Women in Neutron Sciences (WiNS) – Empower, Encourage, Enlighten

The Women in Neutron Sciences (WiNS) group promotes professional development of women at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. WiNS seeks to foster a work environment that is equitable and inclusive through thoughtful discussion, awareness, outreach, learning events, partnerships, and support.

If you would like to receive updates of WiNS professional development activities or social events, join our listserv.


ORNL career development event this Friday

WiNS has an exciting event coming up this Friday, May 12, co-sponsored by the Future Leaders Network, WINS and the NSD Chemistry Geochemistry and Environmental Chemistry Initiative. The event will include an invited seminar on “Creating Good Ideas” by David Sholl, author of the book Success and Creativity in Scientific Research and Director of the Transformational Decarbonization Initiative at ORNL. There will also be an opportunity for ~8 people to give a short five-minute presentation and receive feedback from a panel discussion. The topics can be broad and are more about presenting an idea to an  audience.

Please register below so we know the numbers for food and refreshments. More details are forthcoming.

  • Date: May 12
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
  • Location: Iran Thomas Auditorium, 8600 (SNS)

Registration link: https://forms.gle/WW7XCnsM5NUjsChC9


Joint WiPhy and WiNS hike this Saturday

Everyone is welcome to join the Women in Physical Sciences (WiPhy)  and Women in Neutron Sciences (WiNS), two of the Women Alliance Council Directorate Groups, for the May hike:

  • When: Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. (rain date TBD)
  • Where: We will do a 4-mile hike in Obed Wild & Scenic River area and visit the Lilly Pad Hopeyard & Brewery afterwards
  • Directions: We will meet at the Lilly Bluff Parking, see google_maps

This scenic hike first takes us to the Lilly Bluff overlook, where we will find sweeping views of the river gorge. Then, we take Point Trail, which passes a hidden natural arch and guides us along the bluff to a secluded view overlooking the river gorge. After the hike, we will gather at the Lilly Pad Hopyard Brewery. For our members who are considering bringing family, the hike might be too strenuous for very young kids and is not suited for strollers, but everyone is welcome to join us at the Lillypad hopeyard and brewery afterwards. We expect to be at the brewery after 1pm. Find the information about the hike here and the brewery here. Food is available at a food truck at the brewery for purchase. We encourage you to bring your own lunch/snack for the hike and don’t forget to bring plenty of water!

Please contact WiNS outings coordinator Kristel Ghoos (ghooskl@ornl.gov kristel.ghoos@hotmail.com, 865-900-7083) or WiPhy social chair Rajni Chahal (chahalr@ornl.gov or 865-574-4968) if you are interested in taking part.


Annual WiNS meeting on May 19

Please join us for our annual meeting on Friday, May 19, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join! This is our annual meeting to share information and accomplishments, and to engage and recruit new participants.

The Women in Neutron Sciences (WiNS) group promotes professional development of women. WiNS seeks to foster a work environment that is equitable and inclusive through thoughtful discussion, awareness, outreach, learning events, partnerships and support.

This year’s Directorate Meeting will be held in Building 8600, Room C-156 and also via Microsoft Teams.

We ask that all virtual attendees turn off video and microphone before joining. We will have a Q&A session at the conclusion of the presentation. Participants using Teams can submit their question via the chat function.


WiNS Nomination Form

As outlined in the mission statement, Women in Neutron Sciences promotes the professional development of women. The WiNS Spotlight Nomination Form below is intended to help nominate women across the lab to recognize their notable accomplishments and/or significant project contributions.

Due to our fast-changing groups, we ask managers and work colleagues to help us identify women in your group suitable of this nomination. Nominees will be featured quarterly on our WiNS website. Please go to link below to fill out a Nomination Form. Nominations for Q3 FY23 are due Friday, May 12, 2023.


WiNS Nomination Form


WiNS Executive Committee

Cassie Sabens

Vice Chair
Neelam Pradhan

Dana Humphreys

Learning & Development Project Lead
Angel Berrocal

Recognition & Engagement Project Lead
Mike Hoffman

Outreach & Networking Project Lead
Cristina Boone

Strategic Events Project Lead
Alicia Manjon Sanz

Spotlight on Women in Neutrons
Cynthia Esau

Outings Coordinator Project Lead
Kristel Ghoos

DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
Carrie Elliot

HR Advisor

Lisa Bollinger


Members at Large

Melissa Harvey

Jennifer Earles

Monique Wesh

Rob Knudson


Some links from our members and colleagues:

  1. Explore stories of Women in STEM through this fantastic series of posters: Posters – Women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (ingeniumcanada.org)
  2. Story and video about the difficulty of working mothers during the pandemic https://www.kulikulifoods.com/pages/supermoms for the “SuperMoms here at ORNL” in his own words