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.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
WVU has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. All faculty, post-Docs, and graduate students have access to their resources. The following link gives a brief overview of what of membership benefits: NCFDD benefits
Here are the instructions for activating your membership sub-account:
1. Visit www.FacultyDiversity.org/Registration.
2. Select your college/university’s name from the list of Institutional Members.
3. After you have created a username and password, on the first page, enter your institution-issued e-mail address (i.e. @university.edu) to expedite the registration process.
4. Complete the registration process.5. You will receive a welcome e-mail within 1-2 business days confirming that your account is active and that you can access the NCFDD resources. Faculty who do not want to receive the Monday Motivator email can send an email to unsubscribe@FacultyDiversity.org and ask to be removed from the list. They will still have access to the membership resources on www.FacultyDiversity.org, but will no longer receive the weekly email.
WVU Sociology professor featured in Science MagazineCongratulations to Dr. Melissa Latimer for her publication in the April 8 issue of Science Magazine as part of a national social science research effort to synthesize data across multiple institutions and how to broaden the participation of women and other underrepresented faculty in STEM fields.
Latimer, along with Beth Mitchneck, Professor of Geography at the University of Arizona, and Jessi Smith, Professor of Psychology at Montana State University, co-authored the article, “A recipe for change: Creating a more inclusive academy.” – See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2016/04/07/wvu-sociology-professor-featured-in-science-magazine#sthash.
WV STEM+ Family Travel Website: http://stemtravel.wvu.edu/
WVU ADVANCE Sponsorship Program
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.
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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.