WITS News 4 August 2020
- 4 August 2020
- 18 August 2020 (for three Tuesdays) Salary Negotiation Workshops with Gentility. To book a place at the WITS discount rate please check your July WITSWORDS or email email@example.com to request the code. Booking link.
- 20 July 2020 @ 5 pm Racism, science and society Q&A with journalist Angela Saini. A great webinar, thank you Angela.
- 28 July 2020 @ 8 pm. WITS Reads discussed Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez. The next WITS Reads is 8 September 2020, watch out for the annoucement of the book.
- WITS Student members – these items may be of interest.
- STEM roles collaborating to tackle Covid-19 (part 1) and STEM roles collaborating to tackle Covid-19 (part 2). WITS website articles by Executive member Susan Treacy.Thanks Susan for these thoughtful articles.
- Online mentoring programme for 18-25 year olds. Read about it and you can apply using the form. From Innovate Communities in partnership with LinkedIn.
- Issue of consent an 'epidemic' at third level – Harris. From RTE News.
- Applications to join the team of young people who will design the Youth STEM 2030 Summit are LIVE! Anyone age 13-24 can apply, the deadline is 7th August 2020. More at link.
- 6 August 2020.The first webinar of the TIGER in STEM series will be presented by Dr Jess Wade entitled "Chiral materials and their application in electronic devices", 4-5pm (BST) on the 6th of August. More information and tickets available here.
- 29-30 October 2020 Future Human, Dublin and Online. This is the World's first major Hybrid tech event! Online tickets now available. Future Human returns as a live event in 2021.
- 12 August 2020. Nominations for the Royal Irish Academy, Academy Gold Medal in the Life Sciences close. The Academy Gold Medals are awarded to individuals who have made a demonstrable and internationally recognised outstanding scholarly contribution to their fields. They aim to identify and recognise inspirational figures in order to celebrate the achievements of higher education in Ireland and to inspire future generations. Details of eligibity and the nomination procesdure are here.
- Diversity in Tech Awards 2020 now open for nominations. There are 18 categories and the closing date for nominations is 26 August 2020. Nominate now! The awards are in association with Microsoft for Startups. The awards will be hosted online on 10 November 2020.
- Irish Research Council Researcher of the Year Awards 2020 now open for nominations until 25 September 2020. The Irish Research Council Researcher of the Year Awards are open for submissions. Now in their fourth year, these awards will commend the very best of our current awardees or alumni working in academia, industry, civic society or the public sector. There are three categories of awards, Researcher of the Year, Early-Career Researcher of the Year and the Impact Award. Impact Award (Category 3) nominations are welcomed directly from the community, so if you are aware of IRC alumni making a significant contribution, in their chosen field, to industry, civil society or the public sector, please fill out a nomination form and send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working from home
- Reminder: remote working public consultation open until 7 August 2020. Full details are available on the DBEI website.
- Bridging the gap – Ireland’s Digital divide. The Digital Divide in Ireland is the gap between ‘the haves and have-nots’ in an increasingly technologically driven society. TechCentral reports that a quarter of Irish people feel excluded from digital society. This new report from Accenture looks well worth reading.
- Can you really change careers? From the SCOPE at Silicon Republic. Good reading.
- A study on workplace bullying undertaken by NUIG Whitaker Institute members Dr John Cullinan and Dr Margaret Hodgins advises ways to recognise and deal with workplace bullying.
- How The BBC Gender Balanced… Everything, Everywhere, Fast. From Forbes magazine.
- 5 ways you can become a better ally and support colleagues against racism at work. From World Economic Forum.
Women in STEM
- Congratulations to Dr Mairéad O'Driscoll who has been appointed Chief Executive of the Health Research Board.
- 25 July 1920. Born on this day (1920 - 1958), Rosalind Franklin was an English physical chemist who contributed to the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA. She died prematurely before getting the recognition she deserved. Read Happy birthday Rosalind Franklin by Matthew Cobb and Remembering Rosalind Franklin by Athene Donald for a fuller picture of her life and work. Enjoy the online exhibition from Churchill College Cambridge to mark the centenary of her birth.
- 23 July 1918 #OTD in 1918, Jewish German mathematician Emmy Noether unveiled her paper on differential invariants in the calculus of variations—Noether’s Theorem—“one of the most important mathematical theorems ever proved in guiding the development of modern physics. From Science News.
- The next time you use any navigational device or software like Google Maps, thank Dr Gladys West, one of the lead inventors of GPS Technology. She is known for her contributions towards the mathematical modelling of the shape of the earth. From The Female Lead via Twitter.
- People don’t know just how many diseases affect men and women differently. UL's Andrew McGovern participated in the finals of the FameLab ireland science communication competition. From Silicon Republic.
- Every Wednesday the CONFIRM Centre have a chat with a CONFIRM researcher so that YOU can get an insight into what STEM research is all about... Read Meet the Researcher.
- Laboratory apprenticeships now open at Pfizer Grange Castle Dublin. Read about it. Link. Great opportunity to kick start a career in science and get an education while getting paid!
- Congratulations to Catherine Connolly Leas Ceann Comhairle. Great to see a woman Leas Ceann Comhairle, and the first female Leas Ceann Comhairle in Dáil’s 101-year history.
- Congratulations to the NWCI on their new logo and look! Have a look.
- Awaken Hub new resource for female entrepreneurs. Share your entrepreneurial journey with women from across Ireland. Best wishes to the team.
- Great poster! Nine female leads by artist Karen Hallion! Lovely to see STEM and technology represented. From The Female Lead via Twitter.