WiE Newsletter -January 2023 - ISSUE 34
Dr. Shelly Heller
Dr. Shelly Heller

Front and Center 

News from the Director

Welcome to 2023. I hope your holidays were joyful, safe and healthy (and no one was in the southwest airline chaos)
Looking for a New Year’s resolution? 
How about " I resolve to attend at least one of the WiE events this year?” And, to help you keep that resolution, here is a list of our plans for the next few months.

Grab your lunch or just popcorn and join us for a lunch time movie, in person or online, on Wednesday, January 25 at noon.  We are excited to host a GW showing of the acclaimed hour-long documentary, “The Path to Nuclear Fission: The Story of Lise Meitner and Otto Hand.”  This video is as much about role of scientists in political events, social responsibility, and discrimination against women and Jews, as it is about the science, though the science is clearly explained.   You can join us in-person for some snacks as we watch together or virtually as we have the rights to show the documentary online. Read more about the documentary here
We are happy to announce that our Meet Our Faculty series will present Professor Royce Francis, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering faculty. Professor Francis leads the research group-Strategic [urban] Ecologies, Engineering, and Decision-making (SEED). This is a virtual event that will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 1st  from 12:00-1:00PM EST.

Join WiE on Tuesday, February 7th from 4 to 6 pm in SEH as WiE join the many Women in STEM student groups across GW for an open house for local high school community to see, interact and network with the wonderfully vibrant community of women in STEM at GW.  The event will feature posters and activities from various group as well as an official welcome from the White House and, of course, snacks.  Bring your favorite budding engineer.  Help us plan by replying to the RSVP below.

Will 2023 be the year you drive an alternative energy vehicle? Maybe one that is good enough to eat? Maybe/maybe not, but for a rollicking fun time, gather a team, or come and watch the fun, for our edible car contest. Join us Monday, February 2in the SEH Green Wall area to build an edible car and test your team’s car against the contest published standards. Use the RSVP below to register your team and your interest in participating. No experience necessary, though foodies might have an advantage.
Heard about the imposter syndrome or think you have it? Are you at or near the top of “your game” but feel you “don’t quite match up with the rest of the group? Come to our hybrid in-person & virtual webinar on Wednesday, March 15th 12:00pm-1:00pm to learn more the imposter syndrome. We are hosting this webinar during Spring Break in the hopes that faculty and staff can attend as well as students staying in DC. Click on the link below to RSVP.

Dr. Gralla
Ever wonder about what it was like for women in SEAS in years past? In recognition of women's history month (March) we will host a panel of women alumni from the last 70 years. This most exciting and far-reaching event date has not been finalized but watch for all our notices about it. And, if YOU or someone you know graduated from SEAS in the 1950s or 1960s, please let us know! Fill out the form linked below to nominate someone to the panel. 
And that just what's going on until the end of March!

With Warm Regards for a safe and healthy winter!
                                                    Dr. Shelly Heller 
                                                    WiE Center Director 

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What WiE Are Reading

On December 8th Chalkbeat Colorado, a publication for schools in Colorado,  reported that college leaders have encountered many” first year students this year who dont have the base of skills that will make them successful in college.” They all agree about the cause: nearly five high school semesters upended by the pandemic, and less accountability placed on students because of it.” Educators say students entering college this fall have fewer study and test-taking skills, such as simple tactics like preparing note cards or the value of study groups.” Theyre less communicative with professors when they need extra time to complete assignments, have difficulty staying on task, and have fewer coping mechanisms when adversity strikes.” University of Northern Colorado administrators say they have had to double down on efforts to help freshmen succeed, teaching basic skills to help them adjust and navigate the new environment.”
Professor Szajinfarber sent a note about an NPR podcast from the 2014, about why women have stopped coding. It’s a short, 4 minute talk that you can find here. You can find it here and then use the form below to tell us your reactions. Believe what they say? Not so much? Want to add more to the discussion? Please fill out our feedback form.

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