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The Astronomy Department is holding their Night Sky Celebration this Friday 7-10PM at the observatory! Join astronomers for a celebration of dark skies, planetarium shows and mini-talks, and snacks! Don’t let the Milky Way go extinct! 



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    In collaboration with Gordon Career Center's WesConnect, the Wesleyan alumni database, attend this in-person career panel of Wes alumni in diverse STEM careers this 6:00PM THURSDAY, April 11th at the Gordon Career Center
    Hear panelists describe navigating their professional path after leaving college and meet and mingle in the Gordon Career Center! 
    Panelists include Savanna Goldstein (Clinical Research Assistant at Hartford Hospital), Giselle Reyes (Scientist at Pfizer), Martha Mastrianni (Research Data Scientist at Quadrant Strategies), and Brian Tarbox (Amazon Web Services Solutions Architect). 

    Faculty Failure Panel, Tuesday February 27th from 4:30pm at the Van Vleck Observatory (VVO) library.  Featuring Karen Collins, Renee Sher, Meredith Hughes


    The Wasch Center for Retired Faculty is pleased to invite you to the first in our Wednesday afternoon lecture series: on Wednesday, February 28 at 4:30, Amrita Sanyal will speak about the work she has done on the under-representation of women in STEM fields. A recent recipient of the Ph.D. from Purdue, Amrita is Visiting Assistant Professor in Wesleyan’s Economics Department. In graduate school she studied the ways in which the 2009 “Race to the Top” program and the adoption of common K-12 programs affected U.S. students’ high-school and post-secondary performance and their eveWesWISFacultyFailures.pngntual career choices. As an economist, she seeks to understand and address the gender gap in STEM fields and the resulting disparities in earning power.

    All are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. The Wasch Center is located at 51 Lawn Avenue.

    Annual WesWIS TRIVIA!!! Join us in Woodhead Lounge in Exley on Thursday, February 8 at 4:30 pm to play some science-themed trivia and win some fun prizes (We heard a rumor that there are tote bags!) All genders, majors, and identities are welcome to attend!  

    Wednesday, Feb 7, 4:15pm, Exley 413: Lab tour with Prof. Raquel Bryant, who uses fossils to investigate ancient intervals of global warming

    We are hosting a lab tour with Professor Feng, where students can learn more about her research and what it's like to work in a lab. 
    Wednesday, November 29th  from 4 pm at Shanklin 304. All identities and majors are welcome at all WesWIS events!

    Artificial Intelligence or Consciousness Seminar

    Join us as we gather 16 distinguished scholars from varied fields to discuss artificial intelligence and how this tool is encouraging people to consider more carefully what it means to be human.

    How do academics and notables from seemingly disparate areas of expertise grapple with and interrogate multiple readings and understandings of this topic, which permeates all facets of our lives and impacts the future of humanity and designed intelligence? In four salon-like sessions of four participants each, these scholars will come together in conversation (no lecterns, slides, or notes) to share their ideas, discoveries, experiences, hopes, and concerns about AI and its impact on their respective fields and the broader world—as they would around a living room or at a small dinner party. November 10th - November 11th

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    Mobilizing Power: Building Community for Environmental  Justice Conference

    Mobilizing Power: Community Building for Environmental Justice is a gathering for promoting knowledge exchange and building power for collective action on environmental justice. It will be on November 11th from 9:30 am - 4 pm with a reception from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. 


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    Astronomy Colloquia Speaker Series: Marla Geha from Yale University 

    Join the Astronomy Department to learn more about Professor Marla Geha’s research on Building Statistical Samples of Low Mass Galaxies in the Local Universe on Wednesday, November 15th, 4:30pm at the VVO Library!

    Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) & Summer Research Beyond Wesleyan 

    Join ACS Wes & WesWIS to hear from senior STEM students about their National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) and other summer research experiences! Thursday, November 9th at 5:30pm in Woodhead (Exley 184)!



    Come chat with astronomy professor Professor Sarah Wellons over lunch on October 19th at Noon! Lunch will be provided, Usdan 3rd Floor. Limit of three students, email to RSVP. 


    Summer Research at Wesleyan Poster Fair
    Want to learn about summer research at Wesleyan? Join us in the Woodhead Lounge in Exley on October 26th from 5:30-6:45 pm for the Summer Research at Wesleyan Poster Fair! Come meet students who did summer research across the STEM departments, chat with students about labs, and view research posters. Food provided. 


    Star GAY-zing
    Thursday, October 12, 2023, 7:00-9:00pm, Van Vleck Observatory
    Star GAY-zing is on Thursday, October 12th from 7-9 pm at VVO Observatory! Join us for stargazing and telescopes, cookies, mini talks, and discussion about LGBTQIA+ spaces in science. All genders, identities, ages, and majors are welcome. Event sponsored by WesWIS, the Wesleyan Astronomy Department, City of Middletown Pride, the Resource Center, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
    Meet-&-Greet with the Biophysics Keynote Speakers
    The Molecular Biophysics Program will be holding its 24th Annual Retreat on October 11th! The next morning, October 12th from 9:45 - 10:45 am, keynote speakers Dr. Sua Myong and Dr. Kylie Walters will be available for a meet-&-greet! Stay tuned for location. 
    Stargazing and Hot Chocolate
    Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 9:00pm, Van Vleck Observatory
    Join us at Van Vleck Observatory to use the telescopes, enjoy hot chocolate, and chat with other women in science! The event is open to all majors and genders, so bring your friends! We will be there rain or shine! If the weather doesn't cooperate, we will be setting up the planetarium inside. We hope to see you there! 


    Kick-Off Meeting
    Friday, September 15, 2023, 12:00pm, Exley 121
    Come learn about Wesleyan Women in Science: our mission, events, activities, mentoring opportunities and more! Pizza lunch will be provided. 

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