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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 21 – Didem Sarikaya, Developmental and Evolutionary Biologist

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Interview with Didem Sarikaya, Developmental and Evolutionary Biologist, soon to be Harvard PhD, also an artist. Didem is interested in understanding how animals grown. She combines tools in developmental genetics, comparative evo-devo, and fieldwork in fruit flies (Drosophila) to investigate how animals make organs of different sizes.

Didem Sarikaya

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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 13 – Pinshane Huang, Materials Research Scientist, Applied Physicist

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Pinshane HuangInterview with Pinshane Huang, who has a phd in applied physics and is a postdoc at Columbia University in the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center. She is a photographer for tiny things.

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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 11 – Amanda Liesch, Soil Physics PhD Student

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mandylieschInterview with Amanda Liesch, Master Hole Digger, Queen of Soils and a Soil Physics PhD Student at North Carolina State University.

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Lucy Shapiro, Pioneering Biologist, Will Receive 2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize from The Rockefeller University

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Lucy Shapiro, professor of developmental biology at Stanford University School of Medicine, will receive the 2014 Pearl meister Greengard Prize, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding women in science, from The Rockefeller University. Shapiro’s work in developmental biology illuminated the mechanisms that control the differentiation of cells in all living things, from the simplest organisms to the most complex.

“The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize spotlights the extraordinary role women play in the sciences,” said Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard, who is Vincent Astor Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University. “By highlighting the work of today’s most accomplished female researchers, we hope to show young women that not only is it possible to succeed in the STEM fields, it’s possible to change the way we see the world. Dr. Shapiro’s work is exemplary of that premise.”

Greengard, along with his wife, sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, founded the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize in 2003, named in honor of Greengard’s mother, who died during his birth. Greengard dedicated his Nobel honorarium to provide the seed funding for what he envisioned as a yearly salute to women’s accomplishments in what remains a male-dominated field. Over the past 11 years, a generous group of University donors has joined the Greengards in support of the Prize.

“It is a great honor to receive an award that recognizes the contributions of women in science and highlights our presence in the wonderful journey of scientific discovery,” Shapiro said. “All science, now more than ever, is a collaborative effort and through the years I have shared the rich experience of gleaning scientific insights with a cadre of women and men of amazing abilities.”

Winners of the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, who receive a $100,000 honorarium, are selected by a committee of ten extraordinary scientists, five of them winners of the Nobel Prize.

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize ceremony is open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please visit greengardprize.rockefeller.edu.

NSF Sponsors Community College Innovation Challenge

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Laboratory studentsTeams of community college students with a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner are encouraged to submit their proposals for innovative STEM-based solutions to real-world problems within one of the following themes: Bid Data, Infrastructure Security, Sustainability (including water, food, energy, environment), Broadening Participation in STEM, and Improving STEM Education. This challenge furthers NSF’s mission by encouraging students to discover and demonstrate their capacity to use science to make a difference in the world and to transfer knowledge into action.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes the important role community colleges play in workforce development and the future of science research in the United States. Community colleges are a vital part of the scientific research pipeline, training technicians who become an integral part of research efforts and students who go on to continue their education at four-year institutions, especially in underrepresented groups.

Up to 10 finalist teams (2 from each theme) will be invited to attend the Innovation Boot Camp, a professional development workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship. Each team will receive $500 to further refine their idea and compete in the final round of competition. Travel, room and board costs associated with attending the Innovation Boot Camp will be paid for team members and faculty mentors.

Each member student of the first-place team will receive $3,000. Each student member of the second-place team will receive $2,000. Each student member of the third-place team will receive $1,000.

Submissions must be received between Sept 15, 2014 and Jan 15, 2015.

For more information or to enter, visit the NSF Community College Innovation Challenge.

Women in STEM Podcast Episode 7 – Olivia Pavco-Giaccia, Founder of Lab Candy, Cognitive Scientist

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oliviaInterview with Olivia Pavco-Giaccia, Founder & CEO of LabCandy and Junior in Cognitive Sciences at Yale University.

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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 3 – Sarina Peterson and Brianna Rapini, co-creators of the YouTube channel, The Amoeba Sisters

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amoebasisters_400x400Interview with Sarina Peterson and Briana Rapini, co-creators of the YouTube channel, The Amoeba Sisters.

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