9:30 - 9:50
9:50 - 1 1:30
Where we are: Progress and Problems
Sandra L. Petersen, SDI Director
Moving Forward: Strategies and Solutions
Open Discussion Moderated by Provost Staros
Lunch Buffet and Continuing Dialogue with Patricia Campbell, Ph.D., and Robert Lichter, Ph.D.
12:30 - 2:15
2:30 - 3:30
2:15 - 3:45
The The STEM Diversity Institute and the Five Colleges, Inc. are pleased to invite you to attend the SDI-Five College Distinguished Lecture entitled “From Bench to Boardroom: A Life in Science” by Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM in the Integrated Sciences Building room 221 to be followed by a reception.
Dr. Villa-Komaroff is a molecular biologist who earned her Ph.D. at MIT in 1975. She was the third Mexican-American woman to earn a science Ph.D. in the United States and is a board member and chief scientific officer for Cytonome/ST. In 2013, she was named the “Woman of the Year” by the AAUW. She is currently serving on the National Academies of Science and National Academy of Engineering Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and the National Research Council Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline. A detailed biosketch and links to videos can be found below.
Watch the lecture below:
Lydia Villa-Komaroff is a Board Member and Chief Scientific Officer for Cytonome/ST, a company building the first optical cell sorter capable of supporting rapid, sterile sorting of human cells for therapeutic use. She began her research career under the tutelage of David Baltimore and Harvey Lodish at MIT, and received a Ph.D. in Cell Biology in 1975. She was the third Mexican-American woman to earn a science Ph.D. in the United States. Her professional life includes research positions at Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Cold Spring Harbor, Children’s Hospital in Boston, and Cytonome, Inc. During the discovery phase of her career, she published over 70 research articles and reviews. From 1998 to 2003 she was Vice President for Research at Northwestern University in Illinois and from 2003 to 2005 she served as Vice President for Research and Chief Operating Officer of the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge. She joined Cytonome, Inc. as Chief Scientific Officer in 2005 and became CEO in 2006.
Most recently she was named the 2013 “Women of the Year” by the American Association of University Women. She is a member of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Hall of Fame and a fellow of the Association for Women in Science. She has served on review committees for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Assessing the System for Protecting Human Research Subjects, the National Research Council Committee on the Structure of NIH, and the congressionally mandated National Science Foundation Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering. She was elected to a four year term on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001. She is a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and has been both a board member and vice president of the organization. She became Chair of the Board of Trustees for Pine Manor College in May 2007. She is currently serving on the National Academies of Science and National Academy of Engineering Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and the National Research Council Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline.
From Makers.com http://www.makers.com/lydia-villa-komaroff
MAKERS.com is a dynamic digital platform showcasing thousands of compelling stories - both known and unknown - from trailblazing women of today and tomorrow. This historic video initiative was founded by Dyllan McGee and developed by AOL and PBS. Executive Producers are Dyllan McGee, Betsy West, and Peter Kunhardt.
In this video Lydia Villa-Komaroff on wanting to be a scientist, defying prejudices as a young Latina, and her breakthrough in diabetes research.
From Bench to Boardroom: A Life in Science
Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D.
Introduction by Provost James V. Staros
reception to follow
From MIT Spotlight Video http://video.mit.edu/watch/conversation-with-lydia-villa-komaroff-13468/
Conversation with Lydia Villa-Komaroff
Lydia Villa-Komaroff grew up in a large Mexican-American family in New Mexico. She received her PhD from the MIT Dept. of Biology, where she worked with David Baltimore and Harvey Lodish on Polio virus.
Published on Jun 24, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcWZTd3vzwI
2013 NCCWSL Women of Distinction Honoree: Lydia Villa-Komaroff is the chief scientific officer and a board member at Cytonome/ST, a company that develops and builds cell processing.
AAUW 2013 Woman of the Year
Hooray for Women in STEM! Meet Lydia Villa-Komaroff, 2013 Woman of Distinction
April 04, 2013
Whether or not you are a woman in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), you will be wowed by Lydia Villa-Komaroff! Although I am not a “STEMer,” I am amazed at the major accomplishments Villa-Komaroff has made as a scientist despite the adversities she faced. “Traditionally, Hispanic women are .....//read more