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EFA November Pub Talk

Women’s Representation in
Engineering: What are we Missing?

Join Dr. Candis Claiborn and Dr. Julie Kmec on November 12th at Paradise Creek Brewery for their pub talk “Women’s Representation in Engineering: What are we Missing?” Candis Claiborn will discuss her efforts to encourage more women students to pursue an engineering degree and why it is important to do so, both as a former engineering dean and in her current research. Julie Kmec will describe findings from a project exploring women’s engineering participation in Jordan, Malaysia, and Tunisia – – three countries where women have a much higher representation in engineering than in the U.S. She will also describe efforts to create a virtual reality experience to show how US-based engineers can learn from female engineers in these three countries.

Dr. Candis Claiborn is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She served as Dean of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) at Washington State University from 2006 to 2016. She led WSU’s NSF-funded ADVANCE program, which ran from 2008 to 2014. As Dean, she also oversaw numerous initiatives aimed at recruitment and retention of students, including women and underrepresented minorities, in engineering and computer science. Candis currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the University of Houston Center for Advancing UH Faculty Success, as well as the advisory board for the University of Idaho Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. She is a member of the University of Idaho Academy of Engineers.

Julie A. Kmec is a Professor of Sociology at WSU. Her research focuses on gender and race-based workplace inequality. She has published on topics including gender differences in work effort, work-family policy impacts, family caregiving penalties at work, the glass ceiling, and employment discrimination. She received the 2017 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction and teaches courses on social stratification, research methods, and the labor market. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sociology Compass.

November 12, 2019 at 6:00 – 7:00pm
Paradise Creek Brewery’s Downtown Restaurant – 245 SE Paradise St
Free Admission – $5.00 suggested donation (all donations support the Palouse Discovery Science Center)
Visit the Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassadors (EFA) website to learn more about the group and upcoming Pub Talks.


Research Week 3.0 Activities

Travel Grant Competition

In celebration of Research Week 3.0, the IREO team invited faculty, post-docs, research scientists, and graduate students to submit a project proposal that communicated an innovative product/idea and its potential impact in key companies. Three individuals were awarded with a $2,500 travel grant and received administrative support from our team to initiate contact and develop strategic, industrial partnerships with desired companies. The 2019 TGC Winners are:

Jose Riera, Graduate Student for the College of Education; Tyler Bland, Post-doctoral Research Associate for the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Soumik Banerjee, Associate Professor of School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

October 21, 2019
10am – 12pm in VBR 305


Alumni Panel Discussion: A View of Work in Industry

The Professional Development Initiative and Innovation & Research Engagement Office co-hosted a WSU alumni panel discussion. The panelists shared their experiences working in industry, pathways to their current occupations, as well as their advice and experiences in graduate school.

A special discussion moderated by Dr. Lisa Gloss, Dean of the Graduate School, with Drs. Andressa Smith (Johnson & Johnson), Andrey Zaikin (Boeing), Dilpreet Riar (Dow AgroSciences), and Grant Poole (Bayer).

October 21, 2019
3 – 5pm in CUB 210


“Pitching the Business Value of Your Research” Competition

The Innovation & Research Engagement Office and Office of Commercialization also co-hosted the “Pitching the Business Value of Your Research” event for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to help them grow research and its impact. The 2-hour “shark tank” style pitch session was the prime opportunity for WSU researchers to learn and practice effective presentation skills for communicating the business value of their research. The Top 3 presentations received the distinction of “Best Research Pitch,” and a cash award of $3,000 for 1st Place, $2,000 for 2nd Place, $1,000 for 3rd Place.

1st Place: Richard Allen White III, Post-doctoral Researcher for the Department of Plant Pathology; 2nd Place: Arda Gozen, George and Joan Berry Assistant Professor for College of Engineering & Architecture; 3rd Place: David Drake, Adjunct/Fabrication Labs Manager for the College of Engineering & Architecture

October 23, 2019
3 – 5pm in VBR 305


EFA October Pub Talk

Overlapping Spectra: Art and Science Collaboration on the Palouse

Amy Nielsen is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and serves as Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate. She grew up in Rockford, Illinois, home to Cheap Trick and the Rockford Peaches. (She was not a part of either group.) She received a double B.S. in Chemistry and Botany from Iowa State University, where she performed research in carbohydrate chemistry with Nikki Pohl. Following her childhood dream of learning to surf, she went to California where she received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, researching solid-state photochemistry with Miguel Garcia-Garibay at UCLA. She discovered her love of teaching organic chemistry as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and joined the faculty of Washington State University in 2015. Her research interests include the synthesis of “smart” small molecule immunostimulants (in collaboration with Rock Mancini) and stimuli-responsive pigments and dyes for use in sensing and fine arts applications.

Joe Hedges is an Intermedia artist who developed an expansive practice that weaves together oil painting, new media, music and installation. Hedges recent works explore conventional approaches to rendering with oil painting that can literally and conceptually interface with new media elements, analog devices and objects to create works that are part-painting, part-installation, or sculpture. These “hypercombines” present still digital images or videos and sound juxtaposed with highly rendered paintings of landscapes and figures. Exhibitions provide opportunities for viewers to reflect on the evolution of media technologies, history of painting, and screen-based, algorithmically mediated experience of daily life in the 21st century. Hedges is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting/Intermedia at Washington State University.

Jiemei Lin is an artist, designer, and curator born in Hangzhou, China. Lin is currently living and working in the Inland Northwest of Washington. Lin works with digital and traditional media such as painting, drawing, ceramics and embroidery. Lin’s works frequently take on themes of individual and cultural identity with attention to design and color. She is committed to combating social injustice through themes explored in her work and by promoting the fine arts. As a curator, she has helped to organize a variety of exhibitions from Cincinnati, Ohio to Beijing, China.

Kelsey Baker is an interdisciplinary artist working with painting, video, and installation to harness the power of light and color to contemplate and create dreamlike spaces. She is currently living in eastern Washington and earning her master’s in fine arts from Washington State University. Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout Texas, such as the New Texas Talent exhibition in Dallas, People’s Gallery in Austin City Hall, Woodlands High School Art Trust in the Woodlands, and Austin Art Boards Project.

Aaron Hendricksen was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida on the Space Coast. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Chemistry where he conducted research with Dr. Bill J. Baker in marine natural products chemistry. In 2018, he joined Dr. Rock Mancini’s Lab at Washington State University and is currently researching α,ω-Heterotelechelic polymers. His interests include music, nature, and composition.

October 8, 2019
at 6:00 – 7:00pm
Paradise Creek Brewery’s Downtown Restaurant – 245 SE Paradise St
Free Admission – $5.00 suggested donation (all donations support the Palouse Discovery Science Center)
Visit the Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassadors (EFA) website to learn more about the group and upcoming Pub Talks.