WiSE, a network of Women in Science and Engineering at Duke University is hosting a panel Shaping the world, one job at a time: An altruistic/alternative career panel tomorrow, Friday, at noon in Teer 203. If you want to show up, please RSVP online as soon as possible so they know how many boxed lunches to get.
It will be an informal panel: each one of us will get 3-5 minutes to introduce ourselves, followed by a discussion and Q&A. We are also likely to hang around for a few more minutes afterwards. The panelists? Under the fold....
Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom: K-12 education
Dr. Schwartz-Bloom was trained as a neuropharmacologist and has devoted her basic science research to understanding the mechanisms of neuroprotection after neuronal injury. Additionally, she has had a long-standing interest in science education. She developed a research program at Duke University that applies science-based research to K-12 curriculum and professional development (RISE) (http://www.rise.duke.edu/)
Bora Zivkovic: science career online
Bora is the Online Community Coordinator at Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE). He got this job because someone posted it on the comment section of his blog (http://scienceblogs.com/clock/) . This job is to try to motivate you to comment on the papers there, and his scientific specialty is chronobiology (circadian rhythms and photoperiodism).
Anne Casper: liberal arts college science education
She is currently a post-doc Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Duke, and is a SPIRE's program fellow at UNC-CH. The mission of SPIRE is to provide multi-dimensional professional development for science researchers and educators to succeed in academic careers, to bring engaging teaching methods into the classroom, and to increase diversity in science professions.
Nirupama Sista: science career in non-profit
Nirupama is the Associate Director of Science Facilitation at Family Health International (FHI)career in policy. FHI is among the largest and most established nonprofit organizations active in international public health with a mission to improve lives worldwide through research, education, and services in family health.
Subhashini Chandrasekharan: career in science policy
Shubha now a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Public Genomics within IGSP's Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy (GELP). GELP was created to foster ethically responsible and socially beneficial uses of genome science, while addressing the complex ethical, legal, social and policy impacts of the Genome Revolution.
I'll be looking forward to a post after this meeting. I am keenly interested in these issues as I struggle with them myself. Perhaps you would be interested in my blog, which can be found at