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Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) is a diverse and inclusive community that promotes equal opportunity and advancement for all women in support of world-class science.

  1. Brookhaven Women in Science

    Monday, March 16, 2009

    To increase Brookhaven National Laboratory's awareness of the accomplishments of women in science and to provide its members with role models of their own, Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) assists in the development of policies and practices which enhance the quality of life for Lab employees; promotes a long-term commitment to diversity in Lab staff; promotes the advancement of women in scientific and technical careers; provides a forum for the exchange of scientific, technical, and professional information; encourages students to consider careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology; and supports each other's efforts on the job, and encourages each other's successes.

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  1. NOV



    Brookhaven Women In Science Lecture

    "How a Farm Girl Became a Scientist and Impacted Patients' Lives"

    Presented by Dr. Cathy Cutler, Director, Medical Isotope Research & Production Program, Brookhaven National Lab

    4 pm, Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:00 pm

    Dr. Cutler will talk about her path from rural farm girl to the Director of the Medical Isotope Research & Production Program at Brookhaven Lab where her current work is focused on facilitating the development of new radiopharmaceuticals to enhance personalized treatments of metastatic cancer. Cathy's research has focused on developing improved isotope production methods and enhanced delivery methods to increase the dose to the tumor site and mitigate normal tissue toxicity. Her research eventually brought her to the Lab and its unique facilities that can be used to produce radioisotopes with nuclear properties that can deliver higher dose to tumors and less toxicity to normal tissues. The typical radiopharmaceutical works by combining a radioactive isotope with a specially designed organic molecule or a biological targeting molecule. Once inside the body, the targeting compound takes control, guiding the isotope to the cancerous site where the isotope decays, enabling either diagnosis or ablation of the cell. The challenge particularly in therapy is ensuring enough dose to the tumor cells to cause destruction before the effects on normal cells and toxicity becomes too high. Coffee and cookies at 4:00 p.m.This event is open to the public.

  2. DEC



    Brookhaven Women in Science Annual Wine & Cheese Networking Event

    5 pm, Bldg. 734 (ISB) 2nd Floor Lobby

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:00 pm

    Please join us for wine, cheese, and conversation with Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS)—a great opportunity to network, meet new friends, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues from across the Lab. Discussions will cover the history of BWIS as well as what's to come.

Other News

Scholarships & Awards

Chasman Scholarship - Applications are now being accepted for the Chasman scholarship which is offered to encourage women to pursue careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Gertrude GoldhaberGoldhaber Prize - Applications are now being accepted for the Goldharber Prize to recognize substantial promise and accomplishment by a woman graduate student in physics.

For more information please see the BWIS Scholarships & Awards web page.

STEM Fields

CARE 2015 - Registration Deadline: March 4, 2015 This workshop will focus on career paths and developing goals. It is aimed at early career scientists but open to all. See our selection of speakers here and register now at

BWIS, in conjunction with Stony Brook university, receives grant to develop workshop for the advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). For more information please see the proposal and approval documentation.