Past SWMS Events and Symposia
2016 FALL SYMPOSIUM
The 2016 SWMS fall symposium was held on September 30 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA
The topic for this symposium was “Innovating the Oceans: women pushing boundaries in marine science”.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler from Boston University
The symposium was held at WHOI’s Clark Laboratory, room 507. Clark Lab is located on the Quissett Campus. Driving directions can be found at http://www.whoi.edu/directions/.
8:30- Check-in and set up posters
9:00- Welcoming remarks by Mark Abbott, Director at WHOI
9:15- Keynote by Robinson ‘Wally’ Fulweiler
10:00- Coffee break
10:30- Panel discussion “Institutional Policies to Improve Diversity in the Ocean Sciences: where we are and where we need to be”
Panel members: Scott Doney, Susan Gardner, Judy McDowell, Rick Murray
13:00- Innovative research—short talks followed by discussion
Speakers: Sonya Dhyrman, Colleen Hansel, Julie Huber, Rhian Waller
14:30- Coffee/snack break
14:45- Innovating the work place— short talks followed by discussion
Speakers: Kathyn Ford, Lisa Gilbert, Amy Kukulya
16:30- Poster session with refreshments
17:30- The end.
2015 FALL SYMPOSIUM
SWMS hosted a symposium on marine science at MIT this fall. The symposium showcased the research of prominent faculty speakers, provide a forum to exhibit the work of young female scientists, and included discussions with administrators about improving the status of women in marine science.
Oceans@MIT featured an article about the symposium: http://oceans.mit.edu/news/featured-stories/empowering-women-in-marine-science
The organizing committee would like to thank the speakers and panel members without whom this symposium would not have been possible. We also thank the students, postdocs and early career faculty who attended. Who hope to see you all again at our next symposium.
For more information about this and future SWMS workshops and symposia sign up for the SWMS email list by visiting http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/swms
8:30: Check-in at Building 54 and set up posters in Morss Hall
9:00: Welcoming remarks in 54-100
9:15: Keynote speech by Amy Bower
10:00: Poster session in Morss Hall
11:00: Lunch served in Morss Hall
12:00: Invited speaker session Part 1: Heidi Sosik (WHOI), Melissa Omand (URI), Meagan Gonneea (USGS)
13:00: Coffee/snack break
13:30: Invited speaker session Part 2: Julie Granger (UCONN), Amala Mahadevan (WHOI), Michele LaVigne (Bowdoin), Juanita Urban-Rich (UMass Boston)
15:00: Panel Discussion: The Role of Research Institutions, Funding Agencies, Universities, and the Scientific Community in Addressing the Challenges Facing Women in Marine Science.
16:00: Get feedback and wrap up
Travel to the symposium at MIT
MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak both service Boston’s South Station. This is a good option from Providence RI, New York City, or locations in Massachusetts outside of Boston. MIT is easily accessible on the Red Line from South Station (see below).
By T (Boston’s metro system):
The MBTA T and bus systems provide great options for travel within Boston. MIT is on the RED LINE which also services Boston’s South Station and Alewife Station.
From South Station and points south, take the Red Line inbound towards Alewife and get off the train at the Kendall Square/MIT stop.
From Alewife Station, take the Red Line inbound towards either Braintree or Ashmont and get off the train at the Kendall Square/MIT stop.
Driving and parking information:
Google maps has very reliable directions to MIT.
Parking is unregulated on the weekends in MIT’s Hayward Lot (see info on parking at MIT here, including a map highlighting Hayward Lot). Free parking is also available along Memorial Drive if you are lucky enough to find a spot. Beware of streets with Cambridge resident parking signs. You will be ticketed and/or towed!
The majority of the day’s events, including registration, will take place in a lecture theater in the Green Building at MIT, which is also affectionately knows as “Building 54.” It is conspicuous as it is the tallest high rise on the MIT Campus. See MIT’s map search engine with building 54 highlighted.
Posters will be in Morss Hall in Walker Memorial, aka Building 50, a short walk from the Green Building.
To get there on foot from the Kendall T Stop, walk west on Main St., turn left on Ames Street, and turn right into the MIT campus when you pass Building 66. You will find yourself at the base of the green building. Take the elevator or stairs up to the “LL” floor (first floor).
SWMS Fall workshop 2014, WHOI
Thank you to all of the participants of the SWMS fall workshop!
In September, SWMS held its first fall workshop on Challenges and Solutions for Women in Marine Science. Over ninety researchers attended, filling the room to capacity.
A recent blog post here highlighted the workshop.
Talks were given by Dr. Sallie Chisholm of MIT and Dr. Kathrin Zippel of Northeastern University; researchers from different stages of their careers and a number of different institutions were part of a panel on specific challenges faced by women scientists; and participants discussed how a community of female marine scientists can meet the needs of women in that field.
Fall workshop presenters:
Sallie (Penny) Chisholm, Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
Panel on challenges and solutions for women in marine science:
Heidi M. Sosik, Senior Scientist, WHOI
Wally Fulweiler, Associate Professor, Earth and Environment/Biology, Boston University
Deb Goodwin, Assistant Professor, Oceanography, SEA Semester
Helen White, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Haverford College
Juanita Urban-Rich, Associate Professor, School for the Environment, UMASS Boston
Climbing Glass Fences: Women in Global Science:
Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor, Sociology, Northeastern University
This workshop has been made possible by the following funding sources:
The National Science Foundation Ocean Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Student Organization ODGE fund
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Women’s Committee