Women in Science – February 4, 2014

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Women in Science
Facilitator: Roxanne Farkas
Date: Feb 4, 2014
Time: Noon
Location: Career Services Center Horizon Room

Eleanor M. Musick’s practice emphasizes patent prosecution in the areas of telecommunications, signal and image processing, optics and lasers, computer software, data mining and learning machines, geophysics and oceanography, materials science, drug discovery, medical devices and procedures, electronics, bioinformatics and biomarker discovery, electro-mechanical and mechanical devices; trademark and copyright prosecution; and intellectual property licensing. Representative recent patent work includes seafloor electromagnetic measurement techniques for oil exploration, developed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, gene expression databases and data mining, and medical diagnostics using support vector machines. She also does patent work covering a wide range of technologies developed by researchers in the physics and electrical & computer engineering departments at UCSD and the UCSD School of Medicine. Ms. Musick is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to joining Procopio, Ms. Musick was Of Counsel with the Atlanta-based national law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton. Prior to Kilpatrick, she was a partner in the San Diego law firm of Brown, Martin, Haller & McClain, where she served as co-managing partner for 5 years.

Dr. Hanne M. Hoffmann finished in the top of her Master’s program in Biology and Health in Montpellier (France) in 2007 leading to the recipient of a 3-year graduate fellowship by the French Ministry of Education. Her passion for Neuroscience, Addiction Biology and traveling let her to establish a collaboration between two labs, one in Spain and one in France. In 2010 she received her PhD in Neurobiology from Montpellier University 2 and in Biochemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). To broaden her knowledge and experiences she continued her career as a postdoc at the Univ. of California San Diego in Molecular Endocrinology. Her current work is focused on understanding the regulation of genes involved in the development of neurons of the reproductive system of mammals by the use of cell lines as well as transgenic mouse models. In addition to her love for science, Dr. Hoffmann enjoys mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as well as participating in outreach programs for high school students. Finally, Dr. Hoffmann is the co-chair of the Strategy Sessions at AWIS San Diego a forum for scientists to network and participate in workshops on professional development.

Stacey Brydges received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from McMaster University in 2003, and joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego in 2008 after a 4-year term as a research scientist and lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University in the City of New York. She has merged her interests in chemical research and education at the graduate, undergraduate and pre-college levels by focusing on curriculum development, pedagogical reform, and K-21 programming, and by working extensively with educators and administrators in Canada and the United States to advance access to, and retention in, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and careers.

Margie  Matthewson  received her B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Bioengineering at UC San Diego working in the Skeletal Muscle Physiology Lab run by Dr. Richard Lieber. Her research focuses on finding the source of muscle dysfunction in patients with cerebral palsy, with the ultimate goal of defining new therapeutic directions for the disorder. Margie is passionate about mentoring students and teaching others about engineering and science. Margie created and co-founded the Jacobs Undergraduate Mentoring Program (JUMP), which connects engineering undergraduate students with graduate students and alumni in the San Diego engineering community. The program has grown from 60 participants to more than 250 in two years and has given students the opportunity to tour local companies, hear professional development speakers, and network with alumni from dozens of local companies. For her work with JUMP, Margie received a UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award as well as a Gordon Fellow R.B. Woolley Award. Margie is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Andrea Tao is currently an assistant professor at UC San Diego in the Department of NanoEngineering. As a native San Diegan, Dr. Tao began her scientific career as a high school student by volunteering in a chemistry lab at UCSD. She later earned an A.B. in Chemistry & Physics from Harvard University in 2002, and a doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007, where she conducted her dissertation research on colloidal synthesis and self-assembly. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the interdisciplinary program of Biomolecular Science & Engineering. She is the 2008 recipient of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Prize for Young Chemists and the 2010 recipient of Hellman Fellowship for Young Faculty. Her current research interests include the synthesis and assembly of nanostructure materials for optical, photonic, and biomedical applications.

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) – Representatives http://www.awis.org/