AWIS Newsletter issue #8, Winter 2017
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Seattle AWIS Newsletter 

March 2017

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President's Letter

By Jessica Cross
When I was younger, I was a girl scout for about two weeks. We had moved; I joined at the end of a year, just in time for the great Disney World field trip. The troupe folded after that trip, and my brother joined the boy scouts. I loved boy scouts. I went to the after school programs with my brother. I tried to design his car for the Pinewood Derby. On a family camping trip one year, I put up the tents for the entire troupe! It killed me that despite being good at these things, despite really liking them, I could never get credit-- never earn a badge, never advance, never participate. 
I can remember telling my friends at school how badly I wanted to join the Boy Scouts, and how I was certain they thought I was gay. Girls didn't like camping. Girls didn't make things. And girls especially did not talk about wanting to be one of the boys. I stopped talking to them and started reading back issues of my dad's Car and Driver magazines so I could sit with the boys at lunch and have something to talk about, but I felt like an imposter there too.
Eventually I ‘grew out of it’ and picked up voice and dance lessons so I could try to feel like one of the girls. I developed a near-paralytic fear of math even though I earned the highest score in class when I graduated highschool (well, technically, I tied). And when I went to college, I entered for English—not engineering. I managed to come out with a Chemistry major, and even made it to gradually school despite advice from my professors; they suggested pharmacy ‘isn’t very hard. It pays well, and you’ll never get into medical school.’ I never wanted to go into medicine, but hearing that still wasn’t a boost.  
Thanks to my first great mentor and advisor, I have a doctorate now. I work full time in a government research lab with a tech development team. I get to work with engineers every day and it's a dream come true… but somewhere, in the back of my mind, I know I’m not one of them. Would that have been different if I had raced a car in the Pinewood Derby, or had an after school robotics program? Would it have mattered if I had known any other girls like me? My grandmother was flunked out of university math because girls didn’t belong there, and I have a doctorate. Aren’t I supposed to feel lucky I made it, instead of having a few regrets?
This is why it is important for us to come together as Women in Science. We all carry the weight of glass ceilings like this with us—often they are relics of the past that we will never be able to go back and break. But as peers and role models for each other, hopefully we can start chipping away at the glass ceilings in front of us, our students, and our daughters, starting with our own confidence. Skill building, professional development, and positive representation are at the core of Seattle AWIS. As your President this year, I’m proud to be working on this mission with all of you. (It’s better than any Pinewood Derby.)

Scholarship news

by Fran Solomon and Melissa Conerly

AWIS Scholarship announcement:  Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 AWIS scholarship (funds to be used in the 2017-2018 academic year.)  Application materials can be found at or by emailing  The deadline to apply is MARCH 15th 2017.

We are also still accepting donations to contribute towards this award cycle.  We encourage all members to donate and to request either a donation in kind from their employer or a standalone donation from their company.  Donations of $1500 or more will create a scholarship named after the donor/company/or other at the donor’s request.  Named scholarships of $3000 or more will allow the donor to have some input into the selection of the awardee. For more information on the tax deductions or donation mechanisms please email

GEMS news

by Jac Fitzgerald and Rachelle Lim

Exploring STEM careers in middle school

Our STEM activity program for middle school girls has been humming along steadily since November, when 43 girls from around Seattle met to learn about building bridges and the importance of different structures and materials. Since then we have learned about DNA and the importance of a diverse gene pool in a population, how to use different alcohol solutions to extract different colors out of kool-aid, and how your surroundings can affect your memory!

These free sessions are run once a month from November through May each year by our enthusiastic group of volunteers, women in STEM careers who are taking the opportunity to share their favorite science topic and model the variety of options there are for our GEMS participants to learn about and maybe one day build their own career at it! Besides our monthly evening activity, we also organize field trips, on weekends or evenings. So far this year the group has visited the Center for Infectious Disease Research and the UW CSE Open House day. Coming up, we’ll solve a puzzle using forensic science, and visit a STEM festival in Bothell.

Do you know any adults or soon-to-be middle schoolers who might like to be part of GEMS? Learn more and contact us at


by Reitha Weeks
 Congratulations to the 2017 Seattle AWIS Award Winners!
The Award for Scientific Advancement in STEM goes to
Emily Fox, MEng, EE, PhD; Amazon Professor of Machine Learning
University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering and Statistics
The Award for Excellence in Science Education goes to  
Alyssa Taylor, PhD; Senior Lecturer
University of Washington Bioengineering
The Award for Excellence in Science Outreach goes to   
Claudia Ludwig, MEd; Director, Systems Education Experiences,
Institute for Systems Biology 
Seattle AWIS is honored to recognize these outstanding women who have advanced their fields of scientific research, education and outreach.  They are leaders and innovators whose work has made an impact.  They are mentors and inspiring role models for students and other professionals.
We hope you and your colleagues will join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the award winners at our June banquet.  The details for the banquet will be available in early March (
AWARD for Scientific Advancement in STEM
Description: C:\Users\Reitha\Documents\Documents after NWABR\AWIS\2016-2017\Banquet Awards Committee\Award Selection\Emily Fox pic v2.jpgEmily Fox, MEng, EE, PhD; Amazon Professor of Machine Learning
University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering and Statistics
Emily joined University of Washington in 2012 from the faculty of University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.  Emily is an expert in machine learning and a leading researcher in redefining the scope and nature of applied statistics.  She is a leader in developing computationally realistic modeling tools for complex data setsIn addition to teaching and advising at University of Washington, she co-created an online course about machine learning.  She was recently recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.  Emily fosters the development of other women in science through her visible success and being approachable and available as a mentor and counselor.
AWARD for Excellence in Science Education   
Description: C:\Users\Reitha\Documents\Documents after NWABR\AWIS\2016-2017\Banquet Awards Committee\Award Selection\alyssataylor pic v2.jpgAlyssa Taylor, PhD; Senior Lecturer
University of Washington Bioengineering
Alyssa joined the University of Washington Bioengineering department in 2010, after graduate school at University of Virginia.  With a genuine passion for her job as lecturer, she serves as a positive role model for succeeding in science and engineering.  She is committed to improving education in STEM and has developed and tailored courses to bridge the gap between theory and real world applications.  In addition to writing and presenting educational research papers, she has had leadership roles in the American Society for Engineering Education.  She is actively engaged in outreach activities to encourage younger students in science.  Alyssa encourages her students to pursue their goals, provides them with resources and advice, and maintains an inspiring, enthusiastic attitude.
AWARD for Excellence in Science Outreach goes to   
Description: C:\Users\Reitha\Documents\Documents after NWABR\AWIS\2016-2017\Banquet Awards Committee\Award Selection\Claudia Ludwig pic v2.jpgClaudia Ludwig, MEd; Director, Systems Education Experiences (SEE)
Institute for Systems Biology
After being a high school biology and chemistry teacher, Claudia joined Institute for Systems Biology in 2004 as a Curriculum Consultant.  Last year she became Director of Systems Education Experiences (SEE).  She has helped develop state of the art curriculum modules that accelerate the transfer of new knowledge, technology and practices from laboratories to classrooms.  As a bridge between scientists, educators and students, she has been instrumental in extending the impact of the SEE program across the US and internationally.  She has built partnerships with groups that foster opportunities for students from under-represented groups.  Claudia has helped grow a successful SEE internship program, she leads workshops and training opportunities for educators and fosters communication skills in scientists.  

Book review

By Jana Strakova
A Review of The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee, a cancer geneticist and an author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book The Emperor of All Maladies, has written another excellent scientific biography The Gene: An Intimate History. Written as a biography of genetics, the book guides us from Gregor Mendel’s discovery of “discrete units of heredity” to the post-genomic present where human genomic engineering is “tantalizingly near”. The word intimate justifiably belongs in the book’s title.  
Personal accounts of Mukherjee’s family mental illness and peculiarities of scientists that pawed the way for today’s genetics interweave the description of science behind the groundbreaking discoveries. Hugo de Vries refused to bath before dinner and Watson and Crick talked so loud that they were assigned a room to themselves and were left to their “mad pursuits”
Would human genomic engineering be the reality today if it was not for the ignorance of Mendel’s discovery for nearly five decades and the field being stymied through the history? Not long after the rediscovery of Mendel’s work, the term eugenics, “the betterment of human race via artificial selection of genetic traits”, was coined by Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton and employed in America. Genetically unfit “feebleminded”  but also socially unfit individuals who had no mental illness whatsoever were sent to colonies and even sterilized, the first being Carrie Buck in 1927. The history of the gene is a cautionary tale. Incredibly, this was several years before the hideous German “racial hygiene”. Naturally, after the WW2, the public was very apprehensive of the field. Despite eugenics, genocide, gene therapy trials gone “ugly” or embryonic stem cell research restrictions during the Bush Administration, the human genome was successfully sequenced and we are now capable of deleting, inserting and editing genes. Mukherjee’s book is acutely relevant in this time as we are “tantalizingly near” to be able to generate genetically modified human.

Local Biotech news

by Reitha Weeks, Jana Strakova and Fran Solomon

1 Governor's Life Science & Global Health Advisory Council Report: WA's Life Science Industry at Risk
Thursday, February 16, 2017  
Posted by: Life Science Washington

News Release
Contact: Amy Snow Landa on behalf of Life Science Washington
206-747-5912 or

Report Shows Washington’s Life Science Industry at Significant Risk
After a decade of strong growth, the industry shows signs of stagnation
as strategic investments by the state lapse
SEATTLE – February 16, 2017 After more than a decade of strong growth in employment and innovation, Washington’s life science industry is showing signs of stagnation and has begun shedding jobs in worrisome numbers, according to a report released today by the Washington Life Science and Global Health Advisory Council.  
The report, titled “Life Science and Global Health Development in Washington State: Future at Risk,” includes the following key findings:
·         The life science industry has an outsized economic impact in Washington. The average annual wage is 49% higher than the state’s average private sector wage and the industry creates 3.8 jobs across the state for every life science job—supporting more than 140,000 jobs across the state.
·         The industry saw a decade of strong employment growth (17 percent) from 2001-2011 when the state made a series of targeted investments to support its growth.
·         Since 2011, the industry has seen a steady decline in jobs and signs of lagging innovation, coinciding with a reduction in targeted state support.
·         Washington’s life science industry shed 900 jobs or 3 percent of its job base from 2011-2014, while the industry saw 2.7 percent job growth nationally during the same period.
·         Washington continues to be among the best in the nation in attracting federally funded research but is falling behind in translating that research into industry-led R&D and related job growth.
“The findings of this report clearly show the life science industry is at a critical juncture in our state,” said Leslie Alexandre, president, and CEO of Life Science Washington and a co-chair of the Life Science and Global Health Advisory Council. “We need a supportive public policy to capitalize on our state’s strengths. Otherwise, we’re going to continue to fall behind in leveraging federal research dollars to achieve private-sector growth.”
Hans Bishop, president, and CEO of Juno Therapeutics and a member of the Advisory Council said the report’s findings should deeply concern state policymakers. “This report underscores what I have been saying for some time, which is that Washington policymakers have a choice to make,” Bishop said. “Will state lawmakers simply stand by and watch as life sciences companies increasingly choose to invest in states that are more attractive? We stand ready to work with policymakers, legislators, and the life sciences community to make Washington a better place for innovative biotech.”
“Washington has some incredible assets, but we lack a critical mass of life science companies,” added Leen Kawas, president, and CEO of M3 Biotechnology and an Advisory Council member. “We want to keep our company and employees in Washington, but we are continually being recruited by other states that provide critical support for emerging companies such as ours.”
Gov. Jay Inslee convened the Life Science and Global Health Advisory Council in October 2015 to evaluate Washington’s position in these highly competitive sectors and identify strategies for future growth. The Advisory Council, comprised of life science and global health leaders across the state, commissioned TEConomy Partners, a leading national consulting practice in life sciences development, to assess Washington’s life science and global health sectors and evaluate how the state compares to peer states. The six-month project included an in-depth quantitative assessment of statewide trends, benchmarking against peer states, discussions with Advisory Council members and interviews with over 30 industry and academic leaders from across the state.
With the release of the report, the Advisory Council is calling on Washington state policymakers to reinstate policies that helped grow the industry and develop public-private initiatives that will address specific challenges facing the life science and global health sectors. The report identifies four strategic priorities:
·         Reinstate R&D tax incentives
·         Support entrepreneurship and company creation statewide
·         Retain mid-sized companies with high growth potential
·         Attract major corporate innovation centers
Gov. Inslee’s 2017-2019 budget proposal includes restoring the R&D tax incentives.
“This report shows that Washington has failed to maintain a supportive business climate for life science companies,” said Alexandre. “Other states have recognized the challenges—and the rewards—in growing and sustaining a world-class life science industry and have invested accordingly. Our state needs to take action to support this industry or it risks losing more companies and jobs.”
About Life Science Washington
Life Science Washington is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association. Its mission is to support and grow Washington state life sciences through advocacy, collaboration, and investment. Serving more than 600 members, Life Science Washington brings together research institutions, investors, and innovators to grow the state’s life science economy. More information, including a complete board roster, can be found at

2 SoundBio Lab opening March 11th, 2017. Read more

3 A Bamba a Day May Keep Peanut Allergies at Bay

For the past decade, pediatricians have been advocating peanut abstinence during pregnancy, lactation and early life in order to prevent peanut allergies. However, peanut allergies doubled in the past 10 years in countries following these guidelines. In Israel, the popular peanut snack Bamba appeared to play a role in preventing peanut allergies. Immune Tolerant Network tested this hypothesis and, based on their findings, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends early exposure to peanuts in high-risk infants. This landmark study is sure to raise questions about an early exposure to other food allergens. Learn more about the LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) study here
4 Do Not Try This at Home, Researchers Warn

A diet mimicking fasting triggered regeneration of insulin producing pancreatic beta-cells, restored insulin secretion and glucose homeostasis in both type 1 and 2 diabetic mice. Researches from the University of Southern California subjected mice to cycles of 4-day fasting followed by up to 10 days of normal diet. The fasting diet was low in protein and carbohydrates but high in fat, and 5-8 cycles was necessary to see the beneficial effects. Similar results were observed in human-derived pancreatic islets. The potential to restore insulin secretion in diabetic patients with a seemingly simple diet is enticing. However, researchers warn not to try this diet at home and wait for the results from clinical trials. Read about the study here, includes link to the original Cell article

5 Seattle Womxn’s March
by Fran Solomon

On January 21, I participated enthusiastically in the 3.6 mile Seattle Womxn’s March in order to contribute to the collective statement that we will not go backwards on gender equality and racial justice. The name of the march reflects the intersectionality of the themes. 
The racially, ethnically and internationally diverse crowd of 175,000 women, men and children of all ages was so huge that some people arrived at the end of the route (Seattle Center) before others had left the beginning of the route (Judkins Park).  I was somewhere in the middle, surrounded on both sides by a sea of pink hats and wonderful signs. My favorites were “Women’s rights are human rights,” and “Be a strong woman.  Support strong women.  Raise strong women.”  It was heartwarming for me to find out that the seven-year-old twin daughters of a friend of mine responded to the latter sign by announcing proudly, “That’s us.”
Spectators applauded the marchers from apartment balconies and sidewalks, and firefighters and police officers waved to us with friendly shouts of “great march!”  Mother Nature smiled upon us too with sunny and mild weather. Two bald eagles circled the sky as we marched through the International District, providing a good omen.
As a lifelong feminist, environmental, civil rights and peace activist, I have participated in many marches since the late 1960s. The positive energy in this march was special for me. It was affirming to know that more than 600 similar marches were happening in all 50 states of the U.S. and in all seven continents, including Antarctica! I felt energized, empowered, and hopeful for the first time since Election Day 2016.
A science march will take place on April 22 in Washington, D.C. and other cities including Seattle. I look forward to participating and hope that many other Seattle AWIS members will be there too.

Recent discoveries and achievements

By Graciela Matrajt 
1 Forbes top women of the year lists women who are breaking new ground in technology, health care, science, the arts and more read more

2 Melinda Gates to increase women in tech field. Read more

3 Seven Earth-size planets orbiting star could hold life. Read more 

4 Oldest forms of life on Earth found in Canada bacteria fossils Read more 

Work-life balance

Compiled by Graciela Matrajt
A grant program to help ex-scientist women who have stopped their careers to take care of their family to re-enter their field. 
Specialized grants designed to help scientists return to work in a former or new field after an extended break offer support to those who have taken a break to care for children, recover from illness, or experience another life event. Read more

Women who want to postpone childbirth may want to consider freezing eggs before they reach 35
Women in their 50s and even 60s may be able to have babies, but health risks rise after age 35 and they should be aware of the pros and cons of being an older parent. Read more

Overcoming impostor syndrome
Positive affirmation and a focus on your past successes will help you overcome impostor syndrome, which is characterized by the feeling that you haven't earned your place. Read more

Past Events

September 2016
On September 21, 2016, Seattle AWIS hosted their first program of the 2016-2017 year. We kicked off the year with Carole Scandella who discussed “Effective Presentations for Scientists” with over 60 attendees in the audience.  Carole spoke on the traits of a successful speaker, body language signals to avoid, common mistakes, planning and designing a presentation, the need for “practice, practice, practice” and how to answer questions. For this article, we chose to focus on planning presentations, practicing and answering questions.

When planning a presentation, make sure to keep your audience in mind and have a clear purpose. This will help set the tone for the opening, agenda, and conclusion of the presentation. Carole suggested two layouts for scientific presentations, one for a lay audience and another for colleagues. For both, it is important that the audience understands why this research is important.  Before giving a presentation, it is important to “practice, practice, practice.” Make sure when you are practicing to stand up and annunciate the words aloud. Also, don’t forget to time yourself to keep within the timing constraints. Finally, do not memorize your talk or it will sound less authentic.  
Finally, when it’s time to answer questions, make sure to actively listen to the question and then rephrase the question for the whole audience. When responding to questions, think about a way to formulate the answer so you will be able to address the whole audience.  
If you want to learn more about giving effective presentation, please check out the resources Carole provided for our members, including her slides, a list of resources, and the TED Commandments:  
The theme of our October program was the microbiome. Our distinguished speakers were Sujatha Srinivasan, Ph.D. and Anne Thompson, Ph.D., two microbiome researchers studying different microbiological systems that are surprisingly similar in their complexity. Dr. Srinivasan, a Senior Staff Scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, gave a presentation, titled “The Human Vaginal Microbiome in Health and Disease”. She summarized her ongoing research on bacterial vaginosis and the key bacterial species involved in the disease. Dr. Thompson, a Research Assistant Professor at Portland State University, gave a presentation titled “Microbial Ecology of the Vast Open Oceans”. Her current work examines whether or not coexisting ecotypes of bacteria fix carbon at different rates.

November 2016
Our November program featured four superb panelists discussing leadership in STEM. The program was called “Taking the Lead in STEM” and we were joined by Cate Goethals, Director of the Women Board Directors Development Program, UW Foster School of Business, Julie Overbaugh, Ph.D., Member, Human Biology & Public Health Sciences, Divisions, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Nina Salama, Ph.D., Member, Human Biology & Public Health Sciences Divisions, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Jacky Wright, Vice President, IT Strategic Enterprise Services, Microsoft. With the help and experience of our panelists, we discussed strategies to help women move ahead and up in all areas of STEM.
December 2016
Our December program featured three amazing researchers in the field of artificial intelligence. In the program “The Landscape of Artificial Intelligence”, our panelists discussed their current research and where they see the field in the future. Ece Kamar, Ph.D., a researcher at the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group at Microsoft Research, talked about several aspects of human-computer interactions. Dr. Kamar spoke about the large increases in data and computation resources over the years and how researchers are continually refining the AI methods we already have. Anushka Anand, Ph.D., a Senior Research Scientist at Tableau, described her focus on the intersection of statistical learning methods and information visualization to provide guided visual analytics. Dr. Anand started by analyzing traffic patterns and facial recognition and moved into the field of visual analytics. Dominique Simmons, M.S., studied cognitive psychology, including memory, perception, and multisensory perception. Currently, as an Applied Research Scientist at DimensionalMechanics, she works on the interaction of humans with media. The panelists also discussed ethical issues in AI research and recommended several resources for further reading, including books by Isaac Asimov, Nick Bostrom and reports from both Wired ( and Propublica (
February 2017
In February, Seattle AWIS attended the Galileo Dialogues at Seattle University, for a lively reading of “Celebrating Women in Science”. The Galileo Dialogues is one of several annual programs that the Infinity Box ( organizes, which brings together drama and science. The program was co-sponsored by the SU Department of Physics and Seattle AWIS. The actors read inspiring quotes from women who persisted in science throughout the ages, including Ada Lovelace, Vera Rubin, and Barbara McClintock. We learned about their successes and little-known details of their lives through their own words.

Upcoming events


All AWIS events are free and held the third Wednesday of the month in the Pelton Auditorium, which is located in the Thomas Bldg of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (see map). Parking is free. The event starts at 6:00 PM. From 6:00-6:30 we have networking time accompanied with food and wine. Then the talk/panel runs from 6:30-7:30 PM. We then have dessert and more networking until 8:00 PM.
All are welcome, no need to be a member.



March 15: A Visit to Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Join us to learn about the exciting research happening at Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI). SCRI is one of the nation’s top pediatric research organizations and strives to help all children live a healthy and fulfilling life. Come listen to short talks from bench and clinical researchers and learn about the collaborative efforts to translate research into innovative products. Arrive early to grab a ticket for a lab tour as space is limited. Also, stop by the Research HR table to learn more about working at SCRI.
Elizabeth Aylward, Ph.D. – Director, Office of Science-Industry Partnerships
Krista Geister, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow, Beier Lab
Lisa Maves, Ph.D. – Principal Investigator, Maves Lab
Nikita Midamba, MS – Clinical Research Associate, SMAHRT Lab
Sowmya Pattahbi, Ph.D. – Senior Staff Scientist, Scharenberg Lab
Special Location: Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Jack R. McDonald Building, 1900 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

April 19: Environmental sustainability co-hosted by ACS
In honor of Earth Day, ACS – Puget Sound and Seattle AWIS will be co-hosting a program on environmental sustainability at Fred Hutchinson’s Pelton Auditorium. Confirmed panelists are Susan Petty, President/CTO, AltaRock Energy Inc, and Dr. Heidi Roop, the Strategic Communications Lead for the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington. More details coming in the upcoming weeks! Check the website for more information.




Tuesday, June 6th 6:00-9:00 pm Annual AWIS Banquet celebrating our 2017 Award Winners for Science Innovation and Excellence in Science Education and Outreach as well as the 2017 AWIS Scholarship winners.
            The Landing at Tyee on Lake Union (formerly Tyee Yacht Club)
            3229 Fairview Avenue E Seattle, WA 98102

Online ticket sales available in early April.   $35 – AWIS members, $30 – students, $40 - non-AWIS members



Compelling Science Storytelling: A Pacific Northwest Workshop for Science Communicators. A one-day workshop and networking opportunity for science writers and public information officers (PIOs) held at Fred Hutch on Friday, April 28. The program, sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers and organized by the Northwest Science Writers Association, is designed for:
  • Science communicators and public information officers
  • New science PIOs with no science background
  • Former science journalists who are now PIOs

The workshop will include a keynote presentation from Jacqui Banaszynski (Pulitzer Prize winner, former editor at the Seattle Times, now with Poynter Institute and Missouri School of Journalism). Two parallel tracks will feature sessions on social media, visual communication, working with scientists and science journals, and more. There will be also be networking opportunities. Registration is open and an early-bird price is available until March 15. Register here: or email

Announcements and Opportunities



Date: Now – Apr, 2017 

The NWABR BioExpo takes place May 19th but high school students would like mentors to help select topics, provide resources and evaluate their projects between now and April. 
Mentoring will take approx. 3-8 hrs and can be by email, skype or in person. 

Please Click Here to view More information about the Expo and mentoring , or visit: Here to register as a mentor 

For more information, email Janis Wignall at:  


Join our team and volunteer at Pacific Science Center! Help the Science Center further our mission to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation and critical thinking in all of us. We are looking for people who are passionate about STEM fields and want to share their passion with the public. We have open volunteer opportunities in our Science Interpretation, Tinker Tank, Special Exhibits and Guest Services departments. To find out more information about the volunteer program, specific volunteer opportunities or to apply online, visit our website at or email the Volunteer Program at

3 Judge or Volunteer at the Central Sound Region Science & Engineering Fair (CSRSEF)

Saturday – March 11, 2017 – Bellevue College

Judges and general volunteers are needed for the high school CSRSE Fair on Saturday, March 11th, at Bellevue College.  
Anyone with a college degree or higher in a science, engineering or behavioral science field, including professional degrees (i.e. MD, DDS), are eligible to judge.  Judges will work in small teams, evaluating 4-7 projects and providing feedback.  Training is provided before the event.  Judges must be present from 8am-1pm.
General volunteers are also needed for a variety of shifts on Friday (3/10) and Saturday (3/11).
For more information and online registration, see

4 NWABR Community Conversation:  The War on Drug Prices: Innovation vs. Affordability

     Tuesday – March 28, 2017 – 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
     at Kakao Chocolate+Coffee, 415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle
The community is invited to join the discussion about the cost of drug development, rising drug prices and to provide feedback for US policy-makers to consider. Bring your personal and professional experiences, stories and knowledge.  The discussion will be facilitated by members from the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.
COST: $5 students and NWABR members; $10 general admission; in advance or at the door.  Includes discussion, significant appetizers, espresso and one pint or glass of wine if 21+

Contact: Jen Wroblewski,

 5 Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW) 2017

   Tuesday-Wednesday – May 23-24, 2017 –
   Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike Street, Seattle
The annual life science exposition presented by Life Science Washington is a two day conference that includes keynote addresses, podium presentations by current and emerging companies, posters and company tables.  It is a valuable networking opportunity and introduction to companies in the life science arena in the Northwest.
Registration Information:
Registration Information:
A limited number of volunteer opportunities are available.  Contact Deborah Kohr at  

Judges needed at Ballard High School to assess projects for Imagine Tomorrow competition (

Friday, March 3 and Thursday, April 6
9:45-11:35 am – Ballard HS library
Ballard HS’s Biology/Biotechnology students have started organizing teams to prepare for the Imagine Tomorrow competition in May at WSU.  The theme for Imagine Tomorrow 2017 is: Pursue Sustainability NONSTOP.  Students compete in four areas:  a) food, energy, water; b) aerospace challenge; c) biofuels challenge; and d) building challenge. Within these challenges, students choose areas of technology, design or behavior
On March 3, judges are needed to assess the current status of student groups’ progress. 
On April 6, 9:45-11:35, a final judging will help select the 8 teams that will represent Ballard HS at the Imagine Tomorrow event.
If you are interested in helping advise and judge students on their Imagine Tomorrow projects, please contact the Biotechnology Academy Lead Teacher, Penny Pagels at

 7 NWABR is recruiting judges for the 2017 Middle School Essay, Poster and Video Contest

This contest asks 6th-8th grade students to examine a medical therapy or treatment that a loved one, pet, or they themselves have received. Students choose a theme and create an essay, poster, or video highlighting their findings.
More information and judge sign-up is available at
8 Women In Bio (WIB) Seattle Metro program:
"Be Your Own Driving Force"
Presented by Sarah Schneider, a leadership and personal development coach.
Thursday, March 30th at the Women's University Club, downtown Seattle (1105 6th Ave.)
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
$30 WIB members, $60 non-members
You will learn tips to advance your career and life goals, uncover where you are getting in your own way, and gain a sense of humor around what it means to be human.
For more information and registration, see

9 WIB-National Webinar
"Risky Business: Mitigating Risk in the Life Sciences,"
Presented by Gretchen Stup, Sr. Consultant at Latham Biopharm Group
April 12, 2017 – 10:00-11:00 am Pacific Time
WIB members – free;  Non-members - $30
This webinar will bring to light the importance of risk management and introduce project managers to methods and tools that can be implemented to ensure a successful risk management process.
Register at
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