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Biochemistry student makes her mark in science and diversity

Biochemistry/Biophysics Ph.D. student Nicole Hams holds a male salmon during spawning. Photo credit: iMPACT/Oregon State University Nicole Hams, SACNAS member and former Vice-President of the Oregon State University SACNAS Chapter, has been selected as the 2017-2018 Western Regional Representative to the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary graduate organization for students of African descent in […]

Dr. Patricia Silveyra Receives Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award

Photo: Dr. Silveyra presenting at 2016 LPSLI. SACNAS member and 2016 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI) alumna Dr. Patricia Silveyra received the 10th Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award. Dr. Silveyra is the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine. This award honors an […]

Ignition Design Lab Donates State of the Art Routers to SACNAS!

Photo: Robert Mendoza, Director of Data and Technology and Dr. Antonia Franco, Executive Director with two of the 100 Portals donated 100 top of the line WiFi routers arrived at the SACNAS headquarters, the result of a generous donation from Ignition Design Labs. The radically new Portal WiFi routers are designed to thrive in today’s increasingly congested environments […]

Diversity/Inclusion Front and Center in Cell Metabolism, thanks to Drs. Villanueva and Simcox

Photo Credit: Cell Metabolism (issue cover) and University of Utah (Dr. Villanueva). Photo of Dr. Simcox at 2017 LPSLI. SACNAS members Dr. Claudio Villanueva and Dr. Judith Simcox (Filipina and Crow) are featured in Volume 26, Issue 3 of the scientific journal Cell Metabolism. Dr. Villanueva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry […]

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski to Address 2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT Yamila Pino, [email protected] (202) 660-1433 Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski to Address 2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference Other keynote speakers include Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, PhD from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi, PhD   SANTA CRUZ, CA— Keynote speakers […]

SACNAS Announces Renowned STEM Leaders to Speak at 2017 SACNAS

SACNAS is thrilled to announce our renowned array of outstanding multidisciplinary researchers and STEM leaders to speak before our full 2017 SACNAS audience! Read their full bios. See the full list of speakers below.   Thursday, October 19, 2017 Mayor Jackie Biskupski Conference Convocation Mayor of Salt Lake City   Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, PhD Research Scientist […]


SACNAS welcomes new members in August 2017! The total number of new members: 213 (Note: The following list is new members who consented to have their names shared.)   Professional Members Kim Sullivan Olga Zurita Rendon Amy Beth Prager Karina Vega-Villa Itzel Calleja-Macias Miguel Lopez Iris Romero Ernesto Perez Chanona   Student Members Ana Beltran-Castillo […]

Graduate student Melisa Diaz’s research in Antarctica offers insight into processes on Mars

Melisa Diaz, SACNAS member and Ohio State University (OSU) Chapter Vice-President, is interviewed by OSU’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC) about her research on wind transport and deposition in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Her research provides insight into similar processes elsewhere on Earth and even Mars. “My research focuses on polar geochemistry, particularly in […]

New documentary by Dr. Margaret Hiza Redsteer combines traditional knowledge and science

SACNAS Life member Dr. Margaret Hiza Redsteer (Crow) is one of the executive producers for a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) documentary entitled “A Record of Change—Science and Elder Observations on the Navajo Nation.” The film is about collaborative studies using conventional physical sciences, combined with tribal elder observations to show that local knowledge and […]

I.C.Y.M.I. 2017 LPSLI Alumnus Dr. Austin Shelton Interviewed for the New York Times

HONG KONG — The island of Guam made rare headlines this week when North Korea, responding to blustery language from President Trump, threatened to fire four ballistic missiles into waters near the American territory’s shores. Some Guam residents told reporters that they worried what might happen if North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, were actually to follow through. Scientists in Guam, however, say they […]