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2014-09-24: ACS Gala, Finding an Industry Job, Things Change...

posted Sep 24, 2014, 12:19 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Sep 26, 2014, 2:22 PM ]

Monthly Newsletter

24 September 2014


Upcoming Events: ACS Maryland Section 100th Anniversary; Dr. Joanne Kamen’s Visit

Member Spotlight: Dr. Issel Anne Lim, Webmaster for AWIS Baltimore

From AWIS National: Outside of Academia

...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!

American Chemical Society (ACS) Maryland Section 100th Anniversary Gala!

  • The Maryland Section is proud to be celebrating 100 years of service to local chemist community with a gala. This event features an open bar during a pre-dinner cocktail hour, dinner, and wine served with dinner. Join us as we celebrate the past and take steps toward the future in this fun-filled networking event!  

  • Keynote speaker: Dr. William Carroll, ACS Past President and current Chair of the Board of Directors

  • When: Friday, October 17, 2014, 7:00-10:00pm

  • Where: Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Attire: Cocktail attire

  • Ticket prices: $50 ($25 for students) - ticket sales end October 10th!

  • For more info & to purchase tickets, please visit

“Smooth Transitions - Top 10 List: Things Scientists Ask About Finding an Industry Job”

  • Join us as we host Dr. Joanne Kamens, Executive Director of Addgene and Founding President of AWIS Massachusetts!  Recently named one of Forbes’ 40 Women over 40, Dr. Kamens has a wealth of knowledge to share with us.  Her presentation will give you some criteria to consider in deciding if embarking on an industry science career is right for you and then will provide concrete tools and resources for preparing for this transition.

  • When: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm

    • refreshments, networking, & sign-in - 5:30-6:00pm

    • featured presentation - 6:00-7:00pm

    • networking - 7:00-7:30pm

  • Where: 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

  • Ticket prices: Free for AWIS Baltimore members; $10 for non-members (ticket purchasing instructions to follow via email!)


Coming Soon...

“Career Options & Job Resources for Scientists”

  • Speaker: Dr. Tianna Hicklin, Assistant Editor, Custom Publishing, Science/AAAS

  • When: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm

    • refreshments, networking, & sign-in - 6:00-6:30pm

    • featured presentation - 6:30-7:30pm

    • networking - 7:30-8:00pm

  • Where: TBD

  • Ticket prices: Free for AWIS Baltimore members; $10 for non-members (ticket purchasing instructions to follow via email!)

We’re always looking for motivated leaders to help out.  If you would like to plan, advertise, or sponsor an event, please email us!

Member Spotlight


Dr. Issel Anne Lim: Webmaster for AWIS Baltimore

Our webmaster has just begun her new position as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Big Data and Analytics Program.  She is now working in the Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications (OSPPC) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Congratulations, Issel!!


  • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, NIH/NIMH/OSPPC

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University

  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

  • SB, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contributions to AWIS

  • VP of Communications (2012-2014)

  • Created and maintains website for AWIS Baltimore

  • Created and distributed AWIS Baltimore newsletter

Fun Facts

  • Issel started her own freelance design company (Quirky Ink, LLC;, which promotes creative communication through building websites, designing customized images, and editing various types of writing. She created our current website ( in 2013.


Nominate an AWIS member to be featured in our member spotlight!  We are looking for women 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

Outside of Academia

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

Outside of Academia

  • For scientists, careers outside of academia are becoming more and more popular. However, these career fields are still known as "     Not a Failure!

News from Our Chapter

The Joint Chapter Picnic was a fun time of networking, & picnic eats on a rainy summer day!

  • This year AWIS Baltimore & AWIS DC joined AWIS Bethesda in hosting their annual summer picnic!  It was a great time to catch up with our fellow MD-DC Area AWIS family!

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!

Bits from Our Blog

Things Change...

  • At the AWIS Bethesda Annual Mentoring Dinner, Dr. Vogel gave some of her own experience and advice as both a career-changer and a career development professional. A key point that she shared is that “...Things Change. What may seem “right” early on may not be right later.  It’s best to keep your options open by not closing any doors…”

  • Article by Donna L. Vogel, MD, PhD

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

Science Outreach

Here is a sampling of the most recent opportunities.  More activities will be featured on the Volunteer Opportunities section of our website. Know of a science outreach event? Submit a Volunteer Opportunity!

Science Camp Coordinator

  • The Community Science Education Program out of the office of Johns Hopkins Government and Community Affairs is looking for a new Camp Coordinator!

  • Every year, Hopkins hosts a Community Science Camp where 5th graders participate in a week-long daily camp that provides science activities. As camp coordinator you would need to coordinate camp activities and supervise 3 other graduate camp aides. A small stipend will be paid for the week.  Interviews to be held throughout the month of September.

  • Contact Carolyn Chance for more info.

Women STEM Speakers

  • The GreenMount School (GMS) is looking for women professionals in STEM fields (especially math, physics, astronomy and computer science) who would be willing to speak with a small group of girls (fifth grade to eighth grade) about their field, how they prepared for it, exciting opportunities, etc. If there is any type of activity that could introduce the girls to the STEM speaker's work, that would be ideal.

  • Commitment: one Friday afternoon in either September, October or November.

  • Contact Ann Kehinde (443-739-7271 cell) for more info.

More in Baltimore

Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Lagacy

  • Sept 25th, The Maryland Historical Society

  • Website

Baltimore Book Festival

  • Sept 26-28th, Inner Harbor

  • Website

Peabody Season Opener:  Symphony Orchestra

  • Sept 27th (8:00pm), the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

  • Website

Peabody: Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series

  • Sept 30th (8:00pm), the Leith Symington Griswold Hall

  • Website

For other local events, visit

Other Information


  • We are proud to announce that AWIS Baltimore has courted its first sponsor: Women in STEM, by the Institute for International Research (IIR)! This is a very exciting accomplishment for our Chapter.  Look out for more information in emails to follow!

  • 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?

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Our Executive Board

President: Ekemini Riley, PhD

Communication: Issel Anne Lim, PhD

Finance: [currently available]

Programs: Talmesha Richards, PhD

Programs: Claudia Avalos, BS

Programs: [currently available]

Public Relations: Jessica Curtis, PhD

Sponsorship: Shirley Tan, PhD

Social Media: Jocelyn Reader, PhD

Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim, PhD

More Info: Executive Board

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