2017 Panel: Life as a Scientist

2009 Adult Panel

Parents, teachers, and other interested adults play an essential role in developing young girls’ interest in math and science. This morning session is designed to be an informative discussion between parents and prominent scientists regarding how parents can promote the participation of their daughters in science. Panelists will discuss their careers, education, and research experience, and will give parents suggestions for supporting their daughters as they pursue careers in science, medicine, and engineering. The panelists have varied backgrounds and experiences in academia and industry. The session will include a question/answer period to allow for further discussion of topics of interest. The Life as a Scientist panel begins at 9:00 am. Conference volunteers will be available to assist the girls to their workshops after the keynote address.

2017 Adult Panel

Michelle Kortenaar

Michelle Kortenaar is Director of Program at the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY. She has a long history of providing children with opportunities to explore science through open-ended experiences and discovery. Michelle's educational career began as a high school physics and biology teacher in Toronto, Canada. She was also the founding director of a science center at a large residential summer camp in PA. Michelle has been at the Sciencenter since 2010, first working in the Nanoscale Informal Science Network, and then as Director of Education, before her current role.

Lois Pollack

After Dr. Lois Pollack earned a PhD in condensed matter physics from MIT in 1989, she joined the Low Temperature Physics group at Cornell. She worked in the Microkelvin Laboratory until 1997, when, with support from the National Science Foundation and the LASSP Biophysics Group, she changed the focus of her research program to Biophysics. She joined the faculty in Applied and Engineering Physics in 2000 and is currently a professor and the department director. Her research focuses on developing and applying physics-based tools to gain insight into outstanding problems in molecular biology. She has two daughters.

Amy MacQueen

Dr. Amy MacQueen went to Cornell as an undergrad in the College of Human Ecology and was a Human Biology, Health and Society major. She went to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse for medical school and then went to residency and fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She is the team physician for the Cornell women’s hockey team as well as a team physician at Ithaca College and TC3. She is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Tristan MacLean

Tristan MacLean, PhD, is an expert in public engagement, science communication and education. He started his career as a molecular neuropathologist, researching and diagnosing prion diseases at the UK National CJD surveillance unit during the peak of the CJD crisis at the turn of the century. After his post-doctoral work he trained as a science teacher and taught in colleges and schools until 2009 when he began developing national public engagement programs for world-leading research institutes, including the John Innes Centre, and the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council. He has experience in a wide range of public engagement approaches, including citizen science, museums, theatre and outreach at agricultural shows. Tristan is the founder and current Program Director for I’m a Scientist USA, a national online STEM engagement program. He has degrees in experimental pathology (BSc, University of St. Andrews), clinical pharmacology (MSc, University of Aberdeen), Biochemistry (Ph.D, University of Edinburgh) and science education (PGCE, University of Durham).

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2005 Adult Panel

The 2005 Adult Panel: Melissa Hines (Chemistry), Lisa Wickham (Applied Physics), Kathy Selby (Physics), Maureen Hanson (Molecular Biology and Genetics), and Laura Jones (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).