Experience is widely recognized as one of the life's most effective teachers, and organizers of the upcoming 2017 Susan M. Arseven '75 Conference for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) guarantee multiple opportunities to learn from some of the best within the STEM professions and Aggieland next month on the Texas A&M campus.

Registration opens today (Monday, Jan. 23) for the popular annual WISE Conference, now in its 25th year and set for Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus. This year's theme, "WISE and SHINE: Polishing Our Strengths," focuses on honing professional and personal strengths -- critical factors in successfully navigating, mastering and maximizing the many facets and phases of life.

The event will feature a day of common ground, conversation and inspiration among friends in a series of interactive workshops featuring speakers who are examples of diversified strength in action who will share their insights gained along the journey from diploma to career and all points in between. Topics include networking, leadership, transitioning into new careers, making choices and many other areas of interest to women as they move out into the technological workforce.

"This is a two-way participatory opportunity to discuss a variety of challenges women face in preparing for and pursuing successful science, engineering and technological careers, with knowledgeable speakers addressing obstacles and opportunities they have encountered in both their personal and professional lives," said Dr. Nancy Magnussen, director of Educational Outreach and Women's Programs in the College of Science, which organizes and hosts the annual event. "Whether trying to get out of graduate school or deciding if the current career path is the correct one, everyone should take away new thoughts and ideas from our motivated and inspired speakers."

The daylong conference (see schedule here) will feature a keynote presentation by the Dr. Patrice O. Yarbough, a Senior Scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center who contributes to planning and implementing human studies for the NASA Human Research Program and is Principal Investigator for research in the NASA habitat HERA. Prior to NASA, Yarbough promoted the growth of basic and clinical research programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She previously conducted clinical research at Tanox Inc. and preclinical research at Genelabs Technologies.

In her presentation, Yarbough will discuss focusing your strengths, setting goals and becoming a "science warrior" by loving your work, never quitting and allowing your passions to be your career driver.

A complete list of speakers -- which also includes Texas A&M Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Karan L. Watson -- is available here.

The conference is named in honor of the late Dr. Susan M. Arseven '75, one of the leading strategists in information technology during a career spanning several disciplines and a pioneering example of Aggie leadership. Thanks to generous funding from a permanent endowment established through the Texas A&M Foundation by Arseven's husband, biostatistician Dr. Ersen Arseven '74, the event also showcases the Susan M. Arseven Make-A-Difference Award -- two $1,000 awards presented to female graduate students pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in science, engineering or technology as part of the conference.

The registration fee is $50 ($25 for students) and includes a pre-conference reception on Friday, Feb. 17, a registration packet and lunch on Saturday. Participants can register online at http://outreach.science.tamu.edu/wise/2017/wise_online_registration.php. The deadline is Feb. 14.

Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) at Texas A&M is a university-recognized organization of graduate students, staff and faculty from various science and engineering backgrounds. The group was created to address specific problems faced by women in non-traditional fields.

For more information about the conference or other outreach events and women's programs in the College of Science, visit http://outreach.science.tamu.edu.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Nancy Magnussen, (979) 845-5587 or nancy@science.tamu.edu

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  • Dr. Patrice O. Yarbough (Credit: Dr. Patrice O. Yarbough.)

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