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Women in science to be focus of May 16 workshop

by Cindy Weiss - April 9, 2007

An all-day leadership development workshop for female faculty and graduate students on May 16 will offer training in negotiating skills and consensus building.

“Negotiating Your Way to Success” is for women in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

It is being organized by a campus group, Women in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE).

“One of WIMSE’s long-term goals is to see an increase in the number of female tenured faculty, full professors, department heads, and University administrators, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math,” says Amy Howell, professor of chemistry and a member of the organizing committee.

Howell says many female graduate students do not go on to pursue an academic career.

“There are still significant lags between the percentage of female graduate students compared with the percentage of female faculty,” she says.

“Moreover, we want our female graduate students to be equipped to be leaders wherever they go.”

The workshop, to be held at the Student Union, will be led by a combination of outside consultants and campus leaders.

Skills-building sessions will be led by Lee Langstaff, an independent mediator who specializes in natural resource and environmental issues.

Langstaff has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and as a special assistant to the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

She was also a senior policy analyst for natural resources at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The luncheon speaker will be Sara Laschever, co-author of the book, Women Don’t Ask – Negotiation and the Gender Divide. Laschever has worked as a writer and editor for 25 years, publishing in the New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Harvard Business Review, and Vogue, among others.

She was a research associate and principal interviewer for Project Access, a National Science Foundation-funded study at Harvard University that explored impediments to women’s careers in science.

Lorraine Wearley is the workshop coordinator.

Wearley has a Ph.D. from Rutgers in pharmaceutics, and was a senior executive with Johnson & Johnson before becoming a consultant in workplace and life coaching.

Training sessions in the morning and afternoon will be followed by break-out sessions led by UConn facilitators.

Veronica Makowsky, vice provost for undergraduate education and regional campus administration, will direct the career and life balance session.

Kathleen Holgerson, director of the Women’s Center, will direct a mentoring network session.

The event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of Pharmacy, the Provost’s Office, AAUP, and the Graduate School.

Besides Howell, faculty members of the WIMSE organizing committee are, from CLAS, Margaret Rubega, ecology and evolutionary biology; Maria Rubio, physiology and neurobiology; Carolyn Teschke, molecular and cell biology; and from the School of Pharmacy, Robin Bogner, pharmaceutical sciences.

To register for the workshop online, follow the link at: http://www.pcsw.uconn.edu/ 

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