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2015-06-02: Tri-Chapter Networking Event, New Conversation Event, Star Chapter Award and more!

posted Jun 2, 2015, 8:48 AM by AWIS Baltimore   [ updated Jun 2, 2015, 8:48 AM by Issel Anne Lim ]

Monthly Newsletter

2 June 2015


Upcoming Events: Annual Networking Social, Conversations with Dr. Stacey Williams

Member Spotlight: Dr. Lindsay Rizzardi, VP of Communication and Sponsorship

From AWIS National: 2015 National Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship - view discussions online!

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

AWIS Baltimore Events

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June Events

Our Executive Board plans events to promote professional development, STEM

education, networking, and much more!

AWIS DC, Bethesda, and Baltimore Annual Networking Social Co-sponsored with AAAS Mentoring Affinity Group

  • When: Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm

  • Where: AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Ave, NW, Washington DC

  • Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

  • Please contact with any questions.

  • Please RSVP via EventBrite here!

  • Sign up to volunteer here!

Conversations with Dr. Stacey Williams

  • Please join our quarterly hostless dining event with a woman scientist!

  • Dr. Williams’ Bio: Stacey is an Assistant Professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University in the School of Pharmacy. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2008. She then transitioned to the FDA and worked as a Consumer Safety Officer. Stacey will talk about how she was able to transition from the FDA back to academia.

  • When: Sunday, June 14, 2015, 5:00-8:00 pm

  • Where: Bluegrass Tavern -1500 Hanover St, Baltimore, MD 21230 (check out their menu!) (They also have $5 valet parking after 5 PM).

  • RSVP by Friday June 12th here! Only 5 spots available!

  • Cost: Pay for your own meal

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

Coming Soon...

Conversations with Dr. Renetta Tull

  • Fall 2015!

  • Renetta Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (formerly Assistant Dean) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is also the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate.

From AWIS National:

             Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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

Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD: VP of Communication and Sponsorship

Lindsay has recently joined our Executive Board and is responsible for fundraising and keeping you all informed of events and opportunities offered by our chapter!


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Epigenetics, Johns Hopkins

  • PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • MS, Biology, UNC Wilmington

  • BS, Biology/Marine Biology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Contributions to AWIS

  • Current VP of Communication as well as VP of Sponsorship. She hopes to recruit many new sponsors so we can provide our members with more networking opportunities and special events!

  • She’s your go-to person for questions about membership, events, and getting involved.

Fun Facts

  • Lindsay is a home-grown Southerner that loves her sweet tea and Alabama Football!  ROLL TIDE!

  • Email:

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

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

Summit panels, keynote, and other speeches available to watch on-demand!

  • On April 30, 2015, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), in partnership with The Ohio State University (OSU), hosted the 2015 National Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC. The Summit brought together more than 100 senior-level experts for a national dialogue on the nexus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and gender.

  • Watch the Summit panel-by-panel or all at once to learn from these fascinating people and their conversations regarding innovation, entrepreneurship, and gender.    

News from Our Chapter

Received 2014-2015 Star Chapter Award!

  • What an honor! The AWIS Star Chapter designation is awarded to those chapters that exemplify what a successful AWIS chapter program should look like.

  • Thank you to all our members for

    making our chapter one of the best!

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Bits from Our Blog

Making Data Visual!

  • Dr. Issel Anne Lim, our VP of Communications and Webmaster, recently landed a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship! This month she gives us valuable tips on how to make big data more visual!

  • Article by Issel Anne Lim, 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

Activities are featured on the Volunteer Opportunities section of our website. Know of a science outreach event? Submit a Volunteer Opportunity!

More in Baltimore

98 Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series

  • May 7th - Sept 24th, Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore

  • Website

13th Annual Tour dem Parks, Hon!

Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival

  • June 13th (noon), Rash Field, 20 Key Highway

  • Website

Baltimore Women's Classic 5K

  • June 28th (8:00 am), Rash Field

  • 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.  

  • 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: Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD

Finance: Sarah Amend, PhD

Programs: Isabel M. Ferrando, PhD

Programs: Claudia Avalos, BS

Programs: Maren Rey, BA

Public Relations: Jessica Curtis, PhD

Sponsorship:Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD

Social Media: Jocelyn Reader, PhD

Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim, PhD

More Info: Executive Board

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Ekemini Riley, PhD (President) & Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD (VP of Communication)

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