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Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Increasing Awareness for Research, Recognition of the University, and Professional Development Opportunities

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Technical Session - Retaining and Developing Women Faculty

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Women in Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy

Tagged Topics

Diversity, ASEE Diversity Committee, and Engineering Deans Council

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Jamie J Newman Louisiana Tech University

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Dr. Jamie Newman is an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Newman completed her BA in Biology at Amherst College and her PhD in Biology at MIT. Dr. Newman's research focuses on understanding mechanisms that regulate cell state using stem cells as a model for studying cell behavior. In addition to the lab's focus on basic biology, the use of stem cells has led to collaborations across campus where stem cells are being used for research into areas of tissue engineering. Dr. Newman is the founder of the New Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series and continues to lead the organization of the series each year.

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Mary E Caldorera-Moore Louisiana Tech University

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Dr. Mary Caldorera-Moore is an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and Nanosystems Engineering, director of Women Influencing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (WiSTEM) outreach organization, and the co-organizer of the New Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series at Louisiana Tech University. She was also selected to be a 2014 NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Early-Career Engineering Faculty Member. She has a strong background in the development and synthesis of response-sensitive biomaterials, polymeric hydrogels, drug delivery systems for “engineering better medicines.” Dr. Mary Caldorera-Moore is a well-qualified researcher who has conducted research in the biomedical field for 12 years. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Caldorera-Moore has been exceedingly active and dedicated to mentoring students.

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The New Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series at Louisiana Tech University is a seminar series that brings in internationally recognized researchers who work in various areas of biomedical research. In this series, scientists come to share their work with Tech faculty, students, and the community, establish relationships and collaborations with researchers on campus, and learn about the research and academic programs going on at Louisiana Tech. The goal is to demonstrate the broad and interdisciplinary nature of biomedical research. Speakers come from areas of engineering, biology, and chemistry and are all working towards the fundamental problem of understanding and treating conditions that impact human health. In addition to discussing their research, some of our guests give a separate lecture intended for a general audience. These special lectures are designed to involve and educate the community on research that is relevant to them and what progress is being made to improve diagnostic and treatment options for patients. These community lectures are made possible through the generous support of the Lincoln Health Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to improve health outcomes for members of the community. This year-long series began with a Networking Grant from the University’s ADVANCE program and was organized as a way for faculty and students at Louisiana Tech to meet local researchers in the area of stem cell biology. That small series gained a lot of momentum and was so successful that several groups on campus expressed an interest in supporting a larger series with the goal of bringing internationally recognized researchers to the University. Today, the series is a collaboration between Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology Education Center (SciTEC) at Louisiana Tech, Office for Women in Science and Engineering (OWISE), Kinesiology, Nursing, Human Ecology, and Art, drawing 60-100 students and faculty to each of the events. As the New Frontiers series continues to evolve, the focus on STEM has expanded to art, a collaboration supported by The President’s Office at Louisiana Tech University. For this last collaboration, Mr. Nick Bustamante, Associate Professor of Art, designed the seminar series brochure cover and will be teaching a course on digital illustration where art students will compete for next year’s brochure cover art. This is a great opportunity to show students in art and science the impactful collaboration that can exist between seemingly separate programs. The project driven curriculum will provide enrolled students experience with advanced digital art equipment that will prepare them for careers as scientific illustrators. In addition to the class, this year’s series will be hosting two scientific illustrator seminar speakers, to further increase awareness on campus of this useful partnership.

Newman, J. J., & Caldorera-Moore, M. E. (2016, June), Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Increasing Awareness for Research, Recognition of the University, and Professional Development Opportunities Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25442

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