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We are lining up some great speakers and activities for the Pathways 2021 workshop! Check out our confirmed speakers below.

Topics and Session Leaders

Mini Entrepreneurial Boot Camp
Gary Beall, Texas State University San Marcos


Workshop participants are placed in teams GaryBealland are given a technically based seed for a start-up business. They will then develop and pitch a business plan for that seed. This activity is supported through a series of interactive sessions on the critical components of a business plan such as market analysis, financial projections, intellectual property, sales strategies, manufacturing, and management. Each team will put together these various components, leading up to a final pitch made to the whole group. A prize is given to the winning team.
Gary W. Beall has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Baylor University.Gary's first job out of graduate school was at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he conducted research on the environmental fate of actinides originating from the civilian nuclear fuel cycle. He then moved to industry for 21 years during which he served as researcher, group leader, technical director, and vice president for a number of different companies and also founded his own company. The central theme of the research conducted during this period was applications of surface modified clay nanoparticles in paint, cosmetics, grease, pharmaceuticals, cat litter, water treatment, and polymers. He has over 130 publications in refereed journals and 48 US patents in his name. Gary co-edited the first book written on polymer/clay nanocomposites in 2000 and published the second on the subject in 2011 coauthored with Clois Powell. Gary is well known for his work on nanoparticles (especially smectic type of nanoparticles) and their surface modification and application in a multitude of application areas. Recent research interests include low cost synthesis of graphenes and other 2-D systems. He is currently Regents' Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Formosa Endowed Chair, Director of the Center for Nanophase Research, and Associate Director of the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization program at Texas State University. Gary is also currently serving as a science advisor and adjunct professor for Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, and distinguished adjunct professor for King Abdulaziz University, SA. He is also founder and CTO of Nabaco Inc. and chairman of the board for Surge Power Inc. He is also one of the original founders of SioTex Inc.

Improving Workplace Climate: Responding to Harassment
– an ADVANCEGeo workshop

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, University of California Merced
Allison Mattheis, California State University Los Angeles


Harassment endangers the professional and personal well-being of individuals and their communities and contributes to hostile climates in science. It can exploit differences in religion, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and is especially toxic when perpetrated by people in positions of power, such as supervisors or advisors. This interactive workshop will describe academic practices and institutional structures that allow for sexual harassment and other hostile behaviors to persist, discuss initiatives to address harassment as research misconduct, and provide training in personal intervention strategies to protect and support targets of harassment. As a result of this session, participants will be able to identify: (1) different ways in which sexual harassment can manifest in research environments; (2) strategies for bystander intervention, and (3) resources to share with their home departments for cultural change.
Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is a Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, Asmeret Berheand Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced. Asmeret received her Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of California (UC), Berkeley; M. Sc. in Resource Development (Political Ecology) from Michigan State University, and B. Sc. in Soil and Water Conservation from University of Asmara, Eritrea. She was previously a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Asmeret's research focuses on biogeochemical cycling of essential elements (esp. carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) in the soil system. She is a co-PI of the ADVANCEGEo team and recipient of several awards and honors, including the National Science Foundation's CAREER award and the Geological Society of America's Bromery Award, and is a member of the inaugural class of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Asmeret is the Chair of the US National Committee on Soil Science at the National Academies; Associate Editor of AGU's Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences.

Allison Mattheis is an Associate Professor in the Division of Applied Allison Mattheisand Advanced Studies at California State University Los Angeles, where she teaches in the M.A. in Educational Foundations and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership and M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota, and majored in Environmental Studies and Politics, with a minor in Geology, as an undergraduate at Oberlin College. Allison's professional background includes eight years teaching middle school science and working as a community organizer for urban water quality. In addition to her role as the social science co-PI of the ADVANCEGEo team, she has worked since 2013 on a national study of queer identities and individuals in STEM fields and is currently a Virtual Visiting Scholar with the ARC network, a project of NSF's AWIS program, working on a meta-synthesis of how gender is defined and understood in STEM higher education research.

Hybrid Professionals: More Than My Title
Sarabeth Berk, Futurebound


In today's society, the most successful professionals don't just do more than one thing. Sarabeth BerkThey blend and combine multiple professional identities together, making them more than their titles! Hybrid professionals create novel experiences, products, and services. They are responsible for creating some of the world's coolest brands and one-of-a-kind ideas. They see the world in unique ways, and they love what they do. Activities in this session include networking, turning skills into professional identities, identifying your primary professional identities, and articulating what you do at the intersections of your professional identities.
Sarabeth Berk is a hybrid professional who calls herself a Creative Disruptor. She blends her artist/researcher/educator/designer identities together to lead innovation strategy and design systems that radically rethink old models. As a researcher, Sarabeth studies professional identity. She has discovered a new type of professional identity she calls hybridity, which describes professionals who blend and combine multiple identities together, working from the intersections of those identities. This is a breakthrough concept because it explains how workers can interconnect their abilities and deliver unique value to the workplace, something that hasn't been articulated before and allows for a new category of workers. Sarabeth is the Founding Director of Futurebound, an innovation ecosystem in Colorado, and a researcher of professional identity with her first book, More Than My Title, launching in April.

How to Get What You Need
Patricia Rankin, Arizona State University


To get the resources that you need to succeed, you PatriciaRankinhave to be able to negotiate. Understanding a few basic concepts will improve your ability to negotiate significantly and help make you more comfortable doing so. We will discuss how to prepare for a negotiation and some things to keep in mind while you are negotiating.
Patricia Rankin is Chair and Professor of Physics at Arizona State University. She received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. from Imperial College London and after starting her career in experimental particle physics shifted her focus to how to encourage participation in the sciences. She is especially interested in enabling effective team approaches to the complex grand challenge problems (such as addressing climate change) that need a multidisciplinary approach and researchers with broad perspectives. She is working to promote better mentoring and to encourage scientists to develop broad competencies by adding skills such as negotiation to their traditional discipline based learning. She recently chaired the American Physical Society's (APS) Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and is the co-author of a recent review for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation of Japan discussing the need to increase the representation of women in science and engineering fields and ways to achieve that goal.


Pathways Panel


A selection of graduate students and recent graduates will describe their academic and career pathways. Learn from these individuals about how they bridged the gap between undergraduate and graduate school and went from graduate school to careers in industry, academia and successful start-ups.

Carlos Corona, Nabaco Inc.


Carlos Corona received his bachelor's in chemistry KaylaNguyenfrom Texas State University. At the end of his senior year, he took a deep dive into business and entrepreneurial training. With five years of research experience, entrepreneurship training, and organizational management, he helped start Nabaco Inc., a Texas startup. After contributing significantly to the raising of $1.64M for the company, he now serves as senior technologist and leads much of Nabaco's operations.

Samuel Goodwin, U.S. International Trade Commission


Samuel Goodman graduated from CU-Boulder SamualGoodwin in 2016 with a chemical engineering Ph.D. He then moved to Washington, DC for a post-doc at the National Academy of Sciences. In 2017, he was awarded an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, which he spent at the Pentagon working on microelectronics issues. Samuel is currently an International Trade Analyst for the chemical sector at the U.S. International Trade Commission, an independent federal agency in Washington, DC. He has supported efforts ranging from keeping chemicals out of the hands of terrorists to ensuring that the military has access to the secure electronics it needs.

Kayla Nguyen, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Kayla Nguyen is currently an Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral KaylaNguyenResearch Associate the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was inspired to pursue a career in science after going to an outreach event where Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was the plenary speaker. Kayla later went on to study physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara as part of the College of Creative Studies. Afterwards, she moved from sunny California to the temperate, deciduous forest of Ithaca, NY where she completed her PhD at Cornell University and won the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for her research. Kayla now focuses her time developing new electron microscopy techniques with an emphasis on imaging the smallest unit of magnetism – the electron spin. Although she is first a scientist, Kayla is extremely passionate about building more pathways for girls and young women in the STEM fields.

You can also check out the Pathways 2019 program to see what we did last time.

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