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Starting the Conversation: A Women in STEM Leadership Program Webinar

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

2:00PM Eastern


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Join three women in STEM,  alumni from the Alda Center’s Women In STEM Leadership Program as they come together to share their science, the challenges they see for science and for women in STEM, and to give us a glimpse into their experiences and discoveries in advancing women and under-represented groups.

This webinar is presented by Alan Alda Center’s Women in STEM Leadership Program at Stony Brook University and supported by Ann Rubenstein and Andrew Tisch.


Zanethia Barnett

Dr. Zanethia Barnett is a Research Fisheries Biologist for the USDA Forest Service. She is a subject matter expert in aquatic ecology and population genetics. Barnett’s research focuses on understanding factors that impact the structure of aquatic communities and genetic populations, quantifying the effects of human induced disturbances on aquatic systems, and improving the understanding of life history and distribution of aquatic organisms. Barnett’s work in aquatic ecosystems has helped managers conserve numerous aquatic populations by providing a better understanding of how land and water management impact freshwater systems, and ways to mitigate negative impacts. 

Barnett grew up in Estill, SC, a small rural town, where she gained her love for the environment. This love pushed her to further her education in both economics and ecology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida, and Doctorate degree in Biology from the University of Mississippi. Outside of her research passion, Barnett is passionate about exposing youth to biology and aquatic sciences. 

Jamie Newman

Dr. Jamie Newman earned her BA in Biology from Amherst College and her PhD in Biology from MIT.  At Louisiana Tech University, Dr. Newman manages a research lab and teaches primarily upper level undergraduate and graduate courses including Graduate Research Methods, Bioethics, and Stem Cell Biology.  Her research program focuses on stem cell biology, looking at mechanisms that regulate cell fate and how environment influence cell behavior.  With the onset of the pandemic, Dr. Newman expanded her research program to conduct local wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 and was part of creating a local initiative to engage her community in sequencing patient samples to track variants of SARS-CoV-2 in her community.  Dr. Newman is founder and organizer of the New Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series  and Co-Founder of the VISTA Centerat Louisiana Tech. Dr. Newman lives in Ruston, LA with her husband and two children.

Brooke Penaluna

Dr. Brooke Penaluna is a research fisheries biologist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service whose work focuses on understanding the effects of climate change, forest harvest, and other disturbances on fish and their habitats. She was recently named the lead scientist at the USDA Forest Service’s H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a 16,000-acre site in Oregon’s western Cascade Range dedicated to the research of forests, streams, and watersheds. Penaluna holds a Ph.D. in fisheries science from Oregon State University.

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