14.

Date: Saturday, September 16

Meeting time: 9:00 AM – BugFest runs from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM. It is very popular (35,000 attendees!) so we want to arrive early before it gets too crowded. Please keep in mind that traffic may be heavier than usual when heading downtown.

Meeting location: North Carolina Veteran’s Monument (1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601) – We will walk over to the museum from the monument.

If you are interested in volunteering at BugFest on your own visit the following link: http://naturalsciences.org/bugfest/volunteering

The volunteer sign-up sheet will be available August 21.

Grand Chapter Voting for Bylaw Amendments

At the recent National Meeting, National Council firmed up amendments to our bylaws. GWIS – Research Triangle Chapter has two votes to cast with Grand Chapter regarding these amendments. We would like our members to weigh in on the amendments.

Please review the proposed amendments below with their explanations. Then cast your votes HERE. You have until August, 15, 2017 to vote. The outcome of your votes will determine how GWIS – Research Triangle Chapter casts its two votes with Grand Chapter.

1. Changes to the Voting Period (LINK to amendment)

In the bylaws, voting takes place over 60 days, In the digital age we live in today, National has been discussing shortening the voting period to 30 days. This change will speed up business and allow the organization to be more nimble in decision processes. National is sensitive to the academic calendar and the timeline of our chapters, therefore we have also added that Chapters can request a 30 day extension on all voting measures.

2. Dissolution of the Membership Secretary (LINK to amendment) and Changes to the Membership Committee (LINK to amendment)

National is also restructuring one of the more active committees, the Membership Committee. The Membership Secretary position will be dissolved and the Chair of the Membership Committee will take its place. This way, Membership maintains a vote on National Council. The Membership Committee will be structured the same as the Nominating Committee, with three positions that will be filled via voting by Grand Chapter.

GWIS attended Science Cafe: When Mice are Men

GWIS members attended Science Cafe: When Mice are Men

GWIS members learned about the need for sex equity in biomedical research at Science Cafe: When Mice are Men at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Men and women respond to medical treatments differently. However, from cells to lab animals to human clinical trials, most biomedical research is done only in males. This can have major implications for drug development and women’s health care.

Dr. Melina Kibbe, MD, is the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the UNC School of Medicine. In her talk, Dr. Kibbe discussed the need for sex equity in biomedical research and discussed how we could be advocates.

Dr. Kibbe’s recommendations included:

  • talking to our physicians about sex specific drug dosages (often dosage recommendations do not differ based on sex)
  • contacting our representatives to advocate for legislation that promotes sex equity in biomedical research (e.g. this bill).
  • for individuals involved in biomedical research, making sure that research is done in both sexes and that the sexes are reported in journal articles.

If you missed it, you can watch the Science Cafe: When Mice are Men HERE.