Professional Development

Women in Tech Careers Discuss 
’Make a Living, Have a Life’ on September 15

According to a study released this year by the American Association of University Women, the percentage of computing jobs held by women fell in 2013 to just 26 percent, down from 35 percent in 1990. Panelists from academia and industry will discuss the challenges women in tech careers face today, and how to resolve them on Tuesday, September 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Toppel Career Center Loft, 5225 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, on the Coral Gables campus.

The Women in Tech Careers panelists will outline their paths to success and engage the audience in a constructive discussion on steps that can be taken to increase future prospects for girls and women interested in tech careers. They include:

Benoit Wirz, director of Venture Investments at the Knight Foundation

Claire Marrero, CEO of The Talent Source and president of ITWomen

Lynn Cherny, Visiting Knight Chair for the Center for Communication, Culture and Change, University of Miami School of Communication

Rebekah Monson, vice president/product of The New Tropic

Christine Lisetti, associate professor of computer science, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University

Brian Reece, associate director of assessment and communication at UM’s Toppel Career Center

The panel, which will be moderated by Sawsan Khuri, director of engagement for the UM Center for Computational Science, is sponsored by UM’s Center for Computational Science; the UM College of Arts & Sciences Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Department of Computer Science; and the Toppel Career Center. The discussion will open with an icebreaker game designed by UM’s Lien Tran, assistant professor of communication, who teaches interaction, digital, game, and Web design. A networking reception will immediately follow.

To attend, please register online. For more information, visit: http://ccs.miami.edu.

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Sign Up for Workshop on Writing Applications for NIH and NSF Grants on September 25

Grant-Writing WorkshopThe next grant-writing workshop organized by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, “Essentials in Writing Applications for NIH and NSF,” will be held on the Coral Gables campus on Friday, September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Part of a series organized in response to requests from faculty, the workshop follows another successful workshop held August 13, when 18 faculty from 12 departments and the Richter Library learned about “Funding for the Humanities” from a panel of faculty experts. Deborah Schwartz-Kates (musicology), Frank Palmeri (English), and Ashli White (history) discussed their experiences obtaining funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A video recording of that workshop is available upon request from Karin Scarpinato, assistant provost for research.

To sign up for “Essentials in Writing Applications for NIH and NSF,” RSVP by September 15. For more information about the series, visit UResearch’s Grant Writing Workshops.



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Apply for Leadership Miami Today

Develop your leadership skills and make a difference in the community as a member of the Leadership Miami Class of 2015-2016. Leadership Miami brings together Miami-Dade County’s emerging leaders for an intensive learning experience that focuses on community issues and leadership skills. The University is looking for enthusiastic individuals interested in making Miami a better place to live and to work. A program of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Miami offers participants the opportunity to connect with Miami’s leaders through a dynamic series of lectures, interactive seminars, small group discussions, and leadership skills exercises.

The opening conference will be held October 23 and 24. Throughout the six-month program, participants are required to attend monthly Saturday sessions, complete fieldwork assignments, and implement a community service project with their teammates. The cost of tuition is $1,700, and a limited number of scholarships will be available. For more information, call 305-284-5478. To apply, download the application using your ’Cane ID and submit the completed form to mherris@miami.edu by Wednesday, September 16.

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