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Exploring Women in Bioscience

What does the future hold for women in bioscience fields?

Eight female students from NEOMED’s Bio-Med Science Academy will get a taste when they visit BioOhio’s inaugural Women in Bioscience conference in Columbus. The all-day event on December 9 is organized by BioOhio, a non-profit membership organization.

Speakers include Caroline Whitacre, Ph.D., Vice President for Research at The Ohio State University; Suguna Rachakonda, Senior Director, Product Development, Cleveland Clinic; Joy Kenyon, Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Cardinal Health; and Robin Rasor, Managing Director of Licensing, The University of Michigan.

Walter Horton Jr., Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at NEOMED, will moderate a panel on mentoring women that will include discussion of career options in academia and industry.

Bio-Med Science Academy is a public high school located on the NEOMED campus. Students are selected by a lottery and pursue a STEM+M (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) curriculum. The Academy received 135-plus applications for 110 available spaces in the lottery held in February 2015. The first Bio-Med Academy class will graduate in spring 2016.