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2014-03-11: Job Searching, Networking, Conversations, and more!

posted Mar 11, 2014, 2:07 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Mar 11, 2014, 2:07 PM ]

Monthly Newsletter

11 March 2014


This Month’s Events: AWIS Hosts Lab Support!

Member Spotlight: Dr. Jocelyn Reader, PhD, VP of Social Media

From AWIS National: Equitable Solutions

...along with News from Our Chapter, Job Opportunities, Science Outreach, and More in Baltimore!

AWIS Baltimore Events

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Events This Month

Our Executive Board plans events to promote professional development, STEM

education, networking, and much more! We’re always looking for motivated leaders to help out.

AWIS Hosts Lab Support: “From Academia to Industry - Tips and Tricks for Your Successful Job Search!”

  • Wednesday, March 19th, 5:30pm-7:30pm

  • Location: Health Sciences Facility II (HSF II), 20 Penn Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 (building #41 on this map)

  • Parking: closest garages are ~1 block away - Penn Str Garage (120 S. Penn St.) OR Pratt Str Garage (646 W. Pratt St.)

  • Circulator Route: stop # 207 (Penn Str) on orange line. From JHMI - green line transfer to orange; from JHU Homewood - take JHU shuttle to Peabody - then take purple line transfer to orange

  • Details: Come out and learn how to utilize a scientific staffing company to land a job!  Lab Support, a division of On Assignment, is an international leader in placing scientific and engineering professionals in contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire opportunities. Having pioneered a specialized staffing approach, most Lab Support Staffing Consultants possess a degree in science or engineering and a passion for the industry they represent.

  • RSVP on our website so that we can provide sufficient refreshments!

  • Organized by AWIS Programs and Social Media (Mrs. Ekemini Riley, Dr. Jocelyn Reader) and co-sponsored by the University of Maryland SOM Office of Postdoctoral Scholars (OPS)

Events are open to all members. Get involved, plan events, and meet new people!

Upcoming Events

These events are coming soon!

AWIS DC, Bethesda, and Baltimore Annual Networking Social

Co-sponsored with AAAS S&T Fellows and WISE Affinity Group

  • Thursday, April 3rd, time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

  • Location: Koshland Science Museum, 525 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

  • Cost: Free for AWIS and AAAS Members (with current, paid membership status for  AWIS National and/or AAAS); $5 for non-members

  • Registration is required - RSVP here!

Conversations with Dr. Erin Bowers

  • The second installment of our quarterly hostless dining events with a woman scientist!

  • May 2014

  • More details coming soon!

If you would like to plan, advertise, or sponsor an event, please email us!

Member Spotlight


Jocelyn Reader, PhD: VP of Social Media

Jocelyn is the voice behind our Twitter feed and Facebook posts.  She also works behind the scenes of our many AWIS events.


  • PhD, Human Genetics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

  • BA,, Biological Sciences, Goucher College

Contributions to AWIS

  • Current VP of Social Media

  • Successfully given our chapter an online presence! She’s been instrumental in finding speakers for our events and she’s also co-organized several events, including the Undergrad Career Panel (2012), AWIS-WIB Social (2012), and the AWIS-WIB Diversity in STEM webinar (2013)

Fun Facts

Nominate an AWIS Baltimore Member Today!

  • Nominate an AWIS member to be featured in our member spotlight!

  • Looking for ladies who are inspiring to the AWIS community, looking for a job, and/or whom you’d like to learn more about.

From AWIS National


AWIS Goes for the Gold with New Book on Equitable Solutions

Become a member of AWIS National and receive monthly newsletters about issues especially geared towards women in science! One of this month’s articles:

Equitable Solutions

  • Earlier this month, AWIS National launched their latest book at a posh gala affair hosted by Elsevier Foundation at The Library in Chicago.  Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices, written by past AWIS president Donna Dean, PhD, and AWIS CEO and Executive Director Janet Bandows Koster, MBA, presents a new way of framing the discussion about work life integration and satisfaction. The book is available through Elsevier’s website and AWIS members receive a 30% discount.

  • Read more on Equitable Solutions.

News from Our Chapter

Career Panel Event was a Great Success!

  • Lots of info shared at our career panel on Policy and Education in March! Special thanks to our panelists: Jennifer Cohen, PhD; Carolyn Lauzon, PhD; Bethany Drehman, PhD; Deborah Castillo, PhD; Kate Brendler, MEd; Crystal Watkins-Johannson, MD, PhD. Bios can be found here.

Open Positions on Our Executive Board

  • A few of our executive board members are transitioning, so we have a few openings on our executive board! Our positions are flexible, with room for more than one leader.

  • Email if you’re interested in joining our planning committees.

New Mailing List

  • We are migrating our mailing list to a Google Group! Instructions on how to join our new mailing list can be found on our main website. If you did not receive an email with a subject line containing “[AWIS Baltimore]” and would like to be added to this new mailing list, please “apply for membership” via

Job Opportunities

Open positions will now be featured in the Job Listings section of our website. Know of a job opportunity? Submit a job posting!

Science Outreach

More activities will be featured on the Volunteer Opportunities section of our website. Know of a science outreach event? Submit a Volunteer Opportunity!

Volunteers Needed for 2nd Annual Hopkins Robotics Cup

  • Saturday, April 5th at Newton White Athletic Center at Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus

  • Looking for judges, referees, field personnel, concessions, etc. Contact Margaret Strong (410-614-1469)

Cultural Fair for Children at JHU Spring Fair 2014

  • Friday, April 25 (4pm-6pm) & Saturday, April 26 (1pm-4pm)

  • “Over Sea and Land We Go!”: cultural fair for kids that showcases the countries represented by the Hopkins student and postdoctoral body, with 20 booths for different countries. More info here.

Science Outreach to Refugee Youth in Baltimore

Bits from Our Blog

Interested in Interviews?

  • Whether you're trying to get an interview or get the offer, here are a few things to think about: showcasing your skills, customizing your application, and brainstorming your interview answers.

  • Article by Issel Anne Lim, PhD

  • Want to showcase your writing? Want to build you writing portfolio?  Then Submit a Blog Post!

More in Baltimore

Peabody Modern Orchestra

  • March 12th (7:30-9:30pm) at the Joe Byrd Hall

  • Website

Peabody Opera Theatre

  • March 13th (7:30-10:30pm) at the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

  • Benjamin Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Website

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

  • March 21-22nd  (all day) at Timonium Fairgrounds

  • Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE–TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.

  • Website

For other local events, visit

Other Information


  • Would you like to sponsor an event with AWIS Baltimore? We’re always looking to collaborate, network, and promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  • Email if you’d like to help out!

Want to Contribute?

Know of an upcoming event, or want to write an article?  

Want to promote your business or event to women in science from the Greater Baltimore area?

→ Email us:

Our Executive Board

President: Ekemini Riley, BA

Communication: Issel Anne Lim, PhD

Finance: [currently available]

Programs: Janelle Jones, BBA

Programs: Talmesha Richards, PhD

Programs: Claudia Avalos, BS

Public Relations: Jessica Curtis, PhD

Sponsorship: Shirley Tan, PhD

Social Media: Jocelyn Reader, PhD

More Info: Executive Board

Useful Links

Useful Links

AWIS Website

AWIS National

Events in Baltimore

Newsletter by Issel Anne Lim, PhD (Communications/Webmaster)

AWIS Baltimore