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Agenda – October 2012

ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM 

Networking Conference

Puerto Rico 2012

 Last update October 6, 2012

Hotel  ||  Registration  ||  Speakers

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

6:00 PM        Meeting of EvaluatorsCaribe Hilton Business Center, 2nd Floor


7:00 PM        Advisory Board Dinner Meeting (For speakers, Co-PIs, advisors, & evaluators)Executive Board Room, Caribe Hilton, 2nd Floor


Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

8:00 AM            Breakfast and RegistrationFlamingo Rooms, Caribe Hilton, 2nd Floor


8:30 AM            Opening: Welcome and Faculty Climate Survey                           Beatriz Zayas and Renetta Tull  


10:00 AM          Networking Break – Merienda 
10:30 AM         Interactive Strategy Session                       “Negotiation and Power”

Facilitator: Dr. Gilda Barabino, The COAch Network


12:00 PM       Networking Lunch(Speaker: Dr. Hilda Colón, Special Assistant to the President

of the Ana G. Méndez  University System for Science Research)


1:00 PM          Best Practices and Information from a Successful ADVANCE Program                        “Addressing Mentoring and International Collaborations”

Information provided by:  Dr. Loretta Moore, PI – JSU ADVANCE

Information presented by: Dr. Renetta Tull, UMBC


2:30 PM            Networking Break – Merienda 
3:00 PM            Assessing Needs Panel:                              Assisting Postdocs, Instructors and Junior Faculty

                              with Needs for Advancement. 

Issues:  Writing a Funding Proposal, Increasing Publications, Developing Research Collaborations

Facilitator: Dr. Idalis Villanueva, Instructor, BioEngineering, University of Maryland College Park


  • Aidcer Linalynn Vidot-Vega, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Materials, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
  • Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, Ph.D., Research Professor of Microbiology at Interamerican University (Former  NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the DOE – Joint Genome Institute in CA)
  • Gloricelys Rivera Velazquez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, ChemTox Laboratory, Universidad Metropolitana
  • Aurea  Rodríguez Santiago, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
4:30 PM          Hotel Check-in (Participants) 
6:00 PM          Networking DinnerSpeaker: Dr. Ingrid Montes

Professor, Chemistry

University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras


8:00 PM            Adjourn 

Friday, October 5, 2012


8:00 AM            Networking Over Breakfast Refreshments 
9:00 AM          Faculty: Balancing Work and Family and HealthSpeaker: Dr. Paula Rayman

Professor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Founding Director of the Radcliffe Institute

Director of the “Working WISE”Project


11:00 AM       “Developing Next Steps” Small GroupsCoaches: Facilitators and Mentors


1:00 PM          Lunch — Peer Mentoring Tables 
2:00 PM          The “Jessica” AlertDiscussion of the Impact of Relationships on Career Decisions

Facilitator: Renetta Tull and Patricia Ordóñez Rozo


3:00 PM          Networking and Connection Afternoon Tea (Participants) 
                         3:00 PM           Assessment Meeting (Advisors, Evaluators, Co-PIs), Executive Boardroom
6:00 PM         Family Dinner –  “La Cena Familiar”Special Speaker and Radio Host: Lily Garcia

Portions of this presentation will be bilingual, in Spanish and English.

(Participants may invite their family members or those in their support system to the dinner.

There will be additional activities for children.)

During this session, Lily Garcia gave an entertaining presentation about being a “superwoman.” 


Saturday, October 6, 2012


 8:00 AM            Breakfast Refreshments and Networking
9:00 AM            Report-out from “Developing Next Steps” Small GroupsDuring this session, Dr. Gilda Barabino returned to discuss negotiation.  Participants came together in small groups to discuss real issues. The external advisors took the group through role-playing exercises.


11:00 AM          Adjourn 
12:00 PM         Final Project Team Working Lunch (External Advisors, Advisory Board, and Evaluators) 

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