Past Events


April 18, 2017 - Trickling Up to Excellence

Figuring out ways to increase the number of students from underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors was the topic of a forum last week at the Standish Room in the Science Library.

The speaker was Michael Summers, the Robert Meyerhoff Chair for Excellence in Research and Mentoring and a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Summers, a Howard Hughes investigator and member of the National Academy of Sciences, shared information and strategies that UMBC used to significantly improve recruitment and retention of minority students in the STEM fields.


April 6, 2017 - Justice on Campus

UAlbany welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to campus on Tuesday for the latest installment of the University’s Speaker Series and a private discussion with students, faculty and staff.
Pictured left: Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, author William Kennedy, and professor Marlene Belfort



December 6, 2016 - Piercing the Glass Ceiling

Joann Lublin, the management news editor of The Wall Street Journal, was at Page Hall at the Downtown Campus at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, to talk about women making it in the world of business.

The appearance was sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany’s School of Business and the Times Union’s Capital Region Women@Work. The School of Business is also sponsoring a reception with Lublin at 4:15 p.m. in the Massry Center for Business alumni, faculty, staff and students.

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October 27, 2016 - Graduate Student Brown Bag Series - “Women in the STEM Professions”.

This Brown Bag program, Women in the STEM Professions, was held last Thursday, October 27th. It was organized and sponsored by Betty Shadrick in her capacity of Assistant Dean, the Office of Graduate Education. This luncheon included a panel of accomplished STEM women faculty who discussed the representation of women in the professions, challenges and benefits, and the power of STEM researchers to influence the 21st century United States and the world community. The following list includes the panelists and their topics:

Dr. Marlene Belfort - Work-life balance and the value of collaboration
Dr. Cheryl Frye - Women, Diversity, and Encouraging the Next Generations
Dr. Jayanti Pande - Making choices and perceptions of success
Dr. Rabi Musah - Transformational Impact of Being a Woman in STEM



April 7, 2016 - Work-Life Balance Viewed By Faculty Mom and Graduate Student

Assistant Professor Dr Andrea Lang and Ph.D. candidate Rosimar Ríos-Berríos, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, gave a Work-Life Balance presentations to faculty post-docs and students at the WISH meeting.



February 4, 2016 - Jennifer Verdolin, Animal Behavior Scientist

Reading/discussion — 8:00 p.m., Campus Center Room 375

Jennifer Verdolin is a behavioral scientist who applies her knowledge of animal courtship and mating behaviors to human relationships. Her book on the subject Wild Connections (2014) grows out of her same-titled blog for Psychology Today. Her work has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and in National Geographic and The Smithsonian.

Sponsored in conjunction with UAlbany’s Sexuality Week organized by the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program and University Counseling Center. Cosponsored by the Student Association, University Auxiliary Services, and the Office of Diversity and UAlbany’s Women in Science and Health group.



October 29th, 2015 - Dr. Lydia, Assistant Professor UT Austin

Seminar — Finding all the needles in a haystack: parsing integrative systems data to define RNA-driven regulatory networks
Panel Discussion — Starting a Science Career and Learning How to Jump the Hurdles

Dr Lydia Contreras, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin, combines bimolecular engineering, genetics and computation to define the interactions of RNAs and proteins in health and disease. Dr Contreras will lead a panel discussion of workplace challenges and opportunities for women of color in the STEM fields. The panel will include UAlbany faculty, administration, graduate students and undergraduates. The event will be cosponsored by UAlbany's Women in Science and Health and the Training Program in RNA Science. See Seminar Poster

Images from the panel.



October 6th, 2015 - Casey Schwartz, Science Writer

Seminar — 4:15 p.m., D’Ambra Auditorium, Life Sciencex Building (LSRB 2095)
Reading — 8:00 p.m., Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center, downtown Albany

Casey Schwartz is the author of the new book, In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis (2015), a witty, accessible, and entertaining introduction to new developments in brain science—notably the reconciliation of neuroscience and psychoanalysis. Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, called it “a brilliant and enthralling exploration of a scientific and philosophical conundrum that has preoccupied thinkers from Descartes to Freud to Oliver Sacks: the relationship between brain and mind.” A graduate of University College London with an MA in neuroscience, Schwartz has worked as a science and health reporter for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and other publications.

Cosponsored in conjunction with the launch of UAlbany’s Women in Science and Health group (WISH), in association with the RNA Institute and the School of Public Health



Speakers at the monthly meeting for 2014-2017

Past Presenters