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WIB-Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Life Sciences Week - 2019 Keynote Dr Frances Arnold, May 13, 2019

Posted By Ceren Tuzmen , Friday, May 17, 2019

WIB-Pittsburgh members, leaders, the WIB National President, and WIB's Executive Director welcomed Nobel Laureate, Dr. Frances Arnold to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, May 13.  The city was honored to host Dr. Arnold as the keynote speaker for the kick-off of Life Sciences Week, an extravaganza showcasing the region's inspiring research and work. The week is co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Innovation District and Women In Green.

WIB National President, Rachel Kopper presenting Life Sciences Week gift to Dr. Frances Arnold.


Dr. Arnold’s talk was sincere and funny, engaging the audience with stories from her childhood, such as her memory of being suspended from school for cutting classes while she was a student at Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh. Dr. Arnold pioneered “directed protein evolution” and has used it first for altering enzymes that catalyze chemical reactions. She later applied her methods in alternative energy and medicine, and she is the co-founder of companies, including Gevo Inc. and Provivi Inc., which focuses on more sustainable fuel sources and using pheromones for pest control. According to Arnold: “The biological world is the best engineer, best chemist, and best biologist, and there is nothing more innovative than the biological world. We have a lot to learn about how nature innovates!”  


Amy O'Sullivan (WIB-Pgh Chapter Chair), Rachel Kopper (WIB National President), Frances Arnold (Nobel Laureate),

and Julie Cramer (2018 WIB-Pgh Chapter Chair)

 

 

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WIB-Pittsburgh: “Self-Promotion and Building an Effective Personal Brand," April 23, 2019

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Wednesday, May 8, 2019

On April 23rd, WIB-Pittsburgh co-hosted a career development event with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development. The event focused on building your own brand and promoting yourself.

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Melanie Robb (managing director at ibr Search and expert in the field of talent recruitment) guided WIB members and Pitt trainees through a brief personality test. In small groups, they also learned how to share secrets for a confident interaction with multiple personality profiles and were taught how to best position their strengths and improve weaknesses to accomplish personal and professional goals. Everyone enjoyed the presentation and felt boosted by the highly contagious positive energy that Melanie Robb provided!


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WIB-Pittsburgh: Two scientists walk into a bar...March 8, 2019

Posted By Stephanie Puig, Tuesday, April 9, 2019

On International Women's Day - Friday, March 8, 2019, WIB members participated in the program “Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar” from the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh.  This program is hosted in bars across the city every few months, where scientists go to a bar to have a casual conversation with people who may wonder what the life of a “real scientist” is like or just want to have a chat with scientists and “shoot the breeze over a couple of drinks”!

From left to right: Russell Parkinson, Karen Carney, Kristi Allen, Blaise Brown, Caley Yakemowicz

 
In March, every scientist was a woman to honor International Women's Day. Karen Carney (Clinical Content Analyst - Via Oncology), our WIB-Pgh programming chair participated and was stationed at Federal Galley posting signs that read: “We are scientists. Ask us anything!” With her partner (Kristi Allen, a chemist), they talked to bar patrons about a variety of topics such as:  What do clouds feel like? How can we make cars lighter and more fuel efficient? Are there endocrine disruptors in our water supply and how do they impact our bodies? Can humans smell pheromones? What a fun way to spend the evening and spread the greatness of science!

 
To learn more about the program, participate, or even recommend a scientist or a bar, click here


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WIB-Pittsburgh: "Women Who Inspire: A Career Panel with Leading Pittsburgh Women", March 6, 2019

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Monday, March 25, 2019

On March 6, 2019, WIB-Pittsburgh, with special thanks to the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse for hosting the event, presented “Women Who Inspire: A Career Panel with Leading Pittsburgh Women”. Ms. Rachel L. Kopper, Director of Business Operations and Finance for Knopp Biosciences LLC and National President and Board Chair for Women In Bio, moderated a panel of professional women representing a variety of careers: Dr. JoAnne Flynn, Professor at the University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Janette Lamb, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Genomics Research Core; Ms. Barbara Militzer, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Mylan Pharmaceuticals; Ms. Nicole Stakleff, partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Dr. Katy Wack, VP of Development of Western Oncolytics.

WIB-Pittsburgh members reconnecting: L-R: Marissa Kuzirian, Technical Specialist at Pepper Hamilton LLP, WIB programming chair; Stephanie Kladakis, Chief Scientific Officer at Carmell Therapeutics; Nicole Ostrowski, Consultant - Enterprise Effectiveness at Highmark; Rachel Kopper, Director, Business Operations & Finance at Knopp Biosciences LLC, WIB National President.

 

Though each woman’s career journey was unique, common qualities and advice that got them to where they are: find a mentor in the field you are interested in, adopt a growth/grit mindset, be adaptable and open to learning new things, cultivate your soft skills, and always be true to who you are. The event offered ample opportunity for attendees to network and commune with like-minded, career focused professions in the life sciences. Overall, a highly productive and motivating evening!

Women Who Inspire Career panel: Rachel Kopper, career panel moderator Speakers: Dr. JoAnne Flynn, President of the American Association of Immunologists and Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Dr. Janette Lamb, Director of the Genomics Research Core at the University of Pittsburgh; Ms. Barbara Militzer is a Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs at Mylan Pharmaceuticals; Ms. Nicole Stakleff, Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLC, non-scientist supporting scientific intellectual property; Dr. Katy Wack, Vice President of Development at Western Oncolytics.

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WIB-Pittsburgh: “Sips of Art and Fun with Women In Bio”, February 20, 2019

Posted By Stacie Oliver , Sunday, February 24, 2019

On February 20th, 2019, WIB-Pittsburgh members gathered at Painting with a Twist to socialize and explore their artistic talents in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. After enjoying some light appetizers and drinks attendees enjoyed a special painting session with guidance provided by local artists. Everyone went home with their own interpretation of the painting, “Winterberries and Copper”. The winter weather in Pittsburgh may be grey, but we all enjoyed a colorful event!


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Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Sunday, February 24, 2019
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