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2011 WISE Conference

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2011 Women in Science and Engineering Conference
April 8, 2011
Texas State University, San Marcos TX

The College of Science and Engineering hosted its second Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference on Friday, April 8, 2011.

2011 Conference Theme: "Moving women in science and engineering into the fast lane - that's WISE!"

This one-day event provided a forum for science outreach and education, networking, and showcasing faculty and student research interests. Thank you to all of our alumni, students, and faculty who joined us in celebration of women in science and engineering at Texas State University!

2011 WISE Conference Program

2011 Conference Chair
Dr. Dana Garcia
Texas State University
College of Science and Engineering, Dept. of Biology

2011 Keynote Address

Dr. Marsha Wills-Karp
Director, Division of Immunobiology
Cincinnati Hospital Children's Medical Center
Dr. Karp Bio

2011 Student Poster Session Winners

Congratulations to our poster session and scholarship award recipients for their fine academic and research performance!

First place:
Nirmala Karunarathna - "IAA28 May have Multiple Functions in Plant Growth and Development"; Nirmala Karunarathna, Sunethra Dharmasiri, Thilanka Jayaweera, Praveen Kathare, Joseph R. Koke and Nihal Dharmasiri, Department of Biology, Texas State University-San Marcos

Second place:
Priscilla Pham, Reese Cotton, Shaniece Parker - "Secreted Bioactive Factors from Bifidobacterium longum Increase the Levels of Intestinal Fasting Induced Adipocyte Factor (FIAF) in Vitro"; Priscilla Pham, Reese Cotton, Shaniece Parker, Dhiraj A Vattem, B. J. Friedman and Vatsala Maitin, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas State University-San Marcos

Third place (tie):
Jessica Tracy, Leasha Schaub - "Functional Relevance of Unfolded Protein: Investigating Allostery in the Tumor Suppressor Protein p53";  Jessica Tracy, Leasha Schaub, and Steven Whitten, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas State University-San Marcos

Swapneela Unkule - "Register Pressure Guided Code Transformations for the GPU"; Swapneela Unkule and Apan Qasem, Department of Computer Science, Texas State University-San Marcos

2011 Scholarship Award Recipients

Krystle Moore: Women's Giving Circle-WISE Scholarship
Sara Weaver: Women's Giving Circle-WISE Scholarship
Selene Basurto-Vazquez: Samsung Austin Semiconductor Scholarship
Swapneela Unkule: SwRI Women in Science and Engineering Scholarship

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2011 Conference Sponsors

College of Science and Engineering
Department of Biology
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Computer Science
Department of Engineering Technology
Department of Mathematics
Department of Physics
Ingram School of Engineering
Office of the Vice President for Research and Federal Relations
Samsung, Inc.
Southwest Research Institute
Women's Giving Circle
Women in Science Initiative

2011 WISE Conference Planning Committee

Dana García, PhD, Professor, Department of Biology - Conference Chair

Nathaniel Dean, PhD, Professor, Department of Mathematics

Debra Feakes, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Heather Galloway, PhD, Director, University Honors Program and Professor, Department of Physics

Terry Hazell, Entrepreneur in Residence, Office of Commercialization and Industrial Relations, Texas State University

Anne Hee Hiong Ngu, PhD, Professor, Department of Computer Science

Clara Novoa, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Engineering

Susan Romanella, MA, Director, H-LSAMP Scholars Program, College of Science and Engineering

Stephen Seidman, PhD, Dean - College of Science and Engineering

Vedaraman Sriraman, PhD, Professor, Department of Engineering Technology