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WIB-Capital Region: YWIB and WRAIR Celebrate Women’s History Month Through Hands-On Science, March 11, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

On March 11, 2016, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) opened its doors to WIB-Capital Region’s Young Women In Bio and area middle-school girls for a thrilling afternoon of biology. The day started with a tour of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, where everyone had an opportunity to hold plastinated human organs, observing up-close human anatomy and pathology.

Next, participants donned their lab coats and met with dedicated near-peer educators. These recent college graduates work in the Army Educational Outreach Program, helping to teach the scientific method and inspire the next generation of problem solvers.

Our peer educators and group lead Dr. Margery Anderson, walked participants through their own sheep heart dissection and helped them take closer look at protist dissection in termites. It was truly an immersive experience. We are so thankful to WRAIR, our gracious hosts, for making this afternoon both highly educational and entertaining for all participants.

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WIB-Capital Region: “Building Your Confidence Muscle,” February 25, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

WIB-Capital Region organized an evening on February 25, 2016, with Joan Worthington, a notable IT leader, entrepreneur, and coach in the University of Maryland Biopark. Linda Saffer (Tedco) began the evening by introducing the speaker to twenty-some attendees. Ms. Worthington, a “tech person” as she called herself, led technology initiatives in the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for more than four years and then moved into entrepreneurship sector. She is also a certified career coach and led an energetic discussion on the topic of "how to build confidence."

Joan opened her discussion by asking the audience to describe the feeling they get after being very confident in an act. Their answers described a range of emotions, including “calm” and “energetic.” Using each of these emotions, Joan pointed out how a positive emotion creates a feedback loop in confidence building for the person experiencing it. Presenting the audience with a little background on the neurology of controlling our emotions, she made a noted that we should pay attention to our thoughts and encourage positive thoughts in ourselves: Conscious encouragement and timely recollection of positive thoughts help build confidence during a difficult situation. She also recommended Confidence Code, by Katty Kay, as a good resource.

During the second half of the session, Joan engaged the audience in open discussion on several topics, including “How to speak up,” “Why it is important to work in a team,” and “Why do we women underestimate ourselves?” During the ensuing discussing it was very interesting to note comments from women representing different ethnicity, professional background, and age: Everyone agreed that women should raise their voice to speak up, and be hard if necessary - particularly in a gender biased environment. And that as a woman it is important to show support to a fellow woman. Discussion also continued on how to make an impact in a controversial conversation, keeping your calm.

The evening ended with free networking, and was sponsored by the University of Maryland BioPark and the BCCC Life Sciences Institute. Thanks to our volunteers behind the scenes for their event planning and post-event resource sharing!

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