Category: WISE Meetings

A compilation of all WISE lunch announcements.

Q&A with Provost Huntoon

Our first event this semester will be Thurs Nov 29 from 11:30-1 in MUB Ballroom A1. Our speaker will be Provost Jackie Huntoon. We will have about 30 minutes available for a Q&A session with Provost Huntoon to better understand the current direction of Michigan Tech. If you would like to submit an anonymous question ahead of time, please use the link here. Although registration is not required, we would like you to register here so that we can make sure we have enough food for everyone! If you have trouble with the links, they can be found below.

WISE Lunch: Making STEM Presentations that Resonate

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:45 am in Ballroom A1, we will feature Nancy Barr, Director of the Engineering Communications Program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, and Amy Marcarelli, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences.  Nancy will provide practical tips on developing conference and faculty talks that resonate with audiences.  She will lead participants in exercises that help them think about the needs of their audiences and engage with them beyond the typical PowerPoint template and sage-on-the-stage format.  Amy will speak on how to find/make time for your professional writing.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Barr, Dana Johnson, or Norma Veurink, co-directors of WISE.

WISE Lunch: Title IX

On Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 11:45 am in 404 Administration Building, we will feature Kirsti Arko and Beth Lunde-Stockero, to learn about how Title IX applies to faculty, staff, and students here at Michigan Tech.  Kirsti Arko has recently moved into the Title IX position.  Lunch will be served to those who attend. Please RSVP by Monday, February 19.

WISE lunch: How did I get WISE?

Please join WISE for a luncheon on Wednesday, November 1 to connect with colleagues. The topic is “How did I get WISE?”  We’ll share lessons learned from experience as a faculty member, graduate student advisor, or a STEM researcher, at Michigan Tech or elsewhere.
Date and time: November 1, 2017, Wednesday, 11:45am-1:15pm.
Location: Alumni Lounge B

We hope the new school year is off to a great start for all of you. For our new colleagues, WISE stands for Women in Science and Engineering. It is an informal networking and support group of faculty and staff working in science or engineering fields. Here is more on who we are and what we do:

  • We are a grass roots group that focuses on the issues around under-representation of women in STEM fields (examples include recruitment, retention, and working toward success in predominantly male fields).
  • We frequently have sessions that include all women faculty working together on the issues coming from being a woman (examples include implicit bias, workplace bias, and growth mindset).
  • We have luncheons or coffee&tea hours during the semester and discuss issues that will help us with our professional and personal lives. Common topics include research, tenure, promotion, teaching, service, work-life-balance, and getting support during tough times.
A common question that is asked by both male and female colleagues is “We all know that there are no intrinsic differences between men and women. Why should women get special treatment?” The answer is that women’s groups are not about getting favors for women but rather preventing fair and equitable practices from being taken away from women. We feel that everyone can identify with this mindset and warmly welcome you to our group.
We have a couple items where we need your help:
  • Our e-mail list needs to be updated. Please ask female colleagues in your unit if they have received this message. Let us ( know if they want to be included in the list.
  • We are seeking topics that are of interest to you. Please bring or e-mail your suggestions and preferences.

The WISE co-directors are Dana Johnson, Norma Veurink, and Nilufer Onder. We are looking forward to seeing you next week.

WISE co-directors

WISE Gathering: Meet and Greet 2013-14

We are having our first Michigan Tech WISE faculty and researcher meeting for the 2013-2014 year. This will be a casual, get-to-know-each-other and catch-up-with-each-other meeting. Please mark this Thursday (9/19) 5:00pm-7:00pm on your calendars.

Please let  Nilufer ( know by Wednesday (9/18), if you can come. I need only a ballpark count for planning purposes, feel free to come even if you haven’t signed up.

The details are:

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Place: Continental Fire Company – upstairs lounge
Downtown Houghton
Address: 408 E Montezuma Ave, Houghton MI 49931
Corner of Huron and Montezuma Streets
Across from Carnegie Museum on Huron Street

Style: WISE will provide refreshments (cheese, fruits). Pizza can be ordered for those who’d like. Please get your own drinks.

WISE stands for Women in Science and Engineering. It is an informal networking and professional development group for faculty and researchers in engineering and science fields at Michigan Tech. We hold monthly luncheon meetings and discuss issues that will help with performing our professional tasks (teaching, research, service) while balancing work and life.

Our co-director team members are Nilufer Onder, associate professor of computer science; Adrienne Minerick, associate professor of chemical engineering; and Nina Mahmoudian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. We are very excited to start the new academic year and see you.