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Joan Wood Lecture Series

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Upcoming Lecture

Check back in January 2016 for information on the next Wood Lecture

About the Lecture Series (top)

Give Now buttonThe Joan Wood Lecture Series provides a forum for undergraduates to interact with women in science-related careers. Designed to encourage undergraduate women to pursue advanced degrees in science, the series showcases the many career opportunities available to science majors.

Before her death in 1990, Dr. Wood was a strong advocate of women in the sciences and remained active in educational programs within the IU Department of Biology. Memorial contributions made in her honor helped establish this lecture series.

Past Joan Wood Lecturers (top)

March 11, 2015
Susana Lopez, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology, Institute of Biotechnology, National Autonomous University of Mexico. "Rotavirus interactions with its host cell: An arms race." Download flyer | IU news release | IU OVPDEMA news release

March 31, 2014
Rachel J. Dutton, Ph.D., Bauer Fellow, FAS Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University. "Food for thought: Combining the right ingredients for an exciting career in science." Download flyer | IU news release | Earth Eats podcast

September 11, 2013

Margaret McFall-Ngai, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Adventures in Pioneering a Model System of Symbiosis." Download flyer

March 7, 2012

Kimberly D. Tanner, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, San Francisco State University. "Beyond Assessing Knowledge – Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Moving Towards Measuring Biological Expertise among Undergraduates." Download flyer

March 30, 2011

Tracy Lawhon, Chief Pharmaceutical Development Officer, Tragara Pharmaceuticals. "The Path Not Well Traveled: From Scientist to Entrepreneur." Download flyer

October 21, 2009
Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Director of the Center for Structural Biology, University of Florida. "Structural studies of Adeno-associated viruses towards improved gene delivery applications." Download flyer

March 25, 2009
Maria A. Schumacher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. "Structural mechanisms of multidrug resistance and multidrug tolerance."  Download flyer

March 26, 2008
Tania A. Baker, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Remodeling Proteins and the Proteome by AAA+ Unfolding Machines." Download flyer

October 3, 2007
Jamie L. Stalker, M.D., Medical Director of Argonne National Laboratory. "Flexibility and the Fickle Finger of Fate: A Peculiar Path from Musician to Medical Director."     Download flyer. | IU news release

April 4, 2007
Nicole King, Ph.D., 2005 MacArthur Fellow and Assistant Professor of Genetics and Development at the University of California at Berkeley. "Finding My Way: Fossils, Choanoflagellates, and Motherhood." Download flyer

February 15, 2006
Donna Cragle, Ph.D., Director of Basic and Applied Research and Director of the Center for Epidemiologic Research for the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education. "Epidemiology: Wonderful Career Choice or Secret Society?" Download flyer

September 22, 2005
Eugenie Scott, Ph.D., Director of the National Center for Science Education. "Tracking Those Incredible Creationists: Adventures as a Public Scientist."  Download flyer.

March 23, 2005
Gail Vance, M.D., Professor, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine. "Genetics, the Right Decision."  Download flyer.

March 4, 2004
Anne Ephrussi, Ph.D., Group Leader and Senior Scientist, Developmental Biology Programme, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). "Maternal Effect Genes and Passion: A View from Posterior Pole of the Drosophila Oocyte." Download flyer

March 26, 2003
Susan Gottesman, Ph.D., Chief, Biochemical Genetics Section, National Institutes of Health. "Growing Up with DNA: Reflections on a Career in Molecular Biology on the 50th Anniversary of the DNA Structure." Download flyer

October 10, 2002
Sharon Y. Strauss, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis. "How Understanding Ecological Communities Gives Us a Better Understanding of Individual Species." Download flyer

March 20, 2002
Ricki Lewis, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Genetic Counselor, Science Writer, Textbook Author. "From Science to Science Writing: What a Long Strange Trip It's Been."

March 28, 2001
Petra H. Belady, M.D., Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Indiana University, and Maternal/Fetal Specialist at Aegis Women's Healthcare. "Maternal-Fetal Medicine: One Woman's Career Path."

March 8, 2000
Sara Via, Professor, Departments of Biology and Entomology, University of Maryland. "How Does It Work: From Binocular Vision to Genetics of Herbivory?"

March 31, 1999
Virginia Walbot, Professor, Departments of Biological Sciences and Cell & Molecular Biology, Stanford University. "Jumping Genes of Corn."

November 18, 1998
Della Collins Cook, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University. "Did Columbus Bring Disease to the New World?"

March 11, 1998
Patricia Pukkila, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Reflections on Scientific Discovery."

November 12, 1997
Jennifer Kopczynski, Senior Research Scientist, Exelixis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "Biotechnology: Model Organism Genetics and Human Disease."

April 9, 1997
Virginia Zakian, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University. "Telomeres: Beginning to Understand Chromosomal Ends."

October 16, 1996
Esther Thelen, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Indiana University. "Why's a Nice Biologist Like You Studying Babies?"

April 3, 1996
Ernestina H. Saxton, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Neurology, UCLA. "Migraines in Medicine and Academia."

November 8, 1995
Kathy D. Schick, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University, and the Co-Director of Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology (C.R.A.F.T.). "Pursuits of the Past: In

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