Northwestern University –Lurie Medical Center

303 E Superior St

United States

Women in Science Symposium 2012:
Big Ideas, Big Impact – May 11-12, 2012

Women in Science 2012: Big Ideas Big Impact, builds on the successful 2010 Women in Science: Building an Identity, during which more than 200 women scientists attended an exciting day of plenary talks,
panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Specifically the Women in Science Symposium 2012 will focus on:
• Highlighting innovative, game-changing women in diverse science and engineering fields
• Discussing modern approaches to research practice, work-life balance, entrepreneurship and administration
• Providing meaningful opportunities for discourse and networking

Who should attend? This event will convene women scientists and engineers interested in sharing ideas and learning from leading women in – academia, industry, government, business and the nonprofit sectors – to share ideas and experiences critical for the 21st century.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Northwestern University –Lurie Medical Center; 303 E Superior St., Chicago, IL
8:30am – 9:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30am – 9:45am Opening remarks

Session 1 – Game Changers: Redefining the Landscape – 9:45am – 11:00 am

Increasingly at the forefront of science and engineering fields,women are making extraordinary impact on both the scientific community and the general public. This panel of experts will discuss how their leadership and vision has been critical to changes in environmental policy, academic research and engaging youth in STEM pathways within their scope of work.

Plenary Speakers:

Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Senior Counsel to Jasculca Terman and Associates, Inc., and Director, Regional Trees Initiative, Morton Arboretum
Vicky Prince, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Director, Office of Graduate Affairs, Biological Sciences Division, The University of Chicago
Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D., Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University

Mid-Morning Break

Session 2 – Lab Coats to Boardrooms: Science & Technology in the Marketplace – 11:15am – 12:30pm

The pathways between scientific research and the business enterprise are not always transparent. Hear from three women who have successfully navigated transitions between science and business, lead culture changes in corporate innovation, and build capacity for other women in science to enter the marketplace.

Plenary Speakers:

Kapila Viges, Chief Executive Officer, Mithra Venture
Lynne E. Rueter, Ph.D., Associate Director II, Neuroscience Research GPRD, Abbott
Andrea Hunt, Vice President, Regenerative Medicine, Baxter Healthcare

Special Honoree:

Young-Kee Kim, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory

Networking Luncheon – 12:45pm – 2:00pm

Session 3 – For, By & About Us: Research for Women – 2:00pm- 3:15pm

Current research in biology, psychology and sociology has highlighted women-specific needs, opportunities and outcomes. In this session speakers will discuss their cutting-edge work relaying the connections between women and reproductive health, neuroscience, and career decision-making.

Plenary Speakers:

Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Chicago; Chief, Family Planning; Associate Dean for Diversity, Division of the Biological Sciences
Sandra Witelson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Romila Singh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Lubar School of Business and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the Workplace, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mid-Afternoon Break

Closing Keynote – 3:30pm – 4:15pm

Kawtar Hafidi, Ph.D., Nuclear Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory

Networking and Close – 4:15pm – 5:00pm


Registration fees. Options to attend one or both days.
Student: Friday $25 / Saturday $75 / Friday & Saturday $100
General: Friday $50 / Saturday $100 / Friday & Saturday $150

Discounted parking will be made available at the 222 E. Huron St. garage: Parking Map

For full Women in Science Symposium 2012: Big Ideas Big Impact Program Agenda – click here.

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Interested in sponsoring this event, or a student to attend? Contact Erin Dragotto at 312-567-5830 or for more information.

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