Release date: March 12, 2008
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NOTED SCIENCE FIGURE DEAN WILL DISCUSS NETWORKING, MENTORING DURING MTSU APPEARNACE MARCH 13
(MURFREESBORO) — Dr. Donna J. Dean, senior science adviser with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a government relations consulting firm that advocates for the public policy interests of institutions of higher education and other research and educational organizations, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at MTSU.
Dean, who is national president of the Association for Women in Science, will speak on “Networking and Mentoring: Keys to Success in Science” in Wiser-Patten Science Hall Room 102. The event is free open and to the public.
Her appearance is part of National Women’s History Month events. She is being presented by the MTSU Distinguished Lecture Committee, and is co-sponsored by MTSU Women in Science and Engineering and the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.
“She is quite well known,” said Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross, a chemistry department professor who has coordinated the visit. “She’s earned many honors and awards in recognition of her work in research and science policy at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.”
Iriarte-Gross added that what students in the Women in Science and Engineering organization and others could gain from Dean’s appearance is the fact that Dean achieved success despite coming from a small town (Lancaster) in Kentucky.
Dean was founding director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at NIH, and previously held a number of senior management and supervisory positions in the office of NIH director and in the grants peer review system.
Dean has been a pivotal leader on scientific and technical workforce issues, in women’s health and in career development strategies for young scientists.
Dean also is a member of the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Board of Advisers to the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering; adviser to the joint biomedical engineering program at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University; and executive board member of the Washington Academy of Sciences.
She earned her B.A. in chemistry from Berea College in 1969 and doctorate in biochemistry from Duke University. She also performed postdoctoral work in cell and developmental biology at Princeton University.
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