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WCS and DICE host summer workshop series on building soft skills for a career in STEM

The Women in Chemical Sciences and Diversity in Clean Energy groups at UW are teaming up to start a career soft-skills workshop series. We are planning three workshops for the summer and plan to continue the series throughout the academic year.

The summer workshops will be focused on “LinkedIn profiles/online presence” (June 28th), “Resume building” (July 26th), and “How to network” (August 23rd). Our planned format is a 15-20 minute Q&A with one or more industry experts, followed by an hour for the attendees to practice what they’ve just learned.

WCS annual lecture features ARPA-E’s Jennifer Gerbi

The 4th annual WCS lecture took place on Wednesday, May 2nd. Our speaker was Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, a program director at ARPA-E.

Dr. Jennifer Gerbi has been practicing physics and materials science for over 20 years, and has a keen interest in the intersection of high quality science and new business development. Currently serving as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), she manages the DELTA and SHIELD programs, developed the new SENSOR program, and manages additional projects for solar and power electronics. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Gerbi worked at Dow Corning in multiple capacities including portfolio building and new business development. She led teams in areas such as solar, batteries, and silicones for electronics. Prior to Dow Corning, Gerbi served as a Senior Materials Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company, focused on rooftop solar shingles. Gerbi served a postdoctoral fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory (vapor phase diamond thin film growth) and as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois (novel thin film diffusion barriers). Dr. Gerbi holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science (semiconductor focus) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received an M.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Physics from Bard College.

WCS members had the chance to sit down for lunch with Dr. Gerbi and discuss her career path.

Coming up: Mangels Lecture with Donna Nelson – ‘The Science of Breaking Bad: A look behind the Hollywood screen’

WCS is hosting this year’s Mangels Lecture!

As science advisor of the hit TV series Breaking Bad Donna J. Nelson will speak about her experiences in Hollywood and how the world of science and film connect. She will reveal how the science and science-related information behind the show was crafted in order to support the actors and engage the public. Nelson also will discuss initiation of and interactions in the work with script writers, providing key insight in the world of chemistry.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The event will take place at 7:30 pm in Kane 102 on 1/10.

A link to the event can be found here, or on Facebook here.

In addition to the lecture, WCS will be hosting a conversation with Dr. Nelson on Diversity in STEM. This will take place on 1/9 at 4 pm in CHB 102.