Be a mentor!

Biotech Partners (BP), founded in 1993, is an award winning non-profit organization that provides a year long rigorous hands-on academic and job training for populations typically under-represented in the sciences, especially students of color, young women and those from low-income households. Over the past 23 years, BP has placed over 1,200 students from Berkeley High School and Oakland Technical High School into viable summer internships with Bayer Healthcare, Microbiology Quality Assurance, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Libby Labs, Kaiser Hospital of Oakland, Joint BioEnergy Institute to name a few. In 2015, we expanded our Biotech Academy to two additional sites- Antioch High School and South San Francisco High School and this year we joined San Marin High School. We increased our cohort of “Lab Assistants” from 66 to over 100 for 2017 Summer Internship placement.

Our Biotech Academy provides a rigorous year-long approved course of study in the sciences which students master lab skills such as aseptic technique, precise pipetting, gel electrophoresis, PCR, serial dilutions, reagent and agar preparation and accurate data record keeping. Additionally, throughout the academic year, our students receive professional soft skills training in effective communication, time management, workplace etiquette and team work.

Among the possible opportunities to partner with us, BP is currently seeking mentors for our 2017 Summer Internship program. We are looking for local organizations to get involved in a key element of training the future biotech workforce. For more information, please direct inquiries to Carissa Poehnert, Interim Director of Programs, cpoehnert@biotechpartners.org or visit their website: www.biotechpartners.org.

2017 NCC – AWIS Annual Awards Banquet

It was a lovely event on the Bay — inspirational and filled with fun. Thanks to everyone who attended, and a round of applause for this year’s awardees…

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Tuesday, May 2nd
6:00pm-9:30pm
Dominic’s at Oyster Point

360 Oyster Point Blvd
South San Francisco, CA

The AWIS Northern California Chapters joined together to celebrate the 23rd Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet. It was a lovely dinner on the Bay to celebrate the accomplishments of three outstanding women scientists!

 

Celebrating Inspirational Women

The awards recognized exemplary women scientists in the community that have combined their professional activities with the passion of helping other women in science. Here are our outstanding 2017 award recipients:

Olga_150x189 SHERRIE WILKINS AWARD – Olga Potopova, Ph.D. 

Olga is a life sciences executive with extensive scientific and management expertise in oncology, diagnostics, and laboratory medicine. Olga heads Cureline Group, a global translational CRO, located in the San Francisco Bay area, providing services for the biopharmaceutical and medical community working on development of precision medicine.

Fan_Yang_150x189 ELLEN WEAVER AWARD – Fan Yang, Ph.D.

Fan Yang is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Bioengineering, and Director of Stanford Stem Cells and Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory. Fan’s mentoring is exemplary in terms of the impact on women and minorities, with 80% of her current and former PhD trainees are women and 30% are first generation college students.

Laura_Smoliar_150x189JUDITH POOL AWARD – Laura Smoliar, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Smoliar is co-founder of the Berkeley Catalyst Fund, a new investment fund closely tied to UC Berkeley and its College of Chemistry. Laura has participated in peer mentoring groups, and has been invited to give presentations at AWIS, the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, and LinkedIn. She gives career advice about how to find, negotiate, and close on job offers.

 

 

 

 

AWIS-NCC Winter Workshop: Leadership by Design

Thanks to all of you who attended our winter workshop! We can’t wait until next year. Thanks to our amazing presenters, Christopher Ireland, Katy Mogal, and Barb Stuckey. The details from the 2017 workshop are below…

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Saturday, April 1st 2017
8:30am-2:00pm
Genentech, Inc
Room B31-1A, 310 DNA Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080


A lunchtime activity got folks to mingle about the room with the 60 attendees.


Attendees got several chances to chat with the folks at their round table.

Leadership by Design: Using Design Thinking to transform your Career
Being a woman in science in today’s workforce means you possess characteristics, behaviors, and the mindset that will allow you to become a leader in unpredictable, fast-moving, and value-charged conditions.

We call these leaders “DEOs” — design executive officers — because they are a hybrid of strategic business executive and creative problem-solver. These leaders are not necessarily trained designers or in design positions. They are catalysts for transformation and agents of change. In this workshop, learn not only why this form of leadership is essential to the success of modern organizations, but also what characteristics are common to creative business leaders. Identify these skills in yourself and how to use them to propel your career.


The afternoon panel was awesome!

WORKSHOP AGENDA

8:30-9:00 Check in and Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15-9:45 Intro & Overview of Leadership by Design
9:45-11:00 Positive Passion/GSD, breakout session
11:00-12:00 Social Intelligence/Network Building
12:00-12:45 Networking Lunch
12:45-1:45 Leadership Panel: “Learning from Female Leaders”
1:45-2:00 Closing Remarks


Workshop Leader:
Christopher Ireland

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Christopher Ireland worked for 20 years growing and developing Cheskin, a consultancy focused on product and market design innovation. Under her leadership as CEO, the company expanded into global markets, opened four offices, completed two successful mergers and gained a reputation for top quality performance serving a range of high growth clients including Microsoft, Intel, HP, Motorola, Pepsi and more. Christopher and her partners successfully sold Cheskin late in 2007.

Ms. Ireland has an M.B.A. from the Andersen School of Management (UCLA). She currently teaches graduate design students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Continuing Studies students at Stanford University. In 2013, she co-authored Rise of the DEO, (New Riders Press) a book examining contemporary leadership traits. She has lectured extensively on the topics of design, human behavior and corporate leadership.


Leadership Panel

The afternoon panel will be “Learning from Female Leaders” — the panel will be led by Christopher Ireland and feature Barb Stuckey and Katy Mogal.

Leadership Panelist:
Katy Mogal

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Katy Mogal is a UX and Design Research leader with 15+ years experience driving innovation, product and brand strategy through a deep understanding human needs and culture.  She is currently Director of UX Research at Fitbit, where she leads a team of strategists, anthropologists and human factors specialists conducting research to inform the design of new products.  Previously she held positions at Jawbone, Logitech and Cheskin.  She received an MBA from the Wharton School, and studied in the DMBA program at California College of the Arts, and currently co-teaches design courses with Christopher at Stanford Continuing Studies.

Leadership Panelist:
Barb Stuckey
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Barb Stuckey is President & Chief Innovation Officer of Mattson, the countrys most successful food design and development firm. Barb leads the 60 employee-owned company in helping clients identify new business opportunities, formulate the foods and beverages, develop the branding and package design, validate the concepts and products with consumers, and scale them up for commercialization.

Barb is also author of “TASTE: Surprising Stories & Science About Why Food Tastes Good”. She teaches the fundamentals of taste to each incoming class at the San Francisco Cooking School. She sits on the board of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science at UC Davis, and she is a regular contributor to Forbes.com, where she writes about the food industry.

 

March for Science

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AWIS National is very supportive of AWIS Chapters and Affiliates participating in their local communities to support the March for Science, taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The nonpartisan March for Science is an opportunity for members to speak up on behalf of scientific research and evidence-based policies.

NCC (Association for Women in Science Northern California Chapters: East Bay, Palo Alto, Sacramento Valley, San Francisco) are all on board for this exciting event. Let us know if you plan to go!

Facebook pages for marches near you:
Oakland
San Francisco
San Jose
Sacramento

Science Fair Fun!

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Join the fun at the winningest regional science fairs in the country. About 1000 students submit projects and we are looking for judges — especially bioscience, environmental and earth sciences.

Register as a judge now:
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2017 Synopsys Science and Technology Championship:
Thursday, March 23rd
San Jose McEnery Convention Center, South Hall
11AM or 12PM – 4 or 5 PM
Lunch provided.

Both returning and new judges must register online. Don’t forget to click the “Register as a Judge” button after completing your registration form.

Your participation as a judge encourages talented students to pursue careers in science and technology. We hope that you’ll be able to judge to inspire the STEM talent of the future!

Special Awards
Special awards are provided by groups to the best projects with a special focus at the Synopsys Championship. If you have breadth in the sciences, we can use your help in selecting special awards.

AWIS Palo Alto Chapter — Best high school female scientist.
Teach Biotech — Best high school biotech project.
n+1 — Best innovative middle school and high school science project with potential global and societal impact.

If interested in special awards, please contact Katy Korsmeyer instead of signing up on the science fair page.