Women in Nuclear and Global Security

Welcome to Women in Nuclear and Global Security (WINGS)!

WINGS is a network in the National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD), Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate (FFESD), and Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). WINGS provides a welcoming social network, mentoring opportunities and opportunities for professional development. WINGS works with management to promote policies that improve morale, recruitment and retention of all employees at ORNL.

WINGS organizes onsite coffee breaks, offsite social opportunities, and general meetings. Please sign up on the email distribution list and join the WINGS channel on Teams to be kept abreast of WINGS activities and announcements.


Upcoming WINGS Event: Lunch and Learn – Resiliency for Professional Women

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn facilitated by Dr. Jenni Bates. Together we will explore techniques to help us face challenges and handle setbacks and tools to differentiate between stress and pressure. We will use real situations, submitted by participants, to explore solutions and further our application of best practices.

Click here to register.

Registered participants will receive a confirmation email about their registration as well as a calendar invite. A link to attend virtually will be provided within 24 hours of the scheduled event.

WINGS book club

WINGS started a book club and we are already busy reading the second book!

If you are interested in joining, join the WINGS channel on Teams and let Melanie Laverdiere or Katie Salvaggio know about your interest.

Result of a poll during the July 2020 General Meeting

WINGS Executive Cabinet of 2021

President - Rose Montgomery
Vice President - Askin Guler Yigitoglu
Treasurer - Lindsey Aloisi
Secretary - Dianne Bull Ezell
Outreach Committee Chair - Ashley Shields
Social Committee Chair - Allison Greaney
Communications Committee Chair - Friederike Bostelmann
Cabinet Members at Large - Arzu Alpan, Melanie Laverdiere, Katie Salvaggio

Objectives in 2021

Program Objectives

  • Facilitate discussion on ORNL’s policies regarding sick leave and paid family medical leave
  • Facilitate discussion on gender bias and provide support for cultural change
  • Expand outreach programs to include K to 12 and continue to support university women’s groups as requested
  • Provide high quality professional development opportunities
  • Support mentoring initiatives and opportunities

Organizational Objectives

  • Collaborate/coordinate with other ORNL women’s and minority groups and the Diversity Council
  • Increase WINGS membership and participation
  • Expand WINGS informational website and communication through ORNL Today
  • Informal quarterly activity summaries presented at the general meetings and distributed via emails to members
  • Re-evaluate and reformulate the new employee networking activity

Latest publications updates

The researcher journey through a gender lens

Check out report The researcher journey through a gender lens.

Overview: While the participation of women in research is increasing overall, inequality remains across geographies and subject areas in terms of publication outputs, citations, awarded grants and collaborations. That is among the findings of Elsevier’s latest gender report. The report examines research participation, career progression and perceptions across the European Union and 15 countries globally in 26 subject areas. The report draws on Elsevier’s analytics expertise and data sources — notably Scopus — and was further informed by experts from around the world. The aim is to better understand the role gender plays in the global research enterprise and share powerful data-driven insights with governments, funders and institutions worldwide to inspire evidence-based policy and interventions and inform further studies.

Event Calendar 2021

When What Where
Friday, February 26th, 12-1pm Virtual coffee social Microsoft Teams
Tuesday, March 30th, 12-1pm General Meeting Microsoft Teams
Wednesday, April 7th, 12-1 PM Brainstorming for STEM Outreach Microsoft Teams
Tuesday, June 22, 12-1pm Lunch & Learn Microsoft Teams