Speakers

Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP, FACC

NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, National Institutes of Health

Hannah Valantine is the first NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and a Senior Investigator in the Intramural Research Program at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Prior to starting this position in April 2014, Dr. Valantine was Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership at Stanford, a leadership position she held since November 2004. She is nationally recognized for her transformative approaches to diversity and is a recipient of the NIH Director’s Pathfinder Award for Diversity in the Scientific Workforce. She is currently leading NIH efforts to promote diversity through innovation across the NIH-funded biomedical workforce through a range of evidence-based approaches. Dr. Valantine maintains an active clinical research program that continues to have high impact on patient care.

Current research extends her previous finding that an organ transplant is essentially a genome transplant, and that monitoring the level of donor DNA in a recipient’s blood as a marker of organ damage will detect early stages of rejection. She is currently overseeing a multi-site consortium of mid-Atlantic transplant centers to validate these findings clinically toward the development of a non-invasive tool for detecting early signs of organ rejection.

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Janet Abate, PhD

Professor, Science, Technology, and Society, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Janet Abbate is Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech and Co-director of the STS graduate program in Northern Virginia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has focused on the history, culture, and policy of computing. Her 1999 book, Inventing the Internet, was the first scholarly history of the Internet. Her 2012 book, Recoding Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing, explores how gender has shaped computing and how the experiences of female software pioneers can inform current efforts to broaden participation in science and technology. Her current research investigates the history and social significance of computer science as an intellectual discipline.

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Janine Austin Clayton, MD

NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, Director, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health and Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH),  is the architect of the NIH policy requiring scientists to consider sex as a biological variable across the research spectrum. This policy is part of NIH’s initiative to enhance reproducibility through rigor and transparency. As co-chair of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Clayton also leads NIH’s efforts to advance women in science careers.

Prior to joining the ORWH, Dr. Clayton was the Deputy Clinical Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI) for seven years. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Clayton’s research interests include autoimmune ocular diseases and the role of sex and gender in health and disease. She is the author of more than 80 scientific publications, journal articles, and book chapters.

Dr. Clayton,  a native Washingtonian, received her undergraduate degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Clayton completed fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and in uveitis and ocular immunology at NEI.

Dr. Clayton has received numerous awards,  including the Senior Achievement Award from the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2008 and the European Uveitis Patient Interest Association Clinical Uveitis Research Award in 2010. She was selected as a 2010 Silver Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. In 2015, she was awarded the American Medical Women’s Association Lila A. Wallis Women’s Health Award and the Wenger Award for Excellence in Public Service. Dr. Clayton was granted the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health in 2016. She was also selected as an honoree for the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards and the American Medical Association’s Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service in 2017.

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Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD

Co-chair, Gender Working Group & Vice President, Research Intelligence, Elsevier

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the Vice President, Research Intelligence on the Global Strategic Networks team at Elsevier. Her key role is building and maintaining long term relationships with research institutions and funders, giving voice to research leaders at those organizations within Elsevier to help the business deliver the most impactful solutions to support research globally. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski focuses on how insights from data and analytics guide strategic planning for research institutions, funders, and science policy organizations and her engagement activities include building partnerships around gender diversity and equity issues. Actively involved in promoting women leaders in STEM, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is co-chair of the Gender Working Group at Elsevier and co-author on Elsevier’s previous gender report, Gender in the Global Research Landscape.

She also previously served as the editor-in-chief of the AWIS Magazine. Prior to joining Elsevier, Holly was a faculty member and administrator at Northwestern University—and an Elsevier Research Intelligence customer. Notably, there she launched the Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM and the Navigating the Professoriate and Beyond Tenure programs in support of career advancement for women faculty members in STEM fields.

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Mary Frank Fox, PhD

ADVANCE Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mary Frank Fox is ADVANCE Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on women and men in academic and scientific occupations and organizations, with implications for science and technology policy. Dr. Fox's research is published in over 60 different scholarly and scientific journals, books, and collections.

Dr. Fox is a Member (and twice Chair) of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Women and Information Technology; prior Council Member (twice elected) of the Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology, American Sociological Association; Editorial Board Member of the journal, Social Studies of Science; and Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Electorate Nominating Committee, Division on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences, and the AAAS Nominations Committee (at large). In 2015, she received an award as Section Star from the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological association. In 2016, she received the Gender Equity Award at Georgia Tech, and in 2017, the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Research Award and the Faculty Member of the Year Award. In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Bamini Jayabalasingham, PhD

Senior Analytical Product Manager, Analytical Services, Elsevier

Dr. Bamini Jayabalasingham is a PhD trained researcher with experience conducting evaluations to support evidence based policy and program changes at the federal and municipal level. She is experienced managing teams to coordinate program evaluations, policy implementation, strategic planning, and data analyses to assess underlying factors (e.g. socioeconomic, infectious disease, funding policies) contributing to health and economic outcomes.

In her current role as Senior Product Manager with Elsevier’s Analytical Services, she has responsibility for developing analytical products using bibliometric data to support the strategic planning needs of clients in academia and government. Projects she has worked on include Cancer Research Current Trends and Future Directions and, Gender in the Global Research Landscape (PDF, 4.6 MB).

Prior to joining Elsevier, she held positions as Health Science Administrator at the Office of Research on Women’s Health, US National Institutes of Health, and Science Policy Analyst at the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Heather Metcalf, PhD

Chief Research Officer, Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

Heather Metcalf, PhD, is Chief Research Officer for AWIS, where she is project lead for their STEM to Market and ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network initiatives. She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science (Clarion University of Pennsylvania), master’s degrees in computer science (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and gender studies (University of Arizona), and a doctorate in higher education, science and technology policy (University of Arizona). She utilizes her unique interdisciplinary background to engage in research, policy, and programmatic efforts related to inclusive organizational cultures; individual and organizational change; and career pathways and experiences in STEM fields across all sectors. Dr. Metcalf holds a patent on anti-bias training materials for effective search and hiring processes and is the lead investigator on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Kapor Center, and the University of Illinois. She has appeared on a variety of media channels, including: Public Radio International, The Atlantic, The Guardian, National Public Radio, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scientific American, Nature, Forbes, and more to share her expertise.

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Beth Ruedi, PhD

Director of Operations, SEA Change, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Beth Ruedi, PhD, is the Director of Operations for SEA Change at AAAS. She has been involved in the STEMM professional society sector for nearly a decade, first serving as the founding Director of Education and Professional Development at the Genetics Society of America. There, Dr. Ruedi helped cultivate an educational mission for GSA, resulting in a complex portfolio of over 20 activities, initiatives, partnerships, and awards, many of which worked to address systemic issues underlying the lack of diversity in STEMM. In 2016 she joined AAAS, serving under Dr. Shirley Malcom to direct multiple projects related to STEMM literacy, education reform, and diversity & inclusion.

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Sharon Straus, MD, FRCPC, MSc, HBSc

Director of the Knowledge Translation Program and Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Professor in Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

Sharon E. Straus is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist who trained at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford.  She is the Director of the Knowledge Translation Program and Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital and Professor in Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.  She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and 3 textbooks in evidence-based medicine, knowledge translation and mentorship.  Since 2015, she has consistently been in the top 1% of highly cited clinical researchers as per Web of Science and has an H-index of 86. She holds more than $57 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator.  She has received national awards for mentorship, research and education.

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Emma Grace Thomas

Fifth Year Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Bio coming soon


Billy Williams, MS

Vice President, Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Billy M. Williams (he, him, his) is the Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion at the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a global scientific community that advances the understanding of Earth and space through cooperation in research.  Williams was the Principal Investigator and lead organizer for the NSF-funded workshop in September 2016, Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond and serves as a co-Principal Investigator on the 2017 NSF Grant, ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences. Previously, he led the work to update and extend AGU’s ethics policies. Williams was also a member of the 2017-2018 National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Impact of Sexual Harassment in Academic Science Engineering and Medicine. Prior to joining AGU as Science Director in 2012, he served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences and as a Global R&D Director at Dow Chemical Company. Williams is the 2019-2020 Ethics Committee Chair for the American Society of Association Executives. He also recently co-led the development of the Societies Consortium on Addressing Harassment in STEMM – an initiative to advance professional ethics, conduct, climate and culture.

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Nicole C. Woitowich, PhD

Associate Director, Women’s Health Research Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Nicole (Niki) Woitowich, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University. She is actively transforming the landscape of women’s health through her research, advocacy, and outreach activities. While formally trained as a biochemist, her research focuses on the evaluation of the biomedical research enterprise through the lens of sex- and gender-inclusion. She has significant expertise in science policy and public engagement with science, and as such, was named a Presidential Management Fellow in 2016 and currently serves as chair for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Science Outreach and Communication Committee.

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