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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.

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  • 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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