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Center for Cancer Research National Cancer Institute
NCI Women Scientist Advisors (WSA)

Duties and Activities


1. Hold regular meetings with her Scientific Director in order to advise him/her about issues relevant to women scientists. Attend Lab/Branch Chief meetings to serve as a representative of women scientists.

2. Inform the Institute's women scientists on issues which will affect them (ie, tenure track and staff scientist policy decisions) and solicit their opinions.

3. Organize meetings for the women scientists, to discuss issues of general concern, or to present programs of general interest.

4. Serve, or designate an alternate woman scientist (from her own IC, another IC, or even from the extramural community) to serve, on tenure-track, tenured scientist, or lab/branch chief IC search committees.

5. Attend WSA committee meetings (approximately every 2 months) where issues of concern to all NIH women scientists are discussed.

6. Subcommittees may be established to deal with specific issues, such as monitoring resource allocations, awards, or handling arrangements for the Pittman lecture.

7. Sponsoring the Anita B. Roberts Lecture Series: "Distinguished Women Scientists at NIH." This series highlights outstanding research achievements of women scientists at NIH.


1. Organize opportunities for the CCR scientific community to discuss issues of general concern, and present programs of general interest including career development.

2. In collaboration with DCEG WSA, sponsor a Luncheon at the annual PI retreat to update the community on WSA activities and to provide opportunities for meaningful exchange of ideas that will promote successful careers in science.

Added by Boersma, Brenda (NIH/NCI) [F] , last edited by Sawhney, Romi (NIH/NCI) [E] on Aug 11, 2009 09:39