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The Skills for Science

Nancy Houfek and Lee Warren
Nancy Houfek (standing left), and Lee Warren, (standing right), both of Harvard University, presented a workshop titled "The Art of Strategic Persuasion," on May 5 at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL). Seated from left to right are: Kim Peaslee, graduate student in chemistry, Anne Spuches, post-doctoral associate in chemistry, and Tammy Joska, molecular and cellular biology graduate student.

Peaslee, Spuches, and Joska organized the workshop, which is designed to help professional women in science improve their negotiation, communication, and leadership skills. Spuches says, "We feel that although we have had excellent scientific training at Dartmouth, we need additional tools, such as negotiation and leadership, to launch successful scientific careers. We are excited to host this workshop and believe that it will provide knowledge useful for the transition into scientific careers."

The workshop was presented by the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACh), an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the careers of women in the chemical sciences. More than 20 Dartmouth women scientists attended the day-long session sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Graduate Studies, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Biochemistry at Dartmouth Medical School, and DCAL.

For information on future events, contact Anne Spuches.

By SARAH BENELLI

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Last Updated: 12/17/08