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Women in Science Project
6243 Parker House, 2nd floor
(Located in a two-story white frame house)
Hanover, NH
Phone: (603) 646-3690
Email: WISP@Dartmouth.EDU

News & Events Archive: December 2008

  • December 1, 2008: Dartmouth Senior Wins Canadian Rhodes Scholarship — Excerpted from Dartmouth News "Kathryn S. Twyman ’09 has won a Canadian Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England... Twyman, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is a double major in chemistry and physics with a minor in biology. She is an active member in Dartmouth’s Women in Science Project as well as the Dartmouth Varsity Women’s Crew team." Kathryn Twyman recently answered a few questions for WISP, and the conversation is featured below:
    • WISP: As I think about your triangulation coverage of physics, chemistry and biology, you seem to be something of a Renaissance scholar along with your athletic achievements. How long have you known this passion for the sciences?
      Kathryn: Quite a long time! Throughout High School and even in Junior High School (Grades 7-9 in Canada), I had a keen interest in the sciences.
    • WISP: Has it been difficult at times to keep both your science and athletic pursuits going simultaneously?
      Kathryn: Yes, it certainly has been a challenge balancing both passions. It required a lot of juggling and planning ahead to fit everything that I wanted to take into my schedule, especially since many of the science classes must be taken in sequential order and are only offered once a year. I think one of my toughest terms was sophomore spring when I was taking two lab courses, drill, and traveling almost every weekend for races with the crew team.
    • WISP: Has studying science at Dartmouth fueled your interests and led you to some good mentors? Kathy Cottingham appears to be one of those special faculty for you. It also seems like the opportunities to do research these past years have added a dimension to learning that otherwise may not have led you to this point or these aspirations. I'm so interested to learn how WISP has fit into your "bigger picture".
      Kathryn: In general, I have found most professors at Dartmouth are very approachable, seem to genuinely care about the students, and are great teachers. My research experience at Dartmouth started my freshman winter with a WISP internship under Professor Sloboda in the biology department. Later, I worked with Professor Cantor in the chemistry department on a novel hypothesis for the mechanism of anesthetics by modeling complex currents through ion channel proteins. I have really enjoyed my time in the laboratory outside of class and it has definitely influenced by decision to pursue a Ph.D in physical chemistry at Oxford. Read on.
  • December 17, 2008: Graduate Students and Post docs: Strategies for Conducting an Academic Job Search — Join Brian Pogue, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Engineering, and guest visitor, Tayyaba Hasan, Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School and Director of the Office for Research Career Development, Mass General Hospital as they discuss tips and strategies for obtaining and succeeding in an academic job. Open to all graduate students and post docs. Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • December 18, 2008: WISP Luncheon with Tayyaba Hasan — Women post docs and graduate students were invited to attend an informal lunch discussion with academic researcher and leader, Tayyaba Hasan. Dr. Hasan has come up through the ranks to become a full Harvard professor and has served on many committees addressing issues for women and for the Ph.D. community. Since 2005, Dr. Hasan has directed the Office of Research Career Development (ORCD) within Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. One of the ORCD's priorities is to strategize a career development policy for postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Hasan is a Professor of Dermatology at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and an affiliate Professor of the Health Science Technology Program at Harvard Medical School/MIT. She has an active research program in photobiology and photodynamic therapy with over 150 publications, several patents, with research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and industry. She is the Program Director for a National Cancer Institute-funded, multi-site Program Project Grant. Her record of service to the community spans many years and includes chairing the Joint Committee on the Status of Women of Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Hasan serves on a number of scientific advisory boards in academia and industry, international review boards, and study sections for NIH and other funding agencies.

Last Updated: 11/1/10