Meetup with Women in Science at Columbia (WISC): Featuring Faculty of 1000 (F1000) Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Columbia University

Join the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and WISC for an evening of networking and a F1000 workshop presented by Kinga Houza, outreach director. Participants will get an introduction to F1000 and a demo of the new Workspace tool. Complimentary access to F1000 will be given to all participants if they don’t already have it through their institutions.

This event is FREE, but RSVP and a $10 REFUNDABLE deposit are required to attend.
Please register on our 
Meetup page.

Only 30 spots available!!!!

Location on the meetup page! 


Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Conference

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The C3/LADO Diversity conference and job search event is an incredible opportunity to speak with and engage with faculty and administrators from various liberal arts colleges about open positions at their institutions as well as network with people really committed to diversifying the professoriate.

Date and Time:  From Monday, September 28 at 10:00 am through Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00 pm EDT
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus

To register, please go to

For more information, see the flyer attached or visit 
If you have any questions, please contact GSAS Office of Academic Diversity by sending an email to or by calling 212-851-9851.

C3 2015 Consortium Flyer

WISC Fall Semester General Meeting

Come to meet WISC board members and learn about more WISC programs and open positions in the new semester.

Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Time: 7:00-8:00 pm

Location: Fairchild 700 (map)

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* You may need a valid student ID to get into the building from the campus level. If you have trouble entering, just send us an email.

We hope you had a great time at the happy hour last Thursday, now come and join us for our semi-annual general meeting and hear about the amazing events that WISC puts on throughout the year! This is also a great time to learn more about the open leadership positions and chat about exciting new programming ideas.

Questions about this event? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact us at

Fall Happy Hour 2015–Morningside

Update: Thanks so much to everyone who came out on Thursday! I know I had a great time, and I’m glad there will be more opportunities to get to know everyone better. If anyone has forgotten an umbrella or a sweater, please check with the hostess station at Mel’s, we have a bit of a collection. Sign of a good happy hour, I say….







Back to business, Columbia! We’re kicking off the new year with a happy hour at Mel’s Bar.  ALL* are welcome to come make new friends and catch up with old ones over FREE drinks. Don’t forget to sign in and get a nametag!


*That means YOU, doctoral candidates, med students, post-docs, MA students, technicians, faculty, and especially articulate talking dogs. Male or female, from any Columbia campus: if you have a bachelor’s degree and support women in science then we hope we see you there!


If you can’t make it this time, be sure to head uptown for the CUMC Fall Happy Hour on Thursday, Sept 17!

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Time: 6:00PM–8:00PM

Location: Mel’s Burger Bar, 2850 Broadway (at W 111th St)


Questions? Comments? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Ask the organizer: Caroline Patenode

Sherry Marts Workshops

Two Workshops led by S*Marts Consulting Founder Sherry Marts

The workshop is being cosponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Women in Science at Columbia (WISC).

#1) Step Up: Build Confidence and Get Comfortable with Self-Promotion

Date: Thursday, May 7th 2015
Time: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Hamilton Hall, Room 516, Morningside Campus

Limited Registration!:

The workshop will focus on how trainees can develop and enhance their self-confidence, overcome impostor syndrome, and change limiting beliefs. The workshop will also cover how trainees can use self-promotion as a part of a strategy for achieving their personal mission as well as how trainees can uncover and get over internalized taboos and prohibitions against self-promotion.
#2) Just Say No: How to Reduce Stress, Create Ease, and Still Get It All Done

Date: Friday, May 8th 2015
Time: 11:00AM–12:30 PM
Location: Hammer Health Sciences Building, room LL205, CUMC

Limited Registration!!:

The workshop will focus on the basics of how trainees can begin reducing stress, including how one can give up on work-life balance and go for overall satisfaction instead. The workshop will delve into how one can get over the “shoulds,” figure out what they really want, and reveal their authentic self. Trainees will learn how to say “No” to what they don’t want, say “Yes” to what they do want, and give up being “nice” in favor of being kind (to others and to themselves). The workshop will also discuss the formula for effective communication: simple, clear, honest, and direct.

The workshops will be led by Sherry A. Marts, Ph.D., the CEO of S*Marts Consulting, LLC. Sherry received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Biology from the University of Hertfordshire, and her Ph.D. in Physiology from Duke University. She has a wide-ranging background in biomedical research, regulatory affairs, nonprofit management, public education, and advocacy. Through S*Marts Consulting, she offers executive and career coaching with an emphasis on career and leadership development for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Dr. Marts is an experienced mentor, a Radical Honesty™ coach, and meditation teacher. She is co-author (with Raven Dana) of The Book of How: Creating the Life You Want. She is an expert speaker and workshop leader with a lively personality and sense of humor.

Questions? Concerns? Please email Caroline Patenode at

3rd Annual Alumni Networking Reception

Date: Wednesday, April 15th 2015

Time: 6:00PM–8:00PM

Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 555, Morningside Campus, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

RSVP Required:



You are invited to attend Women in Science at Columbia’s third annual Alumni Networking reception! This is an opportunity for current WISC members to connect with graduates of Columbia STEM departments who are now working in fields as diverse as biotech, consulting, and science writing.

Refreshments will be served.

Questions about alternative career paths? Have advice to pass on to the next generation? We hope to see you there!


This event is supported in part by the generosity of the Graduate Student Advisory Council.

Organizer: Caroline Patenode, WISC Co-President

For more information about this event please email


Madeleine Jacobs: Ten Lessons Learned From a Lifetime of Science

Update: Thank you to everyone who came to Ms Jacob’s talk! I hope you all learned as much as I did! 20150311_151350



WISC is pleased to announce that we are hosting Madeleine Jacobs, current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, formerly Executive Director/CEO of the American Chemical Society, for a lecture on science culture with Q&A to follow.

Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM, Garden Room, Faculty House,  Morningside Campus (Entrance on W 116th between Amsterdam Ave and Morningside Drive)



Drawing on nearly 45 years as a communicator of science and chemistry, Madeleine Jacobs describes what she has learned about work and life. This talk is about how to build a satisfying career while balancing a demanding professional life with a personal life and staying true to one’s core values. Be prepared to nod with recognition, laugh, and even cry, from her first tip, “Never do anything just to please your mother,” to Lesson Number 10, “Experiment!”

Abbreviated Jacobs Biography: 

Madeleine Jacobs has been Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society since 2004. The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society, with more than 161,000 members worldwide. Jacobs served for 10 years as Managing Editor (1993-95) and Editor-in-Chief (1995-2003) of ACS’s weekly newsmagazine, Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN), where she also worked early in her career (1969-72).  She has also worked at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1972-74), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (1974-79), and the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, where she was chief science writer (1979-87) and director of the Office of Public Affairs (1987-93).

Jacobs received a B.S. in chemistry with honors and distinction from George Washington University in 1968. She completed a year of graduate study in organic chemistry at the University of Maryland in 1969.

Jacobs has received a number of awards, including the New York Academy of Sciences Women’s History Month Award (2002), the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences (2003), the American Crystallographic Association Public Service Award (2004), and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) President’s Award (2010). She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. In 2012, Jacobs was chosen as one of 100 Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) by STEMconnector™.

Jacobs retired in mid-February 2015 from ACS. She became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents on March 1, 2015.


Organizer: Caroline Patenode, WISC Co-President

WISC/Curiosity Machine Information Meeting!

Morningside Campus
Date:  Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Location: Morningside Campus, Havemeyer Building, 320 

Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Location: Columbia Univerisity Medical Center, HSC LL201

Join us for an information meeting about Curiosity Machine! A great STEM outreach opportunity that can be done online. If you don’t have a lot time but still want to mentor students, Curiosity Machine is perfect for you. Come learn what Curiosty Machine has to offer! Pizza will be served. Both women and men are welcome. Feel free to stop by anytime during the meeting.

Questions about this event? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact Tamica Collins (, Dilek Coskun (

For more information about Curiosity Machine, go to

WISC Spring Happy Hour 2015

Date:  Thursday, Feb 5, 2015

Time: 5PM-7PM

Location: The Heights Bar & Grill (Broadway between 111&112th street, Map)

Take a break from blizzards and the new semester work, and come join WISC for our spring happy hour. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet some of our newer WISC members. Enjoy free drinks and light appetizers! (Photo IDs required)

Questions about this event? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact Ju Yang (

Ask a Professor with Dr. Tuuli Lappalainen- Uptown

Women in Science at Columbia (WISC) invites you to our next “Ask a Professor” event with Dr. Tuuli Lappalainen. It will take place on Thursday, November 13th from 6:00-7:30pm in the P&S Taub conference room (12-460B). If interested, please RSVP to Claudia Becerra at As usual, wine and snacks will be served – just come prepared with questions!

**Dr. Tuuli Lappalainen is a Junior Investigator and Core Member at the New York Genome Center. She holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sytems Biology at Columbia University. She received her PhD from University of Helsinki, Finland in 2009, followed by postdoctoral research at University of Geneva, Switzerland with Dr. Manolis Dermitzakis and at Stanford University with Dr. Carlos Bustamante. She started her own lab in the New York Genome Center this year.**