Thank You SBU Grads, You Really Showed Up for the Showcase

First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone who joined us earlier this month to celebrate and support the the amazing research being done by the amazing scientists here at Stony Brook University. It is through events like these that we can further our cause of promoting women scientists in science and engineering. We had a great turnout this year and we hope to see everyone at future events!

BY: Caitlyn Cardetti

We would also like to extend a special thank you to our Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Richard Gerrig, for helping us secure funding from the Graduate School for catering and printing posters for the event. Additionally, we thank the Graduate School Organization (GSO) for co-hosting and covering expenses for the prizes received by the top three speakers and the top three posters.

Graduate Student Speakers

The showcase began with some engaging talks by nine graduate students from various departments. These students discussed their work in 5 minutes – a task which is not easy to do when your audience comes from varied backgrounds. Kudos to everyone who participated. The top three speakers were awarded a small prize and certificate for their efforts.

In third, Irina Petrushina of Physics & Astronomy took on the incredibly difficult task of explaining particle accelerators with her “The Chilling Recount of an Unexpected Discovery: First Observations of the Plasma-Cascade Instability in Coherent Electron Cooling Experiment.”

Left to Right: Irina Petrushina, 2nd Place Speaker; Alyssa Liguori, GWiSE Vice President; Aniska Chikhalya, GWiSE President

Coming in second, Shachee Mishra of Computer Science entertained us on the topic of “Multi-layer Software Transformation for Attack Surface Reduction” and gave us insight on how hackers attack our software and what she does to fight them off.

Left to Right: Alyssa Liguori, GWiSE Vice President; Shachee Mishra, 2nd Place Speaker; Aniska Chikhalya, GWiSE President

And in first, Amanda Russo of Psychology – Integrative Neuroscience on the “Individual Differences in the Neural Mechanisms Underlying Fear Extinction” and teaching us how studying mice learning can help us understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Left to Right: Alyssa Liguori, GWiSE Vice President; Amanda Russo, 1st Place Speaker; Aniska Chikhalya, GWiSE President

Panel of Women Professors

Our speakers were followed by an insightful panel on what it is like being a woman in science and how to survive it. We would like to give a warm thank you Professor Carol A. Carter of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology; Professor Marci Lobel of Social and Health Psychology; Assistant Professor Jillian Nissen of Biological Sciences at SUNY Westbury; and Dr. Harini Krishnan Postdoctoral Researcher in Physiology and Biophysics for fielding our questions. Their advice was undoubtedly helpful to many, if not all, of the researchers in the room, women and men alike.

Left to Right: Dr. Carol A. Carter, Dr. Marci Lobel, Dr. Jillian Nissen, Dr. Harini Krishnan

If you would like to learn more about our panelists – and how they think we can create a better environment for women scientists – check out our previous posts: Meet Dr. Carol A. Carter, Meet Dr. Marci Lobel, Meet Dr. Jillian Nissen, Meet Dr. Harini Krishnan.

Graduate Student Poster Session

Last but not least, we had 18 posters, with representation from many of Stony Brook University’s graduate departments. The top three posters were awarded a small prize and certificate for their presentation ability and scientific merit.

In third place, Margaret Shevik of Pharmacology for “A flexible, clear, silicon-based window for long-term imaging in mice.”

Left to Right: Alyssa Liguori, GWiSE Vice President; Margaret Shevik, 3rd Place Poster; Aniska Chikhalya, GWiSE President

Coming in second, Charuta Pethe of Computer Science for “User Characterization on Twitter”

Left to Right: Alyssa Liguori, GWiSE Vice President; Charuta Pethe, 2nd Place Poster; Aniska Chikhalya, GWiSE Presiden

And in first, Taylor Medwig Kinney of Biochemistry and Cell Biology for “Dissecting the Transcriptional Regulation of Cell Invasion In Vivo”.

Left to Right: Alyssa Liguori, GWiSE Vice President; Taylor Medwig Kinney, 1st Place Poster; Aniska Chikhalya, GWiSE President

Learn more about these amazing scientists in our previous posts:

Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part One
Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Two
Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Three
Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Four
Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Five
Women’s Research in STEM Showcase: Meet the Scientists – Part Six

Once again, we can’t thank you enough for attending our event! As Aniska Chikhalya, our current GWiSE President said, ‘We would love to make this an annual event at SBU and to do that we need you!’ So please keep attending our events, giving us feedback, keep telling us what YOU need (you can email us at sbu.gwise@stonybrook.edu).

We are in this together – we are here to support each other!

Author: sbugwise

We are the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering group at Stony Brook University and we are dedicated to supporting women in STEM fields.

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