WISE Events

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


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Wise and the Founders of Astronomers of Planet Earth

Friday, November 12, 2021
1 - 2 PM Discussion
Zoom Meeting ID: 836 5278 9697 Passcode: 536251

Wise presents an informal discussion with the founders of Astronomers for Planet Earth, and organization aimed a mobilizing astronomers worldwide to take action on the climate crisis.

Who are we?
How did this begin?
What are we doing?
What's next?

SFSU students Jessica Agnos and Imani Ware
SFSU faculty Adrienne Cool and Charli Sakari

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Introducing SF State Transforms

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
12:30 PM Luncheon

Our inaugural event, and whole program, is striving to do something different. We are  grounded in a vision of faculty equity that leads with the truths of university structures that continue to benefit some faculty more than others even as intentions are good. We will share a brief overview of the Transforms Activities, offer a sample of our upcoming opportunities, and invite you to co-create, collaborate, and co-conspire for institutional change.

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WISE, EOS Center and BeSTEM Luncheon

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
11-12 Luncheon with Dr. Mandë Holford
Zoom link

Dr. Holford is as an Associate Professor in Chemistry at City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine. She has received several awards including being named a 2020 Sustainability Pioneer and 2015 New Champion Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum, a California Academy of Sciences fellow, the prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and honored as a Breakthrough Women in Science by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and NPR’s Science Friday. She is also the cofounder of KillerSnails.com, an award winning EdTech company that uses tabletop, digital, and XR games about extreme creatures in nature, like snails that eat fish, as a conduit to advance scientific learning in K-12 classrooms.

6:30 p.m. Evening Public Forum talk 
Killer Snails from Beach to Lab Bench to Bedside
Registration link

Dr. Holford will talk about how her research bridges from mollusks to medicine, combining chemistry and biology to discover, characterize, and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails for manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. Her laboratory investigates the power of venom to transform organisms and to transform lives when it is adapted to create novel therapeutics for treating human diseases and disorders. Mandë believes we need a new deal with nature, where we appreciate it’s intrinsic value and make a serious effort to conserve, protect and restore as much of what remains and has been lost, and at the same time we understand how nature is essentially tied to our health, agriculture and economy.


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WISE Distinguished Speaker Dr. Kimberly Ennico-Smith

Co-sponsors Physics & Astronomy Department and Women in Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Kimberly Ennico-Smith
VIPER Mission Deputy Project Scientist
NASA’s AMES Research Center

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
12 - 12:50 Conversation with WISE faculty
Zoom conversation: Meeting ID: 869 5125 3535  |  Passcode: 012345

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Colloquium  |  4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Q&A for students and faculty
A next great leap in mapping water on the Moon

Abstract: While the existence of lunar volatiles has been known since the Apollo era, only more recently (the last 10-20 years) has the extent and form of these volatiles been better understood. It now appears that potentially economically significant amounts of water ice exist at the poles of the Moon, however, the distribution of this water is still not understood at a level sufficient to fully evaluate economic models. NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) mission presents an opportunity to identify and characterize water ice and other potential resources at the “human” or “rover” scale. VIPER can ground-truth hypotheses made from decades of orbital data and evolving modeling about the “lunar water cycle.” This talk summarizes the motivations for, the design of, and the significance of this mission.  VIPER is scheduled to be launched as a payload on the CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) provided Astrobotic Griffin lander to a lunar polar region.

Bio: Dr. Kimberly Ennico-Smith is a research astrophysicist and mission scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. She is multidisciplinary in her approach to  space instruments, telescopes, and mission concepts. She has designed and built infrared airborne and space telescope cameras and spectrometers, tested detectors in laboratories and particle accelerators, designed low-cost suborbital instruments, and built lunar payloads. She has served as Project Scientist for the flying infrared observatory SOFIA and deputy Project Scientist on the New Horizons Pluto fly-by mission. She has been a member of the Science and Technology Definition Team for the Origins Space Telescope. Presently she is a deputy Project Scientist on the lunar VIPER rover. She has authored 120+ peer-reviewed papers and delivered 50+ invited technical talks and 70+ public presentations about astronomy, space exploration and STEM. Asteroid 154587 Ennico is named for her.

Zoom presentation: Meeting ID: 869 5125 3535  |  Passcode: 012345

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Film Screening and Panel Discussion - Picture a Scientist

Monday, October 26, 2020

Time and Location: 7 pm, Zoom Event

Topic: Panel Discussion - Picture a Scientist

Panel members: 
Carmen Domingo, Dean, College of Science and Engineering
Diane Harris, Professor of Psychology
Yadira Ibarra, Assistant Professor of Earth & Climate
Amanda Johnson, M.S. Candidate, CIRM Scholar (California Institute of Regenerative Medicine) and WISE President
Tomoko Komada, Professor of Chemistry
Leora Nanus, Associate Professor Geography & Environment
Karina Nielsen, EOS Center Executive Director and Professor of Biology
Imani Robinson, M.S. Candidate, Genentech Foundation Scholar, Vice President of BE-STEM (Black Excellence in STEM)

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Presented by
SF State College of Science & Engineering
Sponsored by
Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)
EOS Center (Estuary & Ocean Science Center)
NSF IT Catalyst Grant to SF State

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SF BUILD, and co-sponsor WISE presents HerStories in Science: Research by Women, For Women

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Time and Location: 12:00 - 1:30 pm – LIB 121

Topic: "HerStories in Science: Research by Women, For Women"

Speakers: Drs. Alison Cerezo, Kelly Knight, Sepideh Modrek, Veronica Rabelo, and Rori Rohlfs

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WISE Guest Speaker: Kelly Mack, , Ph.D., Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope, AAC&U

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time and Location: 12:30 - 2 pm – Faculty Commons, LIB 286

Topic: "That None Shall Perish"

Hosts: Sue Rosser and Megumi Fuse

Dr. Kelly Mack is the Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope, a non-profit organization focusing on undergraduate STEM education reform, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).  Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Mack was the Senior Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program while on loan from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where, as a Professor of Biology, she taught courses in Physiology and Endocrinology for 17 years.

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WISE Guest Speaker: Neda Nobari, Philanthropist, Executive, Alumna

Monday, February 19, 2018

Time and Location: 12:30-2 pm - Seven Hills Conference Center at SF State

Topic: "Balance and Harmony in Science and Culture"

Hosts: Carmen Domingo, Interim Dean of College of Science and Engineering, and Elahe Enssani, Associate Professor of Engineering

Ms. Neda Nobari, 2017 SF State Commencement Speaker, is an alumna of the Computer Science program (1984) and a generous donor. She has had a very interesting and successful career. She will share her career experiences with us.

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WISE Journal Club (with lunch!)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Time and Location: 12:30-2 pm - Blakeslee Room (Thornton Hall 10th floor, take elevator to 9th floor and walk up steps to Blakeslee Room)

Topic: "Double jeopardy in astronomy and planetary science: Women of color face greater risks of gendered and racial harassment" Clancy et al., 2017

Hosts: Kim Coble, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, SF State and Aparna Venkatesan, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, USF

Lunch will be provided

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2018 SF State Faculty Retreat

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time and Location: 9-5 pm - J. Paul Leonard Library

Topic: Celebrating the Public University: Fostering Success in Times of Uncertainty

Join your colleagues for a stimulating program celebrating SF State communities of sanity and well-being; communities of research and creative work; teaching communities; and SF State in the larger community.