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Professional development events available to women in science

By Rebecca Schwan

University of Toledo female students, staff and faculty interested in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields are encouraged to take advantage of upcoming Association for Women in Science (AWIS) opportunities.

“The Association for Women in Science is the largest multidisciplinary organization for women working in STEMM,” said Dr. Susanne Nonekowski, associate lecturer in the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry and president of the AWIS Northwestern Ohio Chapter. “These events are designed to support equity and full participation of women in all science-related disciplines and across all employment sectors.”

A workshop for preparing a professional social media profile titled “How to Craft the Perfect LinkedIn Profile in 30 Minutes” will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Martin Conference Room of the Frederick and Mary Wolfe Center on Health Science Campus.

Mary Jo Borden, practicum coordinator in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will share best practices for creating a presence online and explain how to use LinkedIn’s search functions to build a professional network. A photographer also will be on hand to take professional headshots.

“This workshop will be valuable to students, faculty and staff,” Nonekowski said. “Whether you are new to LinkedIn or if it has been a while since you updated your profile, this event will have you looking your best online.”

The group also is seeking individuals interested in becoming members of its Mentorship Circle.

“We are looking for anyone interested in connecting with other women in the STEMM fields in order to build relationships and learn from those who were once in their shoes,” Nonekowski said. “Mentors can be from any science-related career field, whether academic or professional. We want individuals who are motivated and interested in supporting other women as they grow in STEMM careers.”

Mentors and mentees will be paired according to career interest and meet once a month throughout the academic year.

“The Mentorship Circle is in the planning stages, but we want to be sure that everyone who is interested has the chance to join us before mentoring teams are established,” she said. “There have been several successful Mentorship Circles across the country, and we are excited to bring this program to the Toledo area.”

Nonekowski said UT is an institutional partner with AWIS, which means any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a STEMM field can register with the organization for free at awis.org/utoledo. When registering, students should be sure to choose the Northwestern Ohio Chapter to be notified of local activities.

“We are grateful to the University for their support of AWIS,” Nonekowski said. “This partnership is instrumental to the support of female science students and professionals across northwest Ohio.”

For more information about AWIS, to join the Mentorship Circle, or to register for the LinkedIn event, call 419.530.1979 or email susanne.nonekowski@utoledo.edu.

Advice for Women in Science

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of medicinal chemistry and president of the local chapter of the Association for Women in Science, offers tips to women entering science careers.


A career in the sciences can be challenging. If you have a passion for the work, however, you can call upon that passion to remain motivated.


It’s important to have a life plan—not just a career plan or education plan. Knowing what you want your life to look like, and what a successful life means to you, is necessary as you plan your future.


Strong-willed, intelligent women sometimes forget that we all need help sometimes. Ask for help and build relationships that support your goals.


In order to be a well-rounded person, you have to create space for enjoyment. Do what you love, spend time with friends and family, and maintain the joy in your life.


Leaning In

Hassoun, Wall, McInerney, Mauro and Hinko

Hassoun, Wall, McInerney, Mauro and Hinko

The past year has brought considerable change and reorganization to the leadership team of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Through retirements and promotions, excellent leaders like Drs. Wayne Hoss, retired executive associate dean, and Bill Messer, former chair of the Department of Pharmacology and new Director of Research for UT, have moved on to other endeavors. The leaders who have risen in their places bring unique perspectives to their roles in the college because of their varied experiences. Among their assets is the diversity they add by virtue of being female in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. While many studies note the gender gap in STEM fields, the influx of women leaders in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences presents a promising future.

Dr. Christine Hinko has added the title of executive associate dean to her dossier. Currently in her fifteenth year as associate dean for student affairs, she is eager to serve the college in a new capacity.

“I have been privileged to work with many students who are pursuing their goal of becoming pharmacists or pharmaceutical scientists,” said Hinko. “Most rewarding for me is witnessing a student who has encountered academic or personal obstacles persist to overcome them and be successful.”

As executive associate dean, Dr. Hinko is working with longtime colleagues who comprise the new leadership team for the College.  She is excited to see their growth and development as leaders.

“The reorganization places each of us in different leadership roles and provides us with the opportunity to use our strengths cooperatively for the betterment of our students and the college,” Dr. Hinko added.

Dr. Marcia McInerney, former chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, is the associate dean for research and graduate programs. As a diabetes researcher, Dr. McInerney secured $3 million in funding for her research and she took pride in nurturing new scientists who have since become successful researchers. She will extend these efforts as she works more closely with graduate students.

“This is a natural extension of my former roles, and I am committed to expanding and enhancing research and graduate education during my tenure,” said McInerney.

The college’s graduate programs – including the master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, the master’s and Ph.D. degrees in medicinal chemistry, and the new Ph.D. in experimental therapeutics – have seen increased enrollment in recent years.

Dr. Laurie Mauro’s new role as the assistant dean for assessment allows her to focus on the academic preparation of the college’s graduates, and her considerable experience as a practitioner contributes to her insight.

“It is extremely rewarding to see our graduates practice successfully in a wide variety of pharmacy practice roles.  They are effectively contributing to the care of patients in hospital, long-term care, ambulatory, and community settings, and they impact patient care broadly by serving in colleges, industry, and professional organizations” said Dr. Mauro.  “The practice of pharmacy is dynamic and requires continual change in program content and instruction.  I look forward to ensuring that our programs continue to evolve and prepare graduates to optimally contribute to patient care as they shape the practice of pharmacy and lead the profession.”

Also part of the leadership team are Dr. Ezdihar Hassoun, the new chair of the Department of Pharmacology, and Dr. Kathy Wall, chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Early, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is pleased to lead a college that respects and welcomes diversity in all its forms. “The amalgamation of our many viewpoints enriches our college tremendously,” he said.

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, believes the women leaders in the college can be excellent mentors for students. The women serving on the college’s leadership team also reflect the data that pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences are among the most auspicious career choices for women. As president of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association for Women in Science and chair of the organization’s diversity task force, Dr. Bryant-Friedrich has an interest in seeing more women in science fields, particularly in leadership roles.

“It is a positive sign of the CPPS commitment to diversity and inclusion to see the recent appointment of several women in visible leadership positions.  Their appointments provide role models to the women in the college currently pursuing degrees as well as those in junior faculty positions,” said Dr. Bryant-Friedrich.  “This is a vital part of the equation to ensure the advancement of women in the STEM-related disciplines.”

Women in Science

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, is president of the Northwestern Ohio chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). AWIS, which is open to both men and women, works to create opportunities for women in STEM fields through advocacy, networking and educational programming. In addition, the local chapter is heavily involved with service and community activities promoting science education in our area.

The Northwestern Ohio chapter of AWIS is currently offering a complementary membership to students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. To learn more, visit awis.org/utoledo.


Visit the college’s Women in Science Pinterest board for articles and ideas about women in science.