Dr. Lisa Ishii

The 2016 Catherine Deangelis, MD, MPH, Visiting  Lectureship for Women in Medicine and presentation of the Vice Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women will take place on Monday February 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chevy Chase Auditorium.

Lisa Ishii, M.D., M.H.S., co-chair of the Committee on the Status of Women, associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and senior medical director for clinical integration was selected to be this year’s recipient of the Vice Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women.

Dr. Jo Handelsman

Dr. Jo Handelsman

Jo Handelsman, PhD, associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will be the keynote speaker delivering the talk: “The Fallacy of Fairness: Confronting Bias in Academic Science.”

Dr. Jo Handelsman is the associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in June of 2014. Dr. Handelsman helps to advise President Obama on the implications of science for the nation, ways in which science can inform U.S. policy and on Federal efforts in support of scientific research. Prior to joining OSTP, Dr. Handelsman was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor Yale University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2013, she served as president of the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. Handelsman is an expert in communication among bacteria that associate with soil, plants and insects and helped pioneer the field of metagenomics, bridging agricultural and medical sciences. Handelsman is also recognized for her research on science education and women and minorities in science, and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring in 2011. Dr. Handelsman co-chaired the PCAST working group that developed the 2012 report, “Engage to Excel,” which contained recommendations to the President to strengthen STEM education to meet U.S. workforce needs. Dr. Handelsman co-founded the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching, the Yale Center for Scientific Teaching and the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education, programs focused on teaching principles and practices of evidence-based education to current and future faculty at colleges and universities nationwide. Dr. Handelsman received a bachelor's from Cornell University and a doctorate in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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