Past Palo Alto AWIS Events
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- April 17, 2013
Innovation: how to define it and how to do it?
Ted Kucklick Co-founder, CEO and CTO of Cannuflow, Inc.
Everybody talks about innovation. How many companies can define it, and how many actually do it instead of just talking about it? With the growth of the world economy and challenges of healthcare delivery and a growing aging population, innovative solutions are needed more than ever. What are some of the common barriers to innovation and how can these be overcome? In this engaging and thought-provoking presentation the speaker, Ted Kucklick, explores some of the various definitions of innovation are and some of the surprising drivers and techniques for generating innovation, and tools for approaching innovation, and gives illuminating historical illustrations.
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- February 27, 2013
Strong Women, Powerful Financial Strategies: Financial Planning for Women in Science
Brett M. Macauley, CRPC - Financial Advisor , Chartered Retirement, Planning Counselor Macauley Associates, A financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Scientific career tracks are unique in that they are characterized by lengthy training periods before significant earnings begin. Women are often faced with additional considerations, as they are more likely to take family leave, are more likely to follow a spouse in a move, and live longer. How does this impact your financial success? As a woman in science, what can you do to plan for your financial future?
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- January 16, 2013
The world of regulatory affairs
Ever wondered what is the role of a Regulatory Affairs professional? Want to know more about the career options in Regulatory Affairs? Want to learn about the skills you need to be successful in Regulatory affairs?
Come hear two seasoned regulatory affairs professionals who will share their experience in regulatory affairs. Each of them brings a unique perspective in the field of pharmaceutical and medical devices regulatory affairs. They will discuss their career path from academia to their current role. Learn about the numerous roles and opportunities within the industry, and the skills needed to succeed in these positions.
- Sandra Nino-Sidden,PharmD,Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs at Geron Corporation
- Plamena Entcheva-Dimitrov PhD, Founder and consultant at Preferred Regulatory Consulting
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- December 10, 2012
Managing Mood, Maximizing Opportunities: An introduction to the power and possibilities of mood Mary Ann Ireland, The Stratam Group
What are moods? And how do they influence my work/life?
Moods can be pervasive and subtle, yet significantly impact our identity and how we interact with others - from 1:1 conversations and team coordination, to shaping a company's culture. Often we are not aware of our mood and how we are perceived by others. After this presentation, you will be able to:
- Distinguish between moods and emotions
- Observe your own mood and how it impacts your work
- Take steps to cultivate a more constructive mood!
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- November 07, 2012
You, The Brand. Tell Your Story, Build Your Career, Lyn Christenson, Linkages Group
What do you do better than your competitors? What is your compelling value proposition? Effective personal branding can be an important advantage in your career strategy. 2013 is around the corner. Are you where you want to be in your career? Jump start the new year at our November meeting.
- Hear about tools and steps to create your personal brand.
- Make your story compelling.
- Keep your speaking skills current.
- Expand your online presence.
- Use coaching to build your career plan.
Build your brand, and create the roadmap to the career you want.
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- October 16, 2012
Let your leadership rein, Jacqueline Hartman
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- September 12, 2012
Career Panel Discussion: Successful Careers in Science @ SRI International
SRI International (SRI), founded as Stanford Research Institute, is an independent, nonprofit research institute conducting client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, businesses and foundations. SRI is one of the largest contract research institutes in the world. It is known for world-changing innovations in computing, health and pharmaceuticals, chemistry and materials, sensing, energy, education, national defense, and more.
We have invited a panel of speakers who will share their personal life stories, the paths their own careers took and women’s leadership in science and technology. This will be an interactive discussion, please be prepared to ask questions!
- Annalisa D’Andrea, Ph.D., Senior Director of the center for Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases
- Lidia Sambucetti, Ph.D., Senior Director of the Center for Cancer Research
- Mary Tanga, Ph.D., Senior Director of the Center for Infectious Disease and Biodefense Research
- Kathryn Todd, Ph.D., Research Engineer, Micro Science Engineering Labs
- June 18, 2012
Careers Beyond the Bench Panel Discussion:
Lesley Groves Ph.D. Principal, Groves Pharma Consulting
Lucian Orbai Ph.D., JD, Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
Ana Lazic Ph.D., PMP, Sales and Marketing Representative, NanoTemper Technologies, Inc
Simona Neumann Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Geron
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- May 22nd, 2012
Discover Your Super Powers
Kristine Carey, Professional Certified Coach
Navigating a successful career takes skill so set yourself up for success by learning about your Super Powers and how to use them effectively in the workplace (and beyond!) In this interactive presentation you will: - Learn what a Super Power is and how to discover yours - Understand how to use your Super Powers for good rather than evil - Experience the relief and focus that comes from being in the flow of your Super Powers You will leave with actionable items you can put into place right away to start thriving in your work!
Kristine Carey –Kristine is an experienced presenter blending traditional learning with the knowledge that comes from life's experiences. She is passionate about you unplugging from the collective and finding success on your own terms, and has brought small business owners and independent-minded professionals the clarity that’s required to build and maintain a successful career. Using this approach your days flow with more ease, you make more money, and you have more fun!
Bio: Kristine is a Professional Certified Coach, former President of San Francisco Coaches, and Strategic Advisor to the San Francisco Bay Area Texas A&M Alumni Club. When she’s not working she can be found enjoying a glass of wine, watching science fiction, or playing ball with her Border Collie, Mancha.
- May 8th, 2012
18th Annual NCC AWIS Awards Banquet
An inspiring evening and a lovely dinner party at this year's awards dinner. This annual event hosted by the Northern California Chapters of AWIS will celebrate 3 women in science and several outstanding students.
- The 2012 Judith Pool Award to Marlene Rabinovitch, M.D., Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine
- The 2012 Ellen Weaver Award to Amy Herr, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley; Faculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences Division LBNL
- The 2012 Sherrie Wilkins Award to Michelle Runge, National Sales Director, BioOncology at Genentech, Inc.
- March 12th, 2012, Career Path and Leadership in Biotechnology
Ann Lee-Karlon, Ph.D., MBA, VP of Portolio Management and Operations at Genentech
Ann leads Project Team Leadership and Project Management, with oversight for 40 drug development teams in Genentech Research and Development (gRED). She is also responsible for portfolio strategy and valuation and leads business operations for gRED, in partnership with Finance and other key corporate functions.
Ann previously served as therapeutic head and Senior Director of the Project Team Leaders group at Genentech, which led project teams in early development through product launch and on the market. She also led the anti-CD20 programs (rituximab and ocrelizumab) for autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Prior to Genentech, Ann worked in venture development at Eli Lilly, where she served on the founding team for Chorus, a new division created to accelerate early stage development. She has worked previously at a biotech in La Jolla (ATS) and interned at UBS investment bank in London. Ann holds an MBA from Stanford University, a BS in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Bioengineering from UC San Diego, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University College London as an NSF International Research Fellow. Ann currently serves on the national Board of Directors for Association of Women in Science (AWIS), based in Washington, D.C.
- February 22nd, 2012, THE GLOBAL HEALTH R and D LANDSCAPE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR NON-PROFIT SCIENTIFIC CAREERS
Elizabeth Ponder, Ph.D.,
Abstract: Dr. Elizabeth Ponder serves as the Associate Director of Scientific Affairs at BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the development of innovative drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for neglected diseases of the developing world. Dr. Ponder will talk about how she combines her scientific training and field experience in infectious diseases and parasitology to identify needs, challenges, and opportunities to apply innovation from the biopharmaceutical industry to new products for neglected diseases. She will also share her experience of transitioning to a career in the non-profit sector.
Bio: Dr. Elizabeth Ponder joined BVGH in August 2010. Prior to joining BVGH, Dr.Ponder worked as a Malaria Control Intern with The MENTOR Initiative in northeastern Kenya on a program to improve malaria diagnosis, treatment, and prevention in rural communities. She received her PhD and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University. Her previous scientific research focused on using small molecules to explore the biological function and drug target potential of proteases of the parasite that causes human malaria. Flyer Here.
- January 24th, 2011,Starting your own company: The Potential of Nanotechnology for Life Sciences and Biotechnology
Aihua Fu, CEO
Dr. Aihua Fu, CEO of NVIGEN will share her experience with you in the founding of NVIGEN. She found that Silicon Valley that is uniquely suited for scientists to pursue their dreams due to the strong innovative atmosphere created by many entrepreneurs, technologists and investors. Additionally she will give general perspective and specific examples from NVIGEN of ways to leverage unique properties of nanoparticles for biomedical innovations.
Bio: Dr. Aihua Fu, CEO of NVIGEN studied chemistry as an undergraduate at Beijing University of Chemical Technology. She then moved to the USA, graduated with a M.S. degree from Rutgers and received her Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley. Her doctoral research focused on developing new nanoprobes from semiconductor quan- tum dots and gold nanoparticles help her build a solid foundation for understanding the unique properties and potentials of nanoparticles for biological applications. She con- ducted her postdoctoral research at Stanford, working on engineering nanoparticles with enhanced properties for in vitro diagnostics and in vivo cancer imaging and target- ing applications in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Molecular Imaging Program and the Center for Nanotechnology Excellence.
In 2011, with strong determination to promote the use of nanotechnology and help real- ize its full potential for biomedical innovations, she founded NVIGEN Inc with support from local biotechnologists, entrepreneurs and investors. She has won many awards and honors including Dow Chemical Award, Du Pont Award, the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award and the NIH Pathway to Independence Award.
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- December 15th, 2011, It's All About Networking
Alycia Shilton-Lloyd Ph.D., Jessica Bessler Ph.D., Cathleen Brdlik Ph.D.
Our Pannelists will discuss how their efforts and strategies have worked for them.
Come equipped with your busines cards and/or job openings at your company!
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- November 2, 2011 Profiling in Oncology: Leading a Small Scientific Team to World Class Excellence
Maureen Cronin, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research and Product Development, Foundation Medicine, Inc.
Dr. Maureen Cronin’s industry career spans more than 20 years at biotechnology companies dedicated to translational science and genomic applications, where she has worked in all aspects of research and development of clinical diagnostic tests based on genomic biomarkers and cutting edge technologies.
Prior to joining Foundation Medicine, Dr. Cronin spent nine years at Genomic Health, Inc., leading research and development efforts that resulted in the Oncotype DX® clinical diagnostic tests for specific clinical indications based on genomic biomarkers. Previously, she was senior director of applied genomics at ACLARA BioSciences, where she led a team responsible for initiating a range of DNA and RNA microfluidics-based genetic and genomic applications in partnership with Applied Biosystems. Earlier in her career, Dr. Cronin spent eight years at Affymetix, the company that brought DNA microarray technology to the market. There she developed technology and managed applied research programs focused on developing hybridization array assays for specific genomics applications with corporate partners including Hewlet Packard Bioscience Products, Roche Molecular Systems and GlaxoWellcome. Dr. Cronin has authored numerous peer-reviewed and invited publications, is a Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and has received a number of academic awards, honors and fellowships including the NIH/NIDA, SIBIR Phase I, Phase II and STTR awards.
- October 24, 2011, Career Opportunities and Job Search Strategies
Toby Freedman, Ph.D., Author of Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development
President Synapsis Search, Executive Recruiter and Author, www.careersbiotech.com
As the world of biotechnology has grown, so have the career opportunities linked to the industry. But finding the right opportunity can be daunting. Toby Freedman, Ph.D., provides a comprehensive and systematic overview of career opportunities in the life science industry, covering job search strategies, résumé tips and sharing her perspective on the current economy. As author of Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, she conducted interviews with hundreds of key players in the industry, who provided first–hand explanations of their day–to–day roles and responsibilities and insights into how they landed those jobs in the first place.
Toby Freedman trained as a scientist and has since transitioned into business as a writer, recruiter, and entrepreneur, recently launching a life-science recruiting firm, Synapsis Search. She previously worked at BioQuest, a renowned executive search firm, and as Director of Business Development at SLIL Biomedical, a drug discovery company. Toby received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and at the University of Texas at Austin.
- September 15, 2011, What Makes Someone Confident
Elizabeth Agnew, M.S., Integrative Leadership Strategies LLC Click here for Flyer
What makes someone confident? We all want to deepen our confidence, but we first need to articulate what it means to us. The good news is that real confidence comes from deep within and is therefore well within our control. In this talk, Liz will teach the three key aspects critical to deepening our confidence. You will discover the obstacles that get in your way both at work and at home and understand what you can do with the confidence you have deep within to overcome them.
You will leave the talk with: · A better understanding of what defines your level of confidence · Immediate steps on how to project more confidence · An increased sense of confidence
- June 21, 2011, Careers Beyond the Bench
Susan Wang, Ph.D., J.D. Corporate Counsel, Pfizer
Alison Farrell, Ph.D., Editor, Nature Medicine
Cathleen Brdlik, Ph.D., Clinical Trainer, Genentech
Laura A. Zhu, Ph.D.,M.B.A., Director, Business Brand Development, IMPAX
Jennifer Shieh, Ph.D., Mirzyan Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Academy of Sciences; AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship
- May 23, Improving Work-Life Satisfaction for Women in Science.
Maytal Bar-shir, MPH
A career in science is very often a way of life and far more than “just a job.” So how do you strike a balance on that tight wire of work-and-life? How can you achieve more satisfaction...by doing less work? This experiential workshop is designed with some tips and tools to help you maximize greater work-life satisfaction.
Developed by national AWIS in partnership with Elsevier Foundation, this interactive program should help you: • Find your internal “north star” • Assess patterns, triage stressors, and put disorder back into order • Learn to frame and reframe priorities • Infuse more confidence into your life
- April 27, 2011 NCC Annual Awards Banquet. Winners here.
- March 22, 2011 Making Chemical Testing Relevant to Breast Cancer: The California Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy Project
Special Event with Santa Clara ACS.
Megan Schwarzman, MD, MPH, Research Scientist UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Although breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer and death in women, even the small numbers of chemicals that undergo safety testing are not routinely evaluated for their impacts on mammary (breast) tissue. Likewise, there is no wellestablished set of tests for screening chemicals for their ability to raise the risk of breast cancer. In 2010, Dr. Schwarzman served as Principal Investigator of a project to tackle this issue. The Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy project, supported by a grant from the California Breast Cancer Research Program, convened a panel of 20 scientists and policy experts to review the biological mechanisms associated with breast cancer and propose a strategy for screening and identifying chemicals that could increase the risk of the disease.
The panel followed a unique “disease endpoint” model, working backwards from a disease to identify the changes caused by chemicals that could serve as early indicators of toxicity. While this approach was recommended by the National Academy of Sciences in their report “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century”, this is the first time it has been implemented for any disease, including breast cancer. The Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy project model is intended to dovetail with the State of California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, as well as ongoing efforts by federal scientific agencies working to create new and more effective comprehensive chemical testing approaches to better protect human health.
- March 2010-January 2011 Women's Leadership Seminar Series
A collection of interviews executed by Jo Miller of Women's Leadership Coaching. These are webinars that we show and discuss in small groups.
3/2/2010 Make the Most of Mentoring
4/6/2010 Succeeding as an Agent of Change
6/28/2010 Managing Others, With or Witout Direct Authority
9/1/2010 Leading your Leaders: How to Manage Upward
11/11/2010 Purposeful Risk Taking
TBD Jan 2010 Transitioning from Employee to Manager
- February 16, 2011 Embracing your Inner Critic
Pat Duran, Business Consultant and Coach
Do you sometimes feel like there's something holding you back from accomplishing your goals? Do you ever hear an inner voice telling you you're not enough or too much of something? If so, odds are you don't feel very friendly toward it. You may find, however, that this voice has wisdom and can become one of your greatest allies. Learn to use its insights, become more confident, and overcome obstacles to your success.
Speaker Bio Pat Duran, a business consultant & coach, her passion is helping women be successful doing work they love. Pat has worked with Fortune 500 companies (Hewlett-Packard, IBM, GM, Alcoa), mid-size companies, and start-ups companies. She co-authored Incredible Business and has been helping both groups and individuals navigate through major change for decades. Pat is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming, a Dream Coach, True Purpose Coach, Too Young to Retire Coach and Grief Recovery Specialist. You can contact her at: email@example.com
- January 26, 2011 Pragmatic Career Advice
Judy Heyboer, Human Resources
Judy Heyboer has worked for twenty seven years in Human Resources, most recently as Senior Vice President of Genentech, Inc., a global leader in the biotech industry. Before retiring from full-time corporate life in 2000, Judy revamped and re-energized Genentech's Human Resources function and was instrumental in promoting an extraordinary corporate culture. She managed the introduction of the entire span of new programs after the company's public offering in 1999, and, during her tenure, Genentech achieved recognition by Fortune magazine as one of America's "100 Best Places to Work"for the first time. Prior to Genentech, Judy spent thirteen years at Acuson Corporation, the world's leading seller of ultrasound systems at the time. She joined during the company's startup phase to create the HR function and to develop the corporate culture and feel. Prior to Acuson, Judy began her career at Spectra-Physics, Inc. where she gained experience and distinguished her talent in each of the classic HR functions. In addition to her consulting work in human resources, Judy devotes a substantial portion of her time and energy to writing, mentoring, advisory work, and making a difference in the community. She continues to be actively engaged in the human resource community, serving as consultant, mentor, speaker, and executive coach.
In 2007, Judy's accomplishments were recognized by induction into the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame. She currently serves as a trustee of the Keck Graduate Institute, a graduate school providing advanced degrees in Applied Life Sciences. She also serves on the boards of The Health Trust, Friends for Youth, Resource Area for Teaching, Theatreworks, and the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Judy has an MBA from Santa Clara University, and BA and MA degrees from the University of Michigan.
- December 6, 2010 Strategies for Self Promotion in the Workplace
Denise Brosseau, CEO, Well-Connected Leader Inc.
What’s holding you back? Not working hard enough? Hardly. It’s far more likely that you just haven’t been able to get the word out about how you’re doing and what you’re good at to the people who matter. In this session, women’s leadership expert Denise Brosseau will share some of the more effective and appropriate ways to ‘self-promote’ - whether you’re trying to advance in your present career, applying for a new position or just want to get noticed for the amazing work you do every day. This interactive workshop will also allow time for you to try out a few new techniques and share what’s worked for you with other AWIS members.
- November 15, 2010 Risky Business, It is About Choices
Renee Tannenbaum, EVP, Chief Commercial Officer, Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc
Working in the life sciences industry is a high risk / high reward undertaking. The nature of scientific research is such that there are few successes but many failures from which we hopefully learn, grow and persevere. So too can we consider our career paths. Do you take the easy and straightforward path or do you take risks to try to gain different experiences and skills? Renee Tannenbaum will be discussing some of the “risks” she took in her career and how this helped her achieve her goals and aspirations.
- October 27, 2010 NGS: Shedding Light on Human Evolution and Disease
Fiona Hyland, Associate Director, R&D, in the Biological Information Systems Division
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) allows hypothesis-free interrogation of complete genomes, facilitating the detection and discovery of known and novel genetic variation. To fully utilize the data produced by massively parallel short-read technologies, novel algorithms need to be developed. We describe sequencing of humans from multiple continents, using a novel ligation-based sequencing assay that enables a unique form of errorcorrection that improves the raw accuracy of the aligned reads to >99.9%, allowing accurate detection of SNPs with as few as two reads per allele. Over 98% of the reference genome is covered with at least one uniquely placed read, and 99.65% is spanned by at least one uniquely placed mate-paired clone. We typically identify 3.5 - 4 million SNPs per genome, 5-20% of which are novel. We typically detect 200-400,000 intra-read insertions and deletions, and approximately 50 inversions. Dozens of mutations described in OMIM and hundreds of nonsynonymous single-nucleotide and structural variants in genes previously implicated in disease are identified in a single individual. Patterns of population genetic variation shed light on human evolution and on disease etiology.
- September 29, 2010 Collaborative Negotiation: Get What You Want by Playing Win-Win
Elizabeth Agnew, Integrative Leadership Strategies
Elizabeth Agnew career coach and founder of Integrative Leadership Strategies described the benefits of going into negotiation assuming that both parties can win.
- August 14, 2010 Summer Picnic
Members, their families, and guests enjoyed the sunshine and socialized at Beresford Park in San Mateo.
- June 7, 2010 Networking and Panel Disucssion: From the Bench to Business
Angele Maki talked about her move to Business Development, Nitzan Sternheim spoke about her move to Regulatory Affairs, and Ulrike Delling discussed her switch to Project Management.
- May 20, 2010 What is Science?
Helen Quinn, Stanford Linear Accelerator
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's esteemed theoretical physicist Helen Quinn will use her over 40 years of experience in physics, science education and outreach to address what might seem like a basic question. She found that the general public and scientists do not always share a common understanding of science, how it is conducted, how progress comes about, and what its inherent values and limitations are.
- April 28, 2010 NCC-AWIS Awards and Recognition Banquet
This is an annual event in which the Northern California Chapters of AWIS gather together to honor 3 distinguished women scientists and several outstanding students. 2010 was another great year for celebrating women in science.
- March 22, 2010 Stem Cells and Women's Health
Renee Reijo Pera, Director of the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education and Professor of ObGyn at Stanford University
Dr. Rejio Pera will discuss her research on Stem cells and reproduction, Women's somatic health and Women in Cancer. In recent years, much emphasis has been placed on realizing the promise of stem cells in medicine. Yet, little focus has been placed on issues related to women's health. We seek to improve women's health through stem cells. In the USA, reproductive failure carries a cost burden that exceeds $6 billion annually. Yet, research on reproductive failure, especially on the earliest stages of human reproduction, has been excluded from federal funding. Our group explored the use of modern developmental genetic and biophysical means to develop novel diagnostics and interventions based on scientific evidence. The use of assisted reproductive techniques to alleviate reproductive failure results in the annual culture of more than a million embryos. Unfortunately, the vast majority of cases fail to develop properly for unknown reasons. We have sought to remedy the current state, with studies that will result in the optimization of embryo culture and diagnosis of germ line and embryo developmental competence and subsequent fetal and neonatal consequences. On the topic of women's somatic health, cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of death in women for decades; diabetes and autoimmune diseases disproportionately afflict women and with the extension of women's lifespan, degenerative disorders such as urinary incontinence. Given these facts, a concerted effort to capitalize on the potential of stem cells in somatic health of women is merited. On the topic of women and Cancer, Several cancers are most frequent or exclusive to women including breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Promising potential therapies include immunologically-based therapies and therapies aimed at targeting cancer stem cell populations. Efforts to focus cancer stem cell efforts on women's cancer will be discussed. We have unprecedented opportunity to explore the unique biology of human development, including that of women, with the advances in stem cell biology.
- February 11, 2010 Real-Life CSI
Cordelia Willis, Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory
Since the O.J. Simpson trial the public interest in forensic science has grown rapidly, thanks to fictional TV shows such as CSI, Cold Case, and NCIS as well as the non-fictional New Detectives and Forensic Files. Cordelia Willis will give us a glimpse into the real-life world of the crime laboratory, discussing the various types of analyses that they perform as well as providing examples of interesting cases she's worked on. Cordelia Willis received her undergraduate degree in Music Theatre and Math and then went on to get two graduate degrees: a Master of Science in Mathematics & Statistics from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Forensic Science from George Washington University. After internships with the Tucson Crime Laboratory and the NCIS Cold Case Squad, she became a criminalist at the Santa Clara County D.A.'s Crime Laboratory. Her duties there include crime scene investigation, drug testing, fingerprint processing, biological stain analysis, shoeprint and tire track comparisons, DNA statistics, CODIS DNA database maintenance, and laboratory outreach.
- January 21, 2010 Skills, Strategies & Super Powers for the 21st Century Woman
Christine Arylo, Career Coach
As 21st century women, we now have the power to do anything! The problem is that now, we feel pressured to do EVERYTHING... perfectly, right now and all at the same time. Christine Arylo will help us discover how to activate the super powers that are already inside us, so we can thrive instead of just survive. A recovering "doing" addict herself, she knows the secrets to get beyond chasing balance, finding time, and doing it all for everyone else, to creating harmony, finding happiness, and taking care of ourselves. Christine will reveal insights into how to get that inner achievement junkie under control and tools for trading self-sabotaging behaviors for good "ME Habits" ?" such as The Comparison Diet and The Pause. Christine takes a fresh approach to redefining self-love for today's woman as hip, hot and hers. Merging her MBA from Kellogg School of Management, over 12 years of marketing expertise, and extensive leadership and coaching training with a seven year self-discovery journey, Arylo traded in building brands for companies to inspire women to bust through their limiting self-images and self-expectations. She is the author of Choosing ME Before WE (www.mebeforewe.com) and the founder of Madly in Love with METM, an international movement to inspire women and girls to love themselves (www.madlyinlovewithme.com).
- December 7, 2009 Winter Networking Social
A Pre-Holiday Meet & Mingle WHO: AWIS Members & Friends • Scientists • Engineers • Educators • Students • Researchers • Writers • Business Representatives • Men too! WHAT: A reception with great food, fun games, and active networking activities WHY: Meet new people. Expand your social and professional networks. Have fun!
- November 18, 2009 10 Top Tips for Using LinkedIn Effectively
Patrice Reid, Career Mgmt Consultant with Right Management
LinkedIn is the tool that people and organizations are using to connect and build relationships. For scientists, it provides a rich source of information on "who", "what" and where that can lead to new sources of collaboration, funding and career opportunity. How can LinkedIn and other social media tools like Twitter and Facebook advance your career? Among the topics we'll be covering are: profile completeness, expanding your connections, handling recommendations, joining groups, and posting status messages. This presentation will be particularly helpful if you are using LinkedIn but not really optimizing it. Our speaker, Patrice Reid, is a Career Management Consultant with Right Management in San Francisco. Patrice specializes in providing career transition, workshop facilitation and career consulting services for both companies and individuals. Her specialties include startup/entrepreneurship coaching and the use of social media tools in career management.
- October 19, 2009 Stories of AWIS
Jaleh Daie, Ph.D And Past President of National AWIS
Dr. Daie will share stories about AWIS history, its impact and her years as its president. With a versatile background in academia, philanthropy, science policy, education, non-profit, public service, and finance, Jaleh has a unique perspective on present and future challenges that face the scientific community and our society in general. Dr. Daie is currently managing partner at Aurora Equity, a Palo Alto-based company investing in technology start-ups. Her career includes serving as head of science and senior advisor at the Packard Foundation, over 20 years as professor and administrator at Rutgers Univ. and UW-Madison, Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, and science liaison to the President's National Sci &Tech Council while on assignment in Washington DC. She was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 1996.
- September 23, 2009 Becoming a Person of Influence
Jo Miller, CEO Women's Leadership Coaching
Women who break into leadership get there by delivering results. Explore ways to gain a voice and a seat at the table in your organization. Learn to identify your six sources of influence, and understand the appropriate, effective use of influence within your organization. Jo has a passion for helping women develop their leadership skills, confidence and presence, and specializes in helping women break into leadership in industries that have been traditionally considered 'a man's world', such as technology, finance and energy. Since 1998 Jo has developed and implemented coaching programs that have benefited women worldwide. Jo created the Women's Leadership Coaching Inc leadership coaching system, and has logged many thousands of hours coaching women who are in executive and management positions, or aspire to be. She was named one of Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's 40 people to watch under the age of 40 in 2006, and one of Silicon Valley's Women of Influence in 2008.
- August 9th, 2009 PA AWIS 3rd Annual Picnic
AWIS-Palo Alto is pleased to invite you to our 3rd ANNUAL POTLUCK PICNIC at the San Mateo Beresford Park. This park is bigger than the one we were at before, still has paths, grassy and picnic areas, several playgrounds, skate park, bocce, tennis and basketball courts are nearby. So come for lunch and socializing and stay for as long as you like!
- June 9, 2009 Life/Work Balance Workshop
Pam Williams, ACC & Marci Moore, ACC, co-coordinators of the AWIS Coaching Program
Given the work environments and expectations for women in science, and the fact that a career in science is very often a way of life and far more than a job, finding work-life balance satisfaction can be a significant challenge. While advocating for change in policies and systems continues to be important, women must find the personal work-life balance strategies that work for them within the systems in which they work. This interactive program will help participants: 1. Examine how their current choices impact work-life balance and identify changes that will have the biggest impact on personal and professional satisfaction. 2. See personal challenges and opportunities from a fresh perspective. 3. Recognize the critical importance of recovering from stressors to stay motivated and engaged. 4. Understand how incongruence between priorities and actions can drain energy and negatively impact work-life balance satisfaction. 5. Maximize their energy level for improved performance and increased productivity. 6. Craft a personalized plan to improve work-life balance satisfaction . As an added bonus, program participants will have access to ongoing web-based programming and resources. This program is provided to AWIS chapters courtesy of a partnership between the Association for Women in Science and the Elsevier Foundation. The program will be presented by Pam Williams, ACC & Marci Moore, ACC, co-coordinators of the AWIS Coaching Program.
- June 22, 2009 Interviewing for Industry: How we do it at Genencor
Lisa Zanetto and Emma Cuttler, Human Resources at Genencor
So, you want to find a job in industry! How can you find the right job? Where should you look for open positions especially in a down economy? What should be on your resume? How should you prepare for the actual interview? What questions should you expect from the interviewers? Lisa Zanetto and Emma Cuttler, HR leaders at Genencor, will share with you their tips and tricks from all of their experience in recruiting for different capacities. Lisa Zanetto is HR Director for the Research & Development and Legal & Regulatory teams at Genencor. Before Genencor, Lisa was director of HR at Galileo Pharmaceuticals. Before Galileo, Lisa worked for Evant Solutions, a worldwide management consulting and systems integration firm. Lisa received her Bachelor's of Science in Applied Behavioral Science from UC Davis. Emma Cuttler has international experience with recruitment. - After working in a recruiting capacity in Australia, and at Danisco Head Quarters in Denmark, Emma moved to Genencor division in Palo Alto.
- May 25, 2009 From Worms to Humans: Genes that Control the Rate of Aging
Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, http://kenyonlab.ucsf.edu
Aging was once thought to be a completely haphazard process; we wear out, like old shoes. Now we know that there are actually genes that control the rate of aging. These genes were first discovered in the small roundworm C. elegans, but the same genes are now known to affect lifespan in higher animals, even humans. Changing these genes in roundworms can double the lifespan of the animal, and making several changes at once can extend lifespan by six-fold. In this lecture, Dr. Kenyon will discuss the nature of these genes, explain how we think they can influence the rate of aging, and discuss prospects for using this information to increase our own health and longevity. Cynthia Kenyon received her PhD from MIT in 1981, and then studied with Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner in Cambridge, England. Since 1986, she has been at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is now an American Cancer Society Professor. In 1993, Dr. Kenyon's discovery that a single mutation could double the lifespan of C. elegans sparked an intensive study of the molecular biology of aging. Dr. Kenyon has received many awards for her findings. She is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine and she is a past-president of the Genetics Society of America.
- March 12, 2009 Wominovation
Francine Gordon, Ph.D., Executive Coach and Consultant
What challenges face women innovators? In what ways do women innovate differently than men? What does it take to become more innovative? Dr. Francine Gordon is an organization consultant and executive coach who runs her own consulting firm (F Gordon Group). Her expertise includes fostering creativity and innovation in business and supporting women to advance into executive positions. Dr. Gordon earned her Ph.D. at Yale University, and became an assistant professor of Organization Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). She was one of the first two women at GSB, and the youngest person to hold that position. She held a variety of management positions at Pacific Bell, California Actors Theatre, and UB Networks. Before starting her own consulting firm, Dr. Gordon spent five years at Boston Consulting Group.
- February 25, 2009 Biofilms: Understanding their role in disease and public health
Fitnat Yildiz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, UC Santa Cruz
The Yildiz Lab investigates molecular mechanisms of biofilm formation using Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of the disease cholera, as a model system. Biofilms are surface attached microbial communities that promote the growth, survival and persistence of human pathogens like V. cholerae in aquatic ecosystems. Understanding V. cholerae biofilms provides a path for developing novel treatments and prevention strategies. This topic touches on host-pathogen interaction, infectious disease, public health, as well as molecular biology and carbohydrate chemistry. Fitnat Yildiz did a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Gary Schoolnik’s Lab at Stanford and joined the faculty at UC Santa Cruz in 2002. Since joining, she has established a productive research lab, and found a balance of work-and-life that many members may want to hear more about. Please join us for a fascinating talk with this guest speaker.
- January 29, 2009 Explorations in Science
Julie Yu, Ph.D., staff scientist at the Exploratorium Teacher Institute
Do you remember what sparked your interest in science? Why you love it? Join us for an energizing presentation by Dr. Julie Yu, staff scientist at the Exploratorium Teacher Institute in San Francisco. Dr. Yu will tell us how she is spreading the love of science by creating interactive explorations for museum visitors and helping teachers teach science the way many of us learned to love it – by doing and experimenting with our own hands. Inspiring public interest and understanding in science through all avenues is especially important to combat the current anti-science rhetoric and poor funding for classrooms. So, re-discover the fun and share the excitement with us! After receiving her B.S. in chemical engineering from Brown University, Dr. Yu taught middle school math and science in East Palo Alto and then K-12 science at the Tech Museum in San Jose. Teaching science reminded her of how much she liked learning science, so she went back to school and earned a PhD in chemical engineering with a minor in
- December 8, 2008 December Networking
A fun night of meeting new people and polishing your skills. Do you know what you would say if you had 2 minutes with the hiring manager at the company of your dreams? 2 minutes with the recruiter? 2 minutes with a VP? We'll also practice our elevator pitches and review interview skills.
- November 13, 2008 PCR for the Common Man:The Evolution of Molecular Diagnostics
We would like to invite you to an exciting meeting at AWIS as Dr. Winn-Deen shares with us her laboratory and industry experiences. Her career in diagnostics has included development of clinical chemistry reagents, urinalysis strips, immunoassays, FISH probes, and DNA diagnostics. She will also tell us about how various fork-in?"the road choices made along the way have led her career from bench chemist to nationally recognized expert in genetics and oncology. Dr. Winn-Deen received her B.S. in Chemistry from Lehigh University and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Boston University, and has over 20 years of experience in diagnostics product development. Currently she is vice president for genetics and oncology R&D at Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics company focusing on rapid nucleic acid testing located in Sunnyvale, CA. As an R&D group leader at Applied Biosystems, Dr. Winn-Deen managed the team developing their cystic fibrosis assay, and as director of diagnostics R&D at Oncor, Inc. she led the team developing
- October 23, 2008 Delivering Drugs Needle-free using Iontophoresis
Kathy Farinas, Ph.D
Is there a better way to deliver drugs than to ingest or inject them? Can we administer drugs locally instead of systemically? How can we meet the challenges of ophthalmic delivery? These are some of the questions that have driven Kathy Farinas' work at a variety of drug delivery companies in the bay area. She will tell us the story of the development and design of ALZA IONSYStm Fentanyl Iontophoretic Transdermal System for management of acute postoperative pain. The talk will also describe the opportunities and challenges associated with ophthalmic drug delivery and will include proof-of-concept preclinical data for needle-free delivery to the back of the eye. Both delivery systems utilize low levels of electrical current to enhance drug delivery. Kathy Farinas holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford where she performed research on self-assembling nanoparticles. She has since worked on drug delivery including transdermal systems, pulmonary dry powder formulations, and ophthalmic io
- September 25, 2008 Effective Management: Winning Strategies for Managing Up
Speakers: Rossella Derickson and Krista Henley
When you engage with your boss it helps to be armed with awareness and tools so that you can prepare to make the best of any communication or situation. Few can deal effectively and smoothly with their current boss but most authority figures trigger negative reactions that could be managed with greater wisdom. In this talk, we will explore different types of bosses and winning strategies for managing up effectively. Rossella Derickson and Krista Henley, have translated their business and organizational psychology experience into Wisdom in the Workplace, consulting, training and coaching modules that support healthy group and company dynamics. Rossella and Krista have co-authored a book "Awakening Social Responsibility-A call to Action" and are directors of the South Bay Organizational Developmental Network.
- August 9, 2008 PA-AWIS 2nd Annual Potluck Picnic
AWIS-Palo Alto is pleased to invite you to our 2nd ANNUAL POTLUCK PICNIC at the San Mateo Ryder Park. This park has something for all ages with its bike paths, kite flying and picnic area, a water park and creative play area and walking paths by the beautiful bay. So come for lunch and stay for as long as you like.
- June 16, 2008 Summer Networking Ice Cream Social
Develop contacts, work on networking skills, and perfect your elevator pitch. Special Guest Doris Davis, expert networker and 2008 winner of the Distinguished Professional Award, presented by the Northern California AWIS chapters. Doris Davis has a background in oncology, critical care and bone marrow transplant nursing as well as experience working in the pharmaceutical business including positions at Monsanto and Genentech. In 1990, she started her own consulting practice. Doris has been very active for the Bay Area Biomedical Consultants Network (BABCN) an organization with 200 members who believe in the value of networking in order to stay in business. Doris has worked tirelessly and therefore been a key person in keeping the group together, finding speakers, arranging meetings and welcoming new members. As a result, many consultants have been very pleased to discover BABCN as a networking resource.
- May 8, 2008 Protein Kinase C in Heart Attack: From Bench to Bedside
Prof Daria Mochly-Rosen, Senior Associate Dean for Research Stanford University
Translational research is crux of most basic research. Dr. Daria Mochly-Rosen is one of the pioneers to have applied basic research into clinical therapy. Dr. Mochly-Rosen trained as a basic researcher with a degree in chemical immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Isreal followed by postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley. Dr. Mochly-Rosen joined Stanford University faculty in 1993 as Professor and since then has held position as Chair of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and most recently as Senior Associate Dean for Research. In her current role, Dr. Mochly-Rosen leads the school's effort in advancing the field of molecular pharmacology and chemical biology and its application to translational medicine. Dr. Mochly-Rosen's laboratory studies the family of enzymes called protein kinase C, which, when activated, regulate diverse functions such as heart rate, the response of the heart and brain to stress induced by heart attack, and the regulation of cell growth in normal and cancer tissue
- March 20, 2008 Managing Shyness and Social Anxiety: A Cognitive-Behavioral Model
Nicole Shiloff, Ph.D.
Dr. Nicole Shiloff is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami. She is an expert in mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy and led groups for adults in an outpatient hospital setting. While at Stanford, Dr. Shiloff further specialized in working with individuals with anxiety disorders as well as those with eating disorders. Dr. Shiloff is currently the Director of the Shyness Clinic, a specialty clinic within Pacific Graduate School of Psychology’s training clinic, the Kurt and Barbara Gronowski Clinic. She has worked as a staff psychologist at the Clinic for two years and provides individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with shyness and social anxiety. She also runs several groups for young adults and adults, using a cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal approach, based on Dr. Lynne Henderson’s Social Fitness approach to treating social anxiety.
- February 21, 2008 How to Get Out of Your Own Way, Optimism as a Career Strategy
Kimberly Wiefling, Wiefling Consulting and author, Scrappy Project Management
Kimberly has gained international acclaim for her enthusiasm-infused leadership programs, her project management workshops, and her recently published book Scrappy Project Management (which she can sign for you!). She facilitates seminars for executives on these topics all over the world, most recently in the US, Europe and Japan. A physicist and chemist by education, she has 10 years of experience with HP, 5 years with start-ups, and the past 7 years running her own consulting company. She’ll tap into her 20 years of experience working in technical fields among scientists and engineers to help us gain new perspectives on professional development and career paths. Perception is Reality, and we'll explore how to powerfully reframe situations and events in order to increase our professional and personal effectiveness. This highly interactive and engaging event incorporates techniques of improv, role-play, creativity, and breakthrough thinking that will enable you to set and achieve goals that initially seem highly unlikely or nearly impossible (her specialty!).
- January 7, 2008 Chemistry in Living Systems: Shedding Light on Glycans
UC Berkeley Professor Carolyn Bertozzi
Join us for an interesting discussion around the application of chemistry and nanotechnology in cellular processes. Prof. Bertozzi is the T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at UCSF. She is also the Director of the Molecular Foundry at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Prof. Bertozzi is a member of several Scientific Advisory Boards of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, co-Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Chemical Biology. Prof. Bertozzi has been recognized with numerous awards and society memberships. Prof. Bertozzi's research focuses on applications of chemistry and nanoscience in the study of cellular processes. Her group has developed chemical approaches for profiling changes in cell surface glycosylation associated with cancer and identified metabolic pathways in Mycobacterium tuberculosis that are candidate drug targets. In addition, Prof. Bertozzi's group has developed new materials engineered at the nanometer scale to mimic the biological materials mucin and bone. Finally, her group has developed biomimetic coatings for nanotubes that enable their use in biological systems.
- December 13, 2007 Get that perfect Job
Toby Beth Freedman
Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development Join us for an illuminating discussion about careers and job search strategies in the life sciences industry. Toby Beth Freedman, PhD, will highlight some of the findings from her new book, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development. Betsy Alberty, a recruiter in the Bay Area will discuss how to get the scoop on a prospective employer. Together, they will bring their collective wisdom to discuss job-finding strategies. Toby will be available starting at 6:00 to sign her new book. Toby was trained as a scientist and has transitioned into business as a recruiter, writer, and entrepreneur. Her new book, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development is a must read for people aspiring careers in life sciences and biotechnology. Toby founded the recruiting firm Synapsis Search. She previously worked at BioQuest, an executive retained search firm where she recruited VP- to CEO-level executives. Toby received a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did her postdoctoral research at Harvard. Betsy Alberty is the owner of BioEquities Recruiting, which is focused on connecting highly experienced candidates with biotechnology and medical device industries. She is also the founder of LipidX Technologies. Betsy has 28 years of experience in the biotech research tools and clinical diagnostics markets, holding various positions in research, applications, marketing, sales and business development at companies: Flow Laboratories, Calbiochem-Behring, and Bio-Rad, and Clontech.
- November 15, 2007 From biology to cure: Hematopoietic stem cells
Dr. Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi
Have you seen the advertisements about cord blood banks and found yourself wondering: what is it about and how crucial is it for you and your family? Our November speaker will be Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi, a clinician and researcher at Stanford University. Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi’s research experience began at the NIH, where she developed stem cell assays and in vivo models critical to understanding stem cell biology and its clinical implications. Upon moving to Children’s Hospital Medical Centre (CHMC) in Cincinnati, Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi established her research laboratory to further investigate the field of hematopoietic stem cells, specifically using umbilical cord blood. Dr. Hashmi also pioneered the clinical umbilical cord blood transplant program. Please join us as Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi shares with us some of the exciting ways that stem cells are being used therapeutically today.
- October 8, 2007 How does a big company keep up with new stuff?: Roche's approach to strategic business planning in Diagnostics
Dr. Linda McAllister MD, PhD
Roche Diagnostics is the largest diagnostics company in the world. Dr. McAllister will describe the activities of the Chief Technology Office focused on keeping Roche innovative and competitive. These activities blend technology assessment and strategic business planning. Included will be a discussion of Roche's perspective on Personalized Healthcare and Diagnostics and how Roche plans to address this new paradigm. Dr. Linda McAllister holds a BS in Biology from the California Institute of Technology, a PhD in Neurosciences and an MD from Stanford Medical School. She completed Internal Medicine training at UCSF and Postdoctoral Research at Stanford. She held roles in Scientific Collaborations and Marketing at Affymetrix and Business Development with Celera Diagnostics and from 1994 -2005 was Asst.Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. She is currently working in a technology evaluation role for Divisional Business Development of Roche Diagnostics. She is interested in the translation of new knowledge and technology to healthcare.
- September 13, 2007 Winning at the Game of Office Politics
Inside every workplace you can find smart, talented women diligently going about their work, hoping someone will discover their brilliance, and reward them for it. While they wait, colleagues are advancing their careers by politicking and schmoozing. Is it possible to effectively navigate politics without becoming a political animal? In this presentation, Jo Miller, CEO of Women's Leadership Coaching Inc. describes: the difference between office politics and organizational awareness, how to cultivate a powerful network, the number 1 tool for navigating your organization with savvy, how to leverage your network to gain access to information, resources, and opportunities. You will leave with actionable steps to take to navigate office politics with ease, and use this knowledge to improve opportunities for recognition and advancement.
- September 2, 2007 Palo Alto 2nd Annual Potluck Picnic
Bring your friends and family and join AWIS Palo Alto for a picnic to celebrate summer and the start of a new program year!
- June 13, 2007 Midsummer Networking & Ice Cream Social
Join us for our Annual Networking Social! We will have dinner, desserts, great conversation, and a few fun networking games that will help you get over that initial shyness and have a great time meeting new people with similar interests. Whether you are looking for a new job or a walking buddy, this is the event for you!
- May 16, 2007 Ethical Dilemmas in Delivering the Benefits of Genetic and Genomic Research
Dr. Sally Tobin, Stanford University
Innovative genetic technologies are changing the face of medical care as they move from bench discoveries to clinical applications. The potential benefits to individuals and to the public are significant,including individualized treatments, targeted medications, lifestyle changes, and informed reproductive choices. Yet many aspects of the development process involve dilemmas for researchers, research participants, medical professionals, and patients. This talk will present several (mostly) realistic cases that involve aspects of genetics and genomics in current clinical medicine and in research approaches.
- March 22, 2007 Submarine groundwater discharge and coral reef sustainability
Dr. Adina Paytan, Stanford University
We are fortunate to have our mentoring co-chair, Dr. Adina Paytan, tell us about her fascinating oceanography research. The broad aim of her work is to correlate changing ocean composition to global climate changes by examining isotopes in seawater and sediments. Coral reefs, islands of high productivity and biodiversity, are one of the most threatened marine ecosystems. Dr. Paytan will tell us about her truly interdisciplinary research that examines how the physics of water flow patterns affects the chemistry and biology of reef ecosystems.
- February 7, 2007 Science: A Business Perspective
Kathleen Gilligan, Monica Rosoff
Take a break from your busy schedule and come spend an evening with exciting professionals discussing the merger of business and science. Our distinguished speakers with their broad expertise in IT and Pharma/Biotech sectors will talk about paths followed in their careers, challenges facing business development and advice for developing careers. We encourage an active discussion with plenty of time allotted for audience questions and comments. Our speakers: Kathleen Gilligan is currently President of Ramco Systems and holds an MBA from Stanford University's AEA Executive MBA program. Kathleen's 25-year career encompasses a rich mix of organizational expertise in enterprise and channel sales, marketing, communications, training, and executive management. She has worked in various sales and management roles at Symantec (over 10 years), On Demand (sold to Chordiant), AMR Research and served on Board of Directors for Kurant Corporation. Monica Rosoff is currently Senior Manager, Commercialization and Product Transfer at Genentech. Her responsibilities include coordinating the execution of technology transfers of drug manufacturing to new facilities (e.g. manufacture of Avastin to Genentech's Oceanside facility), project management aspects of new product launches (such as launch of Lucentis in 2006) and coordinating communication with Genentech partners, including large pharmaceutical companies. Since her postdoc at Stanford, she has stayed in the Bay Area, managing technical and operational projects at Solexa (formerly Lynx Therapeutics), Caliper Technologies, and Ingenuity Systems.
- January 10, 2007 Infectious Disease Diagnostics: State of the Art
Ellen Jo Baron
Dr. Baron's microbiology labs serve Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University Medical Center Hospital, and more than 20,000 doctors' offices, so they process and identify thousands of different organisms from thousands of patients each week. Diagnosis is the first step of medical treatment; accuracy is key. The lab has collaborations with several local biotech companies for beta-testing new diagnostic tools, and Ellen has promised to mention those as well as outline possible career paths for people with microbiology or virology training. This will really be a wonderful, fact-filled talk. Please join us!
- December 5, 2006 Networking and Career Transitions: a Panel Discussion
Kathy Konjuh, Karen Fitch, Wendy Levine, Elaine Lee
Ms. Konjuh holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from San Jose State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. She is currently employed in two start up companies, iMedic Devices and ChorusWare. Dr. Fitch did post-doc work at Stanford before moving on to Affymetrix. Dr. Levine is currently the Manager of Quality Assurance at Genemed Biotechnologies, a contract manufacturing company for the diagnostic industry. She has worked at Syntex, Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Ciphergen Biosystems, Aclara Biosciences, Perlegen Sciences and Applied Biosciences, developing a broad interest inhigh-throughput technologies and regulated manufacturing processes. Through networking with other specialists in the field and taking classes in GMP, Wendy made a career transition into improving quality systems. She has mentored young women through the AWIS mentoring program and has received AWIS' Ellen Weaver award. Dr. Lee is currently a Program Manager, Biologics at Kyphon, Inc. She received her Ph.D. in Medical Engineering from the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She was previously with Baxter Healthcare and Boston Scientific. Elaine has a background and extensive experience in mechanical engineering, biomaterials, cell biology, and tissue engineering, with a recent focus on applications in regenerative medicine.
- November 14, 2006 Human DNA Variation and Complex Traits
Dr. Kelly Frazer
Dr. Frazer joined Perlegen Sciences in January 2000, with a strong background in the field of genomics. While at Perlegen, Dr. Frazer has directed HapMap Phase II project, an international effort to genotype a large fraction of common SNPs in the genome. Dr. Frazer is currently leading a genome-wide SNP delivery project in the mouse genome and in collaboration with scientists at the Whitehead Institute in characterizing the segmental structure of variation in inbred mouse strains. Recently, Dr. Frazer's research has shown that common structural polymorphisms in humans are in linkage disequilibrium with common SNPs. Her research interests also include understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying allele-specific expression differences as well as the physiological relevance of such expression differences. Dr. Kelly Frazer received her Ph.D. degree from the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California, San Francisco and then held a Research Scientist position in the Genome Science Department of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has been a Program Committee member for several nationally organized scientific meetings, including the annual Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Genomicsw Conference and the 2006 Human Genome Meeting. She has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
- October 25, 2006 Mary Poppins wouldn't think of this: cleaning like a scientist
As the percentage of women working outside the home increases, so does the need to develop convenient reliable cleaning products. The rapid evolution of household products has become both, a blessing and a curse. Thanks to the news, television advertising and the internet, we've become more aware of emerging pathogens and the latest causes of ailments. Fall and winter bring us the cold and flu season, spring brings us indoor and outdoor allergies, and summer may bring us e-coli outbreaks. The cleaning products available to us to maintain a healthy home are plenty, and often can be overwhelming and cause confusion. In and effort to reduce illnesses, a major cause of employee absenteeism, individuals seek cleaning products with added benefits such as disinfection, allergen reduction, bacterial and mold growth prevention, etc. House cleaning is no longer simply tidying up as was portrayed in the movie Mary Poppins; it has evolved into maintaining a healthy home, and whereas a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, a healthy home will reduce your chances at having to take that awful tasting medicine. Brendi Cumberland, a mother of two and a scientist from The Clorox Company, will be coming to talk with us about the role cleaning products play to keep our lives healthy. She obtained her chemistry degree at UC Santa Barbara. Brendi has worked in healthcare and clinical diagnostics. Prior to working at The Clorox Company, Brendi conducted research at UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
- September 20, 2006 Women in Leadership Panel
- June 22, 2006 Midsummer Networking & Ice Cream Social
We will enjoy fresh fruit and ice cream with informal networking, and then play structured networking games. * We will introduce an effective networking game that enables you to meet and exchange information with many people in a very short time. * Afterwards, we will break up into small groups, based on interests. * You will get to meet EVERYONE in an informal, friendly setting! * Come to polish up your 'introduction', exchange cards, share networking skills, make new friends, and find out who's doing what in Bay Area science.
- May 10, 2006 Work/Life Balance: One Woman's Story
Maha El-Sayed, The Clorox Company
Maha El-Sayed will speak about her role as a wife and mother, raising two children, while working for The Clorox Company. Maha was born in Alexandria, Egypt and came to the US as a graduate student in 1979 to study biophysical chemistry at MIT under Dr. Mary Roberts. After MIT, she moved on to Stanford as a postdoc in Dr. Michael Fayer's lab for two years before joining Clorox. At Clorox she has held multiple positions across Product Development and Capability Building departments working on many products including: Liquid Plumr, Clorox 2, Clorox Cleanup and most recently Clorox Anywhere. Currently, she is the department manager for the Antimicrobial Technologies Platform. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, needlework, and baking as well as vacationing on any sunny sandy beach
- March 15, 2006 Tips for Networking and Finding a Job
Sarah Shields and Amy Broumas
Sarah works for Kelly Scientific and Amy for ALZA Corp. We will be discussing industry trends, job search resources, resume writing techniques, interviewing techniques, networking, as well as negotiating pay rates. Sarah Shields is the Recruiting Branch Manager at Kelly Scientific Resources in San Jose. She holds a BS in Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Sarah has been recruiting scientists in the South Bay for three years.
- February 15, 2006 Asking Different Questions: Women and Science
We chose this 50 minute movie to foster discussion about various topics facing women in science. For instance, "is there such a thing as feminist science?". The film follows five women in diverse fields of science who challenge the foundation of modern science and technology.
- January 18, 2006 The Basic Science of Biodefense
Julie Theriot, Professor Microbioogy and Immunology, Stanford University
Speaker Julie Theriot is an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford School of Medicine and a recent MacArthur Fellow. The mission of her lab is to understand how the cytoskeleton is recruited for motility of bacterial pathogens. She is an active member of the American Society for Cell Biology, where she has participated on panels about biodefense.
- December 6, 2005 Networking Social
It's time for our yearly networking event. The evening begins as usual with a light dinner. Then we will introduce and play structured networking games that effectively enable you to meet and exchange information with many people in a very short time. Then we will break up into small groups, based on interests. You will get to meet EVERYONE in an informal, friendly setting! Come to polish up your 'introduction', exchange business cards, share networking skills, make new friends, and find out who's doing what in Bay Area science. In honor of the holidays, bring a wrapped $5 gift to exchange during the networking.
- November 14, 2005 One Woman's Path from Ph.D. to CEO to Investor
Dr. Sonntag has many years of experience in the venture capital and biotechnology industries. Come hear about how her career evolved, how she transitioned from the laboratory to CEO to Investor, and how life choices played a role in her professional successes. Dr. Sonntag is currently creating Equity Investment Partners, LP, a Social Venture Fund for Global Health, focused on health technology solutions for developing-world markets. Prior to that, she was a General Partner of Axiom Venture Partners, L.P. Dr. Sonntag was the first woman CEO of a publicly held biotech company, SyStemix; CEO of StemCells, Inc.; and Chairman/Co-founder of Prolinx, Inc. She has studied at the Harvard Business School and at M.I.T.'s Alfred P. Sloan School of Management. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Witwaterstrand in South Africa where she taught in the Department of Genetics, was a post-doc with Dr. Herb Boyer at U.C.S.F., and was a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute.
- October 27, 2005 Nanotechnology: Building a Business to Turn the Concept into Reality
Dr. Linda McAllister MD, PhD
Nanotechnology is becoming a household word. From being the focus of government funding and business forums to its use in sci-fi movies, nanotechnology is considered to be an important new development in our future. Yet, besides being a billionth of a meter, what is it? And where is it happening or going to happen? Nasreen Chopra will give an overview of the current state of the field from a technical and business perspective. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley where her work was the first thesis on nanotubes at Cal. After graduating, she joined Applied Materials and developed Black Diamond, the leading Low K dielectric solution for use in semiconductor devices. Nasreen then worked at the Central Research Labs of HP/Agilent doing work on X-ray imaging and detection technology for DNA strands, among other projects. Most recently she was founder and CEO of KOILA, Inc., a venture-backed nanotechnology start-up in Sunnyvale.
- September 22, 2005 Never Be Late Again: : 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged
Diana is a nationally recognized researcher and time management expert whose clients include Fortune 500 companies and government agencies such as Tyco and the State of California. In 1997, Ms. DeLonzor headed a major university study investigating chronic lateness, its causes, and the psychological characteristics of late versus timely people. She has been featured in numerous national media such as the Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Allure, and NBC News. Diana will present the result of her studies on, the root causes of lateness and procrastination, the most common mistakes late people make, the psychological obstacles most of us face when attempting to overcome negative habits, unique and simple secrets to managing time more effectively
- June 28, 2005 Midsummer Networking & Ice Cream Social
We will enjoy fresh fruit and ice cream with informal networking, and then play structured networking games. * We will introduce an effective networking game that enables you to meet and exchange information with many people in a very short time. * Afterwards, we will break up into small groups, based on interests. * You will get to meet EVERYONE in an informal, friendly setting! * Come to polish up your 'introduction', exchange cards, share networking skills, make new friends, and find out who's doing what in Bay Area science.
- May 26, 2005 Neurological Basis of Object and Face Perception
Kalanit Grill-Spector, PhD
How are shapes and objects represented in the human brain? For humans, object recognition is a natural, effortless skill that occurs within a few hundreds of milliseconds, yet, it is one of the least understood aspects of visual perception. Dr. Grill-Spector utilizes functional imaging (fMRI), computational techniques and behavioral methods to investigate visual object recognition and other high -level visual processes. He r research investigates the underlying representations and cortical mechanisms that subserve recognition, and the relation between these neural processes, and our visual perception of the world.
- March 22, 2005 Development of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Therapies for the Treatment of Human Degenerative Diseases
Jane S. Lebkowski, PhD
Dr. Lebkowski will give an industry perspective on the exciting topic of current progress in innovative applications of stem cells. Her talk will include significant achievements that Geron has made in preclinical stem cell research and subsequent product development. Dr. Lebkowski received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Princeton University in 1982. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Genetics at Stanford University, she joined Applied Immune Sciences (AIS) in 1986, where she was Vice President of Research and Development. Following the acquisition of AIS by Rhone Poulenc Rorer (RPR), Dr. Lebkowski remained at RPR (currently Sanofi-Aventis) as Vice President of Discovery Research. During her RPR tenure, she coordinated preclinical investigations of gene therapy approaches for the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and nervous system disorders, as well as directed the vector development, formulation, and delivery programs. In 1998, Dr. Lebkowski joined Geron as Senior Director of Cell and Gene Therapies, and now heads the human embryonic stem cell program.
- February 22, 2005 Executive Development and the Evolution of Leadership
Sally Wilder will speak about career development and the executive's journey through its different stages. She will address common problems that block the full expression of onthe-job creativity and demonstrate strategies for positive change. Sally will inspire you to take the next steps in your career with confidence and increased self-knowledge. Sally has over 25 years experience working with individuals and teams in the high-tech and bio-tech world. For the last 13 years she has specialized in executive development, teambuilding, coaching, organization assessment, and managing change. She has worked closely with venture capital firms, board members and executive teams to help them achieve their organization's goals. Her experience includes working with over 80 companies, including 30 start-ups.
- January 12, 2005 Decision Making for Self Empowerment: A Seven Step Guide
Making decisions can be difficult in today's technology-driven environment where career and family goals may compete for your personal energy and time. Success is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Self-confidence is a choice. 'Choice is an action that puts you in the center of your being', says Neerja Raman in her recently published book on decision-making. This is especially true for women and even more so for women in a technical arena where the playing field is still evolving. Neerja Raman presents a structure and process for decision-making in the technology workplace that is adaptable to individual needs. The structure is based on a process of dialog, analysis and personal values guided by 'dharma' ?' the idea of action, self-discipline and knowledge. Neerja Raman was born in India, did graduate studies in the US and her work experience has been diverse: spanning university research to a five-person start-up.
- December 12, 2004 Winter Networking Social
Chase away winter blues and get in the holiday spirit with our 'secret Santa' gift exchange and friendly networking! *Suggestion: BRING A SMALL PRESENT (under $10) to exchange within your networking group and please bring BUSINESS CARDS. *We will introduce an effective networking game that enables you to meet and exchange information with many people in a very short time. *Afterwards, we will break up into small groups, based on interests. *You will get to meet EVERYONE in an informal, friendly setting! *Come polish your 'introduction', exchange business cards, share networking skills, make new friends, and find out who is doing what in Bay Area science.
- November 12, 2004 What Women Want (to Eat)
Gerda Endemann, PhD
Dr. Gerda Endemann is a biomedical researcher and a nutrition consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more than 20 years, she conducted basic research on heart disease, cancer, and fat nutrition and metabolism, in academic laboratories and in the biotechnology industry. She is an author of numerous publications on these diseases in scientific journals. You can go to www.HealthyFat.com to find out more about her and her book, 'Fat is Not the Enemy.'
- October 13, 2004 Defining Success: One Woman's Path
Cori Gorman, PhD MBA - DNA Bridges
Dr Cori Gorman combines Biotech business experience as well as science in her professional life. Formerly, Cori was a Scientist at Genentech where she helped develop a numer of successful marketed products. Recently, she has gained experience as an entrepreneur, founding her own company and also works as a strategist to help other biotech companies get off the ground.
- September 16, 2004 Getting It Right: Balancing Career and Family
Dr Zappert is clinical professor of Psychiatry at Stanford with 20 years of research and teaching. She is an author and has done extensive coaching of working mothers. Laraine will talk about how you can create a satisfying and fulfilling lifestyle that incorporates the values that are important to you.
- June 22, 2004 Midsummer Networking & Ice Cream Social
We will enjoy fresh fruit and ice cream with informal networking, and then play structured networking games.We will introduce an effective networking game that enables you to meet and exchange information with many people in a very short time. Afterwards, we will break up into small groups, based on interests. You will get to meet EVERYONE in an informal, friendly setting! Come to polish up your 'introduction', exchange cards, share networking skills, make new friends, and find out who's doing what in Bay Area science..
- May 20, 2004 Manage Your Own Performance Profile, Tips for Career and Leadership Development
Krista Henley, M.A., LMFT, and Rossella Derickson,
It is extremely important during career transitions to evaluate your performance and the key areas that were your stumbling blocks with your previous employer. Courageously facing past performance issues can guarantee that you don't repeat negative experiences. Understanding blind spots and belief systems, often at the root of poor communication and performance, allows awareness and learning to replace resistance and misunderstandings. Using a leadership development checklist, participants can begin to examine workplace and career limitations that often remain a mystery without safe and effective feedback. Participants will learn simple introspection tools that will help them to self-examine and manage performance challenges. Krista Henley, M.A., LMFT, and Rossella Derickson, have translated their business experience into the Wisdom in the Workplace training modules, to coach and to teach individual and group dynamics. Ideas presented will be applicable to scientists in all stages of career development.
- March 4, 2004 The use of hematopoietic progenitor cells to enhance immune reconstitution or 'What time do we pick up the kids today?'
Janice (Wes) Brown, M.D. from the Bone Marrow Transplant Lab At Stanford Medical Center
Wes Brown is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford and the recipient of a Faculty Scholar Award given to young physician-scientists who teach and care for patients. As a faculty scholar, Wes is interested in bringing technological advances in immunology to the patient’s bedside. Her work explores the use of human stem cells to help restore the immune system after radiation therapy. Like many women in science, Wes balances professional and family life. She offered the subtitle for her talk 'What time do we pick up the kids today?' So come to hear this immunology topic and meet the scientist, physician and Mom.
- February 12, 2004 Don't Take Yourself Out of Decision Making
Darlene Crane, President of PCI Crane Consulting
Do you wonder how you can make better decisions about your career? Do you face the conflicts between your scientific or technical background and the demands of business? Decision making capability is critical to everyone's career. Darlene Crane, author, educator and advisor in improving business performance through excellence in decision making will share tools and insights from developing decision making capability across organizations.
- January 14, 200r The Feminine Face of Leadership in Science: Do You Recognize Yourself?
Beata C. Lewis, J.D.
Beata Lewis is a coach to highly accomplished leaders, especially women in technology and science. Applying a somatic orientation to coaching that integrates mind, body, heart and spirit, Beata helps individuals and teams develop awareness and implement practices to achieve tangible and sustainable improvements in leadership, trust building and collaboration. Following a brief overview of findings from the study she conducted in early 2003, Beata Lewis will share insights about essential leadership awareness and skills for women leading in science. Over 50% of participants in the Feminine Face of Leadership in Science study are AWIS members. From her perspective as a leadership coach, Beata will share highlights about what the highly accomplished women she spoke with face and what they need as they strive to make valued contributions and succeed as leaders in what remain male-dominated professions.