Careers in Science

Careers in Science (CSI) is a program established to provide information about career opportunities in the sciences and in science related fields to Iona students.

Every month, we host professionals in different areas of science, from genetic counselors to art conservators, to discuss the opportunities and the necessary training in the fields.

This is unlike any other presentations you have attended, and we strongly suggest that you take advantage of this rare opportunity to build a professional network in and outside of Iona University.

CSI Highlights

  • Helps you focus on your career planning by meeting professionals in different areas of science.
  • Helps you discover your true potential in science.
  • Guides you in finding the career in science that fits you.
  • Builds your network in and outside of college.

Upcoming CSI Events

Please visit often since we're frequently updating our site with new information on events.

Spring 2022

Tuesday, February 8, Noon
Cornelia Hall, Room 108

"Intellectual Property Basics and IP as a Career"

Intellectual property (e.g. patents, trademarks, and copyrights) plays a critical role in a wide number of technological fields. We’ll discuss basic concepts of intellectual property and their general features. We’ll also talk about patent law as a career path and what patent attorneys do on a day-to-day basis.

Speaker: Andrew Wasson

Andrew Wasson is a partner and Chair of Haug Partners' FDA practice in the New York office. Andrew has a broad range of experience in both the brand and generic side of pharmaceuticals, especially with respect to issues involving intellectual property law and regulatory law. Having grown up with a father who is a patent lawyer, Mr. Wasson has been involved in patents in one way or another for the better part of his life and has the advantage of being able to deal with complex patent law concepts in a very natural way. Mr. Wasson is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has published extensively in both scientific and legal literature. Mr. Wasson serves as an Adjunct Lecturer of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Iona University.

Andrew Wasson

Tuesday, March 1, Noon
Cornelia Hall, Room 108

Speakers: John Trangucci, MD and Tiffany Jackson, RN

John Trangucci, MD

John Trangucci is from New Rochelle, a product of the public school system, attended Concordia College initially on a baseball scholarship. Not long after starting his first semester, he decided to turn his attention to education and focusing on getting into medical school. After graduating in 2011, Magna Cum Laude, he attended the University of Medicine and Health Sciences where the first two years were spent in St. Kitts and the last two years rotating throughout hospitals along the east coast. He started General Surgery residency in 2017 and is currently a chief resident. He will start Plastic Surgery fellowship in August at Temple University. Dr. Trangucci has had the privilege of taking part in research, publishing in peer reviewed journals as well as presenting at national and regional surgical conferences. In his free time, Dr. Trangucci enjoys athletics particularly baseball and soccer, fashion and spending time with his family, friends and fiancé.

Tiffany Jackson, RN

Tiffany Jackson was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She attended Bishop McDevitt High school. Initially, Tiffany worked as a patient care assistant at Pinnacle Health Hospital but due to her lifelong desire to become a nurse, enrolled into nursing school at Lancaster General College of Health Sciences. Upon graduation in 2015, she began working in the MSICU at Pinnacle Health taking care of some of the most acutely ill patients in the Harrisburg area. Over the last seven years, she has won many accolades including two Daisy Awards (awarded for excellence in care based on family reviews), Presidents Award (given by the president of the hospital for excellence in nursing) and Leadership in Nursing Award which is given based on peer nominations. In addition to direct patient care, Tiffany is also a member of the Resuscitation Committee which seeks to improve responses to Code Blues. When not working, Tiffany enjoys reading, physical fitness and anything that allows her to spend time with her fiancé.

Tuesday, March 29, at Noon

Speaker: Carl Young, Chief Information Officer, Julliard School

"Traditional Solutions to Non-Traditional Problems: Science Applied to Security"

It may not be common knowledge that science is used to address a wide variety of unique security problems. Often a scientific approach focuses on problems that have been solved using methods that are routinely used in other areas. Carl Young is a former senior FBI agent and technologist at Goldman Sachs who has published widely on topics related to security risk management using lessons learned from a 40-year career applying science to security in government and the commercial sector. Topics include rapid narcotics detection, identification of malware command and control signals, the effectiveness of explosive blast protection, and preventing vehicle-borne explosives.

Saturday, April 02, Iona Campus

The Eastern Colleges Science Conference for 2022 will be hosted by Iona University in New Rochelle, New York on Saturday, April 2.

Tuesday, April 12, Noon
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Speaker: Dr. Leah Hendrickson, University of Leeds (UK)

Dr. Leah Henrickson is a lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Leeds (UK). She leads the School of Media and Communication’s MA New Media in addition to contributing to various modules across the BA Digital Media. Leah’s current research projects use theoretical frameworks and empirical methods to investigate the social and literary implications of textual technologies, commercial and community applications of digital storytelling, and social perceptions of artificial intelligence. She tweets @leahhenrickson.

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Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Romita Auditorium

Speaker: Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D.

Dr. Zaino is a professor of Political Science at Iona University.

Learn more about Dr. Zaino here

Jeanne Zaino headshot.

JOIN US FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT THE Gaels Go Further Mentoring Program

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
12-1 pm
LaPenta School of Business, Room 304

Moderator

Jim Oates ’95

Panel

Professor Tricia Mulligan, Vice Provost
Michael LaPerch, Alumni
Sebastiana Tagliamonte, Alumni
Gabe Cinanni '22, Accounting
Katherine Meyer '22, Marketing & Management
Zaina Shleiwet '24, Speech Pathology
Tiffany Weston '22, Marketing
Chris Wiggan '24, Finance

Synopsis

Iona's Gaels Go Further Mentoring Program is here to support students and help them achieve their college and career goals. Similar to LinkedIn, GaelsConnect Networking is a state-of-the-art platform EXCLUSIVE to students, our 50,000+ alumni and our Iona community. Whether students are looking for career advice, insight into how to maximize their college experience, feedback on an entrepreneurial idea, or someone to talk with about their life goals, we are confident Iona will find them the right person.

From Top Left: Gabe Cinanni '22, Katherine Meyer '22, Tiffany Weston '22 and Chris Wiggan '24

Gabe Cinanni
Tiffany Weston
Katherine Meyer
Chris Wiggan

Jim Oates '95

After retiring from a 17-year career with UBS Group in June 2019, Jim formed the advisory and consulting practice Eventum Risk Advisors, LLC; and serves on the boards of Aison Technologies AG and the Iona University Alumni Association.

Jim joined UBS in 2002 as part of the Trading Risk Audit (TRA) team in New York and was responsible for various fixed income businesses. In 2005, Jim was appointed global head of TRA and in 2007 as global head of the Investment Bank Audit Division. In March 2010, Jim was appointed the head of Group Internal Audit for UBS globally. On March 2016, Jim was appointed as Global Head Compliance & Operational Risk Control (C&ORC).

Prior to joining UBS, he worked in internal audit at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York from 2000 through 2002 focusing on its MBS/ABS and Private Equity businesses. From 1994 to 2000, Jim worked at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette which included a secondment to DLJ International in London from 1998 through 2000. He received an Honours BBA Degree in Finance from Iona University in 1995 and was North American Securities Administration Association Series 7 and Series 63 registered. He is a Certified Director and member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

In addition to these accomplishments, Jim has been instrumental in creating the Gaels Go Further Mentoring Programs at Iona University. These programs serve to connect students and alumni and provide a space to discuss career goals and other important life topics.

Jim and his wife and two children live in New Jersey. His hobbies include tennis, golf and genealogy.

Jim Oates

Sebastiana Tagliamonte '92

Sebastiana Tagliamonte graduated from Iona University in 1992 with a degree in Public Accounting. She is a licensed CPA in New York and Connecticut and started her career with KPMG. She left KPMG in 1998 and has held positions in Corporate Accounting and SEC Reporting groups in the media & advertising fields. Today she is a VP, Controller at Paramount Global in New York City, where she is primarily responsible for overseeing their corporate division. Mrs. Tagliamonte is the Treasurer of the Get Schooled Foundation, and has also held executive positions in her parish council and school PTA. She supports various charitable organizations, such as Second Chance Toys, and also volunteers her time at Iona University by participating in various networking events as well as the Gaels Go Further Mentoring Program.


Michael J. LaPerch Sr. ’79, ’84MBA

Michael LaPerch Sr. graduated from Iona University in 1979 with a degree in accounting and returned to Iona to earn his MBA in Finance in 1984. He is currently working at Pitney Bowes in strategic sourcing and most of his 40-year career has been with Fortune 500 companies in various roles within finance. Having been a member of the board of directors for 4 years prior to serving as president, he enjoys being an active member of the Iona Community. Working closely with the Hynes Institute, he is currently a speaker, a mentor and judge in the program. Additionally, you will find him at many on-campus events throughout the year.

Michael has resided in Newtown, Conn. with his family for 35 years. In his spare time, Michael loves finding new walking trails around New England with his wife Lucille, as well as spending time with his four children, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, Rosie, Michael III and James.

Michael J. LaPerch

Professor Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D., Vice Provost

Learn more about Dr. Mulligan here

Tricia Mulligan

April 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Henry Lecture Hall, LaPenta School of Business

Speakers   

Richard Garcia, Chief Talent Officer, North America
Samantha Leon, HR-Campus Recruiter
Armeen Junaid, HR-Campus Recruiter

Synopsis

Have you found yourself wondering how professionals grow their careers? And how did they learn how to do it? How do they know which roles to pursue, what skills they should learn, and when to learn them? How did they know their career path was the right one for them?

Have you ever asked yourself, “What if I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up?”

Whether you think you know what you want to do post-graduation or are still figuring it out, join us as we welcome guests from Havas Health & You (HH&Y), the world’s largest health and wellness advertising and communications company, as they share insights about shaping a career you desire, and how they can help you get started with early-career opportunities. Learn about the vital and innovative work HH&Y creates on behalf of its clients, their Fellowship Program for soon-to-be graduates, and their Summer Internship Program, targeting students still pursuing an undergrad degree. You can also sign up for one-on-one conversations with HH&Y campus recruiters.

HH&Y will provide free boxed lunches for those in attendance. These will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn directly from a company seeking to share insights and philosophies on hiring and developing their talent.

Richard Garcia

Richard Garcia brings with him a wealth of experience in the Human Resources field. Currently, he is Chief Talent Officer and Head of Human Resources at Havas Health & You of New York, a part of the world’s largest healthcare network, providing healthcare and wellness marketing solutions. He leads a team across North America delivering a full spectrum of talent solutions, allowing agency leaders to achieve business and cultural goals.

Formerly, Mr. Garcia was Global Head of Talent and Development at Brown Brothers Harriman of New York, one of the largest private banks in the United States. In that position he partnered with management teams across geographies and cultures to develop succession plans and oversaw executive coaching, talent management, learning & development, and organizational effectiveness.
Mr. Garcia studied Biology and has attained many certifications in Human Resources and Leadership effectiveness.

Most recently, Mr. Garcia has joined the Saint Barnabas Board. His goal is to apply his experience and energy to further enhance the core mission of providing a quality education for young women, ultimately preparing them for today’s competitive career marketplace. Saint Barnabas High School (SBHS) is an independent all-girls college preparatory school, serving a diverse group of young women.

Richard Garcia

Past Events

Fall 2021

Tuesday, November 2, noon - 1 p.m.
Cornelia Hall, Room 108

Synopsis

Like data points, careers do not always follow a straight line. In this talk, Andrew Fontanella, Ph.D., discusses his experience transitioning careers from academia, to healthcare, to industry, and the challenges and opportunities for professional growth that each offered. In particular, he'll address how methods of computing and data analysis learned early on could transfer to these new fields.

Andrew Fontanella, Ph.D.

Andrew Fontanella obtained his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Duke University while studying under the mentorship of Mark Dewhirst, a renowned leader in the field of tumor microcirculation and targeted drug delivery. His thesis work involved in vivo observation of vascular radiation-response in tumors using optical techniques. He holds an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a focus in optics, photonics, and image processing. In 2013, Dr. Fontanella joined Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Medical Physics Residency program, where under the supervision of Joseph Deasy, he pursued research interests in outcomes modeling, radiation treatment optimization, and radiobiology. In July 2018, Andrew joined Guidepoint Global as the first data scientist on their alternative data team. After two years at Guidepoint, he joined a healthtech startup focused on using purchasing, contracting, and claims data to find cost savings opportunities for healthcare providers.

Spring 2021

Tuesday, February 16, Noon

Speaker
Jessie Lubka, Admissions Counselor University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy

Did you miss Jessie Lubka's talk? Watch now on YouTube.

Synopsis

Are you ready to join one of the most rewarding careers in the healthcare industry? USJ’s 3-year distinctive and innovative modified-block curriculum has a proven record of success; its format will increase your ability to master the material, while also providing an experiential education that prepares graduates for a career in work in clinical research, medical sales, pharmacology, product/process development, and many other career paths. Admissions counselor, Jessie Lubka, will be discussing what makes the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy different, the admissions requirements and you’ll get to speak with current students and faculty members. Learn more about our program and why pharmacy school is your perfect next step.

Join us for a discussion about the importance of networking and learning from experience with alumnus Mark Andrews '98, '00MS.

Wednesday, February 17, 5-6 p.m.

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Thursday, February 18, Noon

Speaker

Maureen Ngoh, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist
Global Preclinical Development -Drug Safety and Metabolism
Merck Animal Health

Did you miss Dr. Ngoh's talk? Watch now on YouTube.

I am a Research Scientist with a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and I have worked for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA/CVM) and Merck Animal Health (MAH). My responsibilities include directing research for multiple projects that support the development and regulatory approval of veterinary pharmaceuticals for companion animals and food producing animals in the US and globally. I manage junior scientists and Contract Research Organizations (CROs) that conduct human food safety studies for veterinary pharmaceuticals. These involve the preparation of study protocols, study design and conduct, data analysis, final report preparation and response to study related questions from regulatory agencies. I have extensive experience in developing and troubleshooting analytical methods and in conducting residue chemistry studies for food producing animal. The residues studies are conducted in compliance with applicable regulations (for example Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), Electronic Records, and Good Documentation Practices) and relevant regulatory guidance (Veterinary International Conference on Harmonization (VICH) and FDA/CVM’s Guidance).

Thursday, March 11, Noon

Did you miss Betsy Ladyzhets' talk? Watch now on YouTube.

Synopsis

Betsy Ladyzhets has closely followed the world of COVID-19 data for the past year through her independent publication, the COVID-19 Data Dispatch. In her talk, she'll describe several notable journalist-led efforts to address data gaps during the pandemic, ranging from testing data to COVID-19's impact on the prison system.

Speaker

Betsy Ladyzhets

My name is Betsy Ladyzhets. I use she/her pronouns. I currently work as a Senior Research Associate at Stacker, where I am (remotely) based in Brooklyn, New York. I am a Data Entry volunteer for the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic and a member of the National Association of Science Writers. In 2019, I graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University, where I studied English (with an official concentration in Creative Writing) and biology (with an unofficial concentration in Loving Trees). I am passionate about using data, in any storytelling means necessary, to help readers connect with scientific concepts. To that end, I’ve sought to communicate science where science has not been communicated before.

Tuesday, March 16, Noon - 1 p.m.

Missed Dr. Smith's talk? Watch now on YouTube.

Synopsis

More than ever the landscape of career opportunities for STEM PhDs is evolving and expanding beyond traditional academic positions at universities. Equally evolving are the needs of healthcare and industry to combat new or growing health/disease problems. This has prompted a greater need for interdisciplinary critical thinkers that can help drive the translation of scientific data into strategies or techniques that improve patient outcomes. I will discuss my non-traditional path as a research scientist and educator working to bridge the gap between academic and clinical worlds through translation research initiatives and graduate education.

Speaker

Matthew Smith

Matthew A. Smith, M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine (IPM) Graduate Program

Northeast Ohio Medical University
Staff Scientist, Vision Research Group
Akron Children's Hospital

 

I have a dual appointment as an Assistant Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and as a Research Scientist at Akron Children’s Hospital. In my current academic role at NEOMED, I serve as the Co-Director of the Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine Graduate Program and teach anatomy and physiology to medical, pharmacy, and graduate students. In addition to my academic and administrative roles, I run my own research lab that focuses on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that disrupt eye-brain communication in injury and disease. In the long-term my lab is interested in improving diagnostic capabilities through developing approaches that take advantage of the relative accessibility of the eye to isolate and track neuron dysfunction occurring in the brain. My lab is engaged in several translational research projects focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that drive visual and vision-influenced symptoms commonly experienced by patients after brain trauma.

Thursday, March 18, Noon

Synopsis

Nanoscience is the science of “small things”, whose unique dimensionality at the nanometer scale plays a significant role in their observed size-dependent properties. In this presentation, we focus on using nanotechnology within a practical sense, i.e. analyzing workable applications of nanoscience in a realistic context. We will present examples of general research areas, in which nanotechnology has had a tangible impact and usefully solved a specific problem. Our case studies include (i) developing biosensors based on the viral protein functionalization of carbon nanotubes; (ii) creating drug delivery devices through the targeted, molecular functionalization of carbon nanotubes; and (iii) labeling of biological cells, using various non-carbon-based biocompatible nanostructures. We also touch on the topic of whether nanomaterials present specific risks for health and safety.

Speaker

Stanislaus S. Wong, Ph.D.

Stanislaus S. Wong is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Stony Brook University and has earned recognition for his work investigating not only the covalent surface chemistry of carbon nanotubes but also the synthesis, characterization, and applications of metal-containing nanostructures. He and his group are interested in developing viable sustainable strategies for producing novel nanomaterials of relevance not only for batteries, fuel cells, and solar cells, but also for nanomedicine and theranostics. Elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the National Academy of Inventors, Dr. Wong has received the American Chemical Society Inorganic Nanoscience Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the ACS Buck-Whitney Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, in addition to the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Professor Wong has served as a Section Editor for Nanotechnology and is currently an Executive Editor for ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

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Tuesday, March 23, Noon - 1 p.m.

Robert Schumaker

Speaker

Robert P. Schumaker, Ph.D.

Robert Schumaker is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) and Director of the Data Analytics Lab within the Soules College of Business. He received his PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona in 2007, an MBA degree in Management and International Business from the University of Akron in 2001, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1997.

Dr. Schumaker’s overall research interests involve using data science to solve very large and complex business problems. These interests further branch into data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, sentiment analysis, system building and textual analytics. In particular, he focuses on the areas of Textual/Financial prediction, Sports Analytics and Healthcare Informatics.

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Tuesday, March 30, Noon - 1p.m.

Ashita Batavia

Speaker

Ashita Batavia, MD, MSc

Dr. Batavia is passionate about health equity and has had multiple different careers in the past 20 years. She is a practicing physician and is board certified in Internal Medicine (Yale) and Infectious Diseases (Cornell). She has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and a number of other epidemics in the developing world. She holds a master’s degree in Epidemiology (Cornell) and was a co-investigator for a multi-year NIH-funded HIV trial in Haiti. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and has received various prestigious fellowships and awards for her research in HIV. Her prior experience includes Physician Coordinator for the Yale Adult Refugee Clinic, Chapter President for Physicians for Human Rights and Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar.

Dr. Batavia is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell and serves as the faculty research advisor for the WCCC, a free clinic for uninsured and under-insured New Yorkers that she co-founded and previously led. Dr. Batavia also works full-time as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in their pharmaceutical practice where she focuses on R&D and Medical Affairs and has expertise in using advanced analytics to quantify unmet patient needs and improve health outcomes.

Dr. Batavia lives with her husband and two children in Larchmont. She is also an avid reader and is determined that this is the year she will finally read War and Peace.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Noon - 1 p.m.

watch now: Communicating Science in a Digital Age

Synopsis

Digital and social media ecosystems play an important role in shaping public perceptions and public understanding of science. Digital media tools influence attitudes toward science, dictate behavior, and create relationships between the public and the scientific community. While allowing for rapid access to information, in a post-expert era, these tools can also feed fears and conspiracy theories. Dr. Altinay will discuss how to navigate scientific information regarding many pressing issues of our time, such as climate change and public health, and combat misinformation online.

Speaker

Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Media & Strategic Communication Department
Iona University

Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D.

Dr. Zeynep Altinay teaches undergraduate courses in digital literacy and graduate courses in technology for public relations. Her research focuses on the social and political implications of science and environmental communication.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Noon - 1 p.m.

Synopsis

Networking can be intimidating, yet it's the key to future success. Pat's book Meet 100 People provides a how-to guide to succeed in your job search and beyond. She will share practical ways you can create habits and methods to build a life-long network of important contacts. We encourage you to read the book ahead of the webinar. A review from a reader on Amazon, "Reading this book after applying to jobs online is akin to putting on glasses for the first time in your life. All of the fog and uncertainty disappears with this resource in your hands. Pat has managed to combine objective truths, anecdotal evidence, and solid examples of the critical elements of the job search into one resource."

Speaker

Patricia (Pat) Hedley
CEO, The Path Ahead
Author, Meet 100 People
TedX Speaker

Patricia Hedley

Pat is an investor, advisor and the author of Meet 100 People. Inspired by the experiences of thousands of people she has interacted with over her own thirty-year career, Pat wrote Meet 100 People to encourage us all to proactively, and consistently meet people in person or by video. Her goal is not only to inspire, but to provide practical steps to expanding your network. Pat speaks regularly at colleges, to alumni groups and to corporations. She gave a TedX Talk at Dartmouth College in 2018.

As the founder and CEO of The Path Ahead, Pat identifies high growth companies in which she invests and takes on either formal or informal advisory roles. Since 2016, Pat has invested in over a dozen innovative private companies, more than half led by women. She currently advises the CEOs of several growth companies.

Prior to her current role, Pat spent 30 years with global growth investor, General Atlantic, most recently as managing director. She began her career as a consultant with Bain & Company. Pat is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in computer science and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Thursday, April 15, Noon - 1 p.m.

Synopsis

Once you have an accurate machine learning model, that isn't the end of the story. In order to deploy the model for real-world users, there are many additional challenges that need to be resolved. How do you scale the model to accept queries from millions or billions of users? How do you update the model with new data? How do you explain how the model makes decisions? How do you ensure the model is trained on the right data? This talk will give an overview of standard practices to build infrastructure that will answer these questions and more.

Speakers

Did you miss this talk on Machine Learning? Watch Now on YouTube.

Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell '16

Sean graduated from the Iona University Honors Program in 2016 with a major in Computer Science and minors in Economics and Math. After college, Sean started in the Software Engineering Residency program at Google. He has since converted to a full-time position as a Site Reliability Engineer and works on ML research 20% of the time.

Alexander Del Toro Barba

Alexander Del Toro Barba, Ph.D.

Alexander is a Machine Learning Specialist at Google & Practice Lead of the AI/ML specialists team in Germany, Scandinavia and the Alps. Before joining Google in 2018, Alexander worked several years in financial asset management. He holds a Ph.D. in financial time series forecasting and has over six years of experience in scientific research in math, statistics & applied ML.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Synopsis

The critical link between all the great scholarship being presented this month and it becoming reality is influence; you will need to influence others to support your ideas in order for them to be funded and implemented. In this talk, Dr. Sanner will be giving you a shortened version of the training around influence he has been invited to give to surgeons at leading academic institutions in America, including Rutgers and Stanford. By the end of the talk, you should be better able to influence others so that you can turn your ideas into reality.

Speaker

Bret Sanner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
LaPenta School of Business
Iona University

Bret Sanner

Dr. Bret Sanner is an Assistant Professor of Management at Iona University. He earned a BSE in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the Olin School at Washington University in St. Louis. His research on power and status in teams has won numerous international awards.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021, Noon - 1 p.m.

Speaker

Margaret A. Pisani, MD, MPH
Vice Chief for Faculty Mentoring and Career Development,
Associate Professor,
Yale University School of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Margaret A. Pisani

Margaret A. Pisani, MD, MPH is the Vice Chief for Faculty Mentoring and Career Development and an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Iona University, an MS from NJIT, an MD from Temple University and an MPH from Yale University. Dr. Pisani completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was also Chief Resident. She remained at Yale University for Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship and then joined the faculty. She was the Yale PCCSM fellowship director for 10 years and has an extensive track record of mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. Dr. Pisani cares for patients with lung disease and those who are critically in an intensive care unit. Her clinical and research interests include sleep, delirium and circadian biology in critical illness, functional and cognitive outcomes in older patients after critical illness, aging and lung disease and pleural diseases.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

All Day, Virtual Event

Iona Scholars Day (ISD) is an annual event to celebrate the scholarship and creative activities performed by Iona students. The day showcases faculty-mentored student work and allows students in all disciplines to recognize and appreciate each other's work through oral presentations, panel sessions, performances, and poster presentations. We encourage all students to engage in scholarly and creative work with faculty, and share your work with the Iona community. ISD projects may be initiated as part of a course or as independent collaborations with faculty.

visit www.iona.edu/isd for details

Iona Scholars Day 2021 Flier

Tuesday, April 27, Noon

Synopsis

The rapidly developing field of Data Science applies skills from numerous disciplines across the social and physical sciences, to extract information that would have been inaccessible just a few years ago. As the worldwide explosion of data collection and analysis mushrooms, the demand for people with combined quantitative, programming, and problem-solving skills is increasing.

In this talk, we will explore some of the basic issues that a data scientist is faced with on a daily basis and some of the skills and expertise that helps along the way.

Did you miss Dr. Bhattacharyya's talk? Watch now on YouTube.

Amit Bhattacharyya

Speaker

Amit Bhattacharyya, Ph.D.

Amit Bhattacharyya is the Head of Data Science at Vox Media, a modern digital media company. At Vox, Amit works across all of their web properties in developing models to better understand audiences as well as working to deliver innovative product solutions such as personalization and recommendations to the platform.

Amit also teaches in the Data Science program at the UC Berkeley School of Information. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Indiana University. Previously, he has led data science initiatives at both ed-tech and advertising companies and worked as a quantitative analyst at various banks and hedge funds for twelve years. In his spare time, he likes to plan skiing and backpacking trips, and dabble with machine learning algorithms for fantasy football.

Fall 2020

Introduction to PASS (Peer Advisement, Success in Science) Program

Tuesday, August 18, Noon - 1 p.m.

Abstract

PASS is a peer mentorship program designed to support freshman STEM majors. Each mentee is assigned to one upperclassman mentor with aligned career interests and a similar major who will serve as a role model for them and provide advice about how they succeeded in navigating a challenging STEM curriculum.

Speakers

Chris Annabi '21 (PASS President, Biochemistry), Michael Krmic '22 (PASS Leadership Team, Biochemistry), Katherine Ivanchenko '23 (PASS Leadership Team, Biochemistry), Sunghee Lee, Ph.D. (PASS Faculty Advisor)

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Tuesday, September 8, Noon - 1 p.m.

DESCRIPTION

Is it a new shiny field, or contextualized computing in a new wrapper? In this session I'll lay out some different perspectives on why and how we can apply computing and analytical tools to a range of disciplines, and what background and/or collaborations are necessary in order to do that work. While there are many exciting application areas, there's little agreement on what skills students should learn, and who should be doing this work, or even what it should be called.

Did you miss Dr. Barr's Lecture? Watch Now on Youtube

Speaker

Valerie Barr, Ph.D., Jean E. Sammet Professor of Computer Science, chair of CS and co-chair of Data Science, Mount Holyoke College Valerie Barr

Valerie Barr is the Jean E. Sammet Prof. of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College, chair of CS and co-chair of Data Science. The road there included 2 stints in graduate school (NYU, Rutgers), time in industry (automated blood analyzers and automated storage and retrieval machines), and multiple academic positions. She's always been interested in interdisciplinary applications of computing because they are fun and you get to work with cool folks from other fields, and since 2004 has been working on curricular development with a goal of changing the demographics of and increasing enrollments in computer science. Her antidote to life on Zoom is bike riding.

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Algorithmic Accountability and the Securing of our Decision-Making Landscape

Thursday, September 17, Noon - 1 p.m.

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Abstract

Increasingly big decisions about the lives of individuals are being made in a partnership between human decision makers and computer systems. Algorithmically moderated platforms are making profound impacts on our personal and public relationships such as how we find a job, how we get our news, how we drive from place to place, sometimes even how we find a spouse. This is fundamentally changing the landscape of our societal decision-making processes - from hiring decisions, to decisions about news amplification, to criminal justice decisions - and making them vulnerable to new types of attacks and influences. To build the world we want, we need algorithms and platforms to be accountable and transparent. I will discuss the role of algorithmic accountability in securing these decision-making processes, using examples from my current work in criminal justice software, media manipulation and quantifying machine learning bias..

Speaker

Jeanna Matthews, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, Clarkson University

Jeanna Matthews is a professor of computer science at Clarkson University and an affiliate at Data and Society. She has published work in a broad range of systems topics from virtualization and cloud computing to social media security and distributed file systems. She has been a four-time presenter at DEF CON on topics including security vulnerabilities in virtual environments (2015 and 2016), adversarial testing of criminal justice software (2018) and trolling (2018). She is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, a Fulbright Specialist, founding co-chair of the ACM Technology Policy Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Algorithm Accountability and a member of the ACM Technology Policy Committee. She has been a member of the ACM Council (2015-present), chair of the ACM Special Interest Group Governing Board ( 2016-2018), the chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) from 2011 to 2015 and the author of several popular books ("Computer Networking: Internet Protocols in Action" and "Running Xen: A Hands on Guide to the Art of Virtualization"). Her current work focuses on securing societal decision-making processes and supporting the rights of individuals in a world of automation. She received a 2018-2019 Brown Institute Magic Grant to research differences in DNA software programs used in the criminal justice system. Jeanna received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999, a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ohio State University in 1994 and a B.A. in Spanish from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2016.

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Data Science Feminism

Tuesday, September 22, Noon - 1 p.m.

Speaker

Lauren Klein, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods, Emory University

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Lauren Klein is an associate professor in the departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods at Emory University, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. Before moving to Emory, she taught in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Klein works at the intersection of digital humanities, data science, and early American literature, with a research focus on issues of gender and race. She has designed platforms for exploring the contents of historical newspapers recreated forgotten visualization schemes with fabric and addressable LEDs and, with her students, cooked meals from early American recipes and then visualized the results. In 2017, she was named one of the “rising stars in digital humanities” by Inside Higher Ed. She is the author of An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and, with Catherine D’Ignazio, Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020). With Matthew K. Gold, she edits Debates in the Digital Humanities, a hybrid print-digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge. Her current project, Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization, 1786-1900, was recently funded by an NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication.

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Using Real Data and SPSS in Class

Tuesday, October 6, Noon - 1 p.m.

Synopsis

This presentation will focus on examples of using real secondary data and statistical software (SPSS) to integrate those data into sociology and/or health sciences classes. This will both demonstrate a methodology, but also teach something about sociology/health sciences.

Did you miss Dr. Wagner's lecture? Watch now on YouTube

Speaker

William E. Wagner, III, M.A., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Health Sciences
Professor, Department of Sociology
Chair, Social Science Research & Instructional Council of the CSU
California State University, Channel Islands
Learn more about Dr. Wagner.

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Data Science for Good: Building Data Science Literacy

Tuesday, October 13, Noon - 1 p.m.

Abstract

Data science is a valuable tool we can leverage across many disciplines from healthcare to environmental studies, security to ethics, criminal justice to economics, touching many dimensions of our lives. Increasing data science literacy will enable our students, citizens, industry and government leaders to leverage the vast amounts of data which are increasingly available to us from the past, present and future in order to gain insights which enable us to make our world a better place. In this workshop you will learn about the goals and activities led by the community of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub to leverage data science for good. These include data science for Health, Education + Data Literacy, Urban to Rural Communities, and Responsible Data Science including security, privacy and ethics. In preparation for the workshop, read about the Northeast Big Data Innovation hub strategy and projects here.

Did you miss Dr. Hudson's lecture? Watch Now on YouTube.

Speaker

Florence Hudson, Founder and CEO, FDHint
Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University
Special Advisor, NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University

Florence Hudson is Executive Director for the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University. She is also Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, a global advanced technology and diversity & inclusion consulting firm, and Special Advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University. She is a former IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, and aerospace engineer at Grumman and NASA. She Chairs the global IEEE/UL P2933 Working Group on Clinical IoT Data and Device Interoperability with TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security, and has published books on TIPPSS. She serves on Boards at Princeton University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stony Brook University, Blockchain in Healthcare Today, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She is a founding member of the Program Committee for the NCI Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop. She has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and executive business education from Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

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Laboratory Safety – Alternative Careers Paths

Tuesday, October 20, Noon - 1 p.m.

Abstract

Careers in chemistry do not have to be constrained to the research bench. Chemistry is a fundamental science with connections across multiple disciplines, and harnessing those touch points, with an emphasis on research operations, can be essential in a variety of roles. I will discuss how my core training in chemistry has provided a foundation for pivots in my journey through the private and governmental sectors. I will share reflections about how my background in industrial hygiene led to surprising opportunities and beneficial flexibilities as you consider your own path ahead.

Speaker

Ahleah Rohr Daniel, PhD, MPH, CIH is the Deputy Branch Chief of the Space Biosciences Research Branch. Over the last 4+ years, Dr Rohr Daniel supported the Science Directorate as the Industrial Hygiene Representative from the Safety Office, responsible for managing chemical compliance and laboratory safety to ensure a healthy and safe work environment for all personnel at NASA Ames. She earned her MPH in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 2013 and achieved her CIH in 2017.

Prior to coming to NASA Ames Research Center in 2016, Dr Rohr Daniel worked as an Environmental Consultant/Industrial Hygienist at Ramboll (formerly ENVIRON). Dr Rohr Daniel earned a BS in Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati in 2006, followed by a MS and PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Michigan in 2008 and 2011, respectively, resulting in peer-reviewed scientific research articles. In addition to work, Dr Rohr Daniel volunteers on the Board of Directors of the local American Industrial Hygiene Association (Northern California Section), where currently she serves as the Past-President. Dr Rohr Daniel also has membership in multiple professional societies (American Industrial Hygiene Association (National); American Chemical Society; American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists).

Learn more about Ahleah Rohr Daniel here.

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WORKFORCE READINESS AND INTERVIEW PREP

Tuesday, October 27, Noon - 1 p.m.

Synopsis

Join employees from Westchester based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for a virtual interactive career panel with opportunities to review your resume and practice mock interviewing.  Participants will engage in a whole group panel discussion via Zoom and then separate out into break out rooms hosted by the Regeneron employees.  Content will include opportunities for conversations regarding career path and advice in addition to the resume review and mock interviews. Participants will engage in interviews to help them feel comfortable with interviewing online, with several interviewers at once, and best practices for online and in-person interviews. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and conversations between participants and employees. This is a fantastic opportunity to practice your interviewing skills and receive real-world feedback before you interview for that must-have job!

Speakers

Employees from Westchester-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals...and you!

Zoom Link

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Career Development

A special thanks to Darelle Thomas and the Office of Career Development for making this partnership possible.

Future Scientists: Virtual Career Panel Focusing on the sciences

Wednesday, October 28, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Abstract

Join employees from Westchester based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for a virtual, interactive conversation with small group discussions focusing on careers in the sciences. Participants will engage in a whole group panel discussion via Zoom and then separate out into break out rooms hosted by employees from Regeneron. Discussions will include students questions around internships, inspiring classes, career paths, job searching in the science and other industries, and more! There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and conversation between participants and employees

Speakers

Employees from Westchester-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals...and you!

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Career Development

A special thanks to Darelle Thomas and the Office of Career Development for making this partnership possible.

Leveraging Interdisciplinarity for Data Science Pedagogy: An Experiential Approach

Thursday, October 29, Noon - 1 p.m.

Summary

Data scientists must be interdisciplinary, agile, and able to adapt to data analysis across different domains. Both academia and industry are striving to integrate interdisciplinarity into data science curriculum and operations. In this session, we will discuss the vital role of interdisciplinarity in designing a data science curriculum. By leveraging an experiential approach, we will discuss best practices derived from previous endeavors in designing data science courses. Our discussion will also involve different approaches and methods for designing an interdisciplinary data science course.

Did you miss Dr. Asamoah's lecture? Watch now on YouTube

Speaker

Daniel Adomako Asamoah, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems, Wright State University

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The Careers in Science program is supported by a generous donation from ConEdison.

Contact

Sunghee Lee

Sunghee Lee, Ph.D.

Board of Trustees Endowed Professor of Science


Program Director, Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program at Iona

PASS Mentorship Program Faculty Advisor