On October 5th, AWIS-bethesda co-hosted the ‘Breaking Through the Petri Dish Lid – Ways for Women and Underrepresented Groups to Advance Their Careers in Science’ Symposium with the NIH Women Scientist Advisors (WSA). At the symposium, panelists (listed below) shared their background and experience in helping women and underrepresented groups break through barriers in their career. Following their brief presentation, there was an active Q&A session that discussed remaining barriers, current programs to address these barriers, the National Academies of Science (NAS)’s report about sexual harassment, as well as other relevant topics. Do to significant demands by registrants, the NIH had the symposium videocast so that it could be viewed remotely.
- Kathryn Zoon, Ph.D., Previous Scientific Director, presently Scientist Emeritus of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
- Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the NIH and Senior investigator in National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
- Nesrine Taha, MS, ME, Founder & CEO of the Foundation for American Advancement
AWIS bethesda sponsored refreshments for the event and remaining food was donated to the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge at NIH.