Friday, October 22, 2010

AWIS Endowment Raffle - Online Ticket sales now closed, pay by cash or check only at tonight's Open House!

The Association for Women in Science seeks to build an endowment of $5 million to provide a financial base that ensures AWIS remains at the forefront of education and workforce issues that affect women in STEM.

The endowment will support:
1) Regional conferences
2) Chapter initiatives
3) Enhanced member services
4) The national office in mounting new initiatives.

A successful endowment campaign will enhance every aspect of our work and make AWIS even stronger and more influential in the years ahead. It’s your future, your career, your success...your lasting gift for future generations of women in STEM.

Tonight we will be raffling a $150 gift certificate at the AWIS San Diego Chapter Open House to raise funds for the AWIS Endowment. Online and credit card sales are now closed, but you can still enter by purchasing a ticket for cash or check only at the AWIS San Diego Chapter Open House on Thurs November 4th 2010 from 5:30pm at Campus Pointe. The winner will be notified via email (does not need to be present to win).

$10 per ticket, or buy 5, get one extra free!

To register for the Open House visit

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall Back

Fall has always been my favorite time of year - after the long hot days of summer there's a bracing nip in the morning air, and routines return to normal as people return from vacations.

Fall is a great time for new beginnings - the new school year, the opportunity to learn something new. It's also time to focus on completing the goals you set at the start of the year, with just enough time to bring things to an orderly conclusion by year end. A time to reconnect with friends and start looking ahead to plans for the coming year.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Networking No-No's

Since I have a reputation of being extremely well networked, I often receive requests from friends, and friends of friends, to make introductions to my contacts in the pharma and biotech industries. Experience has taught me to be more selective in whom I choose to connect than I was at first - if you want my recommendation, please don't commit any of the following faux-pas.

1. The profligate. Please don't give out my contact information willy-nilly to just anyone without doing your own quality checks beforehand.

2. The undecided. If you want me to provide a reference or letter of recommendation, I expect you to be serious about the position for which you are applying. If you change your mind or are lukewarm in putting yourself forward, don't expect me to put time or effort into helping you.

3. The stalker. Please do not embarrass me by harrassing either me or my personal contacts with whom I have entrusted you, by refusing to take a polite no for an answer or bombarding us with phone calls and emails

4. The superbitch. If I recommend you for a job, please don't establish yourself as a "difficult" or high maintenance person on day 1. Rest assured it will be the last job I'll recommend you for

Friday, April 30, 2010


I've been waxing philosophical recently, since I'm about to leave my current employer to take up my new, dream job.

Philosophical thought 1: The most beautiful sunsets are those with clouds

Philosophical thought 2: Goodbyes get harder as we get older - as we slide along the continuum from birth to death our acquaintances lengthen, and we draw closer to our final goodbyes

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Women in Science - Ada Lovelace Day and National Women's History Month

To mark National Women's History month and Ada Lovelace Day, I was interviewed about the status of women in science on Dr KiKi's Science Hour, Show Number 39. The audio can be downloaded at