The University Record, February 18, 2002

Dinner guests will get ADVANCE look at WISE survey results

By Judy Steeh
News and Information Services

Associate Provost Pamela Raymond and Abigail Stewart, director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, will officially announce the availability of the Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Research Awards at a dinner for women science and engineering faculty March 11 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

The grants will be awarded to help meet career-relevant needs of individual faculty that, if met, will increase the participation and advancement of women faculty in science and engineering at the University. Both men and women are welcome to apply.

The March 11 dinner, to which all tenure and tenure-track instructional women faculty in science and engineering have been invited, will kick off a series of activities funded by the $3.7 million NSF institutional transformation grant the University received last summer. In addition to the research awards, Stewart says, activities will include a series of campus climate initiatives aimed at encouraging all science and engineering departments to engage in some review and transformation in terms of gender equity. Later, departments will be able to apply for transformation grants, which aim at improving opportunities for tenure-track women.

“Along with telling people about the research award, we hope to present some of the preliminary results of our campus climate baseline survey,” Stewart says. “We’ll also be asking for feedback and ideas about next steps. Over the next five years, we’re looking for involvement from as many faculty members in science and engineering as possible.”

Stewart is one of the project directors, along with Raymond, Stephen Director, dean of the College of Engineering, Allen Lichter, dean of the Medical School, and Shirley Neuman, dean of LS&A.

To respond to the dinner invitation or for more information, contact Danielle Lavaque-Manty (734) 647-9357 or dlavaque@umich.edu.