Dr. Nicole Woitowich is the Associate Director for the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University. She is actively transforming the landscape of women’s health through her research, advocacy, and outreach activities. She implements programming which informs the scientific and medical communities, as well as the public, about the influences of sex and gender on health and disease. In addition, Dr. Woitowich serves as the Director for the Illinois Women’s Health Registry, which promotes the participation of women in clinical research and evaluates state-wide women’s health trends. As a former Presidential Management Fellow awardee, she remains politically active and advocates on behalf of women’s health research. In 2018, she drafted legislation to recognize January 25th as National Women’s Health Research Day which was introduced in Congress by Sen. Duckworth and Rep. Schakowsky, and locally endorsed by Mayor Emanuel. While formally trained as biochemist, her current research explores the impact of science policy on research practices and gender biases in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical (STEMM) fields. Dr. Woitowich has held a long-standing interest in the advancement and retention of women in the STEMM pipeline and has created programs both at Northwestern University and beyond to this end. In 2015, she was nominated to serve as a member of the Public Outreach Committee for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, due to her ability to communicate science to diverse audiences and her passion for making science publicly accessible. Through this role, she served as a co-organizer for SciOut18, the first national meeting of science outreach practitioners in the United States.
This fall, there are a lot of great events planned for women in STEMM throughout the Chicagoland area. To help you keep track, we've compiled a list of 5 upcoming events in September and October!
1. Women in Science Conference
When: September 18th – 19th
Where: Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL
Sponsor/Host: Northeastern Illinois University and the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative
Northeastern Illinois University and the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative are hosting a Women in Science Conference in honor of the 150th anniversary of Marie Curie's birth and the 150th anniversary of Northeastern Illinois University. The two-day event will feature a series of lectures, discussions, and a screening of the film "Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge."
The event is free and open to the public. Registration and additional information can be found here.
2. Gender Divide in Healthcare Professions
When: September 27th
Where: Rosalind Franklin University, 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL
Sponsor/Host: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is hosting a day-long workshop to address gender barriers in healthcare fields. The event will feature interactive lectures and discussions.
The event is free and open to the public. CME credits are available. Registration and additional information can be found here.
3. Chicago Women in Bio – Third Annual Start-Up Challenge
When: September 28th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: MATTER, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza (12th Floor), Chicago, IL
Sponsor/Host: Chicago Chapter for Women in Bio
The Chicago Chapter of Women in Bo is hosting their third annual Start-up Challenge which features finalists from women-led biotech companies. Participants will be able to network with local entrepreneurs and other women in STEM.
The event costs $15 for Women in Bio members and $45 for non-members. Click here to register.
4. Coffee and Conversations at Northwestern University
When: October 18th and 26th
Where: Chicago and Evanston Campuses
Sponsor/Host: Women's Health Research Institute
Throughout the upcoming year, the WHRI will host several events for Northwestern University women in STEM. The events will feature engaging discussions with members of the Northwestern Community and provide networking and community-building opportunities.
The event is free and open to all NU students, post-docs, faculty, and staff. Registration for the events can be found below:
Coffee and Conversation with Dr. Jindan Yu (Chicago Campus) - October 18th, 3:30 - 4:30 PM Lurie Research Building, Searle Seminar Room
Coffee and Conversation with Dr. Yarrow Axford (Evanston Campus) - October 26th, 3:30 - 4:30 PM Tech, Cohen Commons Dining Room
5. Insight to Innovation: Women in STEM Leadership Conference
When: October 27th Where: University of Chicago, Harper Court Conference Center, 1525 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL
Sponsor/Host: University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is hosting a day-long conference for women in STEM who are interested in exploring innovation opportunities for their research.