WITS Newsletter November 2014
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Welcome to the November 2014 WITS newsletter.

Hope you like the award WITS received from the Silicon Republic Women Invent Tomorrow campaign - we were the Top Role Model for Advocacy 2014. This month we note the WITS Strategy briefing for members, events attended by WITS and the passing of a WITS member.

Maureen Mulvihill 1923-2014
Maureen joined WITS at its inception in 1990 and was a WITS member for many years. She studied radiography at the College of Radiography (Earlsfort Terrace?) and worked in St Bricin's Military Hospital and then when she married at a Women's Hospital in London. On return to Dublin she reared her family. In the mid 1970s Maureen went back to work as a radiographer in Hospital Number 1 in St James's Hospital retiring at the age of 70. Maureen took part in many WITS events and trips and always enjoyed them and we enjoyed her company. In ill health in recent years she died on 26 October 2014. WITS sends its sympathy to her daughters Mary (WITS founder and former Chair), Anne and Nóirín and her sisters, particularly WITS honorary member Kitty Kelly and her niece Aileen McGrath (former WITS Chair). A donation has been made by WITS in Maureen's memory.

WITS Strategy Meeting 11 November 2014
Thanks to all who attended the meeting and gave the Executive feedback on the draft strategy. Thanks to Mary Carroll for presenting it so clearly. The feedback was considered by the Executive and has been incorporated into the proposal for the AGM.

WITS was at:

Dates for your diary - WITS events 2014

WITS AGM  Saturday 6 December 2014 10.30 am Science Gallery
Do come along; book your place here.
The WITS Strategy for 2015-2017 will be presented to members for approval. This is a great opportunity to meet members and keep in touch with WITS.


Women in STEM project for BT Young Scientist and Engineer Exhibition
Anna Porter a Transition Year student at Newpark Comprehensive Dublin is asking for our help. She writes:

The purpose of this study is to collect data about why women stay in STEM careers and analyse it to see if it could be a potential way to encourage more women into STEM careers. I am conducting this study as part of my BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition project. I will be displaying my results in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category in the Exhibition in the RDS in the beginning of January. If possible could you please complete the survey at the link below?

STEM volunteers for school visits
Smart Futures is seeking STEM volunteers for school visits and volunteer training workshops will take place on Friday 12 December and Tuesday 16 December in SFI at 2 pm each day. Please click here for further information.

Matilda Cullen-Knowles
Do have a look at the Wikipedia page on Matilda Knowles that was developed at the Wikipedia Editathon

Approaches to Computer Science
New approaches to computer science to increase the participation of women in computing careers are considered in Maria Klawe's article Good reading!

Going for Growth programme for Women Entrepreneurs
Calling women entrepreneurs! Going for Growth is open to women entrepreneurs, across all sectors, whose main business is located in the Republic of Ireland. To find out more go to The final date for receipt of completed application forms is Wednesday 10th December 2014.

WITS Members News

SciFest 2014
WITS member Sheila Porter has sent the link to the latest Sci-Fest ezine SciFest 2014 National Final Special Edition, Volume 6, Number 2, November 2014. Thank you Sheila, great reading and congratulations to all the students, teachers, schools and parents who support this great STEM event.
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