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Natural Sciences Distinguished Alumni to Participate in Open Forum for Students

As part of a focus on Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is pleased to welcome back two Distinguished Alumni: Dr. Karlin Roth Toner ’83 and Dr. Elizabeth Travis ’65, on Friday, April 1, 2011.

These two women have had stellar careers which started at IUP in the Biology and Applied Mathematics programs.

Drs. Toner and Travis will be participating in an Open Forum from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. on Friday, April 1, in the Program Lounge of the Northern Suites. They will talk briefly about their careers and the research they do and will then be available to answer questions.

While this event is being held as part of the Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology event, please encourage all students to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Elizabeth Travis ’65 is currently the associate vice president for Women Faculty Programs at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, and is a member of the faculty at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Travis is also the Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology (Division of Radiation Oncology), and has a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine (Division of Internal Medicine) at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Travis received a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology with a Radiation Biology minor from the Medical University of South Carolina (1976), an M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Graduate School of Education (1967), and her B.S. in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1965). Among her recent honors and awards are the 2009 Association of American Medical Colleges Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award and her designation in 2007 as a Fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Karlin Toner ’83 is the director of the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), where she manages an interagency initiative charged with facilitating and coordinating the development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Dr. Toner also serves as the senior staff advisor to the Secretary of Transportation for NextGen. Prior to her work at JPDO, Dr. Toner had twenty years of experience with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), including service as the director of the Airspace Systems Program at NASA Headquarters and multiple positions in aerospace and aeronautical planning and research while working at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California. Dr. Toner holds doctoral and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she was a computer science minor and a varsity swimmer.

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