This section showcases the details on specific events. The events that AWIS has previously coordinated is listed chronologically in our Event Archive. You can also subscribe to our Calendar for reminders or emailed agendas.

2017-01-20: A Call for Leaders

posted Jan 20, 2017, 12:12 PM by AWIS Baltimore   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

Good afternoon Everyone,

Happy new year to you all! We hope that everyone enjoyed a joyous and restful holiday season.

As leaders of the AWIS Baltimore Chapter, we have seen tremendous growth and reach of our footprint here in Baltimore since our inception in 2008. We have two Star Chapter Awards, our Past President gave a TEDx talk, and several members have expanded their networks and demonstrated leadership capabilities that have helped propel their job searches forward.

Though we’ve experienced growth, it is certainly not easy to maintain year after year. Despite our efforts, it has been difficult sustaining momentum each year which, in turn, affects our ability to attract influential speakers, host events, and raise money to keep having great events. At this point, we are in danger of having to suspend chapter operations until we can attract dedicated leadership to take AWIS Baltimore to the next level.

We recognize that we are in a unique position – our chapter typically caters to a good concentration of graduate students and postdocs. This is great because it means that there is human capital available to help lead. However, as we all know, these positions are transient which oftentimes means that we have vacancies to be filled. This is where you all come in – we are actively looking for willing and dedicated people to step forward and lead. One key advantage that we have is that this chapter is nimble. There is potential to mold this chapter into what you want it to be.  With a supportive team, you can bring a vision to fruition and transform this chapter. We see this as a win-win-win:

  • The chapter gets to flourish,
  • AWIS Baltimore members get to increase their network, and
  • Executive board members get to demonstrate the leadership capacity, which will leave them with tangible outcomes to describe in future job interviews.

Do you want advice for making it through the early years of an Associate Professor position? Then invite that influential PI that you have been following to give a talk… or better yet, host a small group dinner to get close interaction. Do you want to know what it takes to break into the FDA, industry or biotech? Then invite someone who has walked the path you want to follow. Do you want to try your hand at fundraising? We could use the help! Come in, contact companies on behalf of AWIS Baltimore and see if we can get sale proceeds after an event, tour, etc.  Is there a biotech entrepreneur you want to network with? Invite them to an AWIS Baltimore event, or host them for a small group dinner. Long story short, there are so many possibilities!

We have established a great framework over the past 4 years, with a large listserve, templates for newsletters, social media platforms, website, and recurring events that can be revived – just to name a few. There will be resources at your disposal from day one, we just need folks to lead and take this chapter to even greater heights.

With all that said, we are having an in-person brunch on Saturday, February 11th to try and chart a way forward for our chapter and keep it running. If you are interested in serving the chapter in any way – event planning, fundraising, finance, social media communications, website maintenance, etc. – please join us. Here are the details:

We look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested and to having a productive year!



Jocelyn Reader, Co-President

Jess Shisler, Co-President

Ekemini Riley, Past President


Association for Women in Science

Greater Baltimore Chapter

2014-12-04: Career Options & Job Resources for Scientists

posted Nov 25, 2014, 7:08 AM by AWIS Baltimore   [ updated Nov 25, 2014, 7:09 AM ]

We are excited to be hosting Dr. Tianna Hicklin next week! Dr. Hicklin is Assistant Editor of Custom Publishing at Science/AAAS.  Here's a brief summary of the event:

"Planning a successful and rewarding scientific career means considering all your career options and discovering what is exciting to you. Learning how your scientific training fits with many different career possibilities and developing new and transferable skills are important for creating your individualized career path. In this seminar, we'll discuss different career options, how to find the best fit for your personality, and developing a career plan."
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Event details:
  • 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: Johns Hopkins Medical Campus - 1830 E Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21205, Classroom 2-108

  • Parking: Washington Street Garage and parking meters

  • Circulator Route: From UMaryland - orange line transfer to green line; from JHU Homewood - take JHU shuttle to JHMI

  • Ticket prices: Free for AWIS Baltimore members; $5 for non-members

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us :) We hope to see you all there! Pass the word along to those who may be interested!

2014-11-13: Smooth Transitions - Finding an Industry Job!

posted Oct 30, 2014, 1:33 PM by AWIS Baltimore

We are excited to be hosting Dr. Joanne Kamens in two weeks!  She is the ​​Founding President of AWIS Massachusetts, Executive Director of Addgene, and was recently named one of Forbes' 40 Women over 40!  Dr. Kamens has had an illustrious career in industry and has a wealth of knowledge to share with us.  Her presentation will provide you with:
  • Criteria to consider in deciding if embarking on an industry science career is right for you.
  • Concrete tools and resources for preparing for the transition to industry.
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Event details:

  • 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; $5 for non-members

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us :) We hope to see you all there! Pass the word along to those who may be interested!

2014-09-13: Joint AWIS Chapter Picnic!

posted Sep 5, 2014, 7:56 AM by AWIS Baltimore   [ updated Sep 5, 2014, 7:59 AM ]

The annual AWIS-Bethesda fall picnic will be held on Saturday, September 13th, at Stratton Park in Bethesda. This year we are excited to co-host this event with AWIS DC and AWIS Baltimore! The AWIS chapters will be providing traditional BBQ food, veggie burgers, sides, desserts, and beverages.  

Stratton park has bathrooms, a shaded playground, BBQ pit, seating areas and parking. So save the date for what is sure to be a fun and relaxing afternoon with friends, family, and other regional AWIS members!


  • Date: Saturday, September 13
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Place: Stratton Park, Bethesda
  • Address: 9925 Harrogate Rd, Bethesda, MD (off of Democracy Blvd, opposite and close to DSW shoe warehouse)

Everyone is welcome to come.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Please note that the park is not accessible from Democracy Blvd. Directions from Democracy Blvd:

  • Take Fernwood Road (South) from Democracy Blvd
  • Turn right to Greyswood Road
  • Turn right to Harrogate Road, park is at the end of the street

2014-07-01: AWIS Baltimore Exec Board Mtg

posted Jun 25, 2014, 10:17 AM by AWIS Baltimore   [ updated Jun 25, 2014, 10:28 AM ]

If you want to participate in organizing events, fundraising, or trying to get corporate sponsorship for our Chapter, please come out!  *This is also a great opportunity to get a sneak preview of events we have coming up*  We are setting up volunteer committees for all the great initiatives we have coming up!  Here are the details:

AWIS Baltimore Exec Board Mtg
Tuesday, July 1st, 6:30-7:30pm
1401 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Please RSVP using the form below! 

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2014-06-28: AWIS National Board Evening Reception with Local Chapters

posted Jun 25, 2014, 10:14 AM by AWIS Baltimore

The AWIS National Exec Board is in town (DC Metro Area) this weekend and they are hosting a reception to meet members of the local area chapters!  Please join us this Saturday, June 28th from 6:30-8:00pm.  This will be a great opportunity to network - the AWIS National Board is an accomplished group of successful women!  Here are the details:

AWIS National Board Evening Reception with Local Chapters
Saturday, June 28th, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Aria Pizzeria and Bar
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

2014-05-10: Conversations with Dr. Erin Bowers!

posted May 5, 2014, 7:25 PM by Ekemini Riley

This quarter we'll be having brunch with Dr. Erin Bowers (bio below).  Dr. Bowers is a Biotechnology Patent Examiner at the USPTO.  She works at the interface of scientific discovery and innovation. Come out and hear about her career journey! 

When: SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014
Time:  10:30AM - NOON
Where: Teavolve - 1401 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231 (check out their brunch menu!)
RSVP: by Thursday, May 8, 2014 at only 5 spots available!

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.

**Note:  Although we try whenever possible to get separate checks, that is not always possible.  So, as with all our past hostless dining events, we ask that you bring cash to make paying your portion of the dinner bill as smooth as possible.  In the event that you RSVP and find that you cannot attend, please notify us immediately so we can make that space open for the next person. 

2014-04-03: A Spring Networking Event!

posted Apr 2, 2014, 9:12 AM by AWIS Baltimore

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!

2014-03-19: AWIS Hosts Lab Support

posted Mar 11, 2014, 1:52 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Mar 11, 2014, 1:53 PM ]

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 below 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!

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2014-02-27: Career Panel: Policy and Education

posted Feb 11, 2014, 1:19 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Feb 27, 2014, 6:36 AM ]

Have you ever wondered how to apply your scientific background to public policy? Do you want to know more about molding young minds at a private high school or college? How about starting your own company? Join us for a career panel with professionals providing insight into the world of policy, education, and entrepreneurship.

Event Details

  • RSVP Today (Use the form below, so that we know how many refreshments to provide!)
  • More details coming soon!
  • Organized by AWIS Committees for Programs, Communications, Public Relations (Dr. Talmesha Richards, Ekemini Riley, Dr. Issel Anne Lim, Dr. Shirley Tan) and the Johns Hopkins University PostDoctoral Association (Dr. Blythe Shepard, Dr. Nick Puts).


Our confirmed speakers include:
  • Jennifer Cohen, PhD
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow
    • Health, Education, and Human Services Program
    • Host Agency: National Science Foundation, Office of International & Integrative Activities
    • Graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • AAAS: The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship is a prestigious award given to scientists and engineers to contribute to federal policymaking while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy.
    • BIO: Jennifer R. Cohen, Ph.D. earned her associate’s degree from City College of San Francisco and her B.S. in biology from Howard University. In 2003, Dr. Cohen was awarded a Minority International Research Training Fellowship to conduct biomedical research in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she explored an inexpensive alternative for malaria prevention. In 2010, she earned her doctorate in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. Her discovery of the targeting signal for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus envelope protein enhanced the modern paradigm of virus production by providing a novel approach for preventing viral infection. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brady Urological Research Institute, her research examined non-classical roles of B- cell lymphoma 2 protein during prostatic disease. Dr. Cohen is passionate about the recruitment, retention and advancement of minorities within science and technology. Dr. Cohen developed a successful model for creating community among minorities in science and shared her “best practices” regarding diversity issues at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, the National Postdoctoral Association’s annual meeting and at Christopher Newport University. Her dedication to scientific research is merged with a commitment for using policy to change the stereotyped race and gender of science. She is currently an American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013-14 Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Working in the Office of International & Integrative Activities, Dr. Cohen continues to broaden participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Carolyn Lauzon, PhD
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow
    • Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Program
    • Host Agency: Department of Energy, Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Facilities Division
    • Graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • DOE/ASCR: ASCR Facilities Division manages a high speed network dedicated to scientific data and several high performance computing centers at our nation's national laboratories. ASCR computing resources included the 17 petaflop Titan (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN), the world's largest open access supercomputer.
    • BIO: Dr. Carolyn Lauzon is a biophysicist currently serving in an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the US Department of Energy, where she assists in the oversight of several world-class computers. In addition to her role at DOE, Carolyn initiated and manages a science outreach project to refugee children in Baltimore, MD. Before her fellowship, Carolyn developed computational and statistical analysis methods for medical imaging data (Vanderbilt University). She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she developed NMR spectroscopic methods for detecting rapidly exchanging protons in biomolecules.
  • Bethany Drehman, PhD
    • Science Policy Analyst at Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
    • Graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • FASEB: Founded in 1912, the FASEB was originally created by three independent scientific organizations to provide a forum in which to hold educational meetings, develop publications, and disseminate biological research results. What started as a small group of dedicated scientists has grown to be the nation’s largest coalition of biomedical researchers, representing 26 scientific societies and over 115,000 researchers from around the world. FASEB is now recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers.
    • BIO: Bethany Drehman is a Science Policy Analyst at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). She covers policy issues ranging from data science to biosecurity, as well as issues primarily affecting the National Institutes of Health and the research enterprise it supports. In addition to the policy issues, Bethany is highly involved in many of FASEB's advocacy and outreach activities, including the developing and maintaining the NIH state factsheet series, coordinating the BioArt competition, and co-leading the Stand Up for Science Competition. Bethany received her PhD in Human Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her past research projects have been in the fields of genetics, immunology, zoology, and bioethics.
  • Deborah Castillo, PhD
    • Biomedical Engineer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • BIO: Deborah Castillo, Ph.D., has been with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over a year, as a Biomedical Engineer/Lead Reviewer in the Cardiac Electrophysiology Devices Branch in the Division for Cardiovascular Devices. Prior to joining the FDA, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Miami, and her Doctoral Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her doctoral dissertation involved in-vitro studies of axonal regeneration and regulation of the baroreflex after spinal cord injury.
  • Kate Brendler, MEd
    • Middle School Science Teacher and Director of Summer Enrichment Programs at The Bryn Mawr School
    • BIO: Kate has been a Middle School teacher for 26 years, spending 14 years at the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA before coming to the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore 12 years ago. During her career, she has taught a variety of math and science courses to 5th-8th graders. In addition, she has been able to utilize her many years of Latin, teaching the language to 7th graders. She also served as the Coordinator of Academic Technology before renewing her focus on creating innovative science courses for the 21st century. Presently, she is teaching a course on form and function in both the natural and constructed worlds. The content connects topics in Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science in a way that she hopes is both meaningful and interesting to her students.  After receiving her degree from Mt. Holyoke College, she did medical research in neuropharmacology for the University of Pennsylvania. Following this, she taught Chemistry at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. While there, she realized the need for creative teachers to inspire girls to learn math and science in earlier grades. This proved to be the beginning of what has been an amazing career as a Middle School educator.
  • Crystal Watkins-Johannson, MD, PhD
    • Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    • BIO: Dr. Crystal Watkins Johansson received both her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Solomon Snyder in molecular and cellular neuroscience. She distinguished herself as a young investigator by being accepted as a Society for Neuroscience Fellow, an Academic Medicine Fellow of the National Medical Fellowships and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Inc., and a National Research Service Award recipient from the National Institutes of Mental Health and the NIH. Her thesis research led to a patented discovery for a new treatment for nerve disorders that affect diabetic patients. She was named Outstanding Intern of the Year at the Johns Hopkins/Sinai Program in Internal Medicine.  She completed her residency in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident for the 2007-2008 academic year. Dr. Watkins was the Alexander Wilson Schweizer Fellow in Mood Disorders and Neuroimaging as part of the Interdisciplinary training program in Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Radiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her professional interests include applying brain imaging techniques to better understand mood disorders across the lifespan. Her research focuses on the role of the immune system in mania, depression and psychosis in the geriatric population.  She is currently the Director of the Memory Clinic in Neuropsychiatry at Sheppard Pratt and Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.    In addition to her academic accomplishments, Dr. Watkins has a commitment to community education and volunteers with the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, a school-based initiative at Johns Hopkins to educate high school students, faculty and parents about adolescent depression. She has been actively involved in mentoring programs and has traveled internationally to Guatemala and Ghana to volunteer in underserved areas. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, the Society for Neuroscience and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Watkins is married to Nicholas Johansson and they have a son, Noah. 

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