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Meet Annie Houle, gender equity champion and co-founder of Wage Project ME

annie houle 2In 2015, Annie joined us as the keynote speaker at our signature event, ADVANCING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA.

Attend Rising Tide events to hear from national champions, like Annie, and local leaders including accomplished UMaine faculty.


May 17: ADVANCING Women in Academia: 5th Annual Networking Conference.

This year our signature event includes a keynote by Erin Kelly of MIT Sloan School of Management, a number of facilitated workshops and small group discussions focused on work-life balance, supporting gender equality, effective networking, and developing grass roots advocacy groups to create and sustain institutional change. An informal poster session will facilitate sharing your work with colleagues and graduate students from across Maine. Faculty and graduate students are welcome.

8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required. Please registe online using the form below.
A limited number of guest rooms will be available at a discounted rate for conference attendees. To reserve a room for the evening of May 16, please call the hotel at 207-262-0099 and refer to the ADVANCE Rising Tide Networking Conference. 

ADVANCING Women in Academia Event Agenda

Thank you for your interest in ADVANCING Women in Academia. The event has concluded, but you can call the Rising Tide Center to request a copy of participant materials from the 2016 conference.

april dayApril 28: Advancing to Full.  A popular workshop where colleagues who have earned the rank of full professor share their best advice and strategies for achieving promotion, in a panel discussion format.

Join these distinguished panelists to hear about their experiences with the promotion process: Ali Abedi (Engineering); Sue Erich (School of Food & Ag); Susan Gardner (Education & Human Development); Nate Stormer (Liberal Arts & Sciences), and HR Partner John Kidder.

2:00 – 4:00 pm,  Wells Conference Center Room 3
This event is free, and open to all faculty. Please register on or before April 21: 581-3439 or

April 26: How to Reduce Implicit Bias in Academia and Beyond.

The Rising Tide Advocates & Allies will host this special luncheon event focused on offering strategies for recognizing and addressing implicit bias on campus, and off.

11:45 am  – 1:30 pm, Wells Conference Center Room 2
All are welcome at this free event, but seating will be limited. Register early using this link to reserve your place. Call the Rising Tide Center at 581-3439 with questions about this event.

April 22: ADVANCE Career Recognition Awards Celebration.

Celebrating the significant accomplishments of women scientists enhances their status and reminds us that inspiring people are all around us! Join us at this special event where we honor the sustained achievement of Dr. Becky Van Beneden (Marine Sciences), and Dr. Adrienne White (Food Science & Human Nutrition).

Join us in Wells Conference Center as the awardees share their history and career highlights – you will be inspired!
11:15 am – Dr. Adrienne White: Research, Rotations, Relationships – A Career of Collaboration and Mentorship

11:50 am Buffet Lunch 

12:25 pm – Dr. Becky Van Beneden: Human and Environmental Health – Fishing for Answers

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register online using this link.

March 24: ADVANCE Rising Tide 5-Year Anniversary Celebration.
The Rising Tide Center offers this event to thank our supporters, and all who have participated in ADVANCE initiatives over the last five years. Our goal is to inspire women scientists at UMaine, and to sustain the celebration of the many accomplishments of women in academia.

Join Dr. Meredith Hastings, co-founder of the Earth Science Women’s Network, recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and the American Geophysical Union’s Atmospheric Ascent Award as she highlights her work in atmospheric chemistry and climate change.

hastings cropped jan 2016From Ice Cores to Cities to Oceans: Fingerprinting Reactive Nitrogen Sources and Chemistry  (Click this link to watch the video of Meredith’s keynote presentation)
1:00 pm, Buchanan Alumni House McIntyre Room
This event is free and open to the public; please register before March 14, 2016.

Thank you, Dr. Hastings, for sharing your story, and your research, with UMaine!

Thank you to Maine EPSCoR for providing photographs and video of the ADVANCE 5-year celebration.

February 1: Academic Affairs Faculty Forum – The Status of Women Faculty at UMaine. The Provost and Rising Tide Center faculty will share UMaine study results that depict the status of women faculty.
3:00 – 4:30 pm, Memorial Union Bangor Room
Visit the Academic Affairs website to review background information relevant to this forum. 

January 28: ADVANCE Initiatives Council.january
9:00 – 11:00 am, Wells Conference Center Room 2
Committee members, please RSVP to prior to the meeting.

January 20: Campus Budget Presentation
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Neville Hall 101

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