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  1. NOV

    30

    Thursday

    Brookhaven Women In Science Lecture

    4 pm, Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:00 pm

    Dr. Cutler will talk about her path from rural farm girl to the Director of the Medical Isotope Research & Production Program at Brookhaven Lab where her current work is focused on facilitating the development of new radiopharmaceuticals to enhance personalized treatments of metastatic cancer. Cathy's research has focused on developing improved isotope production methods and enhanced delivery methods to increase the dose to the tumor site and mitigate normal tissue toxicity. Her research eventually brought her to the Lab and its unique facilities that can be used to produce radioisotopes with nuclear properties that can deliver higher dose to tumors and less toxicity to normal tissues. The typical radiopharmaceutical works by combining a radioactive isotope with a specially designed organic molecule or a biological targeting molecule. Once inside the body, the targeting compound takes control, guiding the isotope to the cancerous site where the isotope decays, enabling either diagnosis or ablation of the cell. The challenge particularly in therapy is ensuring enough dose to the tumor cells to cause destruction before the effects on normal cells and toxicity becomes too high. Coffee and cookies at 4:00 p.m.This event is open to the public.

  1. NOV

    30

    Thursday

    Brookhaven Women In Science Lecture

    "How a Farm Girl Became a Scientist and Impacted Patients' Lives"

    Presented by Dr. Cathy Cutler, Director, Medical Isotope Research & Production Program, Brookhaven National Lab

    4 pm, Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:00 pm

    Dr. Cutler will talk about her path from rural farm girl to the Director of the Medical Isotope Research & Production Program at Brookhaven Lab where her current work is focused on facilitating the development of new radiopharmaceuticals to enhance personalized treatments of metastatic cancer. Cathy's research has focused on developing improved isotope production methods and enhanced delivery methods to increase the dose to the tumor site and mitigate normal tissue toxicity. Her research eventually brought her to the Lab and its unique facilities that can be used to produce radioisotopes with nuclear properties that can deliver higher dose to tumors and less toxicity to normal tissues. The typical radiopharmaceutical works by combining a radioactive isotope with a specially designed organic molecule or a biological targeting molecule. Once inside the body, the targeting compound takes control, guiding the isotope to the cancerous site where the isotope decays, enabling either diagnosis or ablation of the cell. The challenge particularly in therapy is ensuring enough dose to the tumor cells to cause destruction before the effects on normal cells and toxicity becomes too high. Coffee and cookies at 4:00 p.m.This event is open to the public.

  2. DEC

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    Wednesday

    Brookhaven Women in Science Annual Wine & Cheese Networking Event

    5 pm, Bldg. 734 (ISB) 2nd Floor Lobby

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:00 pm

    Please join us for wine, cheese, and conversation with Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS)—a great opportunity to network, meet new friends, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues from across the Lab. Discussions will cover the history of BWIS as well as what's to come.

  1. BWIS Speaker Event: Amazing Women and How They Got the Vote

    "BWIS Lecture"

    Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage in New York State. This presentation will include vintage photographs and discussions of various aspects of the movement, focusing on the involvement of Long Island women. Presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Islip Area Branch, the talk features stories of courageous and militant suffragists and their political activism, as well as the activities of the anti-suffragists.

  2. BWIS General Meeting

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 12 pm
    Berkner Hall, Room C

    Come meet the FY2017 BWIS Executive Board to voice your concerns, learn about our future events and volunteer opportunities. We hope to see you there and bring a friend! Brookhaven Women in Science is a diverse and inclusive community that promotes equal opportunity and advancement for all women in support of world-class science. BWIS is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit funded by BSA and membership dues. If you have any questions, please email agoldberg@bnl.gov.

  3. Brookhaven Women In Science Lecture

    "Renate W. Chasman Awards"

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 11:30 am
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Please join us as we award the Chasman Scholarship to Tiffany Victor, Stony Brook University, and Hannah Herde, Brandeis University. Both awardees will give a talk. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by Brookhaven Women in Science.

  4. BWIS Sponsored Event

    "What Makes Humans Special?: Insights from Non-Human Primates"

    Presented by Dr. Laurie Santos, Department of Psychology, Yale University

    Thursday, July 13, 2017, 4:30 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Why are humans the only species that reads fiction, tells jokes, and shares photos on Instagram? In this talk, I will explore this question of human uniqueness by examining what makes the human mind so different from that of other animals. I will first discuss recent work in comparative cognition that shows a number of ways that other animals are strikingly similar to humans in the way they think about the world. I will also explore some key cognitive differences between humans and other animals that make the human species different from other animals but also a bit less rational than you might expect.

  5. Brookhaven Women In Science Lecture

    "Goldhaber Prize 2017 Announcement & Talk"

    Anna Gura, Stony Brook University

    Thursday, June 29, 2017, 12 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Title of Talk: Local modulation of carrier density in graphene-ferroelectric field effect transistors through flexoelectric switching Anna is a PhD candidate working under the advisement of Dr. Matthew Dawber in the Artificially Layered Ferroelectric Oxides group at Stony Brook University (SBU). Her PhD thesis work focuses on the use of a ferroelectric (FE) material to harness the electric functionalities of graphene (Gr) by engineering Gr-FE Field Effect Transistors. In these devices, the underlying FE superlattice layer is used to control the charge state of the Gr channel. This work deals with various aspects of growth, fabrication and characterization of thin films, superlattices, and nano-scale devices.

  6. Brookhaven Women In Science Lecture

    "Better Wine With X-Rays"

    Christine Stockert, University of California, Davis

    Thursday, June 15, 2017, 4:30 pm
    Hamilton Seminar Room, Bldg. 555

    Vine infection by viruses can significantly affect wine production and shorten the lifetime of the vineyard. One newly discovered virus called "Red Blotch Disease" has a set of symptoms that begin to appear in late August in California red wine varieties. Irregular red blotches, red veins and necrosis can appear on the basal leaves of shoots and these symptoms mimic phosphorus, potassium or magnesium deficiency. The fruit of these vines do not fully mature in a timely manner, especially in sugar and acidity, resulting in wines with reduced fruit character and a thinner mouth feel. There is no cure and the recommendation is to replant, a costly solution. To mitigate the economic impact, Stockert has been using X-rays to develop methods that might aid plant metabolism by supplementing a specific nutrient to prolong the life of the vineyard. The first in her family to earn a College degree, Stockert has been investigating for more than 17 years grapevines and wine fermentation dynamics. Cookies at 4:00 p.m.

  7. Brookhaven Women In Science Lecture

    "Self-Organization and Understanding"

    Presented by Natika Newton, Ph.D., Nassau Community College

    Thursday, May 18, 2017, 4 pm
    Hamilton Seminar Room, Bldg. 555

    This talk has three parts: 1. I discuss the phenomenon of understanding – our ordinary experience of understanding the objects and events in our environment. Normally we do not pay attention to the understanding process itself, but just to what is understood (e.g. I understand the ordinary things you say, but do not enquire how it is that I understand them); here we focus upon the process. I argue that understanding holds an important key to the nature of human cognition—our ability to think and reason. 2. Next I examine the process of self-organization – the process whereby a type of general order arises from local interactions between parts of an originally chaotic system. Self-organization is so-called because the order is not controlled by any agent external to the system. Many familiar phenomena are self-organized, from rush-hour traffic patterns to ant hills, as well as many organic processes within our bodies. 3. Finally, I attempt to show that understanding is a self-organizing process. In considering cognitive functions in the brain, I take a top-down rather than a bottom-up approach. A top-down approach starts with a general system, in this case our conscious awareness of understanding, and breaks it down into (sometimes unconscious) subsystems. I argue that the sort of understanding we are familiar with is possible only through the self-organized subsystems of our ordinary understanding of our situation and environment.

  8. BWIS Sponsored Event

    "Monthly BWIS Executive Board Meeting"

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12 pm
    Hamilton Seminar Room, Bldg. 555

    Come meet the FY2017 BWIS Executive Board to voice your concerns, learn about our future events and volunteer opportunities. We hope to see you there and bring a friend! Brookhaven Women in Science is a diverse community that promotes equal opportunity and advancement for all women in support of world-class science. BWIS is a volunteer-run non-profit funded by BSA and membership fees. If you have any questions, please email agoldberg@bnl.gov.

  9. Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) Lecture

    "What Women in STEM Can Learn from Polymeric Hydrogels"

    Presented by Surita Bhatia, Stony Brook University

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4 pm
    Hamilton Seminar Room, Bldg. 555

    The ability to create synthetic materials that mimic the structural and mechanical properties of native tissues, like skin and fibrous tissues, is crucial for many biomaterials applications. Unfortunately, design of such materials remains a significant challenge. Many native tissues and synthetic soft biomaterials are comprised of polymer networks. What are the minimum properties that must be build into a synthetic polymer network in order to reproduce the properties of native tissues? Dr. Bhatia will discuss this issue, while drawing parallels between lessons learned from design of soft materials and challenges faced by women in science and engineering fields.

  10. BWIS Sponsored Event

    "Monthly BWIS Board Meeting"

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12 pm
    Berkner Hall, Room D

    Come meet the FY2017 BWIS Executive Board to voice your concerns, learn about our future events and volunteer opportunities. We hope to see you there and bring a friend! Brookhaven Women in Science is a diverse community that promotes equal opportunity and advancement for all women in support of world-class science. BWIS is a volunteer-run non-profit funded by BSA and membership fees. If you have any questions, please email agoldberg@bnl.gov.

  11. Brookhaven Women In Science Lecture

    "Using Graphene to Understand Biology"

    Presented by Sarah Perry, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:30 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Used in inkjet printheads the precise control and manipulation of fluids that are constrained in small volumes emerged in the 1980s. Used in DNA chips, micro-propulsion and microfluidic designs are being applied in the understanding of biological systems. Dr. Perry's research focuses on the use of graphene to develop high throughput technologies to understand the dynamics of biological and biomimetic materials. She is actively engaged in teaching and inspires students to work at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and engineering. Coffee and cookies at 4:00 p.m.

  12. BWIS Sponsored Event

    "Monthly BWIS Board Meeting"

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12 pm
    B911 - Large Conference Room - 2nd floor

    Come meet the FY2017 BWIS Executive Board to voice your concerns, learn about our future events and volunteer opportunities. We hope to see you there and bring a friend! Brookhaven Women in Science is a diverse community that promotes equal opportunity and advancement for all women in support of world-class science. BWIS is a volunteer-run non-profit funded by BSA and membership fees. If you have any questions, please email agoldberg@bnl.gov.

  13. BWIS Sponsored Event

    "Cosmic Explosions and their Exotic Remnants"

    Presented by Rosalba Perna, Stony Brook University

    Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:30 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    The death of massive stars is accompanied by dramatic phenomena, known as supernovae, shining with the luminosity of over a billion of Suns. A subset of these supernovae are also accompanied by strong explosive events in gamma-rays, known as gamma-ray bursts. These are the most energetic explosions that we have witnessed in the Universe. Once the explosion is over, what is left behind are exotic compact objects, known as neutron stars and black holes. In this talk I will describe some of my research on gamma-ray bursts, as well as on neutron stars and black holes. I will particularly discuss a subset of neutron stars, known as 'magnetars', which are the strongest magnetized objects known in the Universe.

  14. BWIS Sponsored Event

    "BWIS Board Meeting"

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 12 pm
    Berkner Hall, Room D

    Come meet the FY2017 BWIS Executive Board to learn about our future events and other volunteer opportunities. We hope to see you there and bring a friend! Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) is a volunteer-run non-profit organization based at BNL supporting the advancement of women in science. It is open to anyone, men and women, working in BNL whether they are employed by BNL or their home institution.

  15. BWIS Sponsored Event

    "Dream, Believe, Become"

    Presented by Dr. Maria Michta-Coffey, Suffolk County Community College

    Thursday, December 8, 2016, 4:30 pm
    Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Dr. Maria Michta, microbiologist and Olympic racewalker, will talk about her life's journey as a student, academic, and athlete. Ever since she was a child, Dr. Michta wanted to be an Olympic athlete. She started race walking as a freshman at Sachem High School, eventually making it to the Olympics in London and Rio. Maria applies the same discipline, belief, and motivation to her training as an athlete as she applies to her professional life as an academic. Dr. Michta will talk on what it takes to become a scientist and an athlete, disciplines that are quite similar.

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