Women History Month
I hope you are all doing well. It's exciting that the weather is finally warming up.
As some of you might know, March is Women's History Month. With that in my mind, I want to share with you some historical facts from our department courtsey of Prof. Girolami. The first women to graduate with a BS in Chemistry from our department were Georgiana Bennett and Florence Clarke in 1896, and the first woman to earn a PhD in Chemistry was Ruth Eliza Okey in 1918. Today approximately 40% of the graduate enrollment consists of women.
Diversity & Climate Action Plan updates
Both the diversity and climate committee started their meetings at the beginning of this semester. Please feel free to share any climate or diversity concerns you might have with Wilfred van der Donk (Climate Committee Chair) or Lloyd Munjanja (Diversity Committee Chair)
Please also check new additions to the chemistry website
Please consider reviewing the LAS 108-page report that informed the Diversity and Action Plan. Since it is a confidential report to the department, the LAS report will not be copied or distributed publicly.
Instead, Dr. Lloyd Munjanja, Assistant Director of Diversity and Program Climate, has the full printed report copy in his office. Lloyd has office hours for graduate students and postdocs interested in viewing the report every Friday, 1-3 PM. Faculty and staff may also make appointments to read the report by contact Lloyd directly.
Graduate Student Awards
(1) URM Excellence: Our own women scientists, Lauren Hagler (Zimmerman Group) and Tabitha Miller (Fout Group) were recognized for excellence in research, teaching and service at the The Graduate College's Annual event, “Celebrating Diversity, Recognizing Excellence”...Read more
(2) European Society for Molecular Imaging Poster Award: Hailey Nox (Chan Group) recently received the European Society for Molecular Imaging (ESMI) poster award at the recent 14th annual conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
(3) IBM-Zerner Gradute Student Award: Punit Jha (So Hirata Group) received the IBM-Zerner Gradute Student Award from the University of Florida at the 59th Sanibel Symposium for his talk based on his current PhD research project...Read more
Faculty Training in Inclusive Leadership
A number of our chemistry faculty have been attending the Inclusive Lab Leaders series, a new program by the 21st Century Scientists Initiative at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology. The goal of this program is to help PIs, new and veteran, become more effective at managing their research groups.
The series of workshops include,
"Leading an inclusive, productive lab" Friday, February 8, 2019
"Transforming conflict into collaboration", March 15th, 2019
To register or learn more about these workshops...Read More