WISE Speakers

WISE Distinguished Speaker Series

WISE Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. Jan Randall

May 2, 2018
“Discoveries in Animal Behavior by a Woman Field Biologist”

Dr. Jan Randall will present some highlights of her research along with a discussion of the role of women of her generation in pioneering careers in science.

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WISE Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Kelly Mack

March 15, 2018

Dr. Kelly Mack is the Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope, a non-profit organization focusing on undergraduate STEM education reform, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).  Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Mack was the Senior Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program while on loan from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where, as a Professor of Biology, she taught courses in Physiology and Endocrinology for 17 years. 

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WISE Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Neda Nobari

February 19, 2018
"Balance and Harmony in Science and Culture"
Host: Carmen Domingo, Interim Dean of College of Science and Engineering, and Elahe Enssani, Associate Professor of Engineering

Ms. Neda Nobari, 2017 SF State Commencement Speaker, is an alumna of the Computer Science program (1984) and a generous donor. She has had a very interesting and successful career. She will share her career experiences with us.

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WISE Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. Shirley Malcom

March 12, 2017

Dr. Shirley Malcom is Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The directorate includes AAAS programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. Dr. Malcom has also served as program officer in the Science Education Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and has worked as a professor of biology and as a high school science teacher. She met with graduate students over lunch for Q&A, then presented her seminar in the afternoon followed by a reception.

WISE Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. Beth Mitchneck, University of Arizona, School of Geography and Development

March 9, 2017
Host: Sue Rosser, Chancellor’s Office

Dr. Beth Mitchneck oversees the development of faculty success in scholarship and instructional activities in her role at UMass Lowell. She has created a framework for institutional transformation to help universities become more gender equitable. She and her co-authors of “ Recipe for Change: Creating a more inclusive academy” which propose strategies for successful institutional change as well as for increasing diversity in the workforce.

WISE Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. Carolyn Porco

April 18, 2016
“Enceladus, Saturn's Geysering Moon: An Abode of Life?”
Host: Adrienne Cool, Physics & Astronomy
Co-sponsored by the Department of Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Carolyn Porco is renowned for leading the imaging science team on the Cassini mission currently in orbit around Saturn. Dr. Porco met with SF State female scientists at the WISE luncheon, followed by coffee with WIPPA (Women in Physics and Astronomy student group) before meeting with select faculty. She presented her research to a packed audience before going for dinner with faculty.

WISE Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. Judith Sernatinger

April 23, 2015
“Networking in the 21st century; From SF State to Biotech, reflections from an SF State alumna”
Host: Megumi Fuse, Biology
Co-sponsored by the Department of Biology

Dr. Judith Sernatinger is Vice President of Corporate Quality and Compliance at Alexion Pharmaceuticals. She previously worked as the Vice President of Quality Systems and Post Market Surveillance at Stryker, with over 20 years of experience working in the Quality and Compliance field. She received her BA in Natural Resources from the University of Rhode Island and is an alumna of SF State (MA Cellular and Molecular Biology, SFSU 1987). Dr. Sernatinger met with SF State female scientists at the WISE luncheon, followed by meetings with select faculty, before presenting an overview of her life in Biotech as the invited guest for the 3rd annual Friends of Biology Social.

WISE Affinity Group Meeting

January 23, 2014
Host: Dr. Carmen Domingo, Biology

2014 Faculty Research and Creative Activities Retreat

WISE Affinity Group Meeting

January 24, 2013

2013 Faculty Research and Creative Activities Retreat

WISE Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. Semahat S. Demir

November 29, 2012
“Peer Mentoring Women in Biomedical Engineering: Application to Multiple Disciplines”
Host: Nilgun Ozer, Engineering

Dr. Semahat S. Demir is Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program, National Science Foundation, and Member of Board of Directors, Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She has conducted research in both academia and industry, and has had numerous roles in professional societies such as IEEE and EMBS