Professor Penelope Boston, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, studies the spectacular underground landscapes of Earth—caves—using them as models for the subsurfaces of other planets. Some of the most magnificent and chemically extreme caves on Earth are inhabited by an amazing array of microorganisms. She studies these unique lifeforms and the biosignatures that they leave behind. Such traces can be used to provide a "Field Guide to Unknown Organisms" for developing life detection space missions can also provide the basis for future human habitations on other planets.
Psychology Professor Marci Lobel spoke on "Stress During Pregnancy and its Effects on Women and Infants," at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Thursday, May 30. The talk was sponsored by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) and Brookhaven Science Associates (the company that manages the Lab).
Chemist Jeanne A. Hardy of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst presents "Handcuffing the Killers: Conformational Control and Real-Time Monitoring of Caspase Proteolytic Activity." Hardy was sponsored by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) and Brookhaven Science Associates (the company that manages Brookhaven Lab).
Five women from diverse backgrounds discuss the factors and people who inspired them. Presented by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), March 20, 2013, Brookhaven National Laboratory. With support from Women in Science and Engineering (WISE, Stony Brook) and Zonta. Information about BWIS and its work to promote the advancement of women is available on the BWIS website: http://www.bnl.gov/BWIS/.
Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) hosted a talk by Reshmi Mukherjee, professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College, Columbia University, titled "Exploring the Extreme Universe: Results from the VERITAS Gamma-ray Observatory," March 13.
Professor José Luis Ruvalcaba of the National Autonomous University of Mexico speaks on "The Science in Unraveling the Mysteries of Pre-Columbian Artifacts." This talk is sponsored by the National Synchrotron Light Source and Brookhaven Women in Science.
Katherine Prestridge, leader of the Extreme Fluids team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, describes several types of fluid instabilities that are seen in everyday life that cause fluids to mix in space, the atmosphere, the ocean, and even in your coffee cup!
Ya Ha, an associate professor of pharmacology at the Yale University School of Medicine explains that genetic mutations in the protein presenilin are known to cause Alzheimer’s disease. Ha describes research into presenilin’s precise shape and function which could reveal new opportunities to treat or prevent early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Joanna Fowler has made significant contributions to brain research and the understanding of diseases such as addiction, which she studies using positron emission tomography (PET), an imaging technique that measures the concentration and movement of a positron-emitting radioisotope in living tissue. PET can provide information on biochemical changes or the movement of drugs in the living human body — including the brain, which is important for investigating addiction.
To increase Brookhaven National Laboratory's awareness of the accomplishments of women in science and to provide its members with role models of their own, Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) assists in the development of policies and practices which enhance the quality of life for Lab employees; promotes a long-term commitment to diversity in Lab staff; promotes the advancement of women in scientific and technical careers; provides a forum for the exchange of scientific, technical, and professional information; encourages students to consider careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology; and supports each other's efforts on the job, and encourages each other's successes.
One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE's Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.