2012 WiSci News and Events

2012 Diana Temple Lecture

Professor Tanya Monro

The Women in Science (WiSci) Project was pleased to host the 2012 Diana Temple Lecture, an annual lecture in honour of the memory of Dr Diana Temple AM, a former member of the University of Sydney community and an advocate for the role of women in science.

The 2012 lecture, "Transdisciplinary Science Creating New Technologies for Health, Defence and the Environment," was presented by Professor Tanya Monro from the University of Adelaide.

Professor Monro is an ARC Federation Fellow, the Director of the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing and the Director of the Centre of Expertise in Photonics within the School of Chemistry & Physics at the University of Adelaide. She has been recognised for her work both as a scientist and as a leader of research teams.

Professor Monro obtained her PhD in physics in 1998 from The University of Sydney, for which she was awarded the Bragg Gold Medal for the best Physics PhD in Australia in that year. In 2000, she received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton in the UK. She came to the University of Adelaide in 2005 as inaugural Chair of Photonics. She has published over 400 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and has raised over $72M for research. As well as being active in research and research leadership, she serves on international, national and state committees and boards on matters of science and research policy and science evaluation and assessment.

The Diana Temple Memorial Lecture is presented by the Women in Science Project and the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS) and the Women in Science Enquiry Network (Wisenet).

21 September 2012

WiSci lunchtime seminar: Making yourself heard

Many of us feel that we’re always the one to say "yes" to tasks or projects when we really want to say "no".

On 19 September, Kate Higgs from Coactive Coaching presented a great lunchtime seminar to WiSci friends and colleagues titled "Making yourself heard". She gave us some practical tips for feeling more in control of our work situations and careers, including ideas for standing our ground and speaking up in meetings. We also learned some new ways to voice an opposing view that will result in win-win outcomes.

Image from presentation

Kate has generously shared her slides from the presentation to encourage us to keep working on these new skills. It’s all about practicing, experimenting, reflecting and planning!

In the meantime, let’s remember two great quotes from the seminar:

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got.
(W. L. Bateman)

But my absolute favourite has to be:

Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.

4 June 2012

Roadblocks to career success

Read this interesting article on the Agora Women in Science forum about three common roadblocks that women encounter in their scientific careers. The author, Aida Baida Gil, also talks about the trap of "leaving before you leave" - do you know anyone guilty of this?

If you haven’t taken time out to think about your career path recently, this could be a great reminder to call a mentor and schedule a cup of coffee to talk through your long-term goals.

30 May 2012

A new way to work in the sciences

Elizabeth Iorns founded Science Exchange as a way of helping women in the sciences to regain some work-life balance. A former academic, she has some interesting statistics to share about the academic system and the difficulties women face in achieving success in that domain whilst balancing the needs of a family.

Read her comments about the lack of women in leadership roles in the sciences and the need to find a better way of balancing time in the lab with time at home in the Science Exchange blog.

3 May 2012

Mother’s Day cards – supporting women in developing countries

One of our WiSci colleagues is a member of the Sydney Zonta Breakfast Club and she told us about this great initiative: you can buy a gift card for Mother’s Day to enable Zonta to send birthing kits to developing countries. To find out more about the project or to buy a card, visit the Zonta website.

And Happy Mother’s Day to all our WiSci mums!

19 March 2012

What do kids really need?

Philip Pryor

Everyone has an opinion on parenting, whether we’re rolling our eyes at the behaviour of our friends' children or lying awake at night worrying that we’re messing up our own child and sweating at the thought of paying the therapy bills. WiSci decided to add some expert advice to an overheated debate with our first lunchtime seminar for 2012: What do kids really need?

On 15 March, Philip Pryor from the Great Parents Institute talked with mums, dads, grandparents and a few potential parents about guilt, boundaries and the handy technique of appearing to be a bit stupid when it comes to trampolines.

Philip's honest, practical session left the audience feeling reassured and much less guilty. As promised, we are listing links to the resources he mentioned:

Parenting seminar lunch
  • Free-range kids. Lenore Skenazy came up with this approach as an alternative to helicopter parenting. She came to the attention of the world’s media for letting her nine year-old catch the New York subway alone.
  • John Gottman is known as a relationship expert but has also researched and published on parenting techniques, especially emotion coaching.
  • And to refresh our memories and keep up the good work, here are the slides from Philip's seminar.

We look forward to seeing you at the next WiSci event!

13 January 2012

Welcome back to another year of Women in Science!

We have some great WiSci activities planned for 2012, including seminars, networking lunches and of course the traditional end of year debate. (Well, we’ve done it once so that makes it a tradition).

Details of the events will be posted as they are scheduled. In the meantime, you might like to look at the results of our holiday reading.

Does doing all the right things really get women ahead?

This is a report from the US organisation Catalyst. It is the latest update in a longitudinal study of female and male MBA graduates and this report focuses on career strategies and highlights the ones that work best for women. It contains a few surprises.

When research works for women

Our colleagues at Monash University have published an interesting report that documents a study of 27 top female researchers and the strategies they used to be successful. Well done, Monash!

Great parents – a new institute

Philip Pryor has worked at the University with a number of groups across the faculties and units. He’s recently launched a new project, the Great Parents Institute. This website has helpful resources for all kinds of parents: new parents, parents of teenagers, divorcing parents and parents who are not yet parents.

Mothers in Science

Can you really have it all? This lovely book of pictures showcases 64 women who’ve combined a science career with a family. It was funded by an award from the Royal Society in the UK and you can find a link to the book on their website.

Have you heard of Vitae?

As the name suggests, it’s a website devoted to developing the careers of research staff and research students. Some of the information is more appropriate for its UK audience but there are also some useful tips on everything from writing a cover letter to intrapreneurship. Yes, it is a word!

Update: Parking on Camperdown / Darlington campus

A number of WiSci members have raised with us their concerns about the difficulties that part-time staff experience when applying for a parking permit. The parking policy is being updated but in the meantime there is a "special consideration" clause that part-time staff can use. For more information, see the CIS website.

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