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WIB-Metro New York: YWIB Spring Into STEM in Connecticut, April 6, 2019

Posted By Rowena Choudrie, Friday, April 26, 2019

On Saturday, April 6, the Metro NY Chapter of Young Women In Bio hosted its inaugural Young Women In Bio "Spring into STEM in Connecticut" at Southern Connecticut State University which was a huge success! The event was held at Southern’s Academic Science & Laboratory building which provided an inspiring backdrop for the event with their onsite aquarium, astronomy center, CT geology exhibit and Google map of lower New England.

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Middle School and High School girls were invited to participate in an inaugural YWIB event in CT at Southern Connecticut State University where they learned about what types of STEM careers await them and how to get there through a variety of interactive exhibits, hands-on learning, and presentations from Connecticut’s leaders from technology, pharma, biotech, university and more! 

After a brief introduction about Young Women In Bio by National Communications Director Maggie Tobin followed by the benefit and importance of young women pursuing a STEM career by Southern’s Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Outreach Colleen Bielitz, PhD, the more than 50 students and parents that attended the event moved between three conference rooms throughout the day to hear from and participate in a variety of interactive STEM activities.  

Students learned about a variety of career pathways in STEM fields and participated in hands-on learning activities, including suturing, medical device development, looking at bacteria and fungus through microscopes and practicing sterile techniques used in surgery! The attendees learned about what it’s like to pursue fields, including marine biology, rare diseases, medical devices, information technology, psychiatry, artificial intelligence, embryology, oncology clinical trials, marketing, sales and more!

Speaker Biographies: 

There were a total of 16 inspiring female presenters with diverse backgrounds who live in Connecticut and work in academic, government and industry organizations that focus on science, technology, engineering and math areas, including:

  • Arvinas - Kimberly Wehger (Vice President of Information Technology)
  • Cardurion Pharmaceuticals – Rebecca Velez Frey (Chief Operating Officer)
  • Zachry Group - Katharine Goldberg (Mechanical Engineer)
  • Cognitive Recruiting Solutions - Kendra Paolitto (President & Owner)
  • Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation - Diane Tillman (Co-Founder & Board Director)
  • Celldex Therapeutics – Jennifer Newman (Global Project Leader, Regulatory Affairs/Clinical Operations), Margo Heath-Chiozzi (Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs), Komal Patel (Senior Associate Scientist)
  • Medtronic - Kayla Cloutier (Senior Research & Development Engineer), Olesea Diaz-Chiosa (R&D Engineer), Rebecca Cutler (Associate R&D Engineer)
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders – Mary Dunkle (Senior Advisor)
  • UCONN – Evelyn Neuber (Embryologist)
  • UCONN/CIRCA – Katie Lund (Marine Policy Project Coordinator)
  • UCONN - Alexandra Goetjen, MS, (MD/PhD Psychiatry Candidate)
  • Novogene – Maggie Tobin (Senior Sales Manager)

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WIB-Metro New York: An Afternoon at Alexandria Center LaunchLabs, April 4, 2019

Posted By Melissa Conner , Friday, April 5, 2019

At the second annual "Afternoon at LaunchLabs" event, students engaged with female entrepreneurs at the state-of-the-art Alexandria Center for Life Sciences.The 25 student participants were divided into small groups to meet entrepreneurs and learn about their backgrounds and how they got to where they are today. The girls asked interesting questions before they were taken on a short tour of the laboratory by the LaunchLabs team, and the afternoon concluded with a science-themed reception!

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WIB- Metro New York: YWIB Robotics in Surgery Demo at NYU Langone, February 13, 2019

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Robotics in Surgery Demo at NYU Langone on February 13, 2019 was full of great vibes and robust discussion for 25 NYC high school students.

Dr. Amie Kent is speaking (left) and Irina Komm is at the podium.

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Dr. Amie Kent, a cardiothoracic surgeon who is certified in robotic surgery, explained how robots are transforming certain kinds of lung surgery due to their ability to enable smaller incisions, which are necessary for minimally invasive surgery. As a result, patients recover faster and get out of the hospital sooner than they do with traditional open procedures.  She also talked about her career decisions and how she has successfully balanced her intensive training and personal/ family life, assuring the girls that she has a spouse, child, and friendships outside of work.

PA Irina Komm discussed different kinds of careers open to women interested in robotic surgery. Komm, Kent, and Melissa Figueroa, also on staff at NYU Langone then organized a hands-on, interactive demo of the DaVinci Robot that is used in cardiothoracic surgery.

YWIB Metro New York and NYU Langone have been running this hugely popular program for several years now. Recruiting and school contacts were organized by volunteers Neda Memar (photography credits), the YWIB program lead, and Wendy Diller, YWIB Metro New York Chair.

There are great careers ahead for the 25 student attendees!

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