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50/50 Mentoring Series

50/50 mentoring initiative

Making WAVES is an ambitious program to increase participation and advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academic careers. One of our goals is to provide the campus community with examples of successful women in STEM at the academic level through a 50/50 Lecture Series. We bring notable scientists to campus to give a lecture in a special format. Half of the speaker’s time is allotted to his/her technical, educational and research interests, and the other half is devoted to his/her career path, detailing, for example, challenges overcome or the influence of mentors. These lectures, balanced by the speaker’s research accomplishments and personal career journey, inspire newer faculty of both genders to persevere not only through the example set by leaders in STEM, but by looking at their own career holistically.

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Past Lectures

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Oksana Ostroverkhova, Professor of Physics at the Oregon State University 
"Photophysics of Organic Materials: From Optoelectronics to Entomology and Lessons Learned in Between"
November 28, 2018
UMass Lowell faculty host: Viktor Podolskiy (Physics & Applied Physics)

Katia Bertoldi, Professor of Applied Mechanics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
"Non-Linear Architected Materials"
October 3, 2018
UMass Lowell faculty host: Marianna Maiaru (Mechanical Engineering)

Thomas J. Webster, Director of the Nanomedicine Laboratories at Northeastern University
"A University Career in Biomaterials: Balancing Education, Research, Life, Personal Expectations, and Still Loving Every Minute!"
April 4, 2018
UMass Lowell faculty host: Gulden Camci-Unal (Chemical Engineering)

Robert S. Langer, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Biomaterials and Biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering”
February 15, 2017
UMass Lowell faculty host: Nese Orbey (Chemical Engineering)

Holly Yanco, Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at University of Massachusetts Lowell
“Sci-Fi to HRI: Designing the Robot Systems of Tomorrow”
November 1, 2016

Maydianne Andrade, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto
“The Private Lives of Black Widows: How Behaviour Links Ecology & Evolution”
April 5, 2016
UMass Lowell faculty host: Jessica Garb (Biological Science)

Quing Zhu, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at UCONN
“Ultrasound-guided Diffuse Light Imaging and Co-registered Ultrasound & Photoacoustic Imaging: Matching the Tool to the Cancer Site”
October 19, 2015
UMass Lowell faculty host: Xingwei Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Carla Brodley, Dean of the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University
“Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Machine Learning”
March 12, 2015
UMass Lowell faculty host: Kate Saenko (Computer Science)

Maria Santore, Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering at UMass
“Soft and Hard Biomimetic Interfaces”
December 2, 2014
UMass Lowell faculty host: Marina Ruths (Chemistry)

Julie Zimmerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Yale University
“Designing Safer Chemicals and Nanomaterials for Enhanced Applications and Minimized Implications”
March 27, 2014
UMass Lowell faculty host: Meg Sobkowicz-Kline (Plastics Engineering)

Julie Chen, Vice Provost for Research, Ph.D., worked with the UMass Lowell Center for Women and Work to host the inaugural 50/50 Lecture Series. The goal of the 50/50 Lecture Series is to inspire established and emerging STEM professionals to persevere not only by considering the example set by leaders in STEM, but by looking at their own career holistically.