Spring 2022

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  • Friday, September 20th from 3pm to 5:45pm: the 2nd Martinos Cener Summer Symposium

You can find all of the details at wis.martinos.org/mcss/


Already happened but you can find links to materials and watch the recordings here

  • Thursday, January 20th at 12:00pm: Time Smart: Scientific Strategies for Reclaiming Your Time & Living a Happier Life with Ashley Whillans

There’s an 80 percent chance you’re poor. Time poor, that is. Four out of five adults report feeling that they have too much to do and not enough time to do it. These time-poor people experience less joy each day. They laugh less. They are less healthy, less productive, and more likely to divorce. In one study, time stress produced a stronger negative effect on happiness than unemployment. How can we escape the time traps that make us feel this way and keep us from living our best lives? In this talk, Author and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans will give you proven strategies for improving your “time affluence.”

The techniques Whillans provides will free up seconds, minutes, and hours that, over the long term, become weeks and months that you can reinvest in positive, healthy activities. The science-based strategies Whillans presents will help you make the shift to time-smart living and, in the process, build a happier, more fulfilling life.



Ashley Whillans is an assistant professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School, teaching Negotiations to Executives and the Motivation and Incentives course to MBA students. Her research investigates whether and how intangible incentives, such as experiential and time-saving rewards, affect motivation and well-being. In both 2015 and 2018, she was named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science by the International Behavioral Exchange and the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. Her research has been published in top academic journals and popular media outlets including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Her first book “Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time & Live a Happier Life” was published in October 2020 by Harvard Business Publishing. Professor Whillans earned her BA, MA, and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining HBS, she was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her dissertation research on time and happiness won the 2018 CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Award for being the single best PhD thesis in Canada across the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. You can find out more about Ashley’s work at http://www.ashleywhillans.com/


  • Women in Science cordially invites you to the kickoff event of the WiS policy series! We are excited to host a panel and discussion about policy change on March 4th at 12 pm titled:

DEI impact: creating change and shifting institutional culture with Drs Dania Daye and Julie Price

Registration link here & Zoom link here

This event has been developed to learn more about policy implementation and leadership at MGH and the Martinos Center with Dania Daye, MD, PhD and Julie Price, PhD, with the MGH Department of Radiology Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, which is committed to addressing disparities and enhancing equity in local communities. Julie Price is also a leader at the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Following the effort at HMS to include service in groups working towards improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM as supporting activity for the promotion process, we recognized that we knew very little about the steps necessary to implement policy. WiS members had been interested in creating policy change and realized that we could learn from experts.

We will hear about previous policy efforts from our speakers and will leave substantial time for discussion in the hope that this event will help motivate and empower all who seek cultural changes in academia and in the world.

The WiS Committee recognizes that those who are under-represented usually undertake the work necessary to make important advances in DEI but often remain invisible. Importantly, the time and effort are not often accounted for, or fully understood by those who have traditionally held positions of power.

We also hope that this event might inspire those interested in DEI work but who have not yet taken up participation in the many relevant groups serving Harvard/MGH due to not knowing how to effect change or what to do in the face of the glacial pace that we must face in relation to social justice, inclusion, and fairness for all in the workplace and beyond.


  • Tuesday, Marh 8th at 12pm: Come play Kahoot for International Women’s Day

Registration link and Zoom link


  • Friday, May 20th at 12:00pm: DEI impacts: Creating change and shifting institutional culture with Dr. Joan Reede

We are honored to host Dr. Reede, who will share her insights in relation to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in academic institutions. Dr. Reede is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School,Professor of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Assistant in Health Policy at MGH.

Dr. Reede is the first dean for diversity and community partnership at Harvard Medical School, having been appointed in January 2002. This program provides leadership and support to promote increased recruitment, retention and advancement of historically underrepresented faculty and oversees all related activity at HMS for faculty, trainees, students, and staff. Dr. Reede is renowned for her leadership in relation to improving DEI in academia and has created numerous career development programs to benefit underrepresented students, trainees and faculty.

In a previous event with WiS in 2019, “The Importance of Diversity, with Dr. Joan Reede”, she emphasized the need to lift up the voices of many, rather than buying into the idea that a single individual can represent many backgrounds. Dr. Reede emphasized the need for system level changes that require both top-down and bottom-up approaches. For more information about this past event, please visit our website: https://wis.martinos.org/importance-of-diversity-with-dr-joan-reede/

Dr. Reede founded the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program and the Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity. Her work has also included the development of mentoring and training programs for middle school students and training programs and curricula for teachers through graduate and medical school levels. Dr. Reede has been appointed to numerous committees on the national level including co-chair of the Bias Review Committee of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director’s Working Group on Diversity, the National Advisory Board of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute of More house School of Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science STEM Education Review Committee.

Dr. Reede has received numerous awards for her work including the Boston NAACP Health Award, the American Association of University Administrators Exemplary Models of Administrative Leadership Award, the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine; the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Academic Leadership in Primary Care Award from More house School of Medicine. In 2007 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the New York Institute of Technology.


  • Tuesday, June 14th at 12:00pm: Understanding Parental Leave 101 with Raquel Torres and Parents

Please join us for our first hybrid parenthood series. Learn about all the resources related to parental leave!

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83132011447

Location: Isselbacher Auditorium on 7th floor in CNY 149 (Room 7.231)