Originally published February 2009.
The evening of January 29th 2009 marked the inaugural event for the new
student group Emory Women in Neuroscience. This organization was founded
to address the unique needs of female scientists and to provide an opportunity for
networking. Female scientists were invited from all disciplines related to neuroscience,
with representatives attending from neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry,
biostatistics, PBEE and even nutrition. This diverse group met to discuss
issues related to women in academia and the future direction of the organization.
Discussion was lead by invited faculty members, Elaine Walker (Psychiatry),
Beth Buffalo (Yerkes) and Kristen Frenzel (Emory College Lecturer). The evening
began with the answering of questions ranging from “Why are there so few
female faculty members in neuroscience” to “Who is your science hero?”. Followed
by a debate over the balance of work life and family life throughout different
stages of an academic career. Students and faculty alike were highly engaged
and excited by these discussions and all were enthusiastic for further meetings of
the organization. Future meetings of E-WIN will address specific topics like
“How women network differently than men”, “Career paths for women scientists”
and “Jobs Skills: from negotiating a salary to managing a lab”.
If you are interested in participating in future E-WIN events or joining our
listserv please send an email to EmoryWIN@gmail.com.This event was supported
by the Neuroscience Initiative, the Neuroscience Program, the Emory
Women’s Center, and the Graduates in Neuroscience.