Our October CWC lunch will feature Ms. Sally Hed Dahlquist, President and Chief Manager of ImmunoChemistry Technologies, a Twin Cities-based biotechnology company that is solely women owned and operated. Food will be provided by Afro Deli. Please RSVP here by Oct 17th (Wednesday), 4 pm and include any dietary preferences.
Title: Living the Dream: My Career as a (Female) Biotech Entrepreneur
Abstract: I lived every high-tech entrepreneurs dream: I built my own biotech company and sold a biomedical patent. But to get there, I had to survive the nightmare: I was bankrupt and sued by one of my business partners. Yet I persisted, settled the lawsuit, and lead the company to profitability without accepting any venture capital money. In 2016, I bought out my other business partners to become sole owner and President. Today, ICT is a profitable niche biotech company selling products and services to biomedical researchers all over the world. Our products have been cited in over 2,000 scientific publications. I’m living the dream as a successful scientist. If I can do it, you can do it too!
Date: October 22nd (Monday)
Location: Kolthoff 193
Chemistry WISE CWC lunch
Speaker: Prof. Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran
Date : Sept 12th (Wednesday)
Time : 12.00 - 1.00 pm
Location : K 193
Food will be provided from Himalaya Restaurant. Please RSVP here before Sept 11th (Tuesday), 10 am and include any dietary preferences.
Sept 7th (Friday) / 2.30 - 3.30 pm / K193
welcome back to a new school year! As per tradition, we are having a lq N2 ice cream social to end the first week of school on a sweet sweet note :) Do come to know more about WISE and welcome the year 1s into our department.
Aug 28th (Tuesday) / 3 pm / K193
Please RSVP before Aug 27th (Monday), 11 am.
Elena Koltun is a Medicinal Chemist and a team leader with over 17 years of experience in the field of biotechnology, having worked previously for Exelixis and more recently, Numerate and Revolution Medicines. She has extensive experience in drug discovery and preclinical development across multiple therapeutic areas: oncology, metabolic syndrome, and inflammation, taking the programs from early Lead Generation and through IND enabling stage, including Lead Chemistry role for SHP2 program at Revolution Medicines. Elena is a contributor to the delivery of five clinical candidates and the co-inventor of Cotellic® (Cobimetinib), MEK inhibitor developed by Exelixis and marketed since 2015 by Genentech.
Aug 8th (Wednesday) / 3 pm / K193
Please RSVP by clicking here before Aug 7th (Tuesday), 4 pm.
WISE will be having an liquid nitrogen ice cream social this summer to cool off! We will also be having some students share about their experiences from attending the 2018 Midwest Women Chemists retreat. Come hang out over sweet treats, meet other people and get to know about WISE :)
Aug 14th (Tuesday) / 12.00 - 1.00 pm / Gary Balas Hangar, Akerman Hall
Please RSVP by clicking here before Aug 9th (Thursday) and include any dietary preferences.
Karen Pierce (AEM, BS 1981) was a pilot at 18, aerospace engineer at 21, business leader at 31, business owner at 36, with 16 years of experience living and working in Asia while supporting a young family and an equally dynamic husband, Karen has walked the talk of women in leadership. Join Karen on August 14th where she will share her seasoned perspective on career development, women’s issues in technology industries, and skills for conflict resolution and negotiation.
Jul 24th (Tuesday) / 12.15 - 1.05 pm / K193
Please RSVP before Jul 23rd (Monday), 11 am and include any dietary preferences.
Title: Chemical Biology at a PUI (Primarily Undergraduate Institution)
Abstract: I’ll discuss my path to teaching and research at Macalester College, a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI). During graduate school and postdoctoral fellowships we become familiar with what being a professor at a research university is like, so I will try to highlight how it is different to become and to be a professor at a PUI.
May 21st (Monday) / 11.30 - 1 pm / K 193
Lunch will be provided from Mesa Pizza. Please RSVP before May 19th (Saturday), 3 pm and include any dietary preferences.
Third year practice talks
a) Development and Mechanistic Study of Ketone Synthesis via Transition-Metal-Catalyzed C–O Bond Activation
Constance Anderson (Christopher Douglas)
b) Do Defects Talk in Pyrite (FeS2)?
Debmalya Ray (Laura Gagliardi)
May 14th (Monday) / 11.30 - 1 pm / K 193
Lunch will be provided from Sidewalk Kitchen. Please RSVP by clicking here before May 11th (Friday), 3 pm and include any dietary preferences.
Third year practice talks
a) Conductivities & Morphologies of New Lithium Single-ion Conductors
Beth Dewing (Mahesh Mahanthappa)
b) Exposure to Complex Metal Oxide Nanoparticles Elicits Rapid Adaptation and Increase Fitness in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1
Stephanie Mitchell (Erin Carlson)
May 8th (Tuesday) / 12 - 1 pm / K 193
Lunch will be provided from Wallys. Please RSVP by clicking here before May 7th (Monday), 10 am and include any dietary preferences.
Third year practice talks
a) Exploring structural dynamics during singlet fission in rubrene and rubrene derivatives using femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy
Kajari Bera (Renee Frontiera)
b) Understanding Catalyst Structural Effects on the Ring-Opening Transesterification Polymerization of Cyclic Esters
Anna Luke (Theresa Reineke & William Tolman)
c) ATP-Based Probes with Modified γ-Phosphate for Identification of Bacterial Histidine Kinases
Adeline Espinasse (Erin Carlson)
Apr 13th (Friday) / 12.15 - 1.05 pm / Walter 101
Please RSVP by clicking here before Apr 10th (Tuesday), 10 am and include any dietary preferences.
Holly Boehne is the senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer of the Anderson Corporation. In this role, she has responsibility for enterprise Strategic Sourcing, Engineering, Lean Sigma, CapEx deployment, enterprise Quality Systems, as well as Research, Development & Innovation.
Apr 6th (Friday) / 12 - 1 pm / Walter 101
Lunch will be provided from Qdoba. Please RSVP by clicking here before Apr 4th (Wednesday), 10 am and include any dietary preferences.
How to be successful in grad school
Graduate school can be one of the most rewarding times in your career, but also the most trying at times. Learning to cope with the ups and downs of research requires both resilience and perseverance and it can be difficult to maintain one's self confidence. In this talk, Prof. Christine Thomas will provide her personal account of her own graduate school experience and share her perspective on coping with challenges including the Imposter Syndrome, work-life balance and gender bias.
Mar 13th (Tuesday) / 12 - 1 pm / K 193
Lunch will be provided from Mesa Pizza. Please RSVP by clicking here before Mar 12th (Monday), 10 am and include any dietary preferences.
The Perks (and Flaws) of Tunnel Vision
Megan received her Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine, pursuing research on organometallic
lanthanide and actinide chemistry in the group of Bill Evans. She is currently a postdoc in the Tolman group, working as part of the Center for Sustainable Polymers. She is preparing to start a faculty position at the University of Southern California in the fall. From the age of 16, Megan knew that she wanted to be a chemistry professor and has had tunnel vision ever since. She will discuss how this tunnel vision was useful to prepare for her dream career path early, but made her less open-minded to other career options in chemistry.
Mar 14th (Wednesday) / 1 - 3 pm / Walter 101
Come celebrate Pi Day with the other CSE graduate women this spring break! Stop by for the whole time, or just a few minutes, either way, FREE PI(E) for all :D This is an opportunity to interact with graduate women from other departments in CSE. We will have some activities and games too. Please RSVP by clicking here before Mar 7th (Wednesday) and include any dietary preferences.
Feb 28th (Wednesday) / 12 - 1 pm / K 193
Lunch will be provided from Afro Deli. Please RSVP by clicking here before Feb 27th (Tuesday), 12 pm and include any dietary preferences.
Life After the Lab: Non-traditional Careers in Chemistry
Brenda was a research chemist in the pharmaceutical divisions of Monsanto/Pharmacia/Pfizer for over 10 years before losing her job in a mass lay-off. She will be discussing her transition into a non-traditional career, as well as the career changes of several female colleagues.
Mar 9th (Friday) / 12:15 - 1:05 pm / Walter 101
Erin Carlson will be the featured invitee for a Lunch/Networking Event for Graduate and Postdoctoral Women in the College of Science and Engineering. There should also be options available for those following vegetarian and/or gluten-free diets. Please RSVP by clicking here and include any dietary preferences.
Details: Feb 5th (Monday) / 12 - 1 pm / K 193
Lunch will be provided from Noodles and Company. Please RSVP by clicking here before Feb 2nd (Friday), 12 pm and include any dietary preferences.
Building a Career in Chemistry
Kolby White is currently a Senior Chemist in the Corporate Research Materials Laboratory at 3M. As freshman at Northwestern University, she picked Chemistry as a major because she enjoyed the classes. Now, 10 years later, she will discuss the career path that choice led to. This will include a brief discussion of her graduate work at MIT, applying for jobs, her current position at 3M, and a few life lessons learned along the way.
Please RSVP by Dec 1st, 10 am to email@example.com. Lunch will be provided from Jimmy John's.
Graco Inc. has been a leading provider of premium pumps and spray equipment for fluid handling in the construction, manufacturing, processing and maintenance industries.Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Graco works closely with distributors around the world to offer innovative products that set the quality standard for spray finishing, paint circulation, lubrication, sealant and adhesives dispensing, process application, and contractor power equipment.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov 27th, Monday.
Pam Ludford Finnerty is a Principal Product Owner at Surescripts. In her current role, she collaborates with business leads, software developers, and pharmacists on elevating the accuracy of electronic prescriptions, finding/sharing electronic patient records across practices and geographies, and solutions to address the opioid crisis.
In her presentation, she will elaborate on how the broad skillset she accumulated during graduate school in engineering equipped her for success in her current and previous
roles. Beyond technical knowledge in artificial intelligence and data mining, she draws on time-management, writing, teaching, and presentation skills.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by Nov 7th, 10 am, if you would like to attend. Lunch will be provided from Lu's Sandwiches.
Greta Wegner leads the assay business unit at R&D Systems, a Bio-Techne company, in Minneapolis, MN. She received a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Concordia College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her thesis focused on the study of biomolecular interactions on microarrays using SPR imaging. Greta began her career as a bench scientist developing blood glucose test strips and then transitioned to leading a team developing membrane based array products for the research market. She currently directs the product management and development teams working on array, ELISA, and Luminex products as well as the custom assay development and testing services teams.
October 27th, 12 - 1 pm, Smith 117/119
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct 23rd if you would like to attend. Prof. Reisman is a chemistry professor at Caltech and the overarching goal of her research program is to discover, develop, and study new chemical reactions within the context of natural product total synthesis. She will be giving a talk titled "How to Succeed in Grad School"
Please RSVP to email@example.com by Oct 16th if you would like to attend.
Prof. Azarin is an Assistant Professor in the department of CEMS. Her research focuses in the broadly defined field of biological engineering, by examining the role of the cell microenvironment in development of healthy and diseased tissues for applications in regenerative medicine and cancer therapeutics.
Please RSVP by Sept 25th if you would like to attend.
Dr. Michelle LaRue is a research ecologist at the University of Minnesota, where she focuses on learning about effects of changing environments on penguins and seals in the Antarctic, and on mountain lions in the U.S. As a woman in science - and especially in remote field locations - Michelle has learned about resilience, determination, and collaboration as necessities in academia. Michelle will talk about her research experiences and the importance of connections for research and career advancement.
For all their excellent work done in 2016/2017, WISE members Annie Luke and Amy Ott have been recognised by the department at the start of the semester. Congratulations to both :)
Annie Luke, 3rd year student in Prof. Bill Tolman's group, has been awarded the the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award (Organic).
Amy Ott, 3rd year student in Prof. Joseph Topczewski's group, has received the Wayland Noland Fellowship award.
For more information about these awards, please refer to the department's website.
Title: "Journey of a blind computational chemist"
our first CWC lunch featuring Dr. Mona Minkara, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Prof. Ilja Siepmann's group has seen us attracting our largest group of attendees ever. Almost 25 - 30 people were present to learn and be inspired from Mona. Lunch was provided from DP Dough.
Our annual ice-cream social to welcome our incoming first-year graduate students was held successfully. There's nothing better than some sweet treat to end the first week of school, right ladies? :)
WISE TA, Sadie Otte, has been awarded the 2017-18 Sharon L. Doherty Award from the University of Minnesota’s Women’s Center to honour her outstanding volunteer service concerning women’s issues on campus or in the broader community.
Congratulations Sadie! Thank you for your leadership.
For more information on the award, please refer to the write-up on the departmental website.
WISE member and photographer, Xin Yi See, was one of three recipients honored with the 2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. She is currently a 3rd-year graduate student working with Professor Ian Tonks. Congratulations Xin Yi!
For more details, see the Chemistry Department website: http://chem.umn.edu/news/department-honors-student-award-and-fellowship-recipients
Join Intel Corporation representatives for an information session regarding the many opportunities for graduate students at Intel. Bring your resume and discuss the exciting opportunities for graduates with degrees in CE, EE, Comp Sci ChemE, Chemistry, Mechanical Eng, Materials Science, BioChemistry, Physics, Optics and more.
The event will be held on Wednesday, September 21st in Smith 117/119 from 12-1:30 pm. Food will be provided from Potbelly Sandwich Shop. The session will be led by Megan Goodson, who you may remember from WISE events with Intel last year. Please RSVP by 10 am on September 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WISE hosted its annual Ice Cream Social to welcome new 1st year graduate students and kick-off the start of the new school semester. New and current members were able to meet and socialize over free ice cream! Thanks to eveyone who participated!
WISE will be hosting Dr. Valerie Young as a guest seminar speaker at the University of Minnesota, open to both women and men in the Chemistry Department! Ms. Young is a leading expert on the impostor syndrome, and she has received much recognition for her work in this field. Her seminar is titled, "How to Feel as Bright and Capable as They Think You Are," and will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.
RSVP to at email@example.com by noon Friday, Feb. 3. Space is limited and registrations will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Copies of her award-winning book, "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It," are currently available to borrow or for purchase. Learn more about Ms. Young by visiting her website:
The WISE planning committee includes Letitia Yao, Sadie Otte, Lindsay Johnson, Hanna Macaranas, Courtney Elwell and Xin Yi See.
Courtney Elwell is serving as a WISE representative on the Chemistry Community Events Committee to help plan the upcoming Chemistry Catalyst Social Event! Come join Graduate Students, Post-Doctorates, Faculty, Staff, and Visiting Researchers at Minnehaha Falls to kick-off the new school year.
For more details, see the Chemistry Department website: http://chem.umn.edu/event/chemistry-catalyst-2016
WISE has received additional funding for the upcoming academic year! We have been awarded a grant by the Women's Center at UMN to advance scientific education and networking. WISE will be recognized and presented with a certificate at the 2016 Celebrating University Woman Awards program, held on October 16, 2016. The grant was written by WISE members Hanna Macaranas, Sadie Otte, and Letitia Yao.
WISE has received funding for the upcoming academic year! We have been awarded a grant by the Beckman Coulter Foundation to advance scientific education and networking, allowing for the continuation and improvement of our current programs while also providing the means to develop new events. The grant was written by WISE members Hanna Macaranas, Sadie Otte, and Letitia Yao.
WISE member, Sarah Wegwerth, received the 2016 John Bowers Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) for her outstanding work as the head organic teaching assistant. In honor of her exceptional teaching, Sarah received a commemorative sculpture and a $1,000 financial award. She will be honored next week at the CSE awards reception, held on Friday, May 13.
Sarah has been head organic TA since 2014 and her commitment to excellence in teaching was also recognized in 2012-13, when she received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award. She is currently a fifth-year graduate student working with Professor Christopher Douglas.
Former WISE TA, Sarah Gruba, successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, "Exploration of Platelet and Mast Cell Communication: A Study of Membrane Lipids, Asthma, and Inflammation" on April 21, 2016. We are happy to announce that she has recently accepted a position at Boston Scientific. We wish her all the best as she takes the next steps in her professional career!
WISE TA Sadie Otte has received a 2015-2016 Honorable Mention for the Timothy J. Salo Leadership Award from the Council of Graduate Students. Since 1996 COGS has presented an annual student Leadership Award recognizing the recipient's leadership and service on behalf of their fellow graduate students, the University and broader communities. Sadie was honored at a recognition ceremony held on Thursday, April 21, in the Presidents Room at the Coffman Memorial Union.
Sadie Otte was selected as the WISE TA for the 2015-2016 academic year. Sadie is a graduate student in Prof. Chris Douglas' research group. Congratulations, Sadie!