Project Working WISE Team:
- Paula Rayman, Principal Investigator
BioSketch: The Center for Women and Work has been awarded a two-year National Science Foundation grant Project Working WISE to advance the prospects for all women in science and technology. The heart of the initiative is a working conference that will gather an intergenerational and interdisciplinary community of racially and ethnically diverse scholars to dialogue about workplace factors associated with women's success in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The working conference will bring together members of two primary cohorts who have done research on women and science - scholars whose research emerged in the 1960's and younger scholars who began their work in the 199o's. We also plan to involve graduate students who will be nominated by senior scholars based on their potential to make a contribution to the women in science field. Project Working WISE will also disseminate key lessons from the conference and identify issues for future research and action. Paula Rayman is the Primary Investigator on this project; Meg Bond and Maria Julia Brunette are Co-PIs.
- Meg Bond, Co-Principal Investigator
BioSketch: Meg A. Bond’s work focuses on the interrelationships among issues of diversity, empowerment, and organizational dynamics. Her past publications have addressed sexual harassment, collaboration among diverse constituencies, and empowerment issues of underrepresented groups in community and organizational settings. Dr. Bond’s two primary current projects are on the topics of gender and race in community and organizational settings: 1) a book describing an organizational change effort aimed at enhancing sensitivity to issues of race and gender, based on an 8-year collaborative case study with a regional production firm, and 2) a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology that includes analyses of “choice points” in research and action work to bridge diversegroups.
- Maria Brunette, Co-Principal Investigator
BioSketch: Dr. Brunette holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), a master's in industrial engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (USA), and a bachelor's in industrial engineering from Universidad de Lima (Peru). She has worked on production planning and control in several manufacturing plants in Lima and has also conducted ergonomics research and training in the pharmaceutical and electronic industry in Puerto Rico. At the United Nations Research Institute of Social Development (Switzerland) she conducted research on corporate social responsibility where the status of working conditions in multinational corporations operating in certain developing countries was evaluated. She conducted her doctoral research among factory workers in Lima (Peru) where she investigated the relationship between working conditions, socioeconomic factors and the perceived job satisfaction and health.
- Jody Lally, Project Manager
BioSketch: Jody Lally is the NSF Working WISE Project Manager in the Center for Women and Work at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She was appointed to work with a team of researchers to plan and organize a conference on women in science and engineering followed by outreach and dissemination of conference outcomes. Jody has masters degrees in Social Work and in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and has worked for the past 15 years in the field of environmental and occupational health. She is particularly interested in the impact of environmental and workplace factors on women and the role women play in bringing about change.
- Eika Hunt, Graduate Research Assistant, 2008
- Stacie Hargis, Graduate Research Assistant, 2007-2008
- Kanha Net, Graduate Research Assistant, 2007
- May Elewa, Graduate Research Assistant, 2006-2007
- Padmaja Sistla, Graduate Research Assistant, 2006-2007
- Mohamed Abdullahi, Graduate Research Assistant, 2006
- Christina Bermingham, Project Manager, 2006