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Speakers – October 2012


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Speakers – Puerto Rico Conference 2012

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Ingrid Montes, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Dr. Montes, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, has been recognized with several awards including: 2010 ACS Fellow; Nomination for the 2011 ACS Volunteer Service Award; Nomination for the 2009 U.S Professors of the Year Program sponsored by CASE; Nomination for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Inspire Integrity Award; IUPAC Fellow (2006-present); ACS Puerto Rico Section Leonardo Igaravidez Award; and the ACS Puerto Rico Section Chemical Education Award, Excellence, and Productivity Award.”

Dr. Montes will share her story of rising through the ranks of academe, and will share her American Chemical Society presentation: “Hispanic Women: How to rise above challenges and move forward.” 

Gilda Barabino, Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Engineering, and Vice Provost for Academic Diversity,  Georgia Institute of Technology, President of the national Biomedical Engineering Society.

Gilda Barabino is a Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She recently served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Diversity and is credited with establishing a legacy to strengthen diversity and inclusion at Georgia Tech.  Dr. Barabino received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.  After earning her doctorate, she served as a Research Process Engineer at Rohm and Haas Company.  Professor Barabino then joined the chemical engineering faculty at Northeastern University where she rose to the rank of Professor and served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.  Her research focuses on cell and tissue responses to mechanical forces in the context of sickle cell disease and orthopedic tissue engineering. She also investigates race and gender in research settings and science identity formation.

Dr. Barabino has an extensive record of leadership and service in the chemical and biomedical engineering communities.  She is a former member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council, the NIH Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences Study Section and the congressionally appointed NIH Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Biomedical Engineering Society and will begin a two-year term as President in 2012. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists and the Harvard Medical School Women of Color in Academic Medicine Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She has been selected as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer 2012-2014 and is the recipient of numerous awards including the BMES Diversity Award, the American Society for Engineering Education/Dow Outstanding Faculty Award, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) Distinguished Service Award and the AIChE MAC Eminent Chemical Engineers Award. Dr. Barabino is a recognized innovator, researcher and consultant on diversity in science and engineering and on faculty development. She currently directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) Minority Faculty Development Workshop and serves as Principal Investigator on the NSF ADVANCE Leadership Award, “Cross-Disciplinary Initiative for Minority Women Faculty,” an initiative designed to enhance the socialization of tenure-track minority women into academic careers in engineering.

Dr. Barabino will lead an interactive session on negotiation and power as a representative of the COACh Network, which focuses on empowering women faculty. 

Hilda Colón Plumey, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the President of the Ana G. Mendez University System.

Dr. Hilda Colón Plumey has experienced a long and varied professional career. These recent years she has served as special Assistant to the President of the Ana G. Mendez for the Development of Sciences. This role began after a 33 years career in the Higher Education Public Sector in Puerto Rico. Dr. Colón Plumey went through all the academic ranks in the Department of Biology in the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao where she retired from in 2009. From 2002 to 2009 she was the Chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao.

Dr. Colón will give remarks on behalf the the Ana G. Mendez University System.

Loretta Moore, Ph.D., Professor, Computer Science, Jackson State University.

Dr. Moore is Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Jackson State University.  Dr. Moore will present some findings regarding JSUAdvance’s activities, e.g., Summer Writing Retreat, junior faculty mentoring and coaching program, and findings regarding international collaboration and travel.  Dr. Moore served on the ““Women of Color: Strategies for Excelling and Thriving” panel as part of the “Latinas in Computing” initiative at the 2010 Grace Hopper Conference.  In addition, she recently presented on “Minority Serving Institutions with ADVANCE grants” at the November 2011 AWIS-ADVANCE meeting.

Dr. Moore will lead a session on “Best Practices and Information from a Successful ADVANCE Program: Addressing Mentoring and International Collaborations” based on her experience as a PI for an the ADVANCE program at Jackson State University, one of the few ADVANCE programs at a Minority-serving institution. 

Idalis Villanueva, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Idalis Villanuevais an Lecturer for the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, a recent recipient of an ADVANCE IT grant.  During her studies, she received numerous fellowships from NASA, NIH, and the Department of Education. In her postdoctoral fellowship, she served as a co-founder of the SACNAS student chapter in the National Institutes of Health and has co-led and developed several career development workshops for the Office of Intramural Training and Education of the same institution.  She has been an invited speaker/panel member for several NIH and NASA programs and activities including UNCFSP, PR Space Grant, Space Launch Educational symposiums, and Community College Day.  Her interest in education, recruitment, mentoring, and retention of underrepresented minorities in engineering has led to her participation in numerous activities with AGEP, the Colorado Diversity Initiative, SACNAS, PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, and NIH’s Community College Summer Enrichment Programs.  Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.

Dr. Villanueva’s panel for the 2102 ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Networking Conference will include:

  • 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

Dr. Villanueva will lead the panel on “Assessing Needs: Assisting Postdocs, Instructors and Junior Faculty with Needs for Advancement” with a focus on the following  issues:  writing a funding proposal, increasing publications, and developing research collaborations.

Paula Rayman, Ph.D., Professor, Economic and Social Development of Regions, Gender Studies, Middle East Center for Peace, Development, & Culture, University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Dr. Rayman will frame the major issues- historical overview to present challenges – and then break the participants into small groups to focus on specific problem solving issues.  This section will be followed by shared brainstorming.  Dr. Rayman was principal investigator for the NSF grants Project Techforce and also Working Women in Science and Engineering (Working WISE), and the founding director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Center at Harvard University. She has extensive publications on work, family, and community issues. She is an expert in the fields of social change, work and inequality, and gender and science. Rayman has been called upon by the White House to participate on committees regarding the workplace and family. Of her book, Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work, one reviewer wrote, “it would be wonderful if Beyond the Bottom Line became the Silent Spring of a movement for dignity in the workplace,” (Arlene Skolnick,The American Prospect 10/09/01).  Dr. Rayman was invited to discuss her “Working Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)” project with women faculty at UMET on January 20, 2010.  At that meeting, Dr. Rayman introduced ADVANCE and discussed ways that ADVANCE projects had assisted women with promotion and campus climate. This initial 2010 meeting was convened to bring together women faculty to meet and to talk about projects to advance women in STEM fields.

Dr. Rayman will lead the session on “Faculty: Balancing Work and Family and Health” and will share outcomes from the NSF “Working WISE” project. 

Patricia Ordóñez-Rozo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras

Patti Ordóñez-Rozo is Assistant Professor in the Computer Science faculty at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras. Her research interests are in applying machine learning, data mining, and visualization to multivariate time series analysis, specifically to large repositories of clinical data. She discusses her journey to the professoriate in these words: “I am a former graduate student in computer science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I defended my dissertation on March 29, 2012 and my doctoral degree was conferred on May 18, 2012. I was a non-traditional student, meaning I took a huge leap of faith while experiencing my mid-life crisis. Ages ago as an undergraduate, I was scared off by electrical engineering. After years of teaching high school math and Spanish and even more years of technical training, I decided to go back to school full-time to pursue a graduate degree and explore my mind’s fullest potential. I applied for the PhD program realizing that without external funding I would not be able to accomplish this task. UMBC took a chance on me and accepted me with full funding in Fall of 2005 even though I did not have a degree in Computer Science. Thank you, CSEE department at UMBC! After two years, I was blessed and pleasantly surprised to win a fellowship from the National Science Foundation while I struggled to keep up with all the twenty somethings in graduate school. It’s hard to believe I am finished. But, this road was not traveled alone. I have to give credit to UMBC’s PROMISE program and to all the support I received from my family, friends, peers, mentors, and advisors. Credit also goes to the CRA-W, the CDC, Google, and the Anita Borg Institute for the wonderful programs they have to keep the underrepresented motivated. Thank you to the National Science Foundation, the CSEE department, the eBiquity laboratory, Verizon, Xerox, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for helping to fund my graduate school experience. … I am [now] an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science faculty at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras and thereby fulfilling three lifelong dreams – living in a Spanish speaking country, becoming a professor (Assistant Professor, actually, but close enough), and having the opportunity to make a greater difference in the world.” 

Dr. Ordóñez Rozo will be a speaker for “The Jessica Alert: Discussion of the Impact of Relationships on Career Decisions” and will share experiences as a woman pursuing a faculty career with the support of an NSF program that put into practice “family inclusion” to honor the late Jessica Soto Perez. 

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