Women In Science And Engineering Workshop Descriptions

Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

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Welcome to Medical School!

Peg Miller, MD; Bay View Alumna, Associate Professor of Medicine Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director, Women's Medicine Collaborative.

Join us on "rounds" as we discuss a case of a patient who
presents to the doctor with cough and a fever.  Help figure out the diagnoses.  Learn how vaccines work and why they are important in keeping you healthy.  Learn how to give an injection and practice on a rubber "arm" just like real medical students.  Don't worry, you won't have to get any shots!

Closed - seating full.

"Sink Your Teeth In It!"

Elisa Liberto, DMD, FAGD, Bay View Alumna, Bay View Parent

What’s your impression? Meet a dentist who works to make beautiful, healthy smiles. Experience taking a dental impression, pouring the impression in stone and being on the dentist side of the dental chair!


Lisa Tortorice Ragaza ‘95
Forensic Science Examiner; State of Connecticut; Tufts University, BS in Archaeology and Geological Sciences, 1999; University of New Haven, MS in Forensic Science, 2005
Help solve a mystery by learning how to investigate a "crime scene.” Search for fingerprints, footwear impressions and other evidence. Learn how to collect, document and package the evidence in order to preserve it for further examination.

“Ride the Wave - Explore the Oceans”

Britta Voss
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Aquatic geochemistry research of rivers; BS in oceanography; University of Washington, 2009
Be an Oceanographer for the day!  Learn about the kind of work that goes into being an oceanographic researcher and how they use a variety of tools to learn about the biology, chemistry, and physics of the oceans. Oceanographic Researchers often need ways to measure things we can't see with our eyes. We will show you how scientists creatively approach this challenge.

“How Vital are Your Vitals?”

Meredith Mulhearn ‘93
Cardiologist, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; Brown University, BA 1997; Tufts University School of Medicine, MD 2004
Do you know why your doctor starts with taking your vital signs during your office visit? Come and learn what your doctor can tell about your health from these numbers. Measure vital signs with a blood pressure cuff, take your pulse, listen to your heart, and measure the oxygen level of your blood. You will hear a brief explanation of the physiology of the heart and lungs and how they work to pump and deliver oxygen to your body.

“Emergency 911!”

Cailyne Ghazarian
Emergency Room Physician’s Assistant at Rhode Island Hospital; Boston University, BS in Human Physiology, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Masters of Physician Assistant Studies
Learn what our vital signs are and how to recognize when something is wrong. We will be taking various measurements and exploring what these measurements mean and how we use them to discover what is wrong with a patient and how to treat them.  

“Red Rover, Red Rover...Send MARS Right Over!”

Jennifer Huff Kushner ‘00
Scientist, B.A. Wellesley College 2004 Astrophysics; MIT Lincoln Laboratories
Investigate how scientists attempt exploration on different planets and what they are hoping to discover and most importantly... why is this important to us here on Earth? We will examine rock specimens and ask the question, “How could we observe this rock from a distance of millions of miles!” We will also learn how scientists explore the planets by discovering ways to communicate to our own classroom “Rover.” 

The Wacky Science of Social Psychology: When Your Eyes and Ears Deceive You - FILLED, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Vanessa Volpe ‘07
Doctoral Teaching and Research Fellow at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS in Psychology Applied Psychology,New York University; Ph.D. in Quantitative Developmental Psychology in progress, UNC-Chapel Hill
Do you ever wonder why even people you know act in ways you never would have imagined? In this workshop you'll train like an experimental social psychologist and get hands-on experience unlocking the mysteries of conformity, stereotypes, and persuasion. You'll use science to understand how human beings respond in unpredictable ways and what you can do about it. 

“Mind Games - You vs. Your Mind”- FILLED, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Sharen Barboza, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Operations MHM Correctional Services, Inc.
Enter the world of psychology! The mind is powerful once trained to see things a certain way. Once we learn something, it really difficult to "unlearn" it -- even to do much simpler things. You will see that you are trapped by your own learning. Can you train your mind to see things differently?

“Looks Like a Chicken, Tastes Like a Chicken, Acts Like a Human”

Meg Battersby ‘74, Bay View Faculty and Kristen Smith '08, BS in engineering management student at Worchester Polytechnic Institute
Perform surgery! Use real-life medical tools to dissect a chicken-wing. You will be surprised at what you will discover “under that skin.” Discover the relationship between muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Closed - seating full.


“Into the Nucleus and Beyond!”

Janel Johnson
Bay View Faculty
Analyze a DNA sample collected from a fictitious crime scene using DNA gel electrophoresis. By examining the results displayed on the gel, the students will determine which one of the suspects is guilty!

“Shake, Rattle and Roll”

Jane Lavallee
Bay View Faculty
Did you ever wonder why some structures remain standing after an earthquake while others collapse into rubble? In this activity, you will design and construct a small scale bridge and put it to the “earthquake test” using a shake table.

“Baby Steps - How Babies Come Ready to Learn”

Ann Coleman Stadtler ‘61
Children’ Hospital Boston, Director, Site Development & Training, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; Boston College School of Nursing '65 BS; Catholic University '80 MSN;
Northeastern University '12 DNP
Explore how every child develops, even YOU, from being a newborn through the age of five. We'll see how smart a newborn actually is, why temper tantrums happen and how preschoolers learn right from wrong.

Closed - seating full.

“Are YOU the Brightest Bulb in the Bunch?”

Bill Goodwin
Bay View Faculty
Learn how to turn on the lights by designing, constructing, and testing electronic circuits. Predict and test a variety of light bulbs and batteries to see which design will turn on a light and which one will make the bulb shine the brightest.

“Water, Water, Everywhere - Are There Drops to Drink?”

Kerry Britt, Bay View Parent
Assistant Pretreatment Manager, The Narragansett Bay Commission; BS Chemical Engineering, URI
What’s in our water? Find out with hands-on experiments. Learn what the Narragansett Bay Commission does to regulate what companies can put in our water supply and respond to water emergencies.

S.O.S.! Solutions (Smart oil spill solutions)

Barbara Connors and Kris Durkay
Bay View Faculty
Explore how environmental engineers might solve the problem of an oil spill. As teams of "engineers,” you will work together to contain and clean up a simulated "spill" using everyday materials.
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