November 8, 2012
Lehigh ADVANCE has a copy of the DVD Interrupting Bias in the Faculty Search Process by the University of Washington and can assist in facilitating this film to colleges, departments or search committees.
October 28, 2012

New York Times Science writer Natalie Angier reminds readers that Amalie Noether is the mathematician whose theorem explains the deep tie between the underlying geometry of the universe and the behavior of the mass and energy that call the universe home.

October 10, 2012

The campus community is invited to explore a new section of the ADVANCE web site on Unconscious Bias. Learn definitions and about research-proven strategies to mitigate the impacts of these cognitive shortcuts we all use in decision making, even though they tend to produce majority advantaging outcomes.

October 9, 2012

Sibel Pamukcu, co-Director and Co-PI of Lehigh ADVANCE attended the iWIN conference in Chicago last month. While participating as a speaker, Dr. Pamukcu was able to describe the ADVANCE grant and learn about other efforts to increase participation of women in STEM which she brought back to the Leadership Team.

October 9, 2012

The Faculty Recruitment Workshop led by Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble on September 28, 2012 was attended by about 40 faculty plus staff and administrators. The low-blame, high accountability program stretched participants by bearing witness via video to a based-on-real-life, but hypothetical search committee meeting and then exploring the actions and motives of the different members. The focus was on realizing we all have unconscious biases which serve as cognitive shortcuts when we are faced with high pressure, high information-load situations, but that there are strategic things we can do to prevent those biases from derailing the process.

September 30, 2012

The BIOS Department graduate program was awarded a GAANN award (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) from the Department of Education. GAANN exists for the purpose of increasing the population of underrepresented groups of strong academic standing in professional fields. Our award will support at least 6 students during the 3-year period of the grant. More information about the program is available at:

Contact Kathy Iovine,, for more details about the LU BIOS GAANN award.

July 19, 2012

The National Science Foundation has updated the data on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (July 2012). This report provides statistical information about the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment. A formal report, now in the form of a digest, is issued every two years. Check out the interactive digest or download graphs and tables. The Lehigh ADVANCE office can assist with interpretation and ways to communicate and utilize the latest information.

May 25, 2012

"Women PhD candidates had one experience that men never have. They were told that they would encounter problems along the way simply because they are women." A recent study of Chemistry PhDs in the UK reveals insights that echo patterns in the United States and support the need for educating faculty and university leadership about gendered biases and barriers towards and within the professoriate.

May 8, 2012

Appreciation Dinner.

On May 1, in Stabler Arena, Lehigh Faculty and Staff celebrated the year's achievements at the annual Appreciation Dinner