Women in Science and Health (WISH)

WISH is an organization of women faculty at University at Abany, SUNY that fosters scientific networking and provides skill-building opportunities for students, postdocs, and faculty in the STEM fields to promote gender equality and work-life balance.

WISH was established in 2014 by Elga Wulfert, Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Marlene Belfort, Professor of Biology and Scientific Director of the interdisciplinary Life Sciences Initiative.


Recent News

Managing stress and distress during covid-19 presentation and discussion led by Drs. Elga Wulfert and Julia M. Hormes (Psychology) 3-4-21

Managing Stress and Distress During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Thursday, March 4

Presentation, discussion by Drs. Elga Wulfert and Julia M. Hormes

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating depression, anxiety, and stress at a time when access to usual ways of coping and mental health care is limited for many. This WISH meeting, led by Elga Wulfert and Julia Hormes, will review data on the mental health impacts of the pandemic, discuss ways in which depression, anxiety, and stress can manifest, and suggest straight-forward and efficient strategies to prioritize self-care at a time when many are stretched to the limit in professional and personal domains. We hope you will be able to join us for this presentation and group discussion.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 12:30-1:30pm via Zoom

Please click here to join the webinar
Meeting ID: 990 2203 5992, Passcode: 701101


Shirley Malcom

Science in the Time of COVID and America’s Reckoning with Race, a Talk by Dr. Shirley Malcom

Life Science Research Symposium, Fri., Jan. 22 at 9:45am

Dr Shirley Malcom of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will be giving a talk at the Life Science Research Symposium on Friday, January 22nd at 9.45 am, entitled, Science in the Time of COVID and America’s Reckoning with Race. Dr. Malcom is the director of AAAS’s STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA Change) Program. In this position she works to improve the quality of and increase access to education and careers in STEMM.

Please click here to join the webinar

There will be an opportunity to visit with Dr. Malcom as a group at 10:45am after her talk.

View the Symposium schedule


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WISH Spring 2021 Programs Announced

Women in Science and Health (WISH) has exciting programs planned for the Spring 2021 semester. Please contact individual steering committee members if you wish to contribute.

  • January 21, 2021, 1pm-2pm, Picture A Scientist, Movie Discussion (video to be made available Sun-Tue prior). Discussion leaders: Profs. Mindy Larsen and Elga Wulfert
  • March 4, 2021, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Academic Stressors and Mental Health, Discussion leaders: Profs. Julia Hormes and Elga Wulfert
  • March 25, 2021, Time TBD, Women collaborating for Inclusion, Discussion leaders: Profs. Marlene Belfort and Janice Pata
  • April 16, 2021, Time TBD, Male Ambassadors, Discussion leaders: Profs. Kristen Corbosiero and Janice Pata
  • May 6, 2021, 12pm-1pm, Student and Postdoc Awards: Excellence at the interface of Science and Life, Discussion leaders: Profs. Kristen Corbosiero and Julia Hormes

Stay tuned for details of the events!

WISH Steering Committee (Marlene Belfort, Kristen Corbosiero, Julia Hormes, Mindy Larsen, Janice Pata and Elga Wulfert).


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WISH Fall 2020 Programs Announced

Women in Science and Health (WISH) has exciting programs planned for the Fall 2020 semester. Please contact individual steering committee members if you wish to contribute. All sessions will be virtual.   

  • Women Collaborating for Inclusion, with Yolanda Caldwell and faculty panelists Dr. Joan Curcio (BMS), Dr. Rabi Musah (Chemistry) and Dr. Cara Pager (Biology) – Wed Sept 9th 11:30 a.m.
  • Women in the Time of COVID-19 with Drs. Julia Hormes and Ho Kwan Cheung (Pyschology) – Fri Oct 2nd 12:00 p.m.
  • Negotiating Skills with Dr. Janice Pata (BMS) – Wednesday Nov 18th at 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Networking Event with Dr. Elga Wulfert (Psychology) – Thu Dec 10th at 5:00 p.m.

WISH Steering Committee (Marlene Belfort, Kristen Corbosiero, Julia Hormes, Mindy Larsen, Janice Pata and Elga Wulfert).


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Friday, May 8, 2020 - WISH Virtual Meeting: The Imposter Syndrome Book Discussion

Women in Science and Health will hold a virtual meeting via Zoom on Friday, May 8, 2020 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. to discuss The Impostor Syndrome: The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It by Valerie Young, Ed.D. Janice Pata, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, will lead the book discussion. Please RSVP to [email protected] to receive the link to the Zoom meeting.


Pictured: Top row: Mary Fucci, Lauriana Gaudet. Second row: Rebecca Orrison, Noreen Guilfoyle

Friday April 17th: “Excellence at the interface of Science and Life” Student Awards

Life is hard – it can be even harder for those pursuing a degree in one of the STEM fields, but many individuals achieve school/work–life integration by succeeding academically or in their careers without losing sight of other important areas of their life. The Women in Science and Health (WISH) group has established an award to recognize students and postdoctoral fellows who are pursuing degrees and careers in STEM fields and are achieving excellence in their field while also being exemplars in excelling at life. The awards will take place Friday, April 17th at Noon via Zoom. RSVP to Irene Andrea at [email protected] to receive the Zoom link. Here are the winners: Undergraduate 1st: Mary Fucci, Physics, 2nd: Noreen Guilfoyle, Biology. Graduate 1st: Lauriana Gaudet, Atmospheric Sciences, 2nd: Rebecca Orrison, Atmospheric Sciences. (Pictured: Top row: Mary Fucci, Lauriana Gaudet. Second row: Rebecca Orrison, Noreen Guilfoyle)


Gabi Belfort and Rosa Tarng

WISH / RNA Cafe Careers in Industry Event on Thursday, February 27 with Gabi Belfort and Rosa Tarng

Women in Science and Health and RNA Cafe are sponsoring a Careers in Industry meeting on Thursday, February 27 at 12 noon. The presenters will be Rosa Tarng, Vice President, Portfolio Management, with "From Bench to Bedside: A True Story" and Gabi Belfort, MD, PhD, Senior Medical Director, Praxis Precision Medicines, on "Precison Oligonucleotide Therapeutics for a Rare Genetic Epilepsy." The event will take place in the Life Sciences Research Building room 1143 on the uptown University at Albany campus. Read More


Male Ambassadors

Male Faculty ‘Ambassadors’ Promote Gender Equity in the STEM Fields

While making slow progress, women faculty are still underrepresented in the STEM fields at UAlbany. Given this reality, one group of women faculty is promoting the need to advance gender equity on campus with active participation from male faculty. This was reflected in a recent panel discussion of “male ambassadors” hosted on Feb. 3 by the campus group Women in Science and Health (WISH). Five male participants pledged a more active role in achieving gender equity among faculty in science and health fields. Read More



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