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Happy National Engineers Week 2011

To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of our Brown women engineers, their research interests, and how to connect with them online:

R. Iris Bahar, Associate Professor of Engineering
Iris Bahar’s research interests lie broadly in the areas of computer architecture, electronic design automation, and digital circuit design.

  • Website: professional website with research details
  • LinkedIn: profile – connect with her!

Janet Blume, Associate Professor of Engineering
Professor Blume’s research focuses on mathematical aspects of solid mechanics. Questions of existence and uniqueness of solutions to systems of partial differential equations that arise in continuum descriptions of solid behavior are considered.

Karen Marie Haberstroh, Assistant Professor of Engineering (Research)
Prof. Haberstroh’s research addresses the use of novel nano-structured polymeric materials in soft tissue engineering applications.

  • Outreach: Program Manager & Co-PI Brown GK-12
  • Youtube: 2011 BMES Annual Meeting Program Chair

G. Tayhas R. Palmore, Professor of Engineering
Research projects in Professor Palmore’s laboratory include the synthesis of new biocomposites for use in batteries, fuel cells, and biomedical applications (e.g., biosensors, tissue engineering); and the design and fabrication of devices that use these new materials.

Janet Rankin, Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering (Research)
Rankin’s research interests lie in the energetics of interfaces in fine-scale nano- and microstructures.

  • Service: Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives, MIT
  • Award: Wilson-DeBlois Award for contributions to graduate education

Petia Vlahovska, Assistant Professor of Engineering
Vlahovska’s research interests include Physico-chemical hydrodynamics, complex fluids, cellular biophysics, nonlinear dynamics: flow and transport in suspensions of soft particles; electrokinetic phenomena and electrohydrodynamics; and stability of lipid membranes.

Also, check out the Brown Engineering News Blog


February 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

Black Women Scientists Making History

In honor of Black History Month and our own mission at ADVANCE to undertake professional development initiatives to ensure that outstanding women faculty in science and engineering have resources that foster success at the highest levels in research, teaching, and academic leadership, we’ve put together a list of 10 black STEM woman scholars:

Marguerite Thomas Williams (b. 1895 d. 1991), Geologist

Williams earned a Ph.D. in Geology from Catholic University of America in 1942.  She served as Chairman of the Division of Geography (1923-33) and served from Assistant Professor to full Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, Miner Teachers College.

Roger Arliner Young (b. 1899 d.1964), Zoologist, Biologist, and Marine Biologist

Dr. Young was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology (Univ. of Penn, 1940) and became an assistant professor at North Carolina College for Negroes.  In 1924, she made a significant contribution to the study of structures that control salt concentration in paramecium.

Marie Maynard Daly (b. 1921 d. 1993), Biochemist

Daly received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University in 1948, the first black female to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry.  She held appointments at Columbia University and Yeshiva University.

Evelyn Boyd Granville (b. 1924), Mathematician

Granville received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale in 1949, one of the first black women in the United States to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics.  She has had appointments as Fisk University, California State University, and University of Texas at Tyler where she also served as Chair.

Sister Mary Sylvester Deconge (b. 1933), Mathematician

Deconge earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics and French from St. Louis University in 1968 and was on the faculty at Loyola University and Southern University in Louisiana.

Patricia Bath (b.1942), Ophthalmologist and Laser Scientist

Dr. Bath invented a device and technique for cataract removal and was the first African-American doctor to receive a patent for a medical device.   She was also the first African-American surgeon at UCLA Medical Center, the first woman chair of ophthalmology in the US at Drew-UCLA (1983), and a founder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness.

Shirley Ann Jackson (b. 1946), Theoretical Physicist

Jackson’s first position was as research associate at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois (known as Fermilab) where she studied hadrons. In 1974 she became visiting scientist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland.

Mary Styles Harris (b. 1949), Biologist and Geneticist

Harris earned a Ph.D. in Genetics from Cornell University in 1975. She continued to work in academe and held leadership positions such as Executive Director for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia.

Mae C. Jemison (b.1956), Physician and Astronaut

Jemison obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 from Cornell Medical College.  She was the first African-American woman (5th black astronaut) to travel in space (1992 on space shuttle Endeavour).

Aprille Ericsson (b. 1963), Engineer

Ericsson was the first female and first African-American female to receive a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and to work at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


Related Resources:

Notable Black Female Scientists and Innovators, Under the Microscope

Index of Women Scientists Profiled in “the Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences

February 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm 2 comments

Climate Study Update

Through efforts and coordination with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Co-PI Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty Doherty, and our Internal Evaluator, we have completed our faculty climate survey instrument.

We opted to use the Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE) core faculty survey as the basis for our questionnaire.  Using this will allow us to compare our (Brown’s) results with other institutions in the AAUDE.

MIT conducted a similar survey three years ago on their own campus and has agreed to administer our survey here at Brown.

January 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

By the Numbers: Outreach to Department Chairs

In preparation for this year’s New Department Chairs’ Orientation (sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty), we prepared graphs to illustrate the status of STEM women faculty both nationally and at Brown.

The first graph shows nationally, women as a percent of STEM doctorates received compared to tenured/tenure-track and full professor positions held.  The second graph shows the percent of women by rank in each division at Brown University.

See our entire presentation as well as our brochure of resources for chairs.

September 21, 2010 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

“Sandwich Generation” Resources for Faculty

While preparing outreach resources for the new academic year, we came across the term, “sandwich generation.”  In the context of work-life balance, this refers to the working person who is now responsible not only for caring for her or his children, but her or his parents as well. According to AssistGuide Information Services, the sandwich generation “are the nearly 10 million boomers that are now raising kids, teenagers or young adults while providing financial support for an aging parent. Usually they are between the ages of 35 and 55.”

This issue strongly effects many of our faculty, especially mid-career and senior women.  We created a new wiki page, Family Caregiving, as a central resource for caregivers.  Our site has links to local, state, and national resources that address the emotional, social, financial, medical, and logistical issues of elder care.

August 12, 2010 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

Childcare Programs: Finding Ivy League Standard

We recently received a request from some of our mid-career women faculty to find out how Brown’s childcare policies and benefits compare to our peers.  We began this process by examining other Ivy League institutions.

By studying the universities’ Human Resources and Dean of Faculty websites, we were able to discern the similarities and differences between institutions.  We organized childcare benefits and policies into nine categories:

  1. Adoption Financial Assistance
  2. Affiliated Childcare Centers
  3. Babysitting Support
  4. Breastfeeding Support
  5. Committee on the Status of Women
  6. Emergency/Back-Up Care
  7. Financial Assistance (beyond the federally mandated flexible spending accounts)
  8. Tenure Clock Extension
  9. Resources and Referral Service

We’ve summarized the information in chart form below and detailed these programs on our Dependent Care wiki.  The image can also be viewed on our Flickr Page.

June 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

2010 One-to-One Program Evaluation Summary

This past month, we worked with our internal evaluator to develop evaluation instruments for all participants of our Faculty Mentoring Program.  This includes the One-to-One Faculty Mentoring Program as well as our Peer-Mentoring Groups.


Image credit: Marketing Assassin

Evaluation forms were distributed via email within the body of the email document and as an attachment, for those who wanted to print and return via campus mail.  Below is a summary of our results:

We had a 53.1% (n=17) response rate among tenure-track faculty mentee participants, and a 66.7% (n=20) response rate from mentors.  Of the mentors who responded to the survey, 90% were full professors and all of the mentees were assistant professors.

Tenure-track faculty were asked how successful their mentor was in helping them achieve their career-related goals.  Fifty-percent (50%) of respondents indicated that their mentor was very or somewhat successful in this task.  While many mentors indicated that it was still too early to tell, three-quarters (75%) of mentors believed their mentee was successful in achieving their career-related goals.  Almost three-quarters (73.7%) of mentors indicated they worked with their mentee to set career-related goals.

Tenure-track mentee and mentor respondents identified the top three topics discussed by mentoring pairs as tenure and promotion, departmental dynamics, and research.  A large majority (80%) of mentor respondents indicated they were satisfied with their mentoring relationship and 89% of mentors suggested they would continue meeting with their mentee after the conclusion of the academic year.  Similar results were found among mentees.  Over three-quarters (76.5%) of mentees were either very satisfied or satisfied with their mentoring relationship and 82.4% indicated they were likely to continue their mentoring relationship.

Mentees were asked additional questions regarding the quality of their mentor.  Almost all respondents rated their mentor as either excellent or good when it came to being available and taking the initiative to make contact (82.4%).  Many other mentees rated highly their mentors in terms of offering support (94.1% stated excellent or good), and offering guidance and advice (87.5%).

May 5, 2010 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

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