Shanahan will ask McRobbie and Biggers how their personal experiences with IT led to their current roles, both of which involve promotion of more women in technology. They’ll also discuss the upcoming “Techie Women Have More…” annual technology conference for IU Bloomington women. The conference includes faculty, staff, students and prospective employers, and involves networking sessions, workshops and presentations. This year’s keynote speaker is Avis Yates Rivers, a White House Champion of Change in STEM and President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International.
IU news highlights this week:
- This week at IU, a cancer clinic managed by the Indiana University-Kenya Partnership recently opened its doors in western Kenya. The Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre will deliver chemotherapy, screen patients for breast cancer and cervical cancer. It will also provide care for people afflicted by heart disease, diabetes and mental illness. The center is the first public facility dedicated to treating people with cancer in the region.
- A Wisconsin-based drug discovery company has licensed technology developed by the IU School of Medicine designed to predict how well potential new drugs could slow the production of glycogen. Glycogen is a compound that can reach toxic levels in patients with conditions such as Pompe disease, whose symptoms range from walking problems to the inability to breathe.
- IU Bloomington is now ranked 7th worldwide in the Peace Corps’ annual list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. 1,653 IU alumni have served overseas with the agency since it was founded in 1961. IU ranks fourth among all Big Ten universities in volunteer-producing colleges for the Peace Corps this year.
- Two IU alumni were named winners at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday night in Los Angeles. Laura Sisk, a 2010 graduate from IU’s Jacobs School of Music, was part of the engineering staff for Taylor Swift’s album “1989.” It won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Opera star Angela Brown, a 1986 graduate of the Jacobs School of Music, was a singer on “Ask Your Mama,” a mashup of classic, jazz and spoken word based on the works of Langston Hughes. The album won Best Engineered Album: Classical.
- IU President Michael A. McRobbie will receive the 2016 International Citizen of the Year Award from the The International Center. The Indianapolis-based organization will award the honor during a ceremony on Sept. 20. The International Citizen of the Year award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana.
- IU’s ethics bowl team is competing in the national intercollegiate Ethics Bowl for the second year in the row today. The team is in Reston, Virginia, facing 35 other schools from across the nation.
- And for fans of adult coloring books, the Lilly Library has created a coloring book and downloadable coloring sheets of items from its collections. The coloring book features woodcut images from a range of books, from 16th-century flowers to an image of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
IU event highlights this week:
- This week at IU, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union. Her talk, sponsored by Union Board, will be followed by a signing of her book “X: A Novel” in the Tudor Room at 9 p.m.
- At 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the Hutton Honors College Great Room, Diversity in Action presents “Stereotypes and Black Women’s Resistance,” a roundtable featuring faculty members from African American and African-Diaspora Studies, history, gender studies and ethnomusicology.
- Celebrate EveryBODY week also begins Monday, this year with the theme “Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look.” Positive messages, banners and murals will fill the walls of the Student Recreational Sports Center, Wildermuth Intramural Center and the Tennis Center, as well as many of the Greek houses.
- IU Bloomington is one of more than 20 Indiana colleges invited to take part in a virtual career fair on Thursday, Feb. 25. Recruiters from more than 60 companies seeking qualified candidates from Indiana schools are taking part in the event. Registration and more details are available online.
- As today’s guests Laurie McRobbie and Maureen Biggers discussed in this episode, the 2016 “Techie Women Have More…” Conference takes place next weekend on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27.
- Also next weekend, IU Theatre presents “Noises Off” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre.
- And on Saturday, Feb. 27, IU Cinema will show a 30th anniversary screening of “Labyrinth,” starring David Bowie, at 3 p.m.
News and events for this episode will be read by Luqmann Ruth, of Chicago, a senior recording arts major in the Jacobs School of Music and composer of the music for this podcast, and Sophie Babcock, a senior studying journalism in the Media School with a specialization in public relations and advertising and a public relations intern for the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology.
Through the Gates: IU This Week is a collaboration of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, The Media School in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the IU Newsroom.