For the support and advancement of women in science.
The idea behind WIL is to offer a forum in which students or post-docs doing scientific research in the broader field of Learning Theory, Behavior, Memory and Neuroscience can seek advice, support, and guidance on the advancement of female researchers from a notable female researcher who has already carved a path in the field.
To become a member, or learn more about the Pavlovian Society, please visit: pavlovian.org.
Women In Learning was founded by a graduate student and is run solely by a small group of students and postdoctoral fellows.
Moriel Zelikowsky, Ph.D.
Marieke R. Gilmartin, Ph.D.
Virginia Long, Ph.D.
Please contact us if you'd like to get involved!
Once again, we are honored to have an amazing scientist as our distinguished guest this year. Dr. Catharine Rankin (University of British Columbia) will be providing us with her thoughts and insights on life and science.
Dr. Rankin received her Ph.D. from The City University of New York and did her postdoctoral training at Yale University under the mentorship of Dr. Tom Carew. There she began some of the initial investigations into the molecular machinery underlying the development of learning and memory in Aplysia, working to distinguish sensitization and habituation processes. Thereafter, Dr. Rankin took a faculty job at the University of British Columbia, where she and her team began to systematically and elegantly map the genetic and molecular underpinnings of sensitization and habituation, using C. elegans as a model organism. The large body of work and diversity of studies that have since emerged from the Rankin lab speaks to the persistence and creativity of Dr. Rankin.
Breakthroughs in memory reconsolidation, the reversibility of experiences such as social isolation, and identification of the cellular basis of non-associative learning across development, combined with technical advances such as the generation of a system for high-throughput analysis of behavior in C. elegans, has established Dr. Rankin as a leader in the field of Behavioral Neuroscience. We are thrilled to have her as our guest speaker at this year’s annual luncheon.
For information about relevant publications and ongoing research in Dr. Rankin's lab, please visit: psych.ubc.ca/~crankin/
We are very excited to have Tracey J. Shors (Rutgers University) as our very first special guest.
Dr. Shors has provided groundbreaking research on the behavior and neuroscience of learning and memory, with a particular emphasis on the role of post-natally born neurons (neurogenesis) and sex-differences.
More information about Dr. Shors can be found at: rci.rutgers.edu/~shors/
As WIL is a young group, we are still looking for additional support and funding. Any donations or advice regarding funding options would be greatly appreciated!
Donations of $500 or more will be featured as sponsors on our site, with the largest donation being announced at the annual luncheon.
WIL invites anyone interested in supporting the advancement of women in science to become a member. Membership in WIL is free and lifelong, thus, we encourage donations from anyone able to make a contribution.
Special thanks to: Dr. Michael Fanselow, Dr. David Anderson, Dr. Fred Helmstetter, Dr. Carol Barnes, Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, Dr. Stephanie Bissiere, Dr. David L. Pomeranz, Daniel Zelikowsky and
Casey Fluster for their help and advice.