WISE Events

WISE | Women in Science and Engineering


WISE luncheons offer an opportunity for faculty to gather and discuss their experiences as women in STEM fields with each other and guest speakers

4th Annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum

The Women's Emerging Leadership Forum has become a gathering for women who are new to leadership, want to rise into a leadership role, or who want to hone their leadership skills and network with other women leaders.

The forum will be held on November 2-3, 2017 at the College of Business Downtown campus.

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Winter Book Club – “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren

Hosts: Brinda Govindan, Lecturer, Biology and Holly Harris, Lecturer, Biology

"Lab Girl" is the memoir of a geobiologist which seamlessly blends the story of her life and career along with the science of the plants and soil she studies. Her journey describes struggles with funding, politics, relationships, and manic depression. At its heart, this is an inspiring tale of self-discovery and resilience and a beautiful portrait of a scientific partnership.
• Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

WISE Journal Club

Hosts: Pleuni Pennings, Karen Crow, Jane DeWitt

Did you ever feel like your teaching evaluations are more negative than they should be? Turns out you are probably right. Recent research shows that female professors are rated more negatively than male professors. We would like to invite you to a journal club / lunch meeting to discuss papers on the issue of gender bias in teaching evaluations. We will also strategize together on how to change RTP policy in departments to reduce reliance on SETE as the only indication of effective teaching.

Lunch will be provided

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WISE Luncheon with Dr. Beth Mitchneck, University of Arizona, School of Geography and Development PRESENTATION: Recipe for Change: A Faculty Perspective

Check this Perspective from Science in 2016 -- A recipe for change: Creating a more inclusive academy

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Carolyn Porco

Hosts: Adrienne Cool, Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Carolyn Porco is renowned for leading the imaging science team on the Cassini mission currently in orbit around Saturn.

Monday, April 18, 2016

WISE Lunch and Lecture featuring Provost Sue Rosser: "Breaking into the Lab Revisited"

Hosts: Megumi Fuse, Biology

11:30-1:00pm, Faculty Commons LIB 286

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

WISE Affinity Group Meeting at the 2016 Faculty Research and Creative Activities Retreat

Hosts: Carmen Domingo, Biology
  • Introductions 
  • Overview of NSF ADVANCE grant funding: Sue Rosser
  • Update on submitted NSF ADVANCE IT Catalyst proposal
  • Background SFSU Faculty data: Nancy Gerber
  • Proposed Objective 1: Evaluate the role of women and women of color faculty in the sciences/social sciences with regard to service and its subsequent impact on career advancement. Carmen Domingo
  • Proposed Objective 2: Build a community of women and women of color faculty in the sciences/social sciences that will help promote their career advancement at SF State. Diane Harris
  • Participant Discussion
  • Discussion on “Invisible Labor”: Sally Passion
  • Looking forward: WISE planned events: Megumi Fuse
Monday, January 25, 2016

SF State Biology alumna (MA '87) Judith Sernatinger of Alexion Pharmaceuticals discusses her career trajectory as a woman in STEM and biotech and gave a seminar on biotech in the evening. She has previously worked at Stryker medical devices, Biogen and Genentech

WISE and the Department of Biology sponsored the 3rd annual Friends of Biology Social, and WISE luncheon with SFSU alumna Judith Sernatinger. Judith currently works at the Vice President of Corporate Quality and Compliance at Alexion Pharmacticuals, Inc. She previously worked as the Vice President Quality Systems and Post Market Surveillance at Stryker. Judith has over 20 years of experience working in the Quality and Compliance field. She received her BA in Natural Resources from the University of Rhode Island and her MA in Cellular and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dr. Avi Ben-Zeev, Director of the Complex Cognition Lab at SFSU discusses "Math and Science on Venus: On Women, Quantitative Reasoning, and Stereotype Threat."

Hosts: Dr. Diane Harris, Psychology, & Dr. Carmen Domingo, Biology

A panel of women presented a series of short talks on their work on stereotype threat and STEM women.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

WISE faculty were joined by Dr. Mary Ann Mason, Professor in the Graduate Division and co-director of the Berkeley School of Law’s Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy

Hosts: Dr. Carmen Domingo, Biology

She is known for her work focused on working families, the career-life balance, and the issues faced by women in the academic world. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014