WISE Events

WISE | Women in Science and Engineering


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

Past Events

WISE Distinguished Speaker Series: Dr. Jan Randall, Professor Emerita of Biology, SF State University

Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Time and Location: 12:30 - 2 pm -Lib 121
Topic: “Discoveries in Animal Behavior by a Woman Field Biologist”

Dr. Randall will present some highlights of her research along with a discussion of the role of women of her generation in pioneering careers in science.

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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, and Rori Rohlfs

Lunch to be provided.

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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.

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4th Annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum

Thursday, November 02, 2017

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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SFSU NSF ADVANCE Faculty Service Survey Preliminary Results & Discussion

Monday, October 30, 2017
Time and Location: 12-2 pm – Faculty Commons (LIB 286)
Hosts: NSF ADVANCE Team - Sue Rosser, Carmen Domingo, Nancy Gerber, Diane Harris, and Sally Pasion

Lunch will be provided

WISE Lunch Break with VP of Finance Ann Sherman

Monday, October 02, 2017
Time and Location: 12 -2 pm (Lib 286)
Topic: Women in Leadership
Hosts: Darleen Franklin & Linda Chen, Department of Biology


Ann Sherman is Interim Vice President of Administration & Finance at San Francisco State University. She currently serves on the President’s Cabinet and provides wide-ranging direction and guidance for the campus according to strategic needs and CSU directives. She previously served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources, and former positions have included Director of Human Resources and Vice President of Business & Customer Support for Viasys Corp.

Lunch will be provided

WISE Lunch Break

Monday, September 18, 2017
Time and Location: 12:30 -2 pm (Blakeslee Room TH1001)
Topic: Welcome to FALL 2017! Faculty and staff luncheon
Hosts: Carmen Domingo, Interim COSE Dean, & Sally Pasion, Department of Biology


Lunch will be provided