What is GROW?

Graduate Research Opportunities for Women (GROW) is a conference for women-identified students interested in graduate school in the mathematical sciences.

When and where is GROW 2016?

GROW 2016 Conference: October 14-16, 2016 – Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

Participants arrive Friday evening and depart Sunday afternoon. Formal activities begin Saturday morning. See the Schedule of Events for more details.

What does GROW 2016 cost? 

We will reimburse travel expenses and accommodation for all participants; meals will be provided.

Activities include:

  • Research Lectures by Nancy Rodriguez-Bunn, Antonio Auffinger, and Teena Gerhardt
  • Banquet Dinner with a Keynote Speaker Dusa McDuff,Barnard College, Columbia University.
  • Panel Discussions on mathematical sciences:  Getting into Graduate School; Careers in Academia; Research in Mathematics
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Help with preparing applications for graduate school, REU’s, and Semester Long Programs
  • Opportunities for mentoring by graduate students and faculty
  • Meet previous GROW participants and hear about their experiences
  • See Schedule of Events for a full list of discussions and panelists

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Essay Contest

Here is yet another wonderful opportunity from AWM:

To increase awareness of women’s ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America are co-sponsoring an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. AWMessayContest

The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical sciences career. This contest is open to students in the following categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduate. At least one winning submission will be chosen from each category. Winners will receive a (monetary) prize, and their essays will be published online at the AWM web site. Additionally, a grand prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter. The Deadline for the AWM Essay Contest is January 31 each year.   Follow this link to access the contest details and application:

Furthermore, I would like to recommend the subject of your interview, – Dr. Linda Keen (assuming that she agrees).  I first heard of Linda Keen when I began investigating advanced mathematical fields during my senior year at Hunter College, in preparation for graduate study.  I read quite a few of her publications, and even though I did not yet have sufficient expertise to fully appreciate the depth of her contributions, I found the articles very captivating and interesting.  The main ideas were communicated in a very engaging clear manner making them very accessible for a novice.  During my graduate work I was lucky enough to end up in her Complex Analysis class, and the “real” Linda Keen did not disappoint. She graciously agreed to be my PhD adviser, and, thanks to her, and the network of mathematicians she was affiliated with, I had a very fruitful and rewarding graduate experience.  I strongly suspect that if one of you decide to enter the contest, you will find Dr. Keen to be an inspirational woman with a impressive list of achievements that contributed to the discipline as well as the empowerment of women within it.  Below are links to some of her abbreviated online bios, as well as her own CUNY Graduate Center profile:

June 7th Free Green Roof Conference

Join the NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance to learn about and discuss cutting-edge green roof research, curriculum, and policy at “The State of Green Roofs in New York City,” Thursday, June 7, at The New School. This is the first-ever forum on the emerging fields of green roof science, policy, and education.
The Green Roof Researchers Alliance is a consortium of over 50 researchers, educators, and policy makers from 17 New York City and State institutions. It is investigating the potential benefits of green roofs, developing a comprehensive overview of green roofs in New York City, and working to expand them across the cityscape.

The conference will open with a keynote by Alan Steel, CEO and President of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Topics to be covered include the development of a map and database of New York City green roofs, wildlife use of green roofs, the benefits of green roofs for stormwater retention and energy use, the role of green roofs in education, and ways we can change NYC policy to promote green roofs.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited—pre-register at

The event is co-sponsored by the Urban Systems Lab, NYC Audubon, the Lang Civic Liberal Arts Program, and Environmental Studies program at The New School.


An Apology for Toasting James Watson

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Apology for Toasting

The Broad Institute’s Eric Lander has apologized for toasting Nobel laureate James Watson, Stat News reports.

At the Biology of Genomes meeting last week, Lander gave a toast in honor of Watson’s 90th birthday. This sparked a backlash on Twitter, as the toast glossed over racistsexist, and anti-Semitic remarks Watson has made. In a tweet, the University of California, Davis’ Jonathan Eisen called the toast “disgusting.”

Watson has also been criticized for his treatment of Rosalind Franklin, whose X-crystallography images were key to Watson and Francis Crick deciphering the DNA double helix. Watson, who became the director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where the meeting took place, in 1968, had to step down as chancellor in 2007 because of his offensive statements. However, he remains a professor and chancellor emeritus there.

In an email to members of the Broad community, Lander apologizes and says he should have followed his first instinct to decline the request, Stat News reports. “People who have called this out are correct. I was wrong to toast, and I’m sorry,” he wrote, according to Stat News.

In a tweet, Lander adds he finds Watson’s views “abhorrent” and calls them “racist, sexist, [and] anti-Semitic” and says that his “brief comment about [Watson] being ‘flawed’ did not go nearly far enough.” Stat News adds that Lander further acknowledges he should have been more cognizant of the “damage caused by recognizing him in any way” as he himself has been on receiving end of Watson’s anti-Semitic remarks.

One of the meeting organizers, Jonathan Pritchard from Stanford University, also apologized on Twitter. “I did not speak up against this plan [to toast Watson] and I sincerely apologize for this failure,” he writes. “Watson’s views are vile and they do not reflect the values of our community or of this meeting.”

End of Year Events: Professional Development, Graduation Reception, Enhanced Human, Genetic Counseling

Professional Development for Summer Internships and Research Experiences
Tuesday May 15
4:00pm- 6:30pm
Room 465, 65 West 11th Street
Katayoun will be provide feedback from prior supervisors and directors of our Lang fellows and helpful resources to help you organize your time, your work flow, and manage expectations in these transitional pre-professional settings. Additionally a slide set from Student Success of “Dos and Don’ts” will be showcased as well as a google drive of resources for resumes, CV, Thank you letters, letter of rec etc. This session is primarily for Mohn Family Science & Social  Justice Fellows, but all students are welcome to join as the material is useful for REUs, and other research oriented sites.  Last year students who were not Fellows attended and found the session useful for their summer experiences. Workflow products like Basecamp and other tools will be shared by fellows as well. 
Interdisciplinary Science Graduation Reception & Poster Session
Wednesday May 16
3:30pm- 5:00pm
4th Floor Lang Lounge (65 West 11th Street)
Please join us as we celebrate our graduating seniors and learn about an experience that has been transformative for them via posters.  Light refreshments will be served. 
The Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunities (Link to Program
Monday May 21
NYAS (World Trade Center 7)
6:00pm- 9:30pm ( reception time included)
Cost covered by the department, but you must RSVP here  and then Kc will register you in bulk


Genetic Counseling Career Day  (Link to Program
Monday June 11
Sarah Lawrence College ( train ride)
9am- 4:00pm
Cost covered by the department, but you must RSVP here  and then Kc will register you in bulk

May 21 The Enhanced Human- Department will cover costs if you want to attend/ or watch Livestream

The Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunities

The Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunities
Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:25 PM
The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

If you want to attend and need to have the registration cost of $8 or $10 covered, please contact  Katayoun will be attending this event and would love your company and conversation

Enhanced humans walk among us. Over the course of human history, people have sought to alter their bodies not only to restore their health, but also to augment their abilities. Some enhancements have been commonplace for centuries, like a simple cup of coffee to remain alert or eyeglasses to improve sight. More recent developments are ever more complex, from prosthetic devices to restore lost functions, like robotic limbs or cochlear implants, to the DIY biohackers movement to create cognitive and body enhancers. As we move deeper into the 21st century, human enhancement technologies are being developed at an increasingly rapid pace.

Efforts to temporarily or permanently overcome limitations of the human body and mind now include bionic and prosthetic technologies, brain-computer interfaces, neurotechnologies, and nootropics. Advances in artificial intelligence are breathtaking. Another dramatic development in the last decade is gene editing with CRISPR/Cas9, enabling us to not only manipulate human biology, but also to potentially dictate our evolutionary future.

The prospect of human enhancement elicits enthusiasm due to the vast opportunities to redesign ourselves, yet skepticism about how far the science can really take us and bioethical concerns are also prevalent. Many have expressed a need for caution due to the myriad unanswered questions and unknowns regarding how these technologies should be used, to what ends, and who should make these decisions. For example, gene editing has the capacity to cure disease, but can we draw a line between appropriate applications and misuse when it comes to complex issues such as trait selection and editing the human genome in ways that will be permanent? How will enhancements impact human identity and human relationships? Who will be able to access human enhancement technologies, and will societal inequalities be exacerbated? How do we identify and minimize the risks and weigh them against any benefits?  As we navigate through new territories in self-customization, what kinds of regulations can and should be put in place?

To explore these questions, the New York Academy of Sciences, together with the Aspen Brain Institute, and The Hastings Center, will bring together scientists, ethicists, philosophers, historians, and other experts, for an evening public eventThe Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunitieswill examine existing and emerging enhancement technologies, with a special focus on gene editing and artificial intelligence, as examples of technologies with broad capabilities and ethical concerns. Panelists will provide an historical perspective, scientific background, and will delve into the ethical and social questions still to be addressed.


This event will be available via Livestream, and archived in perpetuity on the Academy’s Livestream Channel. For full details, and to view the Livestream, please follow the link below:


Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9th
8:00am to 2:00pm
Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center

Design, Justice & Zero Waste:

Exploring Pathways to the Circular Economy

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The Tishman Environment and Design Center and GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) invite you to join us at Design, Justice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to a Circular Economyconference and research collaborative. You will be part of a discussion with a global audience of innovative and creative eco-minded collaborators including practitioners, researchers, advocates and activists.