WiLS Events

Upcoming Events

 

Student & Postdoc Parents Pizza Lunch

Please join us for pizza and a casual discussion on parenting while a postdoc/grad student at UCSF. We are looking for ideas for building a community for parents here at UCSF with support for balancing a career in academia/the sciences with family.

For more information, see https://groups.google.com/d/forum/ucsf-parents
 
12 noon, Friday April 14, Genentech Hall S202 (Mission Bay)

12 noon, Friday May 12, Genentech Hall S202 (Mission Bay)

 

Join a Professional Problem Solving Group

Hi women graduate students,

There are two Professional Problem Solving Groups for female graduate students at UCSF, one at Mission Bay and another at Parnassus. The goal of these groups is to create a safe, confidential space where peers can help each other tackle the challenges of graduate school. Some of our past discussions have covered topics like, cultivating mentor/mentee relationships, defusing workplace conflicts, recognizing and overcoming challenges for women in the workplace, and money management. These informal meetings take place about once a month for 1-2 hours with groups that range from 4 to 8 people. We are looking for women who are committed to attending these meetings regularly and to creating a supportive environment for effective problem solving. If you are interested, please email Joanne at chungyan.cheung@ucsf.edu or sign up on the google spreadsheet.  Read more about it in the Synapse article Peer-mentoring helps postdocs and graduate students build meaningful group connections
Best, 
Joanne

Professional Problem Solving Groups at UCSF for women graduate students 
WHO: 4-8 students per group
WHAT: Informal peer problem-solving group
WHEN: once per month for 1-2 hours at a time chosen by the group
WHERE: Separate groups at Mission Bay and Parnassus
WHY: To provide a setting where individuals are comfortable problem-solving together about career and leadership issues
HOW: topical discussions led by rotating moderator. On occasion, we will invite outsiders (UCSF alumni, women in biotech, science writers, etc) to speak about their challenges and successes. Each meeting will include: 
1) Follow-up from previous discussions
2) New items for discussion
3) Check in on previous goals that members have mentioned

 

Prior Events

Careers in Industry: Panel Discussion with scientists from Merck Research Laboratories

Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm in HD-160, Mission Bay

Curious about careers in the biopharmaceutical industry? Join us for a panel discussion with three women who are scientists at Merck Research Laboratories in Palo Alto. The panel includes: 

  • Yao Yu, a Scientist who focuses on protein purification and characterization
  • Christina Kochel, PhD, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying tumor immunotherapeutics
  • Anna Sedello, PhD, Associate Director, Nonclinical Pharmacology Technical Writer, who coordinates the writing of regulatory documents for new drugs

We'll discuss the diverse career paths that scientists can take in Industry, and what life as a scientist is like at Merck Research Laboratories.

All are welcome to attend. Dinner will be provided!

 

Career Pizza Talk with Dr. Nina DiPrimio

Tuesday, March 7th at 6pm in Byers Hall 215, Mission Bay

Interested in the vast array of careers outside of academia? If so, please join us for a Career Pizza Talk with Dr. Nina DiPrimio of Perlara PBC. 

Dr. DiPrimio is currently a Senior Scientist and Director of Outreach and External Collaborations at Perlara PBC, a company dedicated to harnessing the power of evolution and genetically tractable model organisms to cure rare, genetic diseases.

Pizza will be provided, and all are welcome to attend! 

 

WiLS Social Hour at Parnassus

Tuesday, February 28th at 4:30 pm in Nursing Mezzanine

Please join Drs. Susan Fisher, Susan Lynch, Sarah Knox and Rushika Perera for a WiLS Social Hour! Come by to meet new people and network with the women students, post-docs and faculty in our community! All are welcome!

Snacks and beverages will be served.

 

Seminar on Parenting in the Academy: "Title IX and Babies," from UC Berkeley School of Law Professor Mary Ann Mason

Monday, March 6th at 4 pm in the Rock Hall Auditorium (RH-102), Mission Bay

Refreshments to be provided after the seminar in the Rock Hall Atrium

Please join WiLS for "Title IX and Babies," a formal seminar by Mary Ann Mason, Professor of the Graduate School, UC Berkeley, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Mary Ann is the author of Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower, and the forthcoming book Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the Rights of the Child.    

What effect does family formation have on an academic career from the graduate student and postdoc years through retirement? This twelve year research project (begun when Professor Mason was the Dean of the Graduate Division at Berkeley) offers data and interviews for each stage of the academic career – and presents work family balance best practices that make a difference. 

Of interest to faculty, administrators, trainees, students and others pursing academic careers.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Career and Professional Development and funded by the Associated Students of the Graduate Division.

Link for viewing the event via Class Capture here.

WiLS event in the news:  Ariane Panzer's article for Synapse, "The Maternal Wall Bias," highlights the impact of becoming a parent on women's career in academic science as discussed during this event.

 

National Science Policy Discussion with Dr. Mary Maxon

Thursday, February 16th at 4pm in Mission Hall 1401-1402, Mission Bay

Save the date for what is sure to be an exciting and thought-provoking seminar on National Science Policy with Dr. Mary Maxon, the Biosciences Area Principle Deputy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

View it online here

WiLS event in the news: Read about it in the UCSF newspaper Synapse article Dr. Mary Maxon: Inspiring Women in Sciences.

 

Career Pizza Talk with Dr. Yaisa Andrews-Zwilling

Monday, February 6th @ 12:30pm, S-202 Genentech Hall, Mission Bay

WiLS invites all trainees to join us for the third installment of our Career Pizza Talk seminar, featuring Dr. Yaisa Andrews-Zwilling. After completing her PhD in neuroscience at The University of Göttingen, Yaisa completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Gladstone Institute in Dr. Yadong Huang's lab. Since 2014, Yaisa has been a scientist at SanBio where she works on pre-clinical development of stem cell based therapies for stroke, neuro-degenerative disease, and traumatic brain injury.

Please join us to hear more about her experience, advice, and to ask any questions you might have as a woman considering a career as an industry scientist.

Pizza will be served! 🍕 🔬 

 

Career Pizza Talk with Dr. Anastasia Henry, Ph.D.

Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm in Byers Hall 215, Mission Bay

Are you curious about the vast array of career options outside of academia? If so, please join us for a "Career Pizza Talk” with Dr.  Anastasia Henry.

A UCSF Alumna, Dr. Henry was an NSF scholar in Dr. Mark Von Zastrow’s lab. After a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Pfizer, Dr. Henry is now a Scientist/Pathway Leader at Denali Therapeutics, a biotech company dedicated to defeating neurodegenerative diseases. 

Please join us to hear more about her experience, advice, and to ask any questions you might have as a woman considering a career as an industry scientist.

 

Coffee Talk with Dr. Rushika Perera

Wednesday, January 11th at 12pm in Medical Sciences S-157, Parnassus

Do you ever wonder how successful women scientists shaped their careers? Looking for tips and suggestions for your own career? Interested in socializing and networking with women in the UCSF community? 

Come join a small group discussion with Dr. Rushika Perera! DrPerera is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Anatomy at UCSF.  This is a great forum to hear about Dr. Perera’s experiences as a woman in science and starting a lab. 

Beverages and light snacks will be served.☕️🍪

 

Career Pizza Talk with Dr. Evelyn Chang, Ph.D., J.D.

Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30pm in Byers Hall 215, Mission Bay

Are you curious about the vast array of career options outside of academia? If so, please join us for a "Career PizzaTalk” with Dr.  Evelyn Chang.

A UCSF Alumna, Dr. Chang was an NSF scholar in Dr. Geeta Narlikar’s lab. Upon graduation, she went on to Harvard Law School where she received her J.D. with honors. Dr. Chang is currently an associate in intellectual property law at the firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati.

Please join us to hear more about her experience, advice, and to ask any questions you might have as a woman considering a career in patent law.

Pizza will be served. 🍕

 

Coffee Talk with Dr. Geeta Narlikar 

Wednesday, December 14th, 12pm in Genentech Hall S-202

Do you ever wonder how successful women scientists shaped their academic careers? Looking for tips and suggestions for your own career?

Come join a small group discussion with Dr. Geeta Narlikar! Dr. Narlikar is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics.This is a great forum to hear about Dr. Narlikar's experiences as a woman in science, balancing career and family, and supporting women in the scientific community. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

 

Science Policy at UCSF

Tuesday, December 6th
2 - 3 p.m.
HD-160, UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Coffee & light refreshments provided!

Join Women in Life Sciences and the Science Policy Group for a Q&A to explore the multitude of ways that one can enter the world of science policy in an academic setting, and further discuss different influences on the panelists’ experiences, with :

  • India Hook-Barnard, PhD, Director of Research Strategy and Associate Director of Precision Medicine in the Office of Science Policy and Strategy (moderator)
  • Theresa O’Brien, PhD, Associate Chancellor
  • Margot Kushel, MD, Professor, Center for Vulnerable Populations
  • Elizabeth Silva, PhD Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

 

Meet and Greet: Women in Science at UCSF

Wednesday, September 21st, 6:30 pm, Byers Hall 215

The IPQB, CCB, Tetrad and Neuroscience graduate programs along with Women in Life Sciences invite all women graduate students to a meet and greet event with faculty members Seemay Chou, Kira Poskanzar, Shaeri Mukherjee, Sarah Knox, Georgia Panagiotakos and Sophie Dumont. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

 

Pursuing Gender Equity at UCSF

Lunch provided! Tuesday, September 13th, noon - 1:30 pm, Cole Hall Auditorium, Parnassus

WiLS and the Science Policy Group present a panel discussion between UCSF leadership and trainees on gender equity issues. We aim to highlight efforts currently being made at UCSF, and to identify issues that require further focus moving forward. We encourage all members of the UCSF community to attend! Panelists include:

  • Renee Navarro, Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach
  • Brian Alldredge, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
  • Elizabeth Watkins, Dean of Graduate Division
  • Talmadge King, Dean of School of Medicine
  • Denise Caramango, CARE Advocate, Office of Diversity and Outreach

Missed the discussion? You can still view via class capture : here or read the notes here

Organized by WiLS and the Science Policy Group, with support from the Office of Science Policy and Strategy, the Office of Community and Government Relations, and the Office of Diversity and Outreach.

WiLS event in the news: Read more about it in the UCSF newspaper Synapse article Gender Equity: How Does UCSF Stack Up?

 

Managing Research Collaboration

FREE, pre-registration preferred

light refreshments provided with pre-registration:  ocpd-managing-april2016.eventbrite.com

Monday, April 18, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Mission Hall, Room 1400, Mission Bay

 

Choosing a Postdoc

Choosing a postdoc is a unique experience for everyone. Come discuss the process with three Bay Area postdocs!

Join us for a Q&A with: Lauren Booth (Stanford), Kelly Haston (UCSF, Gladstone), Megan Mayerle (UCSF)

Wednesday, April 20th, 6 - 7:30 pm

Genentech Hall N-114 Mission Bay

Pizza provided!  The entire UCSF community is welcome to attend.

 

Coffee Talk with Dr Diane Barber

Do you ever wonder how successful women scientists shaped their careers? Looking for tips and suggestions for your own career?  Come join a small group discussion with Dr. Diane Barber! Dr. Barber is the Chair of the UCSF Department of Cell and Tissue Biology and recently became chair of Women in Cell Biology (WICB) for the American Society for Cell Biology. This is a great forum to hear about Dr. Barber’s experiences as a woman in science, balancing career and family, and supporting women in the scientific community. Coffee and snacks provided!

When: March 25th, 2016, noon-1 pm

Where: S-157 (1st floor of Medical Sciences), Parnassus

 

Women's History Month Event with Women in Bio: "Women in Leadership: Seizing Opportunities"

To celebrate Women's History Month, WiLS and the San Francisco chapter of Women in Bio are hosting a panel discussion on Leadership and Opportunities on March 17th at Nektar Therapeutics, in Mission Bay. This is a great opportunity to hear about the careers of women who are leaders in biotech, as well as a chance to meet members of the Women in Bio network!

The panel will include three women who are leaders at biotech companies in the Bay Area:

Chris Meda, Chief Business Officer, InCellDx

Gail Maderis, President & CEO, Antiva Biosciences, Inc.

Barbara McClung, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Caribou Biosciences

Hilary Beggs, Program Team Leader, Calico

Jennifer Riggs, the Vice-President of Chemistry at Nektar Therapeutics, will lead the panel in a discussion of their career journeys, the lessons they've learned, the chances they've taken and the opportunities they've seized.

The first 15 WiLS members who register will receive a discounted ticket price of $15 with the code Wils31716. Register here, select a "Non-Member" ticket, and use the code to receive a discount. Food and drinks will be provided.

 

Interviewing while Pregnant: A Workshop with Naledi Saul

Are you looking for a new job while pregnant? Interested to learn how to decide when to bring up your pregnancy with a potential employer? In this interactive session, we'll give you the information and framework to determine the best time to disclose your pregnancy during an interview, as well as the language to discuss your pregnancy professionally. So whether you or someone you know is presently pregnant, are thinking about expanding your family in the future, or plan to lead a team in the future and would like to know how to manage this skillfully, this session is for you! FREE pre-registration is preferred. Coffee and snack provided with pre-registration! ocpd-interviewing-feb2016.eventbrite.com

About the speaker: Naledi Saul is the director of UCSF OCPD and has been providing career-related counseling and programming to students and postdocs for 20 years.
This event is co-sponsored by UCSF OCPD and WiLS.

When: Wed Feb 17, 2016, 12-1pm
Where: Mission Hall rm 2100 (Mission Bay campus)

 

WiLS Coffee Talk with Dr Tejal Desai

Do you ever wonder how successful women scientists shaped their careers? Looking for tips and suggestions for your own career?

Come join a small group discussion with Dr. Tejal Desai! Dr. Desai is the Chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and heads the Therapeutic Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at UCSF. This is a great forum to hear about Dr. Desai’s experiences as a woman in science, balancing career and family, curriculum development, and moving a lab. This event is open to the entire UCSF community. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

When: Jan. 26th, 2016, noon-1 pm
Where: Byers Hall room 211, Mission Bay

 

Starting Up: From PhD to Biotech Entrepreneur

Do you want to start a biotech company? Are you interested in working at a small biotech startup? Join Women in Life Sciences for a panel discussion with two young PhDs turned entrepreneurs: Dr. Leah Makley, Chief Scientific Officer of ViewPoint Therapeutics, and Dr. Kayte Fischer, Chief Technical Officer of Nano Precision Medica. We'll discuss their career trajectories and learn how they brought their scientific research to the business world. The entire UCSF community is welcome to attend.

When: December 1st, 2015, 6-7:30 pm
Where: Genentech Hall N114, Mission Bay

 

From Academia to Industry: Mindset, Mechanics and Feedback

Interested in making the transition from academia to industry? Join WiLS and AWIS (Association for Women in Science) for an interactive seminar with Dr. Pejman Azarmina, MD, MSc, on resume writing and interviewing. Dr. Azarmina will share his experience as a leader in Medical Affairs at Pfizer. 5-7 resumes will be selected onsite for real-time feedback that will be shared with all. DINNER is provided!

When: Sept 2, 2015
Where: Mission Hall Room #1401 (550 16th St)

 

WILS Coffee Talk with Dr. Felice Dunn

Do you ever wonder how successful women scientists shaped their careers? Looking for tips and suggestions for your own career?

Come join a small group discussion with Dr. Felice Dunn! Dr. Dunn's lab at UCSF studies how visual information is processed in the retina and how this information is perturbed in diseases. This session will be an excellent opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Dunn's experiences as a woman in science, to ask questions and share your own thoughts, and to meet with your peers! This event is open to the entire UCSF community. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

When: Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 12pm - 1pm
Where: Mission Bay, Rock Hall 302

 

Postdocs in Industry

Interested in doing a postdoc in industry?
Curious how these positions differ from academic postdocs?
Wondering how to secure one of these positions?

Then come to this panel discussion with UCSF alumni currently in postdoctoral fellowships at Bay Area companies to learn more. Ashley Mahne from Merck, Claudia Rubio from Novartis, and Rowena Suriben from Genentech will discuss their experiences and advice for students interested in postdocs in industry. All students, postdocs, and staff are welcome!

Dinner provided!

When: Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Where: N114, Genentech Hall

 

Transitioning to Industry: A Talk by Toby Freedman, Author of Careers in Biotechnology and Drug Development

Are you interested in a job in industry but not sure how to get there? Join us to hear Toby Freedman discuss the findings in her book, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, which is based on interviews with over 200 industry executives. (A copy of the book will be raffled at the event!) Toby will talk about steps that you can take while in academia to help you make the transition to a rewarding career in life sciences industry. She will also discuss how to find the career that is the best match for your personality, interests, and goals. DINNER IS PROVIDED.

For more program details and registration click here

Please use the discount code: SanFranWiLS42315 to get the UCSF student/postdoc price ($5)

THE FIRST 20 STUDENTS/POSTDOCS TO REGISTER GET A $5 REBATE! Email wilsucsf@gmail.com when you register; the first 20 emailers will get a $5 Bear Hug at the event.

When: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 6:00pm-9:00pm (Toby's seminar will be followed by networking)
Where: Genentech Hall N-114, 600 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94158-2517

Follow: #PhD2Ind on twitter

 

WILS/HBA Skill-Building Event on Women Transitioning from Bench to Business

HBA and Women in Life Science at UCSF have created a six-hour workshop to help scientists prepare for opportunities away from the bench.  All are welcome.

This comprehensive workshop will help you:
-Identify transferable skills
-Design a marketable resume
-Build your digital brand and network
-Create an action plan
-Network with industry professionals from different sectors and levels during lunchtime

When: Saturday, Mar 7, 2015
Where: Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium

More information here : https://my.hbanet.org/MyHBA/EventDetails.aspx?MeetingID=F0CDE008-DDB6-E411-BF61-0050569C00A7

 

WiLS-WiB Women's History Month Celebration

On March 9, 2015, WiLS and Women In Bio-San Francisco Bay Area will host a special half-day event at UCSF-Mission Bay, highlighting pioneering women on the cutting edge of biotech research.

We will kick-off with an afternoon panel 1 pm - 2:30 pm on new tools featuring panelists Nathalie Stringfellow (Sangamo), Eileen deFeo (Verinata Health/Illumina), Ashley Dombkowski (Bay City Capital), and moderator Gail Maderis (BayBio).

The second afternoon panel 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm focuses on pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, where we will hear from Gillian Ivers (Clovis Oncology), Grace Colon (InCarda Therapeutics), Mya Thomae (Illumina), and moderator Antoinette Konski (Foley & Lardner LLP).

Come and be inspired by these women leading the way in state-of-the-art life sciences research!  All are welcome.

When: Monday, Mar 9, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium and atrium

More information here : http://www.womeninbio.org/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=24075

 

Coffee Talk with Dr. Tanja Kortemme

Looking for tips and suggestions for grad school? Wondering about the life path for successful women scientists? Join us for an informal interview session with Dr. Tanja Kortemme!

Dr. Kortemme earned her PhD in biochemistry from EMBL Heidelberg and University of Hannover. As a professor at UCSF her research focuses on using computational modeling and experimental engineering to explore the design, evolution and interactions of proteins. This session will be an excellent opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Kortemme's experiences as a woman in science, to ask questions and share your own thoughts, and to meet with your peers! All students, post-docs, and staff are welcome!

When: Monday, March 23rd, 12pm-1pm

Where: Room TBD, UCSF Mission Bay Campus

You are welcome to bring lunch and we will provide coffee and snacks!

For questions, please email: candace.britton@ucsf.edu

 

"Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science" with Dr Sue Rosser

SFSU Provost Sue Rosser will discuss her research on women in science.  Open to everyone.

From her recent book : Why are there so few women in science? In Breaking into the Lab, Sue Rosser uses the experiences of successful women scientists and engineers to answer the question of why elite institutions have so few women scientists and engineers tenured on their faculties. Women are highly qualified, motivated students, and yet they have drastically higher rates of attrition, and they are shying away from the fields with the greatest demand for workers and the biggest economic payoffs. Rosser shows that these continuing trends are not only disappointing, they are urgent: the U.S. can no longer afford to lose the talents of the women scientists and engineers, because it is quickly losing its lead in science and technology. Ultimately, these biases and barriers may lock women out of the new scientific frontiers of innovation and technology transfer, resulting in loss of useful inventions and products to society.

When: Thursday, Feb 5, 2015, 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: Rock Hall Auditorium

 

Lunch with Dr Mala Murthy

Women in Life Sciences (WiLS) invites you to lunch with Dr Mala Murthy, the Tetrad Student speaker and the Neuroscience series speaker.  Dr Murthy is an assistant professor at Princeton's Neuroscience Institute and department of molecular biology.  She studies how the brain converts sensory stimuli into meaningful representations, and how these representations drive behavioral responses.  She started her lab in 2010 and has since received many early investigator awards, including ones from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Klingenstein Fund, the McKnight Foundation, and the NIH New Innovator Award.  Dr. Murthy will be speaking about her career, how she got to where she is today, her advice to young scientists, and about supporting women in the sciences.

WiLS Lunch Discussion
When: Thursday, Jan 29, 2015, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Mission Bay, Rock Hall Auditorium 102

Scientific Seminar "Acoustic Communication in Drosophila: From Sensory Perception to Behavior": Thursday, Jan 29, 2015, 4pm, Rock Hall Auditorium

Parenting and a Science Career

Please join WILS at a panel discussion on combining the roles of parent and scientist. Faculty, postdocs, and grad students will share their experiences and advice from having children at different stages of their careers. Bring your questions! We'll also hear from Family Services about UCSF resources to help parents. Lunch provided. Everyone is welcome.

When: Monday, Nov 24, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Genentech Hall, N-114

Coffee talk with Dr Susanna Rosi

Do you ever wonder how successful women scientists shaped their careers? Looking for tips and suggestions for your own career?

Come join a small group discussion with Dr. Susanna Rosi! Dr. Rosi's lab at UCSF studies how brain injuries affect the neural processes that underlie cognitive function. This session will be an excellent opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Rosi's experiences as a woman in science, to ask questions and share your own thoughts, and to meet with your peers! This event is open to the entire UCSF community.

When: Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, 12pm - 1pm
Where: Mission Bay, Rock Hall 302

Coffee Talk and Evolution Seminar with Dr Kelly Weinersmith

Do you love Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Comics?!

Then, join WILS and the Evolution Seminar Group for a join event hosting Dr. Kelly Weinersmith!

Kelly Weinersmith is a PhD student at UC Davis and will be starting her Huxley Faculty Fellowship at Rice University in January. Her work focuses on how host behavior influences risk of infection with parasites, and how parasites subsequently manipulate the phenotype of their hosts to increase the parasite’s likelihood of transmission. She is well known for her science advocacy with Weekly Weinersmith podcasts and work with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comics.

3-4pm: WILS will host a discussion with Kelly about her career path, work-life balance, and science advocacy.

4-5pm: Evolution Seminar will host Kelly as a speaker.

When: Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014, 3pm - 5pm
Where: Mission Bay, Genentech Hall, Room N114

WiLS event in the news: read all about it in the UCSF newspaper Synapse article Renaissance woman: Kelly Weinersmith on science, outreach and family

 

WILS Coffee Talk with Lauren Weiss

Wondering the life path for successful women scientists? Looking for tips and suggestions for your own career? Come Meet with Lauren Weiss! Dr. Weiss' lab at UCSF studies the genetic architecture of autism. This session will be an excellent opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Weiss' experiences as a woman in science, to ask questions and share your own thoughts, and to meet with your peers!

When: Thursday, Oct 30, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Parnassus, S-176

How to Start a Lab

Have you ever wondered what it's like on your first day as a PI? How do you set-up your lab and start your research program out right? Bring your questions to our public conversation with Dr. Alexandra Nelson and Dr. Dena Dubal; two stellar, young PI's, who recently joined UCSF's faculty. This event is open to the entire UCSF community.

When: Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Mission Hall, 1401

Summer in SF: Speed Networking with WIB

Join Women in Bio (WIB) and women around the Bay Area for a fun evening of Speed Networking!

We have had great success with our Speed Networking events around the Bay Area and are excited to put on the latest event right in San Francisco! So grab your business cards and polish up your 30-second introduction and join us for a fun, fast-paced evening to meet other women Pharma, Biotech, and academia. In two hours you’ll mingle, learn fast facts and make new connections. Space is limited, so please register early! Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and social time before and after.

For more program details and registration: click here
Please use the student discount code: Student62514 for 50% off registration fees

When: Wednesday, Jun 25th, 2014, 5:30 PM - 8:30 pm
Where: Genentech Hall N-114, 600 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94158-2517

The Imposter Syndrome

Ever wonder if people think you're more capable than you really are? You may be experiencing the imposter syndrome and you're not alone. Learn how to overcome debilitating beliefs that stop you from achieving your goals. Valerie Young is the author of "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It.”

When: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014, 12:15 – 1:45pm
Where: Genentech Hall N-114, UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Livestream/class capture URL: http://lecture.ucsf.edu/ETS/Play/e084ad58ccf84312b496a1698e2ab6f11d

Sponsored by: The Office of Professional and Career Development (OCPD) and the Postdoc Office (PDO), along with Women in Life Sciences (WiLS), the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW), and First Generation Support Services (FGSS)

HBA event: Competency‐Based Interviewing

Join us for an evening with a panel of distinguished guests sharing their insight on how to master Competency-based interviewing techniques.

HBA San Francisco presents a skill building event on competency-based Interviewing in collaboration with the Gladstone Institutes and UCSF WILS. This event provides you with an opportunity to learn and discuss the experiences of senior level professionals from various life science companies and what their thoughts are on types of interview questions asked, how to master answering these types of questions and how to successfully land the job that you want by acing the interview.

The event will take place in a panel based format where each of the panelists will share their experiences. The panel comprises of Joni Faucett from the commercial training and development division at Genentech, Marco Rosa, an executive career coach at Simplified Coach, Jennifer Troia, executive director of HR at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals and Donna Dumbach, director of small molecule and investigative toxicology at Genentech.

WiLS members should use the discount code: SFOSpon10-2014 when registering. The first 20 rsvp'd WiLS members to arrive at the event will get an additional $5 bear hug refund.

When: Thursday, May 22nd, 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: The Gladstone Institutes
For more program details and registration: click here

The Two Body Problem: a panel discussion about joint job searches

Want to have an independent career in science? Have a partner with similar ambitions? Worried about not just your individual job searches, but how to end up in the same geographical location? Come to a panel discussion with two couples who have completed successful joint job searches, and hear their stories and advice!

The panel:

UCSF Assistant Professor Sophie Dumont received a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Berkeley, then completed postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School as a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows before joining the UCSF Department of Cell and Tissue Biology in 2012. She participated in a joint job search with Manu Prakash, who received a Ph.D. at MIT, spent three years as a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and is now an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford.

UCSF Professors Yuh Nung Jan and Lily Jan have worked together from an early stage in their scientific careers. They each completed a Ph.D. in biology at Caltech, then collaborated during a three year postdoc at Caltech and another two year postdoc at Harvard Medical School. They have run a laboratory together at UCSF since 1979, and have been HHMI Investigators since 1984.

When: Thursday, April 3rd, 6-7:30pm
Where: Genentech Hall N-114, UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Food: There will be a limited supply of pizza served in Genentech Hall atrium

WILS-WIB Women’s History Month Conference: Finding the Path to Your Own Career

Join WILS at UCSF and Women In Bio of SF for a celebration of women's history month. We will be hosting an afternoon conference exploring the various career choices of successful female scientists. Come hear more from and meet leaders in Bay Area biotech community!

Read a recap of the event here.

1-2:15pm: Making It All Work: Operational Roles in the Life Sciences
Moderated by Gail Maderis, MBA, President and CEO of BayBio
• Christine Haller, M.D., Senior Group Medical Director of Clinical Sciences at BioMarin
• Heidi Hoffman, Ph.D., Senior Director of Manufacturing at Sutro Pharma
• Melina Cimler, Ph.D., VP of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Illumina
• Karen Gutekunst, Ph.D., VP of Product Development at Illumina
 

2:30-4pm: Off the Bench: Alternative Careers for Life Scientists
Moderated by Toby Freedman, Ph.D., author of “Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development”
• Cynthia Robbins-Roth, Ph.D, founding editor of BioWorld, currently a patient advocate for families dealing with teenage mental health issues at Edgewood’s Turning Point Program
• Nancy Burns, M.S., Investor Relations at Nektar Therapeutics
• Antoinette Konski, J.D., Partner at patent law firm, Foley & Lardner
• Sue Siegel, M.S., CEO of GE Ventures and healthymagination
 

4-5:15pm: Workplace Cultures and Environments: Which Is Right For You?
Moderated by Amy Gelfand, M.D., UCSF
• Lorry Huffman, MBA, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Myraqa
• Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, M.D., M.P.H., Director of California Breast Cancer Research Program
• Laura Brege, MBA, President and CEO of Nodality
 

Evening: Keynote Address by Dr. Karen Antman.  Dr Antman is an internationally renowned cancer researcher, dean of the Boston University School of Medicine, and provost at the Boston University Medical Campus. (not open to WiLS members)

 

This event is FREE for the UCSF community! Preregistration is full, but attendees will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis the day of the event. Come for one or stay for all panels, everyone is welcome with UCSF ID!

When: Thursday, Mar 13, 12:30 - 5:30 pm
Where: Rock Hall Auditorium, UCSF Mission Bay Campus

Project Management Panel

Join the Business Club for our first ever Project Management panel. Hear from the experts:

- Janet Gunzner-Toste, PhD, Global Project Manager in the Portfolio Management & Operations Department at Genentech

- Nadine Defranoux, PhD, Associated Director of Scientific Modeling and Collaborations at Crescendo Biosciences

- Ana Lazic, PhD, Director of Sales & Marketing at NanoTemper Technologies, Inc.

When: Wednesday February 26th at 6pm
Where: Helen Diller Hall Room 160, UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Networking session to follow.
~Light dinner and refreshments provided~

SFAWIS and WILS presents Science...and Entrepreneurship

Have a venture idea but don’t know how to start? Curious about what it takes to start and run your own business? Looking for an inspiration?

The UCSF Women in Life Sciences and SFAWIS presents Akhila Satish CEO of CyberDoctor, a digital platform designed to improve healthcare. PatientPartner, their first breakthrough product which was shown to improve patient adherence debuted at the Health 2.0 Conference last October. Akhila has a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience..

When: Wednesday, Feb 12, 6:30 pm
Where: Genentech Hall N114, UCSF Mission Bay Campus
RSVP by Feb. 10
Dinner included with rsvp
Limited spaces available

WILS Coffee Talk with Dr. Anita Sil

Wondering the life path for successful women scientists? Looking for tips and suggestions for your own career?

Come Meet with Anita Sil! Dr. Sil earned her PhD in psychology from University of California, Berkeley. Her lab at UCSF is studying the fungal pathogen Histoplasma capsulatum, which inhabits both the soil and mammalian hosts, to understand how cells sense and respond to environmental signals such as temperature. This session will be an excellent opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Sil’s experiences as a woman in science, to ask questions and share your own thoughts, and to meet with your peers!

When: Thursday, January 30th, 12pm-1pm 
Where: Medical Sciences S-163, UCSF Parnassus Campus
You are welcome to bring lunch and we will provide coffee and snacks!
For questions, please email: shan.meltzer@ucsf.edu.

WILS Coffee Talk with Dr. Patricia Janak

Looking for tips and suggestions for grad school? Wondering about the life path for successful women scientists? Join us for an informal interview session to meet with Dr. Patricia Janak!

Dr. Janak earned her PhD in psychology from University of California, Berkeley. As a professor at UCSF, her research focuses on studying neural basis for alcohol and drug addiction using pharmacological and neurophysiological tools. This session will be an excellent opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Janak’s experiences as a woman in science, to ask questions and share your own thoughts, and to meet with your peers! All students, post-docs, and staff are welcome! 

When: Thursday, December 12th, 12pm-1pm 
Where: Byers Hall Room 209, UCSF Mission Bay Campus
You are welcome to bring lunch and we will provide coffee and snacks!
For questions, please email :shan.meltzer@ucsf.edu.

Lunch talk with Rachel Green

We're very excited to invite you to a lunch talk with the Biochemistry Seminar speaker next week, Rachel Green.  Dr. Green is a professor at Johns Hopkins and an HHMI Investigator.  She will be speaking about her career, how she got to where she is today, her advice to young scientists, and about supporting women in the sciences.  All students, postdocs, and staff are welcome!

When: Tuesday, December 10
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Rock Hall Auditorium
Food: Pizza lunch provided!

Science and Writing

Yes! You've heard of science and medical writers and have probably interacted with or will interact with journal editors at some point in your science career.  Are you wondering what their jobs are all about and how they got there in the first place? Or are you someone looking for insight on how to break into this career? Join us for a discussion on how to break into science writing. Our panel members will tell you all about the nuts and bolts of their profession.  We'll talk about how they got there, what it's like and how to jump start into this career track and more!

Date: November 13, 2013
Location: Mission Bay Campus, Hellen Diller, Room 160
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Getting the Most Out of a Postdoc: A Panel Discussion

- Are you a student thinking about a postdoc in academia or industry?
- Are you a postdoc wondering how to get to the next step in your career?
 
Then come to our panel event to hear the experiences and advice of current and former postdocs in different career paths!  
 
Panelists:
- Clarissa Nobile: Assistant Professor, University of California Merced, Founder and CEO of BioSynesis Inc; Former Postdoc in the Johnson Lab at UCSF
- Rowena Suriben: Postdoc with Vishva Dixit, Genentech, Inc.
- Jessica Walter: Scientist at Amyris; Former Postdoc in the Lim Lab at UCSF

Details: 
When: Thursday, November 7, 6:30 pm
Location: UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Genentech Hall, Room N114
Food: Dinner and drinks provided!

Women in Pharma Think Tank with Boehringer-Ingelheim

Join WILS and representatives from Boehringer-Ingelheim to tackle the question of how to vertically integrate womens’ perspectives into how a pharmaceutical company conducts business. Boehringer-Ingelheim is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies with interests in prescription medicines, consumer health care, and animal health. Panelists at the event will include representatives from the Global Innovation Management, Health Economics Outcomes Research, Managed Markets, Sales, Governmental Affairs, Medical Affairs, and R&D departments. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet industry professionals, learn about exciting career opportunities with Boehringer-Ingelheim, and to provide valuable feedback and ideas on how to help women advance in the biotech and pharma workforce. Dinner provided!

When: Wednesday, Oct. 30

Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

5:30-6pm: Panel introduction and career opportunities for PhDs at 
                          Boehringer-Ingelheim

6-7:30pm: "Think Tank" Activity discussion on integrating a womens'  
                          perspective into pharma

7:30-8pm: Informal networking and Q&A

Location: Mission Bay, Genentech Hall, Room N114

Food: Dinner will be provided!

Planning for Parenthood and a Research Career

In this panel discussion, parents at various stages of their scientific careers will share their experiences and advice on combining these two roles.  Bring your questions! Lunch with RSVP at https://parentingandresearch.eventbrite.com

When: Thursday, October 24th

Time: noon-1:30pm 

Location: Mission Bay, Rock Hall Auditorium

Food: Lunch with RSVP at https://parentingandresearch.eventbrite.com 

WILS Fall Kickoff Event

Bill Lindstaedt from OCPD will present a workshop on myIDP (individual development plan).  A variety of organizations celebrating and supporting women in life sciences, including sfAWIS (San Francisco Association for Women in Science), HBA (Healthcare businesswomen's association), and WIB (Women in Bio), will be present to network and provide information about themselves.  All UCSF trainees welcome (encouraged) to attend!  Feel free to bring a laptop/tablet and follow along during the workshop!  Refreshments will be served.  

When: Tuesday, October 1st

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Mission Bay Campus, Hellen Diller 160

Food: Refreshments will be served.

All UCSF trainees are welcome!

WILS Lunch Talk with Dr. Hopi Hoekstra

Dr. Hoekstra is a professor at Harvard University, and a 2013 HHMI Investigator.  She studies the molecular basis of how novel selective pressures generate diversity in wild mice populations.  She was recently profiled by the New York Times- check out her profile here!  Dr. Hoekstra will be speaking about her career, how she got to where she is today, her advice to young scientists, and about supporting women in the sciences.  
When: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Helen Diller 160
Food: Publico burrito lunch provided!
All students, postdocs, and staff are welcome!
 

WILS Coffee Talk with Dr. Sophie Dumont

Looking for tips and suggestions for grad school? Wondering about the life path for successful women scientists? Join us for an informalinterview session to meet with Dr. Sophie Dumont!

Dr. Sophie Dumont earned her PhD in biophysicsfrom University of California, Berkeley. Later, she did her postdoctoral research on mechanochemistry of cell division at Harvard Medical School. Her lab at UCSF focuses on mechanical force in the cell. This session will be an excellent opportunity for you to hear about Dr.Dumont’s experiences as a woman in science, to ask questions and share your own thoughts, and to meet with your peers! All students, post-docs, andstaff are welcome.

When: Thursday, May 2, 12pm-1pm 
Where: S-157 (Parnassus)

You are welcome to bring lunch and we will provide coffee and snacks!

For questions, please email :shan.meltzer@ucsf.edu.

 

WILS-HBA Event: “My Mind and Me: An Exploration of Innovations in Mental Health”

The HBA San Francisco Bay Area chapter is delighted to invite you to join us for an evening’s discussion entitled “My Mind and Me: An Exploration of Innovations in Mental Health”. Held at the UCSF Mission Bay campus, this thought-provoking and informative program will discuss innovations in mental health with a specific focus on issues relating to women’s mental health.
Our speakers include: Naomi Lam, MD, an adult psychiatrist who focuses on women’s health, stress management, and holistic/alternative practices; Tracey Dawson, PhD, a director and commercial team leader at Genentech, overseeing the US launch of a new psychiatric drug; and Manuel Lopez-Figueroa, PhD, a vice president at Bay City Capital and the scientific liaison for the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium. This event is co-hosted by UCSF Women in Life Science (WILS).

This event is the second program in the three-part series, “Frontiers in Neuroscience.” Hosted in different academic venues in the San Francisco bay area, these programs will explore the fascinating world of human neurobiology. The series starts with a tour of cutting-edge neuroscience research by unraveling the genetic mysteries of neurodegenerative disease (February 20, Stanford), followed by a discussion of the future of mental health therapies (this event), and concludes with applying neuroscience knowledge to our everyday lives through leadership and communication (April 17, Golden Gate University).

When: Mar 20, 2013 5:30pm - 8:15pm 
Where: Genentech Hall Auditorium, Mission Bay Campus

To encourage UCSF WILS members to attend the event and take advantage of this great networking opportunity, we have arranged for a limited number of free/discounted registrations.  Please email wilsucsf@gmail.com for the discount code to register for FREE before March 1 and $5 afterwards! Register here.

 

WILS-WIB Pathway to Success: Be Smart Out Loud - Everywhere!

Interested in learning how to stand out from the pack, in a world of short attention spans and brief encounters? The award-winning, executive coach and leadership expert, Fran Zone, will share tools on how to present yourself in a memorable and impactful way. Enjoy food, drinks, and networking with WIB members and UCSF grad students and post docs. 

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 
Where: Genentech Hall Atrium and Auditorium at Mission Bay 
Cost: FREE to WILS members email wilsucsf@gmail.com for registration code.

Register here by March 10, 2013

 

WILS-sfAWIS: Careers in Clinical Development Panel Discussion

Join us for a night focused on clinical development in the biopharma industry! Network with women in science and hear from the knowledgeable women about their experience and career in clinical development. Light dinner and drinks will be provided.

Dr. Miu Chau, Global Head Companion Diagnostics, Genentech 
Dr. Mirella Lazarov, Senior Director Biology, Head of Biomarkers, Gilead 
Dr. Preeti Chugha, Associate Director Clinical Operations, Immune Tolerance Network

When: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 
6:30-7:00 pm Dinner/ informal networking 
7:00-8:00 pm Pre-Clinical Development Panel Discussion 
8:00-8:30 pm Q&A/ networking

Where: Byers Hall 212, Mission Bay Campus

Please RSVP here and indicate you are a WILS member for free registration.

 

WILS Coffee Talk with Dr. Katherine Pollard

Looking for tips and suggestions for grad school? Wondering about the 
life path for successful women scientists? Join us for an informal 
interview session to meet with Dr. Katherine Pollard. She earned her 
PhD in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley. 
Later, she did her postdoctoral research on fast evolving genomic 
regions at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her lab at UCSF 
focuses on genome evolution via novel computational methods for the 
analysis of massive genomic data. This session will be an excellent 
opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Pollard’s experiences as a woman 
in science and a new mother, to ask questions and share your own 
thoughts, and to meet with your peers! All students, post-docs, and 
staff are welcome.

When: Thursday, January 31, 12pm-12:40pm 
Where: RH302 Conference Room (Mission Bay, Rock Hall)

You are welcome to bring lunch and we will provide coffee and snacks! 
For questions, please email shan.meltzer@ucsf.edu

 

WILS Coffee with Dr. Barbara Panning

Looking for tips and suggestions for grad school? Wondering the life 
path for successful women scientists? Join us for an informal 
interview session to meet with Dr. Barbara Panning. Dr. Panning’s lab 
at UCSF does leading research on X chromosome inactivation and the 
role of epigenetic regulators in stem cells. This session will be an 
excellent opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Panning’s experiences 
as a woman in science, to ask questions and share your own thoughts, 
and to meet with your peers from UCSF. All students and post-docs are 
welcome.

When: Thursday, November 29, 12pm-1pm 
Where: RH302 Conference Room (Mission Bay, Rock Hall)

You are welcome to bring lunch and we will provide coffee and snacks! 
For questions, email shan.meltzer@ucsf.edu

 

Planning for Parenthood and a Research Career (an honest panel discussion)

When: Thurs., November 1, 12 noon-1:30pm 
Where: Byers Hall 212 (Mission Bay) 
Description: Thinking about starting a family and want some practical data and personal perspectives from fellow UCSF researchers? Come have lunch and listen to stories from a panel of grad student, postdoc, and faculty parents. Then, feel free to go back to your experiments, or join a small group discussion. All UCSF community members are welcome. For questions, email theresa.berens@ucsf.edu.

 

Unwind: Stress Management Skills for Women

Take a breather! Student Health and Counseling offers this stress management workshop. Stress directly affects emotional and physical health and can compromise your ability to cope with academics, relationships and the workplace. Learn cognitive-behavioral techniques to relax and manage your stress from Felicia De la Garza Mercer, Ph.D. This is a two workshop series and each class will focus on different skills. FREE REFRESHMENTS with RSVP! For more information or to RSVP, email felicia.mercer@ucsf.edu 
Fall dates at Parnassus: Tuesdays Oct 16, Nov 6 (12-1 pm, The Library’s CL 210) 
Fall dates at MB: Mondays Oct 15, Nov 19 (12-1 pm, Genentech S-202)

 

WILS-AWIS Mentoring Kickoff

Are you interested in building meaningful relationships with other professional women in science? The sfAWIS mentoring program in conjunction with WILS aims to connect students and professionals of all levels with mentors based on shared interests, career goals, geography, etc. A panel discussion will highlight successful mentoring relationships and provide tips for building a meaningful mentoring relationship. Immediately following will be a directed networking event to introduce participants. Light dinner and drinks will be provided.

Wednesday, October 3 
6:00-6:30: dinner and networking 
6:30-7:15: panel discussion 
7:15-8:30: direct networking

UCSF Mission Bay 
Genentech Building N-114

Please RSVP at http://www.sfawis.com/ by October 1.

 

WILS Coffee with Dr. Li Gan

Looking for tips and suggestions for grad school? Wondering the life path for successful women scientists? Join us for an informal interview session to meet with Dr. Li Gan. Dr. Gan received her bachelor’s degree in physiology from China’s Peking University and a PhD in cellular and molecular physiology from Yale University School of Medicine. Later, she did postdoctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Gladstone Institutes. Her lab does leading research on the molecular mechanisms behind neurodegenerative diseases. This session will be an excellent opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Gan’s experiences as a woman in science, to ask questions and share your own thoughts, and to meet with your peers from UCSF.

When: Friday, September 28, 2-3pm 
Where: RH302 Conference Room (Mission Bay)

All students and post-docs are welcome! Coffee and snacks will be provided! For questions, email shan.meltzer@ucsf.edu.

 

Our Identities, Ourselves: A Workshop for Women

Monday, September 17th, 2012 
12-1pm 
Student Health and Counseling offers this one-time workshop at the Mission Bay campus.  Having a voice and feeling validated as a multicultural woman can be challenging amidst the stress of graduate and professional school life.  Felicia De la Garza Mercer, Ph.D. will facilitate a one-hour workshop on exploring identity and strengthening skills for self-care, connection and authenticity. 
FREE LUNCH with RSVP! 
For more information or to RSVP, email Felicia.Mercer@ucsf.edu.

 

sfAWIS Meeting

Mara Jeffress, PhD “Work Life Balance workshop to bring Balance back in your life!” 
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 
6:00 pm-9:00 pm 
Genentech 
611 Gateway Blvd 
South San Francisco 
$10 AWIS members/ $17 non-members to cover dinner costs. 
RSVP by Monday, Sept 10 at registration site

Mara Jeffress is a professional consultant and past ebAWIS President. She has taught time management and professional development workshops for the past 20 years and is in the process of launching a professional coaching business. Mara is passionate about helping others to reach their potential and find work that they truly love.