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Career Panel: Women in Science Beyond Academia

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Women Beyond Academia panelist headshotsDuke University Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) presents a Women in Science Virtual Career Panel and Discussion. Four incredible panelists discuss the opportunities for women in their fields, how to undergo the transition from academia to their positions, and any other questions you might have. Our panelists’ interests span multiple fields including data science, ecology, science communication, science writing, government relations, strategy consulting, and biotech research. We are excited to hear about these women’s experiences through the panel and will also offer break out discussion sections to allow you to ask more tailored questions about the fields you are interested in.

Panelists (pictured clockwise from upper left): 

Tiffany G. Wilson, Ph.D. '17 (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Data Scientist at CleanChoice Energy
Dr. Wilson is an environmental engineer by training who has transitioned from research in physical science to startup data analytics. As a data scientist, she works with colleagues to create useful analytics tools that generate value through greater understanding of data.

Jennifer Lynn McCulley, Ph.D. '10 (Molecular Cancer Biology), PMP, Health Communications Project Manager and Senior Science Writer
Dr. McCulley is an experienced project manager, senior science writer/editor, and health communications consultant. She is trained in project management, scientific/policy writing and editing, digital and traditional communication tactics, program evaluation, health education, stakeholder engagement, and strategic program analysis. 

Alison Appling, Ph.D. '12 (Ecology), Data Scientist at United States Geological Survey
Dr. Appling is an ecologist and data scientist interested in how natural processes and human activities jointly influence our environment. She creates cutting-edge analytics tools, generating highly readable, reproducible analyses, such as R packages that help researchers estimate ecosystem processes (photosynthesis, respiration, and river solute loads) more accurately and efficiently.

Sarah Ronnebaum, Ph.D. '08 (Pharmacology), Senior Scientist at Pharmerit
Dr. Ronnebaum is a strategy consultant and researcher for private and government health-related organizations. She collaborates with cross-functional teams, ensures delivery of high-quality products, and maintains networks of key opinion leaders to discuss emerging clinical and scientific information.

This event is sponsored by WiSE and is offered as part of the 2020-21 Careers Beyond Academia Series, co-sponsored by The Graduate School, Duke Career Center, and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions? Contact Blair Willette or Rebecca Chen.

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity
  • Careers Beyond Academia