Register for the SC18 WHPC workshop by 14 October to take advantage of the early bird discount!


Welcome to the WHPC October 2018 newsletter. As SC18 preparations step up a gear, we are sharing a sneak preview of our keynote speaker for our 9th International WHPC workshop — Ruby Mendenhall. We also want to remind you to make sure you register for the conference soon to take full advantage of the Early Bird discount that is available until 14 October 2018.

Also this month, we bring you a couple of interesting diversity news articles. As always, we love to share these with you, but we also like sharing what our readers are doing. If you have something you would like to share with the WHPC audience about your work or diversity in the workplace, or something you are doing at SC18, please get in touch!
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Join WHPC at SC18!

Women in HPC will be holding several events at SC18. We’ll kick off the week with our 9th International Women in HPC workshop on Sunday, 11 November. Please remember to register for workshops in order to participate. Remember that WHPC is not responsible for the workshop or BoF registrations and you must register through the SC18 website. The SC18 early bird registration ends on 14 October, so make sure you register before then to take full advantage of the reduced rates.

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Professor Ruby Mendenhall to Keynote Women in HPC Workshop at SC18

Dr. Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be the keynote speaker at the Women in HPC Workshop on Sunday, 11 November. Professor Mendenhall will share her work on using big data to ensure Black women’s history takes its rightful space in the digital archives, what attracted her to use HPC in her research, and her future research plans involving HPC.

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The Vicious Cycle of Underrepresentation

A major factor in the retention of female doctoral students in STEM is the number of other women entering their program at the same time, according to research from the Ohio State University. In the worst-case scenario, where there’s only one woman in a new class, she is 12% less likely to graduate within six years compared to her male classmates. Adding more female classmates improves graduation rates. The findings suggest that the graduate school experience may play a key role in the gender gap in STEM fields.

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Opportunities in HPC

Make sure you stay in touch with what WHPC is doing each month between newsletters.


If you are looking for your next opportunity, be sure to keep an eye on the WHPC Resources page, where we list new job opportunities in the HPC sector from around the world.


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If you are keen to recruit a diverse set of individuals to your team, we are currently offering free advertising on the WHPC website and sending relevant job postings to our members.

WHPC does not directly endorse any of these advertisements, nor do we receive any funding for advertising. Our aim is simply to put prospective employers in contact with prospective employees .We take no responsibility for the contents of the adverts or any inaccuracies.


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