Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee (WISMAC)

WISMAC is a UT Southwestern Medical Center institutional standing committee composed of appointed representatives of the faculty, administration, fellows, and student body. WISMAC provides advice and initiatives on issues related to women in science and medicine, with the ultimate goal to improve UT Southwestern for everyone. We are supported by the Southwestern Medical Foundation. If you would like to make suggestions or contribute information, please email wismac@utsouthwestern.edu.

Upcoming WISMAC-Sponsored Events

Monthly: The Mentoring Series for Female Graduate Students and Postdocs

WISMAC and the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development present "The Mentoring Series for Female Graduate Students and Postdocs," featuring female faculty members as discussion leaders. These faculty members are encouraged to speak on their career path and offer advice on balancing work and career, finding a scientific niche, etc.

The location and speaker names for the sessions are announced via email invitation to female graduate students and postdocs. Past participants include Carole Mendelson, Ph.D., Melanie Cobb, Ph.D., and Beth Levine, M.D. For further information, please email wismac@utsouthwestern.edu.

Recent WISMAC–Sponsored Events

October 11, 2012

A reception for female faculty featured Helen Yin, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Women's Careers, as guest speaker. WISMAC and UT Southwestern's Office of Women's Careers co-sponsored the reception. 

February 5–7, 2013

For the 2012–2013 academic year, our Ida M. Green Distinguished Visiting Professorship Honoring Women in Science and Medicine featured Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Andrews is Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine. She has been honored as an investigator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. She spent much of her career at Harvard, where she received the Dean's Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women Faculty. She presented the University Lecture on February 6, 2013.

March 3, 2012, and March 2, 2013

WISMAC joined Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern (STARS) for a day-long Saturday presentation of information and workshops on careers in science and medicine. The audience included middle and high school teachers along with their selected female students. Student representatives of WISMAC took the lead roles in this event.

February 7–9, 2012

For the 2011–2012 academic year, our Ida M. Green Distinguished Visiting Professorship Honoring Women in Science and Medicine featured Judith Kimble, Ph.D. Dr. Kimble is Henry Vilas Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She presented her research on molecular regulation of animal development at the University Lecture on February 8, 2012.

October 19, 2011

WISMAC and the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development hosted a symposium on faculty promotion and tenure. While the symposium was primarily for the benefit of instructors and assistant professors, all faculty were invited. Senior faculty, including chairs, division chiefs, and others who mentor junior faculty also benefited.

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September 20, 2011

Together with the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development, WISMAC hosted a reception for networking and to welcome new female faculty. A panel discussion addressed potential solutions for the leaky pipeline of females progressing through the academic and leadership ranks.