Women in Genome Sciences (WiGS) is a group of genome scientists at the University of Washington working as an advocacy organization for women in our department and our field. We strive to ensure our department is encouraging to women by providing access to female speakers across diverse fields and career trajectories, developing mentorship opportunities, and assisting with career development and work-life balance. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to be successful in science, regardless of their gender, race, sexuality, class, age, etc. Our group also has an interest in understanding how the research we perform ultimately affects minorities and society at large. We encourage all members of the department who are interested in these issues to join us.
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We had a interesting fall discussion with insightful UW Philosopher of Science Dr. Carole Lee in fall 2015 about bias in peer review. We discussed how commensuration bias, the distillation of many qualities into a single metric, can make room for hidden biases about race or gender and can discourage innovation.
The full notes from our October 10th discussion are here
In May of 2015 we had a great session with postdoc and frequent poster competition winner Dr. Ivan Liachko from the Dunham Lab about how to give a poster with lasting impact. The full notes from this incredibly useful session are here, and we are planning on running this workshop again in 2016 before the summer conference season.
A few quality external resources:
UW design help desk: http://depts.washington.edu/deshelp/
Minutes from our Winter Quarter 2016 meetings are here, updated as they become available:
January 5th, 2016
Meeting minutes from Fall Quarter 2015 are available:
October 7th, 2015
November 12th, 2015
Minutes from the 8/12/15 organizational meeting are here