Pamela A. Padilla


1425 Pamela A. Padilla Position Running For

General Board

Candidate’s Name
Pamela A. Padilla

Professional Title
Associate Professor

Discipline
Genetics 

Institution/Employer
UNT - University of North Texas

Pamela A. Padilla's CV

Candidate Statement
Twenty-two years ago was a pivotal point in my life- it was a time when I first attended a SACNAS conference as a student from New Mexico. Throughout the past years, members of the SACNAS community helped me progress from an inexperienced undergraduate student to an accomplished research scientist and professor. As a board member I will bring with me:

1) a history of transitioning from a student to scientist and professor

2) a connection to the Chicano and Native American culture (as both are my ancestors)

3) grant skills and an understanding of fiscal responsibility

4) a deep-rooted commitment to equality and access to a STEM education

If given the opportunity to be a SACNAS board member I will work diligently on initiatives that increase the number of students with advanced STEM degrees and assist these students to successfully enter into the workforce. To reach these goals, it is important for SACNAS to maintain a productive line of communication with government and private institutes. I visualize SACNAS as a national leader that serves many individuals throughout their career as well as a caring voice of reason to support students and professionals.

I am proud to be part of an organization that helps thousands of individuals across the country reach their goals and would thus like the opportunity to provide my talents as a leader, researcher, scientist and educator to further the goals of SACNAS.

LIST YOUR EDUCATIONAL HISTORY, INCLUDING ALL DEGREES, YEARS AND NAMES OF INSTITUTIONS:

  • 1993: University of New Mexico, B.S Biology, Minor Chemistry 
  • 1999: University of New Mexico, Ph.D. Biology (Cell Biology and Genetics) 
  • 1999-2002: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle WA, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (Chromosome Biology, Genetics, Stress Responses, Development) 


LIST YOUR EXPERIENCE PARTICIPATING IN SACNAS RELATED EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND COMMITTEES. INCLUDE YOUR ROLE AND DATES OF SERVICE:

  • Member of SACNAS since 1993 (undergraduate student through faculty member) 
  • 2015, Panelist SACNAS conference 
  • 2014 Conference Committee Advisory Group 
  • 2012, SACNAS Leadership Institute 
  • 2009- UNT SACNAS Committee, facilitated UNT being a platinum sponsor of SACNAS conference (Dallas, TX) 
  • 2010-present, UNT SACNAS Chapter Advisor 
  • 2008-present, Represent UNT at SACNAS vendor exhibit SACNAS Judge (various years since 2004)


DESCRIBE YOUR LOCAL AND NATIONAL LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, BOARDS, OR SIMILAR ORGANIZATIONS:

  • 2014- present, Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies Committee UNT
  • 2011-present, Faculty Research Committee UNT
  • 2014, Conference Committee Advisory Group, SACNAS
  • 2014-2015, Board Member, Denton TX High School
  • 2011, Panelist, National Institutes of Health (induced pluripotent stem cell panel)
  • 2011, 2009, 2008, Panelist, National Science Foundation (NSF-IOS)
  • 2008, Co-organizer Stress and Aging C. elegans conference Chair for various departmental committees such as space committee, faculty hire committees (see CV) 


DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FUNDRAISING. INCLUDE EXAMPLES OF THE TYPES OF EVENTS, FUNDS RAISED AND SHARE IDEAS FOR THE BOARD:
While I grew up in a wonderful, yet economically challenged family, I learned early in life to obtain funds to support specific academic goals and was thus able to complete a Ph.D. given limited resources. As a research scientist and professor with a lab in a large state university a major portion of my position is to obtain grant funding to support students and research. I have been successful in obtaining grants (NIH, NSF) to support research, Ph.D. student training, scholarships for undergraduate students and instrumentation (see CV for details).

At the university level, I negotiate for resources that will benefit research and student academic activities. Notably, in 2009 I initiated and facilitated the dialogue between SACNAS and UNT administrators which ultimately led to UNT being a platinum sponsor of the SACNAS conference held in Dallas, TX. Currently, I am scheduled to participate in fund raising events by UNT; this activity requires that I interact with university donors during dinners and educational media activities.

As a parent, I was a board member for Denton High School extracurricular activity. A major component of this volunteer activity was obtaining donations. My primary responsibility was to obtain donations from businesses and develop advertisement media for these businesses so that attendees at school activities can be exposed to the local businesses that support the school.

I feel comfortable seeking financial support for educational and STEM activities. I think that the options SACNAS has for doing such include government granting agencies, academic institutes, industry partners and private donors. I would like to see if SACNAS could better tap into the resources at industries that include Silicon Valley, biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries and large engineering corporations.