Women in Science and Engineering Annual Symposium

Symposium 2017: Being An Ally

April 28, 2017

12:30 pm: Lunch is served

1:00-2:00 pm: Keynote Address by Kelly LeMaire, M.S., Duke University Medical Center
Title: Say Something: Allied Behavior Training

Kelly LeMaire, M.S., is completing her doctoral degree from Marquette University in clinical psychology and is currently in her final year of training as a medical psychology resident/intern at Duke University Medical Center. She is a part of the Stress, Trauma and Recovery Treatment Program (START) clinic within the Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program (CBRTP). Her research focuses on prejudice, discrimination, allies and allied behavior, LGBTQ health and mental health, and interpersonal violence. Her dissertation utilized a 10-condition live experimental deign to examine allied behavior on behalf of individuals who identify as LGBTQ. She is passionate about advocacy and leadership and was awarded the Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellowship for 2015-2016. During her time at Duke University Medical Center, she has continued to pursue these interests through providing educational trainings and beginning a Multicultural & Diversity Action Committee within the CBRTP. Her clinical areas of expertise are LGBTQ affirmative treatment, multiculturally competent care, trauma, borderline personality disorder, and emotion dysregulation.

2:00-4:00 pm: De-escalation Training Workshop led by Kelly LeMaire, M.S.

The theme of WiSE programming this year has been around the importance of being allies to colleagues or peers in need. This will culminate in a hands-on de-escalation workshop to provide participants with some tools for dealing with both explicit and implicit biases that they may witness in or outside of the workplace. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of when to step in in various instances, as well as ways to de-escalate high-tension to microaggression scenarios.

4:00-5:00 pm: Student Poster Session and Happy Hour

We invite students and post-docs, women and men, from all departments to share their research!


Symposium 2016: Systemic solutions to diversity problems in STEM

April 29, 2016

12:00-1:00 pm: Keynote Address by Dr. Desdamona Rios, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Title: Intersectionality, invisibility and outsider-within standpoints in STEM

Dr. Desdamona Rios is assistant professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the  University of Houston-Clear Lake. She holds a joint doctorate in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, Dr. Rios worked on Michigan’s ADVANCE program as well as the Global Feminisms Project, an international archival project that documents women’s leadership. In addition to developing programs to promote institutional change at UHCL, her current projects examine the relationship between culturally relevant cues in academic contexts for at-risk Hispanic American high school students and LGBT college students. She has also published work on her pedagogical practices, including the importance of making visible the accomplishments of marginalized groups across course curricula. She currently serves as consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, the top journal for feminist psychology, and was recently awarded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (American Psychological Association, Division 9) a national teaching award recognizing her innovative approaches for teaching intersectionality theory across the psychology curriculum.

1:15-3:15 pm: Student and Postdoc Research Talks and Poster Presentations

3:30-5:30 pm: Panel Discussion Topic: Systemic solutions to diversity challenges in STEM

Panelists include
Dr. Sherilynn Black, Medical Education and Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity, Duke University
Dr. Angel Harris, Sociology, Duke University
Dr. Susan Lozier, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
Dr. Desdamona Rios, Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Houston-Clear Lake


Symposium 2015: Beyond awareness of gender bias in STEM

April 10, 2015

10:30 am: Keynote Address by James B. Duke Professor, Anne Pusey from Evolutionary Anthropology
Title: Cooperation, competition and coercion: Female social relationships in mammalian societies.

11:30 am: Graduate student research talks

1:00 pm: Panel Discussion Topic: Addressing gender biases in STEM

2:00 pm: Graduate student research talks

3:00 pm: Graduate student research poster session


Symposium 2012: The state of women in STEM fields

December 1, 2012
Presented by WiSE, Sigma Xi, and the American Medical Women’s Association