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AWIS Governance

2016-2017 Board of Directors

The AWIS Governing Board provides oversight and guidance on the business of the association. AWIS Governing Board members are elected to their positions and represent the interests of AWIS members, partners, chapters and affiliate groups.

 



 

PRESIDENT

Bahija Jallal, PhD
Executive Vice President of AstraZeneca
Head of MedImmune

As part of AstraZeneca's Senior Executive Team, Dr. Bahija Jallal is tasked with advancing the biologic organization's pipeline of drugs targeting cancer, infections, respiratory and inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal disorders and pain. Jallal received a master's degree in biology from the Universite de Paris VII in France, and her doctorate in physiology from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris. She conducted her postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.

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Immediate Past President

Ann Lee-Karlon, PhD
Senior Vice President
Portfolio Management and Operations
Genetech

Dr. Ann Lee-Karlon is senior vice president of Portfolio Management and Operations at Genentech with oversight for over 35 drug development teams in the company's pipeline. She also heads business operations for Genentech Research and Early Development, including annual and 10-year strategic planning. Prior to joining Genentech in 2002, Lee-Karlon was a leader in venture development at Eli Lilly. She holds an MBA from Stanford University, a BS in bioengineering from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in bioengineering from UC San Diego.

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SECRETARY

Robert Powell, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

and Food Science and Technology

University of California, Davis

Dr. Robert Powell has been a faculty member at the University of California Davis since 1984. From 2002 until 2011 he was the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Besides his academic position, Powell serves as the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the California Department of Natural Resources. In 2014 he was appointed to Chair the Science and Technology Committee. Powell has published over 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He holds his BA, MS and PhD from Johns Hopkins University and has been an active AWIS member since 2015.

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TREASURER

Pamela Marrone, PhD
CEO and Founder
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.

Dr. Pam Marrone is the CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII: NASDAQ). In December 2013, she was named the Sacramento Businessperson of the Year for the Sacramento, CA region by the Sacramento Business Journal. Her peers have elected Dr. Marrone as a Fellow of AAAS (American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science). She has a BS in entomology with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University and a PhD in entomology from North Carolina State University. Dr. Marrone has been an active AWIS member since 1994.

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COUNCILOR

Patricia Bartlett
Acting Assistant Secretary for Education and Access
Smithsonian

Patricia Bartlett was recently named acting assistant secretary for Education and Access for the Smithsonian Institution where she is defining its education program. Prior to this, Bartlett was senior advisor for Higher Education Initiatives at the Smithsonian. and chief of staff to former Secretary of the Smithsonian, Dr. Wayne Clough. She holds a BA in political science from Agnes Scott College and masters' degrees in urban affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and in writing from Johns Hopkins University. She's been an active AWIS member since 2015.

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COUNCILOR

April Burke
President and Founder
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

April Burke has over 30 years of experience in legislative and regulatory advocacy and analysis in areas related to higher education, science and engineering research, technology transfer and health policy. Burke represents leading research universities and scientific societies with Congress, federal agencies and the White House. She received a BA from Stanford University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and is a graduate of George Washington University National Law Center. Burke has been an active AWIS member since 2005.

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COUNCILOR

Vasudev Bailey, PhD
Principal
Quid

Dr. Vasudev Bailey is a principal at Quid and leader of the global healthcare practice where he guides senior leaders on business and commercial strategy using data science, software technology and Big Data. He received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he was recognized as both a Siebel and a Medtronic Scholar. Vasudev graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UC Irvine where he was also recognized as both a Regents and a Henry Samueli Scholar. He's been an AWIS member since 2016.

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COUNCILOR

Jean I. Feldman
Head
Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support
Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management
National Science Foundation

Jean I. Feldman is head, Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support, within the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management. Prior to working at NSF, she worked in policy positions with the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. She has a BA in history and political science at Wright State University and a master of public administration from George Washington University. She has been an AWIS member since 2016.

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COUNCILOR

Pamela McCauley, PhD
Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
University of Central Florida

Dr. Pamela McCauley leads the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team and serves as director of the Ergonomics Laboratory. McCauley was recently selected to be a Jefferson Science Fellow with the U.S. State Department. Her areas of research and expertise include; ergonomics, biomechanics, fuzzy set theory and artificial intelligence research, particularly with applications to human factors. McCauley earned her bachelor's, master's and PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She has been an active AWIS member since 2015.

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COUNCILOR

Patricia Pedersen, PhD
Associate Vice President for Development
University Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Yale University

Dr. Patricia Pedersen is responsible for the establishment and stewardship of Yale  University’s relationships with national and international corporations and foundations. She is an active participant in Yale’s highly successful STARS Program, designed to support women, minority, economically underprivileged, and other historically underrepresented students in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Pedersen has a BA in psychology from Smith College (cum laude) and a PhD in psychology from John Hopkins University. She has been an active AWIS member since 2011. 

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COUNCILOR

David Ruth
Executive Director
Elsevier Foundation

David Ruth is executive director of the Elsevier Foundation, which funds programs to promote access to scientific and medical information in the developing world, expand the participation of women in science, and enhance professional education in health care. Ruth earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of International Affairs, with a specialization in international economics, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Wisconsin. He has been an active AWIS member since 2011.

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COUNCILOR

Gillian Small, PhD
Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Dr. Gillian Small was recently named provost and senior VP for Academic Affairs as Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to this, she served as dean for Research at the City University of New York (CUNY), and was appointed vice chancellor for Research. Small came to the U.S. in 1985 to conduct postdoctoral research at the Rockefeller University in NY in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Christian DeDuve. Small received her PhD in the Biological Sciences from Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now University of Wolverhampton) in England. She's been an active AWIS member since 2012.

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COUNCILOR

Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD
Associate Vice President, Women Faculty Programs
Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research
Professor in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology
Division of Radiation Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Elizabeth Travis is an internationally recognized scientist who has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the effects of radiation on normal tissue. She is a fellow of the American Society of Radiation Oncology, recipient of the Leadership Development Award from the Group on Women in Medicine and Science of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Travis is a tireless advocate for women faculty and is committed to furthering their academic careers and seeing them appointed to leadership positions. She has been an active AWIS member since 2008.

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COUNCILOR

Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD
Managing Director
Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC
President & CEO
Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC

Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister is a world-renowned innovation expert, recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Biotech” in 2013. She is managing partner of Biomedical Innovation Advisors LLC, and the president and CEO of Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC. Windham-Bannister received a BA from Wellesley College, a doctorate in health policy and management from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University and a doctor of science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (honoris causa). She's been an AWIS member since 2016.

 
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