Girls4Stem Webinars

The AAUW-OML STEM Committee is developing a series of free webinars for high school girls, presented by women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field.
The funding for these programs is provided by the Bettelheim Family Foundation.

WEBINAR #2  DECEMBER 13, 2020  4 PM PST
“My Career from the Lab to Launching New Consumer Products”
featuring Deborah Martin,

Register in advance for this webinar: HERE

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Deborah Martin  MPH/CIH, Global Manager. Product Stewardship & Regulatory, Dupont Nutrition and Biosciences

Learn about the dynamic field of sustainable product stewardship, which is taking a consumer product, making it more “sustainable,” and taking it to market (on grocery shelves). A great career choice for women looking to blend science and business, a skill set in high demand.  I will describe my education and career journey, give examples of the work to bring safe sustainable products to consumers. Product Stewardship is the business process responsible for the management of regulatory compliant products throughout their life cycle focusing on the health, safety and environmental issues at each phase. Case studies will be given to illustrate specific examples.

WEBINAR #3  JANUARY 10, 2021   4 PM PST
Topic: “Let’s Make a Spectroscope!”
featuring Astrophysicist Dr. Rosalie McGurk, PHD

Register in advance for this webinar: HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  *Note you will need to assemble a few items for your use at home.

Dr. Rosalie McGurk, PHD (Instrumentation Fellow @Observatory of The Carnegie Institute for Science)

Let’s make a spectroscope! And what can we do with it?  Astronomers study the universe by doing spectroscopy, or spreading light into its component wavelengths/colors. Spectroscopy allows us to see what elements make up stars and galaxies, and measure the velocities of stars and galaxies. Unfortunately, most of our current spectroscopic instruments only show us a small part of most local galaxies, which limits our understanding of them. As an astronomer at Carnegie Observatories, Dr. McGurk is building a new spectroscopic instrument that can display much larger views and will let us look at an entire galaxy in one observation. This will allow us to measure the inherent properties of galaxies such where their elements are located and how they are moving.  She will teach you how to make a spectroscope, explain why she loves black holes, and describe her path to becoming an Instrumentation Fellow at Observatories of The Carnegie Institution for Science.  Hear more about how a career in astronomy or another STEM field is within YOUR reach.
Dr. McGurk is involved in building a new near-infrared multi-object spectrograph for Magellan with configurable slits and full JHK band coverage.  What is it?  Ask Dr. McGurk during the webinar.  She loves black holes and discovering new things in space.  Dr. McGurk was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg Germany, and has done work for and at other observatories.

NOTE:  You will need to have the following supplies ready for use during this webinar: paper towel tube, a CD or DVD, duct tape, scotch tape.

WEBINAR #4   JANUARY 24, 2021  4:00 PM PST
“Refinery 101” with Christy Tormey, BSME.

Learn about her journey to a Mechanical Engineer career & her inside view of the exciting life of a Design Engineer in an oil refinery.

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Christy Tormey, Optimization Operations Assistant at Chevron Refinery, Richmond, CA
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering (2014)
–  1+ year as Optimization Operations Assistant: Provide direction and strategy to optimize refinery operations. Continuously manage response to fluctuating conditions for safe and sustained operations.
–  1+ year as Operations Shift Team Leader: A member of refinery operations management supervising the activities of 23-25 union represented operators across three separate divisions. The job requires strong leadership and communication skills and operational and technical knowledge to optimize the unit and provide updates.
–  4 years as Design Engineer: Served as Lead Shutdown Engineer for planning a major plant turnaround; Lead Design Engineer and project management for hydro-processing reactor turnaround with a cross-functional team of technical, maintenance and operations personnel, plus other responsibilities.
–  Currently working as Diversity Ambassador for Chevron Richmond Refinery.


PAST WEBINARS:

WEBINAR # 1 Sunday, November 22, 2020   4:00 p.m. PST
“Engineering with a Purpose”
with Adrienne Johnson  

A recording of the Webinar is found  HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Topic: “Engineering with Purpose”, with Adrienne Johnson, B.S. Civil Engineer; M.S. Sustainable Design and Construction, 2016. How she built a Net Zero Energy School in S. Africa while still in College.

Adrienne Johnson (Sustainability and Project Engineer @Point Energy Innovation)
Adrienne Johnson, BA/BS Stanford University.  Sustainability and Project Engineer for Point Energy Innovation.  While getting her Master’s degree, Adrienne was project leader for a NET Zero Energy project designing the Parkwood Tech Center school in Cape Town, South Africa, in a community disadvantaged by the legacy of apartheid.  She and a co-lead won the prestigious Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2017.   Adrienne is considered one of the top “20 to Watch: Women in HVAC” for her achievements in designing sustainable buildings.  She is a member of Society of Women E