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2015-12-01: Conversations, MedImmune Event, Member Spotlight and more!

posted Dec 1, 2015, 1:03 PM by AWIS Baltimore

Monthly Newsletter

01 December 2015


Upcoming Events: Quarterly Conversations with Dr. Renetta Tull!

Member Spotlight: Dr. Aparna Shah, Vice President of Social Media for AWIS Baltimore

From AWIS National: Advice from Women Executives

...along with News from Our Chapter, 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!

Conversations with Dr. Renetta Tull

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

  • Speaker: Dr. Renetta Tull, 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.

  • When: Sunday, December 13, 2015, 1:00 pm

  • Where: Teavolve - 1401 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD 21231

  • RSVP by Thursday December 10th here! Only 5 spots available!

  • Cost: Pay for your own meal.

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

Evolution of Success: Lessons from Women Leading Science

  • Presented by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association MidAtlantic Chapter. The discussion will be led by JoAnn Suzich, PhD and Vice President of Infectious Diseases at MedImmune.

  • Speakers: Claire Fraser, PhD, Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland; Yasmine Belkaid, PhD, Chief of the Mucosal Immunology Section at the NIH; Cristina Rondinone, PhD, Vice President of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases at MedImmune; and Redonda Miller, MBA, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

  • When: December 3rd, 2015 from 4:30 - 8:00 pm

  • Where: MedImmune, One MedImmune Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

  • For more information please click here.

  • Join us at this exciting event and please stop by the AWIS Baltimore table and say hello!

Coming Soon…

We will be hosting a Happy Hour event the week of January 11th at Shakers! Stay tuned for more info!

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

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Aparna Shah, PhD: Vice President of Social Media for AWIS Baltimore

Aparna has recently joined our Executive Board and is responsible for using social media to keep you all informed of events and opportunities offered by our chapter!

Professional Position

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Pharmacology, University of Maryland, Baltimore

  • PhD, Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • MS, Life Sciences, Sophia College for Women, University of Mumbai, India

  • BS, Life Sciences and Biochemistry, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, India

Contributions to AWIS

  • Vice President of Social Media: Current


  • Research: Investigating the role of the microRNA system in regulation of dopamine signaling and motivated learning

  • Etc.: Teaching, outreach, scientific writing, art and music

  • LinkedIn Profile

      Fun Facts

  • Aptly nicknamed as the cake monster by her niece, Aparna enjoys eating and baking desserts. If there's 80's pop music playing you may even catch her dancing in the kitchen.

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 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

Advice from Women Executives

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

Interview with Four Fabulous Female Chief Executives

  • Are you in need of a little inspiration or a pep talk? Are you afraid of speaking up during meetings? Here is a great article for you! Rather than shying away from discussing gender-related career topics, this recent New York Times piece explores female leadership face-to-face with women chief executives, and offers priceless pieces of wisdom.

  • Advice from 4 female execs

December 1st is #GivingTuesday and we need YOUR support

  • Join the #GivingTuesday movement and make a tax-deductible year-end donation to our Chapter via PayPal today!  Your donations help us put on events, find dynamic speakers, and facilitate networking to help us keep women in the picture.

News from Our Chapter

Amazing Events Coming Soon!

  • We have an exciting line-up of events for Spring 2016 including a brewery tour, LinkedIn strategy session, networking happy hours, and so much more!  

Open Positions on Our Executive Board

  • Check out the open positions in the sidebar to the right. Our positions are flexible, with room for more than one leader. Email if you’re interested!

Join Our Mailing List

Bits from Our Blog

Calling all writers!

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

More in Baltimore

Christmas Village in Baltimore

  • Nov 27-Dec 24th, West Shore Park

  • Website

Mannheim Steamroller at the Lyric!

  • Dec 10th, 7:30-9:30 pm, Lyric Opera House

  • Website

For other local events, visit

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

Co-President: Jocelyn Reader, PhD

Co-President: Jessica Curtis, PhD

Communications & Sponsorship: Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD

Finance: Sarah Amend, PhD

Programs: Isabel Martinez Ferrando, PhD

Programs: Available!

Programs: Available!

Public Relations: Available!

Social Media: Aparna Shah, PhD

Past President: Ekemini Riley, PhD

Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim, PhD

More Info: Executive Board

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Useful Links

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Events in Baltimore

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AWIS Baltimore