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Goal 3: Reimagined Spaces—Voices and Visibility

Claiming Spaces – Social Science Research

Useful public spaces are the cornerstones of strong communities and the opportunities those spaces offer to create a free exchange of new ideas and new perspectives benefit all of us.  But when some members of our communities feel unwelcome or unsafe in those spaces, we all lose.

Sophie TrawalterSophie Trawalter, assistant professor of public policy and psychology at U.Va., is examining how public spaces are inviting to some and hostile to others, and her research is helping us change the way we think about public space and the way we empower all individuals to thrive and to contribute to a richer future for everyone.

Goal: To research best ways to increase the positive visibility and sense of belonging of STEM and SBE women in the social and physical environment across U.Va. Grounds.

What We’ve Done So Far: Professor Trawalter and her team have surveyed and interviewed hundreds of students and faculty members. When early study results indicated that safety concerns were a significant issue for women, apparently affecting productivity because of reduced use of research facilities at night, Trawalter added additional research in that arena. She is currently working with the Office of the President, the working group on Safety and Security, and Facilities Management on specific interventions to improve safety on UVa Grounds, based on this research.

For more information contact UVa CHARGE.   If you want to support Professor Trawalter’s work on space and safety on grounds, go to safergrounds.org


Oral Histories

What was/is life like for UVa’s women pioneers in the STEM and SBE fields? What do they have to teach us about what it means to be on the leading edge of history? What it means to be a scientist or an engineer? What it means to be a woman faculty member at U.Va.?

CHARGE personnel have been busy this year identifying these women, recording their stories, and conducting qualitative analysis to understand women’s common experience in these uncommon situations. The oral histories will identify challenges and success strategies of STEM women faculty, and will be the basis for research.

Purpose: To increase the positive visibility and sense of belonging of STEM and SBE women in the social and physical environment across U.Va. Grounds.

What We’ve Done So Far: The oral history team has interviewed 15 women in STEM and SBE; qualitative coding and analysis is underway.  

For more information contact UVa CHARGE.


Portraiture Project for STEM and SBE Women

We are highlighting women faculty in STEM and SBE at UVa by creating exhibitions of professionally executed portraits, which will be coupled with responses from those portrayed to questions such as, “What compels you to be an engineer/scientist/mathematician?” or “What are the highlights of your career so far?”

Why portraiture? And why convey your excitement about being a STEM faculty member?

  • We realize that changing the cultural perceptions of men and women about participation of women in STEM is important.
  • We believe that providing visible images of women in STEM fields can positively improve perceptions of women as scientists.
  • We know that women graduate students consistently say that they rarely hear from the few women faculty in their profession about the joys and benefits of being a scholar/scientist. They want to know: What motivates you and keeps you involved?  

We plan to create an online exhibit, scheduled to go live in the fall of 2015, which will include lessons learned from these early pathfinders and professional photographic portraits of women faculty in all stages of their STEM and SBE careers (see below). There will be a curated exhibit the following year in a local gallery.

Purpose: To increase the positive visibility and sense of belonging of STEM and SBE women in the social and physical environment across U.Va. Grounds.

For more information contact UVa CHARGE.

 

Joanne McGrath Cohoon Enhancement Grants
Purpose
In the past, small grants have been provided to support STEM/SBE women faculty’s career advancement in SEAS and the College. Career advancement activities included: research, teaching, scholarship, and professional development. However, because CHARGE is in its final year, we are completing the evaluation of this project and will begin institutionalizing it based on the evaluation results. Therefore, CHARGE will not be awarding Cohoon Enhancement Grants this year. Once these grants are institutionalized, we will announce where applications can be found.


Previous grants were used:

  • For research needs
  • To create new curricula or other teaching advancement
  • To foster interdisciplinary collaborations
  • To bridge resources between grants
  • To prepare portfolios for tenure or promotion
  • To extend networks by travel to international conferences or to visit collaborators

 


NSF ADVANCE
The goal of the NSF ADVANCE Program is to increase the participation of women, including African Americans, Latina, and Asian American women, in the academic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) science careers. 

Results

A total of 14 grants have been awarded since 2013 that have advanced women faculty’s careers at U.Va. and within their disciplines. Women faculty report these grants make them visible and recognizable in their fields, and also allow them to pursue new areas of research and thus take new risks. As a result, the Enhancement Grants are achieving outcomes related to increasing the visibility of women STEM/SBS faculty on Grounds while also enhancing their professional development.
In Their Own Words

  • This funding was essential to helping me keep my work (and therefore me) visible at a time in my life where it is easy to fade into the scientific background due to my family responsibilities. I was subsequently awarded an NSF grant to continue this project, and I suspect that the visibility that the Enhancement funds helped to provide was important in this process.”(Kelsey Johnson, Astronomy)

  • Attending this conference helped me make progress toward my goals of building my national reputation as a scholar and advancing toward tenure. [It also] allowed me to disseminate the findings of my research and provided me with an opportunity to network with senior colleagus who may write letters in support of my tenure in the coming years.” (Noelle Hurd, Psychology)

  • The goal of the award, namely to allow me to consolidate and strengthen my research network within the U.S., has clearly been reached. […] It is, in my opinion, a highly effective method to support women and underrepresented minorities in their career development. The enhancement grant has contributed significantly to strengthen my ties to the community and as such is a critical contribution to my professional development.” (Petra Reinke, Materials Science & Engineering)

  • Gaining confidence in a new field is difficult. But showing up at meetings is an important start. This grant allowed me to do that. I am now a face as well as a name, and I have shown up more than once at the major research center doing work I want to do. I am being taken seriously as a colleague.” (Deborah Lawrence, Environmental Sciences)

 

Recent Enhancement Fund Recipients

2013

Johnson, Kelsey

Astronomy

STEM (A&S)

To attend & present at a conference and foster research collaboration

2013

Reinke, Petra

Material Science & Engineering

STEM (SEAS)

Travel funds to visit and work with several colleagues located at UC Davis, UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Livermore National 
Laboratory.

2013

Rinaldo, Rachel

Sociology

SBE (A&S)

To organize a gender and globalization symposium on Islam and Feminism

2013

Fraser, Cassandra

Chemistry

STEM (A&S)

1 month working with AAAS

2013

Hurd, Noelle

Psychology

SBE (A&S)

Travel to a research conference to present co-authored papers and meeting with potential collaborators to discuss shared projects and publications

2013

Lawrence, Deborah

Environmental Sciences

STEM (A&S)

Attend workshops at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and spend a week working with a collaborator to develop a research proposal

2013

Opila, Beth

Material Science & Engineering

STEM (SEAS)

Purchase computing database software to support research and teaching

2014

Dobrin, Lise

Anthropology

SBE (A&S)

Support for a research assistant who is translating the Arapesh language

2014

LaViolette, Adria

Anthropology

SBE (A&S)

Support data preparation at UVA and fieldwork in Tanzania.

2014

Berne, Rosalyn

Engineering & Society

STEM (SEAS)

Contribute to NASA Astrobiology roadmap and research Astrobiologists who study interspecies communication

2014

Erisir, Alev

Psychology

STEM (A&S)

Tissue prep of monkeys & tree shrews; travel to use specialized microscopes; support of graduate research student; leading to grant submissions based on new data

2014

Guler, Jennifer

Biology

STEM (A&S)

Develop research program to bridge gap between med school & biology research on malaria

2014

LaViers, Amy

SIE

STEM (SEAS)

Travel and fees to LIMS certification workshop in movement analysis for robotics

2014

Verbiscer, Anne

Astronomy

STEM (A&S)

Attend workshop in Chile; enhance collaborations with NRAO

2015

Hurd, Noelle

Psychology

SBS (A&S) Expand a longitudinal study on the experiences and challenges of underrepresented minority students at UVA
2015

Schafer, Dorothy


Biology STEM (A&S) Will conduct experiments that will be the basis for grant applications, collaborate with researchers at another facility, and attend conferences to present her research.
2015

DuBay, Kateri 


Chemistry STEM (A&S) Will attend conferences and workshops to establish her research presence, present her research, network to create future collaborations and make her work visible on a national scale.

 

 

 

Related links

Portraiture Project

safergrounds.org

 

 

 


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This is an ambitious effort that will require the assistance of many! If you are interested in getting involved, we welcome your participation. Please send an email to the team at uvacharge@virginia.edu. Feedback and suggestions are also welcome.

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