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  1. BWIS Talk: The Science of Success: Accelerating Women in STEM Leadership for Better Results

    DDI Consultants

    Thursday, November 29, 2018, 4 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Less than 30 percent of the world's researchers are women, an imbalance which is gradually growing smaller as more women are pursuing degrees in science. But while more women are entering the field, men still hold the vast majority of leadership roles, a gender gap that gets wider at each progressive level of leadership and has shown little change over the years. This disparity is not just an issue for aspirational women in science, but threatens the success of projects and research advancements. In this session, leadership experts Jazmine Boatman and Nick Razzette will discuss the business benefits of gender diversity in leadership and address how bias creates wasted potential, keeping women on the sidelines when their talents, knowledge, and perspectives could be triggering breakthrough success. In addition, they will present actionable steps to help women amplify their impact as leaders, and offer specific steps men can take to support gender equity in the workplace. Coffee and refreshments at 3:45 p.m. This event is open to the public.

  2. BWIS Lecture: Fly Girls: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

    Bruce Kagan

    Thursday, November 8, 2018, 12 pm
    Berkner Hall Auditorium

    Bruce Kagan will give an engaging and stirring presentation on the heroic contributions of the brave young Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) who helped the Allies win World War II. Note, this presentation includes some images of war which may not be suitable for younger audiences.

  3. BWIS-BERA Camp Science Fair

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 11:30 am
    Berkner Hall, Room B

    Hosted by: Firoza Zanoni

    The participating children will present their science fair projects and enjoy lunch.

  4. BWIS Gertrude S. Goldhaber Award Ceremony

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 12 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Please join Brookhaven Women in Science as they award this year's Gertrude S. Goldhaber Award recipient.

  5. BWIS Talk

    "A Scientist's Journey: From Research to Regulation Policies"

    Presented by Mamta Naidu, Center of Cancer Systems Biology

    Thursday, July 12, 2018, 4:30 pm
    Hamilton Seminar Room, Bldg. 555

    Dr. Naidu's research focused on DNA damage repair and dose-response to low and high LET radiation. Her research has led her to embrace a new endeavor: development of human subjects protection regulations. Indian-born Dr. Naidu started her career at BARC, Mumbai studying the effects of radio-detoxified lipopolysaccharide on immune cells. At the NYU School of Medicine, she further explored autoimmune disorders. She later joined the NASA Space Research Laboratory, BNL, focusing on the effects of radiation on the immune system as part of the space program. Dr. Naidu ascribes her success to her numerous mentors and sponsors; motivating her to be a mentor and sponsor. Dr. Naidu is the recipient of a NASA Space Radiobiology Research Award. This event is open to the public. Coffee and cookies at 4:00 p.m.

  6. BWIS Speaker

    "The 'Sniffing' Kidney"

    Presented by Jennifer Pluznick, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

    Thursday, June 28, 2018, 4 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    The speaker will discuss the chemical sensors which our body uses for smell and taste, which are 'classically' found in the nose and tongue, are also found in the kidney and in blood vessels, and that these individual sensors play functional roles in physiology. These sensors are chemical detectors, very well-developed to do their functions by evolution, and recent studies have shown that many other organs and tissues in the body take advantage of these receptors. We are particularly interested in how the kidney – which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in the body – utilizes these receptors. Jen is now an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Coffee and cookies at 4:00 p.m. This event is open to the public.

  7. Brookhaven Women In Science Speaker

    "The Exciting World of Molecules: An Image From Within Using Light Sources and Free Electron Lasers"

    Nora Berrah, University of Connecticut

    Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Professor Berrah, chair of the University of Connecticut Physics Department, will take us on a fascinating voyage through the molecular world. All that surrounds us is ultimately made of atoms and molecules; these materials are not static—they are dynamic and move. Berrah uses x-rays from light sources and free electron lasers (FELs) to study how they move, why they move, and what it means to us. During her talk, she will share her recent studies on fullerenes, a molecule that may be used for drug delivery systems to the body, in lubricants, and as catalysts. Nora is the recipient of numerous awards. She recently received the Davisson-Germer Prize from the American Physical Society. Nora is also an active member of COACh, an organization that is working to increase the number of women scientists and engineers, and the success of their careers, through innovative programs and strategies. Coffee and cookies will be available at 3:30 p.m.

  8. BWIS Talk

    "Marie Curie's Life and Work"

    Edward Sierra, Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Thursday, March 29, 2018, 4 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    In celebration of Women's History Month, Edward Sierra, of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Quality Management Office, will speak on "Marie Curie's Life and Work." November 2017, marked the 150-year anniversary of Marie Curie's birth. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person and only woman to win twice. She is still the only person awarded a Nobel Prize in two different sciences: the Physics Prize in 1903 that she shared with her husband Pierre Curie and Antoine Henri Becquerel, for their work on radioactivity, and the Chemistry Prize in 1911 for the discovery of polonium and radium. Sierra, the regulatory compliance and reporting officer for the Lab, is also President of the Long Island section of the American Nuclear Society. Cookies and coffee at 3:45 p.m.

  9. BWIS Lecture

    "Marie Curie's Life and Work — CANCELED — To be Rescheduled"

    Presented by Edward Sierra, BNL Quality Management Office

    Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Edward Sierra will provide a talk on Marie Curie, an extraordinary scientist, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and still the only one awarded with two Nobel Prizes. Ed's interest in the early pioneers of radioactivity was piqued by the discussions he had many years ago with the renowned Dr. Maurice Goldhaber, the prominent physicist and a former Laboratory Director at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He learned that Goldhaber was a student under Sir James Chadwick at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University and that he attended a graduate course in Berlin given by Dr. Lise Meitner. Ed's research on Meitner led to an interest in Marie Curie. Her work and life is the topic of this talk.

  10. Symposium

    "Girl Power in STEM: Press for Progress' Symposium at SBU"

    Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:30 am
    Stony Brook University

    The Girl Power in STEM: Press for Progress! symposium at Stony Brook University (SBU) on March 3, co-sponsored by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), will celebrate the accomplishment of women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Lecturers and panelists, including many from Brookhaven Lab, will discuss the impact of women in STEM careers, on the work environment, and on the economy, and how society can improve women's participation in STEM fields. The event marks International Women's Day, proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) as a day to champion women's rights. This year the UN celebrates taking action to promote equal opportunities at all levels and to help forge a more gender inclusive world.

  11. BWIS Lecture

    "Where Electrical Engineering Meets Biology"

    Bingxin Shen, Temple University

    Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:30 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Bingxin Shen, Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Sciences at Temple University, and who earned her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University, will speak on "Where Electrical Engineering Meets Biology." Dr. Shen's research in signal processing lead her to work with 2017 Nobel Laureate Joachim Frank on the determination of the structure of the Ribosome by electron microscopy. Ribosomes are the protein builders, like construction workers who connect one amino acid at a time, building them into long chains. Ribosomes are special because they are found in all living cells. Dr. Shen uses her knowledge of signal processing to study changes in the protein composition synthesized by the ribosome submitted to stress. She has been a mentor, advisor and lecturer as a member of Stony Brook University's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

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