An Ideal Alumni Event

For the final event of the year, the Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society, with support from the IDEAL committee, hosted a  Career Panel with 9 diverse Penn alumni on Friday June, 23rd. including:

Daniel Villarreal, PhD University of Pennsylvania, CAMB – Gene Therapy and Vaccines.

Lashon Pringle, PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology – Cell Biology and Physiology

Senthil Kannan, PhD University of Pennsylvania, CAMB – Gene Therapy and Vaccines

Steven Tuyishime, PhD University of Pennsylvania, CAMB – Gene Therapy and Vaccines

Arnaldo Diaz, PhD Texas A&M University – Biochemistry

Heather L. Bennett, PhD Brown University

Luis Cocka, PhD University of Pennsylvania, CAMB – Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology

Shilpa Iyer, PhD University of Pennsylvania, CAMB – Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology 

Nyamekye Obeng-Adjei, PhD University of Pennsylvania – Pharmacology/GTV

These folks hailed from all stages of their careers and were pursuing their passions in industry, consulting, science communication, government, academia and public health. Following the afternoon panel,  alumni and attendees enjoyed an evening reception held at tStratus Rooftop Lounge in downtown Philadelphia. 

This was a great opportunity to bring successful scientists back to Penn to inspire and advise the next generation of biomedical trainees.

Conversations about Campus Climate

For the spring session of Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society's biannual seminar series, we featured Sherilynn Black,  Assistant Professor of the Practice in Medical Education at the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Black is also the founding Director of the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity for the Duke School of Medicine and has engaged in many diversity initiatives to support underrepresented minorities in STEM.

Her talk. “Climate Change: Expanding the Impact of Diversity Interventions in the Scientific Community” featured both her own experiences living within and reforming the STEM education culture and quantifiable results from targeted initiatives at her institution.

EE Just members, faculty and Biomedical Graduate Studies administrators alike had the privilege to gain constructive insight from Dr. Black's visit to Penn's campus.