Annual Innovator Award

Join AWIS Chicago for our 10th Annual Awards Dinner

Please join AWIS Chicago in our 10th year of celebration of women in science, as we honor Yamuna Krishnan and Miiri Kotche, recipients of the 2016 Innovator and Motivator Awards. Our annual awards dinner will include short talks by our distinguished awardees about their work, career paths, and insights on women in science. Registration includes family style dinner, unlimited water and pop, and networking.

When: Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 6:00 Pm to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Where: Athena Greek Restaurant 212 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60661

For more information and to register please click here.

We hope to see you there!

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AWIS Chicago 2015 Innovator and Motivator Awards

AWIS Chicago will honor Kate Keahey – 2015 Innovator Award Recepient and Dimitra Georganopoulou-2015 Motivator Award Recipient.

Kate Keahey, Ph.D.

Kate is a computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Computation Institute. Why She Won: Kate Keahey received her Ph.D. in computer science from Indiana University in 1997. She then joined Los Alamos National Laboratory, where her research helped lay the foundation for the design of the Common Component Architecture. In 2001, she joined Argonne National Laboratory, where she is a computer scientist. She is also a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Computation Institute. Keahey is the creator of Nimbus, a world-renowned toolkit for turning a cluster into an infrastructure-as-a-service cloud. She has also served as co-principal investigator and principal investigator on several federally funded projects, including the DOE Center for Enabling Distributed Petascale Science; the NSF Chameleon project to develop a large-scale reconfigurable experimental environment for cloud research; and a DOE project to develop an architecture for online data analysis. Currently, she is also chair of the Advisory Board of Grid’5000 and vice-chair of the cloud computing track for CCGrid 2015.

Dimitra Georganopoulou, Ph.D.

Dimitra Georganopoulou is the Innovation and Commercialization Officer of the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) at Northwestern University.
Why She Won: Dimitra uses her wide range of experience in industry and academic settings to to encourage female scientists to find a way to incorporate their passions into any work environment, cultivate their professional relationships, and believe in their place in the field of their choosing. Dimitra was the Head of Operations and Vice President of Research & Development of Ohmx Corporation, an in-vitro diagnostics and biomarker development company. She had previously worked for Nanosphere and Inverness Medical (now Alere) in biosensor development. She is the co-founder of Global Scientific Editing (GSE) and the President of Women in Bio (WIB). She serves on the Board of Chicago American Association of Clinical Chemists (C-AACC) and on the Springboard Life Sciences Alumnae Committee.

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Innovator and Motivator Award by AWIS Chicago

2014 AWIS Chicago Awards Dinner Featured Awardees:

Innovator Award – Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she heads the Computational Population Biology Lab.

It’s our great pleasure to honor Dr. Tanya Berger-WolfAssociate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she heads the Computational Population Biology Lab. Her research interests are in applications of computational techniques to problems in ecology, from genetics to social interactions. Dr. Berger-Wolf received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. After spending some time as a postdoctoral fellow working in computational phylogenetics and doing research in computational epidemiology, she returned to Illinois. She has received numerous awards for her research and mentoring, including the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008 and the UIC Mentor of the Year (2009) and Graduate Mentor (2012) awards.

Motivator Award – Dr. Erin L. Thomas, Gender Diversity Specialist at Argonne National Laboratory.

In addition, we will be honoring Dr. Erin L. Thomas, Gender Diversity Specialist, at Argonne National Laboratory. In her role,she develops institutional approaches for enhancing gender diversity, inclusion, and equity in STEM careers. Before her time at Argonne, Dr. Thomas consulted for Catalyst, Inc., a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing womenat work, while conducting her doctoral research. Dr. Thomas research program informs her current role, as its overarchingobjectives are to: 1) ensure that the unique experiences of minority women do not go overlooked in diversity & inclusioninitiatives and 2) develop interventions that disrupt genderbased assumptions and expectations. Her primary line ofresearch examines the intersections of gender and race and the implications of multiple minority statuses in workplace, economic, and social policy contexts. Dr. Thomas research has received recognition and funding from numerousorganizations like the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American PsychologicalAssociation, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She received BAs in Psychology and InternationalStudies and an MS, MPhil, and PhD in Social Psychology all from Yale University.

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Innovator and Motivator Award by AWIS Chicago

2013 AWIS Chicago Awards Dinner

Featured Awardees:

7th Innovator Award – Dr. Barbara Di Eugenio, of the University of Illinois Chicago, for demonstrating innovative approaches in computational models of Natural Language Processing. Her work is applied to various interactive applications in education technology and human-robot interactions, where users can hold a natural conversation with a computer.

2nd Motivator Award – Dr. Lily Rin-Laures, of Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, LLP, for her work in initiating a new chapter of Women in Bio in Chicago (WIB), for which she was President until 2012. She is also active in Girls4Science (a nonprofit dedicated to exposing girls aged 10-18 to STEM) and Coalition for Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms. She has also served as a mentor for Menttium, a cross-company mentoring program for female leaders. 

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2011 Innovator Award Dinner

Congratulations to our 2011 AWIS Chicago Innovator Award winner Kawtar Hafidi!

A nuclear physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, Kawtar is an example of how women can thrive in fields typically dominated by men. She leads by example and promotes success among her students pursuing careers in the sciences.

Our annual award dinner will include a talk by Kawtar about her research and career path, dinner, and time for networking among attendees.

Where: Reza’s Restaurant, 432 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60654
When: Thursday, June 23rd, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost:$25 for members, $30 for non-members, $20 for students
Dinner, soft drinks and dessert provided

Register at: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=220775 by June 17

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Fourth Annual Award Innovator Dinner (2010)

4th Annual AWIS-CAC Innovator Award: Sometimes, you have to jump.
AliciaDr. Alicia Loffler was honored as the 2010 AWIS Innovator Award winner.
Dr. Loffler is the Associate Vice President for Innovation and New Ventures in the newly created Innovations and New Ventures Office at Northwestern University.  She spoke about her career  and how she has worked at many different types of jobs, never being afraid to make the “jump” when the opportunity presented itself.  She encouraged people to look for new opportunities in their own careers and lives and not to be afraid to take a chance on a new path.

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Third Annual Innovator Award (2009)

2009 Innovator Award Winner Dr. Tijana Rajh (right) and AWIS Chicago Chapter President Sandra Pearce (left)

2009 Innovator Award Winner Dr. Tijana Rajh (right) and AWIS Chicago Chapter President Sandra Pearce (left)

3rd Annual AWIS-CAC Innovator Award: Capturing Life at the Interface.
Dr. Tijana Rajh was honored as the 2009 AWIS Innovator Award winner.
Dr. Rajh is a chemist at Argonne National Laboraties. She gave a brief talk at the dinner about her career and experiences as a female scientist. *Support for Northwestern University students generously provided by the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University Integrated Graduate Program.

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Second Annual Innovator Award (2008)

Dr. Teresa Woodruff

2008 Innovator Award Winner, Dr. Teresa Woodruff

Dr. Teresa Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Woodruff is the Executive Director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research and Division Chief of the newly created Division of Fertility Preservation, and Professor of Neurobiology and Physiology, Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Woodruff serves as Associate Director for Basic Sciences in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, the Associate Director of Center for Reproductive Science, and the Director of the Center for Reproductive Research.

She is also pioneering interdisciplinary research in an emerging new field in cancer and reproductive biology, which she has termed “oncofertility”. In fact, in addition to her many current positions, she is also the Director and Founder of the newly-formed “Oncofertility Consortium”, a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors and funded by an NIH roadmap grant.

Dr. Woodruff is definitely an innovator in many academic and clinical research areas but perhaps just as importantly, she has also been a supportive and enthusiastic mentor to students and colleagues both within her own lab and outside of it. It is for these key leadership roles as well as innovative science that we have selected Dr. Woodruff as the recipient for the 2008 AWIS-CAC Innovator Award.

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First Annual Innovator Award (2007)

 AWIS-CAC President Heather Behanna (left) and award recipient Dr. Holly Falk-Krzesinski (right).

AWIS-CAC President Heather Behanna (left) and award recipient Dr. Holly Falk-Krzesinski (right).

The recipient of our inaguaral Innovator Award was Dr. Holly Falk-Krzesinski.  She is currently the Director of the Office of Research and Development at Northwestern University.

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