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Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

Upcoming Events

We will be holding Fall 2021 events via in-person, Zoom or a hybrid of both (please refer to each event's description to find out the location for that specific event).

We will continue to follow guidance from K-State, the CDC and KDHE to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students and so at this time, we do request in-person participants and KAWSE office visitors adhere to the current mask guideline.

We would love for you to us in the KAWSE office this semester if you are ever in Seaton! Or connect anything with us by emailing kawse@ksu.edu. 

Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - KAWSE will host a combined recognition ceremony for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Awardees during the fall 2021 semester. Location: K-State Alumni Center Banquet Room, Manhattan Campus.  

This annual event, hosted by KAWSE, recognizes K-State women faculty and staff for academic achievements, such as earning tenure and promotion, being promoted to full professor, or winning a university wide award. Recipients of the KAWSE Award, ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series, and the KAWSE Postdoctoral Travel Fund are also recognized at this event. 


2021-2022 Inclusive Leadership Series 

The speakers in this series have been nominated by their peers for being inclusive leaders. Each event is scheduled for an hour. In the first 10-15 minutes, the speaker will discuss an action they have taken to increase diversity and/or inclusion. The remaining time will be for discussion.  The intended audience is anyone committed to enriching the lives of women in masculinized cultures. I encourage you not to think of leadership with a capital “L”- leadership can be big things, but it is also found in “small” everyday behaviors.

As we schedule speakers for this series, we will make that information available here and through our listserv emails. Below is a list of currently schedules sessions: 


Joyce Baptist session information



Rachel Levitt

Qualtrics RSVP for Rachel Levitt's ILS Session 

Rachel Levitt Brief Biography: Dr. Rachel Levitt is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department. They earned their PhD in American Studies and hold two graduate certificates: one in Women Studies, the other in Race and Social Justice. In addition to their work in the GWSS department, Dr. Levitt is also a member of KSU's Transgender Taskforce and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of the Flint Hills Human Rights Project.


ILS Meyers

Qualtrics RSVP for Mercedes Meyer's ILS Session 

Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D., is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP’s Washington, DC office. She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College (1988), a Ph.D. in virology from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (1994), and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center (1996). Mercedes is co-author with David Hricik of Patent Ethics: Prosecution (4th ed., 2016-2017). She frequently lectures on bioethics, drug pricing and government march-in, ethics, mental health, well-being, diversity and inclusion, and patents especially in the areas of biotechnology, due diligence, prosecution, and inter partes matters.

Mercedes is an active member of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Organization (IPO), a member of the IPO Education Foundation (IPOEF) Board of directors, and co-chairperson to the Committee on the Profession for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). She is former AIPLA Board member and Secretary, and a member of the Association of University Technology Managers Women’s Inventor Committee (WIC). Mercedes has been selected for inclusion on Chambers USA, Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Stars, the IAM Global Leaders, Strategy 300 Global Leaders, and the IAM Patent 1000 World’s Leading Patent Practitioners lists.



ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series [ADLS]

K-State ADVANCE program awards up to $1200 to tenure-earning faculty from different departments of five partner STEM colleges to invite and bring seminar speakers to campus. Below is information for the upcoming seminar for ADLS Awardee Dr. Stephanie Shames, Division of Biology. 

ADLS O'Riordan

Full Seminar Notice.    Dr. O'Riordan's Webpage. 

Seminar Description: 

Innate immune cells are wired to sense danger and stress, using existing organelle stress circuits to amplify proinflammatory signaling. We explore mechanisms of innate immune responses to bacterial infection, focusing on
stress sensing and signaling in the ER, mitochondria and cytosol. Our previous studies have identified the ER stress sensor IRE1 as a critical regulator of macrophage and neutrophil innate immune signaling. Moreover, IRE1 acts to
control pro-inflammatory through multiple pathways, including programming mitochondrial stress. Infection or Toll-like receptor engagement signals profound changes in mitochondrial metabolism, signaling and
architecture. Our current studies are elucidating the contribution of key mitochondrial components, such as the phospholipid cardiolipin, to switching mitochondrial function from homeostasis to supporting pro-inflammatory
signaling. Collectively, our data support a model where regulators of ER and mitochondrial stress shape and scaffold the innate immune response to infection. 

If you would like to visit with Dr. Mary O’Riordan, please contact Steph Shames at sshames@ksu.edu.

KAWSE Research & Writing Accountability Group

For many reasons, faculty who are members of historically underrepresented groups find it challenging to make time for their own research/writing. KAWSE has an online accountability group with a few face-to-face check-ins throughout the academic year to assist with this challenge.


Opportunities to have Broader Impact            GROW Saturday Workshop 

October 23, 2021 

Join us for a Saturday full of hands-on STEM activities as we explore the wide world of science, technology, engineering and math! This workshop's theme is "Creating a Better World Through STEM + Arts and Design" and will explore how various STEM fields--including architecture, planning & design--contribute to a more sustainable, healthy, equitable and inclusive world. Students of all genders in grades 6-8 are welcome to attend. 

Activity proposals are open now and more information can be found on the Facilitate for GROW/EXCITE webpage. If you have questions, please contact the KAWSE Program Coordinator, Morgan Greene, at any time. You may also call the KAWSE office at 785-532-6088.



GROW and EXCITE Summer Workshops

SAVE THE DATE: June 8-10, 2022

K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate hands-on science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) themed activities for middle and high school students during our 3-day, 2-night summer workshop! Unlike our Saturday Workshops, the Summer Workshops do not have a theme, so we welcome any STEM-based activity proposal. Activities range from 45-minute to 2-hours in length, can occur more than once and be held on one or more days of the event.

Activity proposals will open in March 2022. If you have questions prior to then, please contact the KAWSE Program Coordinator, Morgan Greene, at any time. You may also call the KAWSE office at 785-532-6088.