Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Program

  • (A Module of Research Appreciation Week)

    WMST Poster Session presenter with Dr. KondoApril 3, 2017

    3:30–6:30 p.m.  
    First floor of Weyandt Hall

    The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is sponsoring a program on April 3 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. as part of the Research Appreciation Week highlighting scholarly accomplishments of female undergraduate/graduate students and faculty.

    High School Student Visit and Tour

    3:30–4:30 p.m., Weyandt and Walsh halls

    Local high school visitors will have the opportunity to review research projects going on in our laboratories. Visitors are also encouraged to stay for the poster session and awards ceremony.

    High school students interested in attending should complete the RSVP by March 27.

    For more information on the event, see our WMST flyer.

    Poster Session

    4:30–5:30 p.m., Weyandt Hall, first floor

    The session will highlight female undergraduate/graduate student and faculty research projects. Posters that have been presented in other contexts are welcomed, including the Undergraduate and Graduate Scholars Forum or from other professional meetings.

    If you are interested in displaying your poster, please complete and return the submission form to the CNSM Dean's Office at dean-cnsm@iup.edu  by Monday, March 20, 2017.

    Awards will be given for outstanding undergraduate and graduate student posters.


    March 20, 2017

    Students needing to have their poster printed can do so through the Research Institute (RI). Please follow the poster printing guidelines for correct printing format and deadline to submit to the RI. Students wishing to display their project on a trifold display board can pick one up in the CNSM Dean’s Office.

    Panel Discussion and Awards Ceremony

    5:30 p.m., Weyandt Hall, Room 107

    A panel of speakers will discuss issues related to success of women in STEM, followed by an awards ceremony. High school program participants will also be recognized.

    Featured Panelists:

    Sally Amero, PhD

    Sally Amero serves as the NIH Review policy officer and as the Extramural Research Integrity liaison officer in the NIH Office of Extramural Research. She is the principal advisor to the deputy director for Extramural Research on peer review policy and oversees its development and implementation across the agency. She also handles breaches in the confidentiality and integrity of the peer review process, as well as allegations of research misconduct that involve NIH-supported research. She has published over 40 policy announcements since joining OER and recently completed a certificate in public leadership from the Brookings Institution. Previously, she served as a referral officer and the scientific review administrator for the genome study section in the Center for Scientific Review during the final years of the Human Genome Project. She then served as the inaugural chief of the Bioengineering Sciences and Technology Integrated Review Group in CSR and managed the peer review of the first two NIH director’s Roadmap initiatives. Before joining the NIH, Amero was an assistant professor at Loyola University Medical Center, where her research focused on chromosome structure and RNA processing. Amero earned her PhD in Developmental Biology and Biochemical Genetics from West Virginia University and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia and Washington University.  

    Donna Olejniczak, MS, MBA

    Donna Olejniczak is a project manager at Noveome Biotherapeutics, Inc. (formerly Stemnion, Inc.) and has held this position since January 2015. Noveome is a privately held, clinical stage biotechnology start-up company that is developing therapeutic treatments for multiple disease areas using a novel cell secretome produced from the placenta. During her 11 years with Noveome Biotherapeutics, Olejniczak has held multiple laboratory- and business-related positions. Prior to joining Noveome, she worked in business development and marketing with Tissue Informatics, a Pittsburgh-based start-up company focused on using high-throughput imaging for automated pathology analysis. She began her professional career as an academic research technician at the University of Pittsburgh. Olejniczak is a 1991 graduate of IUP, and, after receiving her BS in Biology, she went on to earn a graduate degree in microbiology at the University of Maine and an MBA from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. Most recently, she completed a certificate program in Biotechnology Project Management.

    Mary Sewatsky, MD

    Mary Sewatsky received a BS degree in biology and a minor in chemistry from IUP and a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She returned to the area to participate in the newly formed Scranton/Temple Internal Medicine Residency Program and served as chief resident in her last year of training. She was appointed director of Emergency Medicine at Moses Taylor Hospital, where she served in that capacity from 1986 to 2011. She is currently employed at Moses Taylor Hospital and serves as the hospital’s chief medical officer and patient safety officer. Sewatsky is board certified in internal medicine.