This page is an archive of the event records of the AWIS Northwest Ohio Chapter, in reverse chronological order - most recent first.


Spring Meeting and Fundraiser

Lake Erie Center

6200 Bay Shore Road, Oregon, OH 43616

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM

We met for good food and a wonderful time with friends and colleagues and a great view of Lake Erie during our annual Spring Meeting and Silent Auction.
There were lots of wonderful items up for bid.

Spring Meeting and Fundraiser

Mercy College

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 5:00 to 8:30 PM

This event is our annual Spring meeting with dinner, speaker and silent auction. Donations of money and of auction items are most welcome; contact any of the officers (below). The proceeds from the fundraiser will support our seminars for local women in STEMM and outreach activities such as our Women in STEMM Day of Meetings (WISDOM). WISDOM will bring 110 area high school girls to the University of Toledo this year on May 9 for a day of STEMM-related activities.


NWO-AWIS Meet, Greet and Gripe

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM

The Tea Tree Asian Bistro
4100 Chappel Dr.
Perrysburg OH 43551


AWIS STEMiNAR©

"Successful Event Planning for Outreach"

by chapter leaders Isabel C. Escobar and Amanda Bryant-Friedrich

February 15, 2013

AWIS login required to view slides, read white paper, and hear recording


Spring Meeting and Fundraiser
"I Am My Sister's Keeper"

Libbey Hall
The Main Campus of the University of Toledo
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 6:00 PM

We are pleased to have as our speaker for this occasion

Dr. Karen Bjorkman

Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Toledo

Dean Bjorkman is a Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy
and one of the founders of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Women in Science.
She is a long-time advocate for women in science at all levels.

We regret that, for reasons of health, the previously announced speaker,
Dr. Donna Dean, is unable to participate.

Proceeds from the silent auction went to the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association for Women in Science.

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Chapter Meetings Come to the Colleges

College of Engineering

Friday, March 16, 2012, 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM, Nietschke Hall room 2004

Topic: "Implicit Bias and How It Affects You"

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Faculty, postdocs, and undergraduate and graduate students from the College are invited to a discussion entitled,

"Implicit Bias: What It Is and How It Affects You"

Friday, February 24, 2012, 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM, WO 1240

Chapter Meeting Friday October 14, 2011, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

The University of Toledo Student Union Room 3020

Minutes (PDF, 79 kb)

Light refreshments, prizes

Members were encouraged to bring one or more guests from any field of science, institution, campus or industrial/governmental workplace


April, 2011 events


"Career Transitions," A Panel Discussion

Monday, January 31, 2011 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Franciscan Theater and Conference Center, Lourdes College, Board Room

Please see our flier (PDF, 365 KB) for more information.

Women in STEM at all academic levels are invited.


2010 Fall General Meeting

Friday, October 15, 12:00 to 1:30 PM

The University of Toledo Student Union room 2591

Our speakers were distinguished women scientists, who led a discussion on the importance of mentoring in both the academic and the industrial environments
while offering an insider's prospective on STEM professional paths. They included:

Lunch was provided, courtesy of The University of Toledo President's Lecture on Diversity.


2010 Spring Meeting

12 noon to 1 PM on Wednesday, April 14
Room 2584 of the Student Union, UT main campus
Program: panel discussion on what makes a successful career in science.

Panelists:


During the winter and early spring of 2010, several officers and members of our chapter organized a science day for high school girls, which was held on The University of Toledo's main campus on March 19, 2010. A total of 40 girls participated from 4 local high schools (3 from the Toledo Public School system and the Village of Ottawa Hills High School) and one was homeschooled. The event was highly successful, and we appreciate the helpful advice we have received from the Columbus Central Ohio Chapter with regard to organizing this event. The cosponsoring organizations were: AWIS-NWO, the Eberly Center for Women and the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Chemical Society (Chairperson is Kippenhan).

First Annual Election of Officers

Association for Women in Science - Northwest Ohio Chapter

Results

Terms of office began June 1, 2009.

Fall 2009 chapter meeting

Wednesday, October 28th from 12 noon to 1 PM in SU 2591

The University of Toledo Main Campus

Chapter members were encouraged to bring a potential new member to this meeting.

Agenda


As the fourth and final speaker in our series, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Philippa Marrack,
Distinguished Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, University of Denver, Fellow of the Royal Society, and member, National Academy of Sciences.

Immunologist Philippa Marrack is interested in the creation, specificity, survival, and activation of T cells, the cells that orchestrate the specific immune response to antigens. Working as a team with Dr. John Kappler, Marrack has been preeminent in the study of the molecular basis for how T cells recognize antigen. Marrack is studying how they react with fragments of the infection bound to special proteins of the body, the MHC proteins, as well as how it is that T cells are prevented from attacking MHC proteins bound to fragments of their own host. When T cells do attack in this way, autoimmune diseases result. On the other hand, vaccines work by enhancing the ability of T cells to attack invaders. The study of how vaccines accomplish this should help in the design of better vaccines.

Dr. Marrack obtained her Ph. D. at the University of Cambridge, England and was a Postdoctoral Fellow there. She then held several positions in the US, including a faculty position at the University of Rochester, before joining the Department of Immunology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, where she is now Distinguished Professor. She is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and advisory head, research in allergy/asthma at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO. Her numerous honors and awards include the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Association of Immunologists.


Program of Public Events

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2008


The Distinguished Women in Science Speaker Series was supported by a grant from the Program for Academic Excellence of The University of Toledo to AWIS-NWO.

As the third speaker in our Distinguished Women in Science Speaker Series, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Susan Wessler,
Regents Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, University of Georgia, and
member, National Academy of Sciences.

Plant molecular geneticist Susan Wessler studies the role of transposable elements (or transposons) in generating genetic diversity. Transposons are mobile pieces of DNA that are distinct from genes. Wessler's lab discovered a new class of transposons, called miniature inverted repeat transposable elements. Her work focuses on the role of transposons in plant genomes and the modified gene functions needed for evolution. Born in New York City, Wessler earned her B.A. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1973, and her Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1980. Wessler completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Carnegie Institute of Washington, working on model organisms for maize and grasses. Wessler is currently a Distinguished Research Professor in the department of plant biology at the University of Georgia, Athens, where she started working in 1983.

Brief biographical information (PDF)


Program of Public Events

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Our fall, 2008, chapter meeting was held on Friday, October 24 at 3 PM in Bowman-Oddy 1031 on the UT main campus.

Agenda:

The second event in our visiting speaker series, which took place in April, 2008, was a visit by Dr. Zena Werb of UCSF.


Left to right: chapter member Nancy Collins, officers Deborah Vestal and Nancy Morrison, and Zena Werb.
To see the full-size version in a new window, click the picture.


Distinguished Women in Science Speaker Series

As the second speaker in our series, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Zena Werb, Professor and Vice-chair of the Department of Anatomy and member of the Program in Biological Sciences and Biomedical Science Program at the University of California, San Francisco. Brief Biography
On Thursday, April 17, at 12:30 PM in SU 2582, she will present a lecture entitled, "The Leaking Pipeline: Increasing the Career Trajectories of Women in Science"
Please join us at her public lecture entitled, "Of Mice and Women: New Insights into Breast Cancer," at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 17, in Doermann Theatre (University Hall, on the UT Main Campus).

Following the lecture will be a reception for all those attending in the hallway outside the theatre.
On Friday, April 18, at 4:00 PM, she will present a Department of Biological Sciences seminar, "Cellular Mechanisms and Molecular Regulation of Epithelial Morphogenesis," Wolfe Hall Room 1205. A reception will follow, in the hallway outside the classroom (the DNA hallway).
This visit is cosponsored by the Natural Science & Math Alumni Affiliate and the Department of Biological Sciences of The University of Toledo. Financial support was provided by a grant from the Program for Academic Excellence of The University of Toledo to AWIS-NWO.
Schedule of Dr. Werb's meetings with smaller groups of people interested in science; all welcome:

Undergraduate students: Thursday, Apr. 17, 4:00 to 5:00 PM, Bowman-Oddy room 1031

Graduate students: Friday, April 18, 2:30 PM, Wolfe Hall room 3246

A chapter meeting was held on Friday, March 28, 12 noon, in Bowman-Oddy 1031 on the UT main campus.

Agenda:

Here is the schedule for the first of our events, which took place in February 2008 and was sponsored by The University of Toledo's Program for Academic Excellence. At the closing reception, the four founders of our chapter posed for a picture with Martha Haynes:

Distinguished Women in Science Speaker Series

As the first speaker in our series, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Martha P. Haynes, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University, and member, National Academy of Sciences.
On Thursday, Feb. 14, at 4:00 PM, she will give a colloquium in the departmental series of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Please join us at her public lecture entitled, "Seeking Clues to Dark Matter: Hunting for Stealth Galaxies with the World's Largest Radio Telescope" on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at 4:00 PM in McMaster Hall Room 1005. More info: PDF (112 KB); high-resolution PDF (1.9 MB)

Following the lecture will be a reception for all those attending from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in the lobby outside the lecture hall.
This visit is cosponsored by the Natural Science & Math Alumni Affiliate and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of The University of Toledo. Financial support was provided by a grant from the Program for Academic Excellence of The University of Toledo to AWIS-NWO.
Schedule of Dr. Haynes's meetings with smaller groups of people interested in science; all welcome:

Undergraduate students: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2:00 to 3:00 PM, Foster Reading Room, McMaster Hall room 4027

Postdocs, junior faculty, staff: Friday, Feb. 15, 10:00 to 11:00 AM, McMaster Hall room 4009

Graduate students: Friday, Feb. 15, 2:00 to 3:00 PM, McMaster Hall room 4009




The fall 2007 issue of AWIS Magazine included an article about our chapter (PDF, 210 KB).

Our fall chapter meeting was held Friday, October 19, 2007, 12:00 noon, BO 1031. We had a great turnout and a lively exchange of ideas. Minutes will be posted soon. Thanks to all who attended! Hope to see you next time!

Our first formal chapter meeting was held on September 27, 2006, at 4:30 PM on the UT campus in Bowman-Oddy Room 1031. Agenda

Planning meetings were held on Wednesday, June 28; Thursday, July 13; and Tuesday, July 25, 2006.

The chapter organizational meeting on November 21, 2005 was a success, and many good ideas about future activities were discussed. Notes are posted here.

At 12 noon on Friday March 31, the chapter sponsored a brown bag talk by Gail Ashley, Ph.D., Rutgers University, entitled "Balancing Career and Family," in SU 2591. Click here for flier (PDF, 43k).

On December 3, 2005, two of the chapter's founders, Deborah Vestal (left) and Karen Bjorkman (right), staffed an information table at a career fair for girls, "Dreams to Reality," held at COSI-Toledo. Nancy Morrison assisted, but she arrived after this picture was taken. Image by Brenda Leady, courtesy of P. Komuniecki.

Chapter organizational meeting - flier (PDF, 36k)

The four founders of AWIS-NWO, with UT Distinguished Alumna Nancy Collins, on the occasion of the chapter kickoff event, October 5, 2005. Left to right: Patricia Komuniecki, Nancy Collins, Deborah Vestal, Nancy Morrison, and Karen Bjorkman. Image by Brenda Leady, courtesy of P. Komuniecki

With the approval of the constitution and bylaws, AWIS-NWO officially became a chapter of AWIS. We were notified on September 29, 2005.

On Wednesday, October 5, 2005, the chapter co-sponsored a public lecture by Distinguished UT Alumna Nancy Collins entitled, "Stem Cell Research: Facts, Myths and Future Directions," at 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Hall Room 1201.

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