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2014-05-02: Conversations, Leadership, Open Board Positions!

posted May 2, 2014, 10:21 AM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated May 2, 2014, 10:21 AM ]


02 May 2014


This Month’s Events: Conversations with Dr. Erin Bowers

Member Spotlight: This could be you! Submit a nomination today!

From AWIS National: Be an outstanding leader!

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

AWIS Baltimore Events

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Upcoming Events

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.

Conversations with Dr. Erin Bowers

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

  • Dr. Bowers’ bio: Erin Bowers is a biotechnology patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She received a Ph.D. in chemical biology from Johns Hopkins University in 2011, where she performed research into the inhibition and modulation of the histone acetyltransferase enzyme p300. During her time in Baltimore, Erin served as the President of the Greater Baltimore chapter of the Association for Women in Science.

  • Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:30am - noon

  • Join us for brunch at Teavolve! RSVP here -- only 5 spots available!

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

Coming Soon...

These events are coming soon!

2nd Annual HoCo STEM Festival

  • Sunday, June 8th, time: 1:00PM-5:00PM

  • Location: Howard County Community College

  • Science outreach volunteer opportunity for our Chapter… details to follow via email!

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

Member Spotlight

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

    • Interesting!

Feel free to nominate ladies whom you’d like to learn more about. This is a great way to build community and get to know our fellow members. Please participate today! :)

From AWIS National

Be an outstanding leader!

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

8 Tips to Become an Outstanding Leader!

  • Although individual strengths and abilities vary from person to person, career experts agree that outstanding leaders share some common qualities: they nurture, motivate and inspire their employees because they're genuinely concerned about their employees' personal growth and success. In addition, when employees look to them for guidance, they act swiftly, decisively and confidently. Boost your leadership skills by following the simple steps outlined in this article: Go from good to great!

News from Our Chapter

Our exhibit at the ATLAS Symposium was a success!

  • We partnered up with MDBio Foundation to exhibit at the ATLAS Symposium on Thurs, May 1st.  Thanks to Dr. Ekemini Riley and Dr. Jocelyn Reader for showcasing AWIS Baltimore!

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 have migrated our mailing list to a Google Group! Instructions on how to join our new mailing list can be found on our website. If you would like to be added to this new mailing list, please “apply for membership” via

  • Note that  being a member of our mailing list does not mean that you are automatically a member of our chapter -- we encourage you to become an official member of AWIS today!

Professional Opportunities

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

Phoebe S. Leboy Public Policy  Fellowship

The Fellow reports to the Executive Director & CEO to advance the Association's legislative agenda and policies on behalf women science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Some examples of duties and assignments for the Fellow include:

  • Tracking legislation and analyzing policy issues at the nexus of gender and science.

  • Working with key AWIS advocacy partners including scientific and engineering societies.

  • Representing AWIS at key coalition meetings and conferences.

  • Developing talking points, letters, and other advocacy documents.

  • View full position description here.

AWIS offers a competitive salary and benefits.  If you are interested in applying for the 2014-2016 Fellowship, please send your resume to Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director & CEO, at

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!

Judges Needed for Balt City School Science Fair

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 Brass Ensembles Mid-Atlantic Trombone Choir

  • May 4th (7:30-9:30pm), the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

  • Website

Peabody Youth Orchestra

  • May 11th (3:00-5:00pm), the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

  • Website


  • May 2-3, Mount Vernon

  • Nothing says springtime in Baltimore like flowers, big hats and lemon sticks. Shop at plant and other vendor displays, take part in a hat contest and check out lots of family entertainment options. Come celebrate at the historic grounds of Mount Vernon Square, where a variety of organizations gather together to enjoy live musical performances, tributes and awards.

  • Website

Sowebo Arts and Music Festival

  • May 25th, Hollins Market

  • This music festival features some of Baltimore's best bands, regional arts and crafts, visual art, interactive events for children (and the child in all of us), and not to mention good eats and drinks.

  • 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, PhD

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

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