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.



Join GWIS at Umstead State Park for a summer nature hike!

GWIS Research Triangle invites all its members, their families, friends, and pets to a fun summer hike followed by a picnic lunch at Reedy Creek Shelter #2 at William B. Umstead State Park. Join us as we go for an invigorating hike followed by some yummy food, for a celebration of summer. Food will be provided! If you can’t attend both the hike and picnic, that is not a problem! We will hike first and plan to be back at the shelter to start picnicking around 11:30 AM.

Date: Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM (for the hike), 11:30 AM (for the picnic)              

Where: Reedy Creek Shelter #2 at William B. Umstead State Park, (2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513 – parking information and map will be sent after registration)

This event is free! Register to attend HERE by Tuesday, August 1st.

Join GWIS at the Science Cafe: When Mice Are Men

Join fellow GWIS Research Triangle members for a discussion about sex equity in biomedical research at the Science Cafe: When Mice Are Men at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

In medicine, men and women experience illness and respond to drugs differently, but scientists primarily study males when developing treatments for both sexes. University of North Carolina surgeon scientist Melina Kibbe, MD, will discuss sex equity throughout the biomedical research pipeline: from cell research to human clinical trials. Dr. Kibbe’s advocacy around this issue has resulted in policy changes from the National Institute of Health, the Government Accountability Organization, and the Food and Drug Administration.

When: 7:00 – 8:30 PM Thursday, July 27th              

Where: Daily Planet Cafe at the Nature Research Center, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh

This event is free! RSVP here by July 25th.

GWIS Research Triangle Officer Elections

Make a difference! Vote NOW for our next generation of GWIS Research Triangle Officers! The polls will be open until 5 p.m. Monday June 19.

President: Susan Lyons, Ph.D.

Susan received B.S. degrees in biological sciences and journalism from Ohio University. She then received a Ph.D. in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. There, she investigated behavioral and neuroplasticity in songbirds. Susan currently works as a science curriculum designer at IXL Learning, a K-12 EdTech company. She is also the current GWIS Research Triangle treasurer. Susan is passionate about education, public outreach, and science communication. She loves that GWIS Research Triangle provides Triangle-wide networking and public outreach opportunities, and she wants to continue to help facilitate those opportunities.


Vice President: Emily Alice Woolard

I recently graduated from Meredith College where I earned a BS in Biology and Public Health and a BA in Psychology. When I started college, I was heavily involved in social psychology research, but soon began pursuing biology following an internship in a Danish MRI research hospital. I have since been doing research at the US Environmental Protection Agency for about a year and a half, starting in an animal behavior lab and now working as a post-bac on in vitro assay development. I am looking to apply for umbrella biology PhD programs this fall. I greatly enjoy service projects that involve bringing science to children in the community and have experience implementing several successful projects in the Raleigh area.

Photo courtesy of Meredith College


Secretary: Aminah Wali

I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and I am currently finishing up my Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I study cancer drug discovery approaches and small molecule compounds that alter the chromatin structure and growth of cancer cells. In addition to lab work, I’m also involved in the UNC Science Writing and Communication club (SWAC), and I write for their blog The Pipettepen. I like working with others and talking about science, and I am passionate about translating research findings into more effective disease treatments. In my spare time, I enjoy DIY projects, animated movies, and spicy food.


Treasurer: Jessica LeRoy

I currently work at the Center for Integrated Pest Management on the Global Pest and Disease Database. I provide background information on pests of concern to help the USDA PERAL lab complete pest risk assessments. I am also a contributing member on the USDA PERAL weed risk assessment team. I have been volunteering with GWIS for over a year and would like to continue helping out the organization (either in a position or as a volunteer). I am also a member of the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals. I have experience working in various scientific fields and with dealing with different levels of government. For fun I like to go mountain biking with my husband and take our dog hiking. I also love to bake and decorate sugar cookies.


Liaison: Anita Rana, Ph.D.

Currently as postdoctoral fellow in Bio-informatic and Genomics Department with four years experience.





Membership Secretary: Kony Chatterjee

I’m pursuing my PhD in Fiber and Polymer Engineering at North Carolina State University in picturesque Raleigh. I am also about to receive my Master’s degree in Textile Engineering from the same institute. My undergraduate​ degre in Textile Engineering was from Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India. As a young undergrad I loved being involved in extracurricular and co-curricular activities involving student bodies and therein lies my passion for engaging with women and men in various scientific backgrounds. GWIS inspires me everyday to work hard for my success and hopefully I can contribute to the growth of GWIS . In my free time I enjoy going on hikes with my dog – and the triangle does have some amazing hiking trails, engaging in yoga and weight training.

Chapter Dues are Changing!

GWIS Grand Chapter recently voted to unify chapter dues. This is a beneficial move GWIS National, all of the GWIS Chapters and, most importantly, for all GWIS members as it will create consistency in dues structuring across all GWIS chapters and it will save GWIS National money which they intend to use to create more and better programming, services, and awards for members. This change in dues only applies to chapter dues and does not change national dues. Now, when you become a GWIS member or renew your GWIS membership the dues will be:

Affiliate: $15 ($5 to Chapters, $10 to National)

Graduate Student: $40 ($10 to Chapters, $30 to National)

Early Career: $60 ($15 to Chapters, $45 to National)

Professional: $85 ($20 to Chapters, $65 to National)

National Life: One time fee of $670 to National, $20 to Chapters each year

Emerita: $35 ($10 to Chapters, $25 to National)

To join GWIS or renew your GWIS membership, click here!




Tour the Duke Lemur Center

Join us Saturday June 10 at 9:30 a.m. for a tour of the Duke Lemur Center! Friends and family are encouraged to attend! The tour will cost $8.60 per person and will need to be paid in advance to secure a spot.

RSVP here by Thursday June 1. The Duke Lemur center is located at 3705 Erwin Road Durham, NC 27705.