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.


NScD Family Picnic

Save the Date! The NScD family picnic will be held Saturday September 24th from 10am – 2pm at McFee Park in Farragut (October 1st rain date), hosted by WiNS. Employees across all NScD divisions and matrixed staff are invited to attend with their families. Park amenities include a splash pad, pickle ball and tennis courts, trails, and a playground. Hamburgers, Hot dogs and Vegetarian options will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert of their choice. A $5 contribution per household is appreciated to help cover costs. To ensure there is enough food we are asking attendees to sign up at https://forms.office.com/g/8QRWndydak which includes information how to pay the $5.

Further details will be emailed out and posted on the website over the coming weeks.


WiNS July 17 outing

Please join the Women in Neutron Sciences (WiNS) for the July canoe/kayak/paddle board trip:

  • When: Sunday, July 17 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Where: Chilhowee lake to inlet of Abrams Creek, easy round-trip flatwater paddle of 5 mi.
  • Directions: We will meet at the Chilhowee Lake boat launch nearest to the south end of the Foothills Parkway. Google “US 129 & Foothills Pkwy” and the boat launch is just west a bit, see google maps

We will paddle along the shore of Chilhowee Lake for a short distance then up Abrams Creek until it becomes impassable, which is a great place to have lunch and take a dip. We hope to see freshwater bryozoan, turtles, and maybe some bald eagles. Bring your canoe, kayak, or paddle board, lunch, and sunscreen. If you don’t have a boat, but you are still interested to join, please contact the outings coordinator. We hope to have some additional space and boats. Please also let us know if you have an extra boat/space available that we could use, this will be greatly appreciated! This event will be an excellent opportunity to beat the mid-July heat.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact outings coordinator Kristel Ghoos (ghooskl@ornl.gov or kristel.ghoos@hotmail.com, 865-900-7083).


WiNS L&L with Dr. Chi Video

WiNS Lunch & Learn featuring Dr. Miaofang Chi , Distinguished Materials Science researcher and Outstanding Individual Accomplishment Director’s Award Recipient is available here.

Note : Do not distribute above video externally. This is for internal ORNL use only.


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


WiNS 2022 Executive Committee

Alicia Manjon Sanz

Vice Chair
Cassie Sabens

Neelam Pradhan

Members at Large
Cynthia Esau
Melissa Harvey
Monique Wesh

Learning & Development Project Lead
Carrie Elliot

Outings Coordinator Project Lead
Kristel Ghoos

Outreach & Networking Project Lead
Dana Humphreys

Recognition & Engagement Project Lead
Cristina Boone

Strategic Events Project Lead
Yan Wu

Spotlight on Women in Neutrons
Mike Hoffmann

HR Advisor
Lisa Bollinger