The first Open House held by AWIS San Diego was in 2002. The purpose was to introduce our organization to the science community and to recruit new members by presenting our diverse events, activities and committees. It was a great success and has become one of the most important AWIS-San Diego events. Since 2003 the Open House is also our opportunity to recognize our most active and dedicated volunteers through the AWIS Awards.
The annual AWIS-SD open house was held at Illumina on October 25, 2012. The event provided an ideal opportunity for current and prospective members for combining networking and understanding various AWIS committees. After an overview of AWIS San Diego chapter by the president Dody Sears, the AWIS-SD volunteer award recipients were announced.
Congratulations to the 2012 AWIS-SD Volunteer Award recipients:
Achievement in Innovation: Awarded to the Chapter member or committee who has initiated the best new idea to advance and enhance Chapter events.
- Uromi Goodale and Cheryl Okumura
Achievements in Outreach or Community Service: Awarded to the Chapter member who, while acting on behalf of AWIS, has made a contribution to the San Diego community.
- Juliana (Julie) Bordowitz
Leadership Service: Awarded to the Chapter member whose leadership role has advanced the goals and visibility of the San Diego Chapter.
- Nurith Amitai and Monica Brown
Outstanding Volunteer: Awarded to a Chapter member who actively and enthusiastically participates in an AWIS committee.
- Marianna Tcherpakov and Maki Kaneko
President's Award: Awarded to a Chapter member who has demonstrated continued service and enthusiasm over many years.
- Jenny Chaplain and Rachel Soloff
Rookie of the Year: Awarded to a new Chapter member who has jumped into the organization with both feet.
- Erna van Niekerk
Member-at-large and 2013 WIST co-chair
Grace Nakayama, Ph.D. has over 12 years R&D experience in the life sciences industry. Currently, she is managing two oncology programs in clinical development stages as a Program Manager at Biogen Idec. Previously, she led and contributed to early stage drug discovery projects as a Senior Principal Scientist at Pfizer La Jolla.Read more...
Julie received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2003, from the University of Arizona. After a year off, during which she continued research as a technician in her undergraduate lab, she ventured to the mid-west to persue graduate school. In 2009, Julie received her Ph.D in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Michigan State University.Read more...
Nurith grew up in Germany and, after a semester-long stint in California during her junior year of high school, moved to the US permanently at 20 years of age. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, with a minor in Cultural and Social Anthropology. She then completed her Ph.D. in Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, with a dissertation on modeling cognitive deficits with relevance to schizophrenia in rodents.Read more...