Meet our interdisciplinary team and what each
one brings to the research project
My symbol represents the lower free energy barrier, activation energy, to the change between two states achieved by the use of a catalyst in a chemical reaction. I view ADVANCE as a facilitator, catalyst, for the change we hope to achieve in the climate and culture of WVU with respect to equality and equity.
Ph.D. Psychoeducational Processes
The two words represented are "interdependence" (everything is an event with multiple layers involved.) and "wholeness" (we must look as things as a whole, breaking them down to smaller pieces limits your understanding and ability to pieces things together again).
My symbol equated to changing girls brains. I bring a background in neurobiology and training in scientific teaching which uses evidence-based teaching methods and an awareness of diversity issues to improve the success of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM degrees.
The symbols simply say to eliminate gender inequality.
My drawing represents the concept of balance. Physicists are very good at balancing different forces to create a stable equilibrium. However, while there are simple equations to do that, work-life balance is very difficult to achieve!
Ph.D. Political Science
Katie holds a Ph.D. in political science, and contributes her understanding of science policy to the ADVANCE project. Science policy examines the incentives and the environment for discovery and innovation.
Women's studies is an interdisciplinary field which applies insights from the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities and the arts towards innovative solutions for complex problems. My drawing represents the process of bringing people from multiple disciplines together to develop these solutions.
Leslie E. Tower
The International Breastfeeding Symbol was created in 2006. To me, it represents a paradigm shift that I am working toward: creating a workplace more satisfying and equitable for women and families.
Michele G. Wheatly
Ph.D. Comparative Physiology
WVU ADVANCE heralds an institution-wide impetus to become a more diverse academic community, a prerequisite for any world class research university.
Faculty Success Program-National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
As part of WVU’s institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development, WVU tenure track and/or promotable (e.g. teaching, research and clinical track) faculty members can participate in the Faculty Success Program for FREE. The Faculty Success Program is an intensive 12 week on-line program aimed to enhance research productivity and scholarship, while maintaining positive work-life integration and strengthening networks. Participants receive coaching and peer mentoring via conference calls and access to an extensive online set of resources. For more information see http://www.facultydiversity.org/?FSProgramDescription The Summer 2014 Faculty Success Program runs from May 25 – Aug. 15, 2014. Kasi participated in the program this spring and would be happy to answer questions. Kasi’s testimonial: “As a habitual over-committer, I was in danger of taking the 13 year plus pathway to promotion to full professor. The Faculty Success Program’s emphasis on accountability showed me how to align my work priorities with the reality of how I will be evaluated for promotion to full and to come to terms with the fact that time is a limited and precious resource.”
For more faculty testimonials, see http://www.facultydiversity.org/?page=FSPTestimonials2.
A year of WVU women in STEM: Being oneself in a conventional worldDr. Kasi Jackson, associate professor, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, took part in heated discussions in graduate school in which the male graduate students were resistant to policies that would encourage women with children to take part in the academic workforce. It was easier, she said looking back, for her male professors to agree to the policies. They after all already had jobs, but her male colleagues were in a less secure economic position. Read more online: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/01/27/a-year-of-wvu-women-in-stem-being-oneself-in-a-conventional-world
The WVU ADVANCE Sponsorship Program 2014-2015
WVU ADVANCE Sponsorship Program is an external mentoring program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE IT Program (Award HRD-100797).
WVU faculty (Associates) will be paired with mentors (Sponsors) to work on a clearly identified project with specific outcomes. Funds are available for ten awards for October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015 (Associate – $10,000; Sponsor – $5,000).
Questions: Contact Dr. Kasi Jackson at 304-293-2064, or firstname.lastname@example.org. WVU ADVANCE Center (email preferred)
- WVU geography professor publishes book exploring the role of geospatial technologies in investigating crime and providing justice
- Marta Werner to give lecture
- WVU physics department partners with Children's Discovery Museum of West Virginia for new exhibit
- WVU School of Politics and Public Policy, Slavic and East European Studies Program hosts Ukraine conflict forum Sept. 24
- WVU psychology department sleep research lab to host annual Fallback 5k Pajama Walk/Run November 2
- Engineering a better food bank
- NSF awards $7.4 million for research on species' evolutionary history
- NSF announces the Community College Innovation Challenge
- NSF awards $15 million in second set of coastal sustainability grants
- 2014-2015 NSF distinguished lectures in mathematical and physical sciences
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Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE IT Program under Award HRD-1007978. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.