Holiday Party




January 21, 2010


Over 130 attending! Registration available at the door.



Join WEST for the annual "Holiday Party & Networking Event" in January to celebrate Women, Entrepreneurs, Science and Technology.  The theme of the party is 'Giving Back', and we'll be celebrating those who help others in science and technology. There will be good food, as well as formal and informal networking opportunities with other WEST members. This event is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend!  


Celebrating Three Who "Give Back":

  • Connie Chow, PhD, is the first Executive Director of Science Club for Girls, a non-profit that organizes free, after school programs for experiential learning, mentorship, and leadership opportunities for K-12 girls.  The mission of Science Club for Girls is to increase the self-confidence and science literacy of girls belonging to groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.  Prior to her role at Science Club, Dr. Chow was an assistant professor in Biology at Simmons College, where she was co-principal investigator of “Technology at the Crossroads”, a National Science Foundation-funded science and technology summer camp for middle school girls and boys in the Boston public schools.  Dr. Chow is a dedicated educator who has a long-term interest in humanistic science education and social justice, and is an Education Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Science.
  • Melina Fan, PhD, is the Executive Director and Founder of Addgene, a non-profit organization that archives and distributes DNA-based tools to biologists.  Addgene is dedicated to making it easier for scientists to share plasmids, and works with hundreds of laboratories to assemble a high-quality library of published plasmids for use in research and discovery. Dr. Fan received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Harvard Medical School, where she studied diabetes and metabolism. Previously, she worked at the Genetics Institute in Cambridge, MA, and Sequana Therapeutics in San Diego, CA.
  • Carol Manahan, PhD, was the Founding Chair of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and is currently Associate Director, Education Office, Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research (NIBR). The NPA was established with the goal of fostering necessary improvements to the postdoctoral situation in the US. Dr. Manahan completed an Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation where she served as the expert on postdoctoral researchers for a group creating a survey to determine the contributions of postdoctoral researchers to the US scientific enterprise. She was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council committee, “Building Bridges: Fostering Talent in the Biomedical Sciences.”  Dr. Manahan currently serves as a Vice President for the Association for Women in Science Boston-area chapter.

Pre-Registration: (until 9pm Tues., Jan 19)

$45 for WEST Members

$60 for non-WEST members

$120 Registration & Membership Package! (Membership normally $85/year)

At the door: $15 additional

Refreshments are included

Registration available at the door. Join over 130 people attending!


Event Location:

155 Seaport Blvd, Boston 
(Across the street from the World Trade Center).  Many parking options.




6:00-7:00 Registration, Networking and Refreshments

7:00-7:45 Program & Formal Networking Opportunity 

7:45-9:00 Informal Networking and Refreshments




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