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 (

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:

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

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.

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.

Wikipedia Workshop

Join GWIS Research Triangle chapter member Beth Knight and her colleague Mary D’Rozario on Monday April 24, 2017 at 6 pm at the UNC Health Sciences Library (Rm 527) for an interactive workshop on using and editing Wikipedia pages. The workshop will provide instruction in creating an account, creating a page and editing a page. If interested, you can bring your own computer and practice editing with the help of our workshop leaders.

Women are underrepresented in Wikipedia posts, including in the science field, which is partially due to the fact that women are underrepresented as editors of Wikipedia. As Wikipedia is a major information source, the goal of this workshop is to provide the encouragement and the tools needed to empower female scientists to use this platform to increase the awareness of women’s impact in science and society.

Sign up to participate here! Please sign up by Monday April 17! No previous Wikipedia editing experience is required!

The UNC Health Sciences Library is located at 335 S. Columbia St., CB 7585, Chapel Hill, NC. For parking information and for a map, click here.

2017 NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

The 20th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium will be Friday, April 21, 2017 at the EPA. This event is not one to miss! This year’s symposium will feature a keynote address by Dr. Paula Stephan, career panels on a wide variety of careers including careers in outreach or entrepreneurship, workshops to build skills such as networking or interviewing with confidence and one-on-one CV/Resume review sessions. Registration for this is now open.

For more information and to register for this event, click here!

Help GWIS Build our Outreach Activity Portfolio!

GWIS Research Triangle is interested in hearing about your favorite activity for sharing science with the community! As we participate in several outreach events throughout the year, we are interested in expanding our activity repertoire beyond DNA extractions and basic lessons in genetic inheritance.

Join us Sunday April 2 at 2 pm at Bean Traders (Homestead Market, 105 W North Carolina 54 #249, Durham, NC 27713) and share your favorite outreach lesson plan or help us brainstorm some new ideas. If you are not able to join us but have an activity you would like to share, please send us an email at

Volunteer with GWIS at the Region 3A Science & Engineering Fair!

Join GWIS Research Triangle as we support and encourage budding scientists at the Region 3A Science & Engineering Fair on Saturday, February 11 at Hillside High School in Durham! There are two great ways to get involved. The Region 3A planning committee is looking for volunteers to serve as judges of the great science projects submitted from elementary, junior and senior level students. For more information and to volunteer as a judge, click here!

Additionally, GWIS will be hosting an outreach table over lunch (~12:30 p.m. to ~2:00 p.m.) at the science fair and we are looking for a few volunteers to help us with the table. Volunteers will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. To volunteer, click here!