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Join us on September 30th for our fourth annual Women in Bioscience!

The event will feature an interactive workshop, networking, and a moderated panel discussion of acclaimed female scientists and entrepreneurs focusing on success stories, career advantages and obstacles for Maine women in bioscience. Feel free to attend all 3 sessions or pick and choose the ones that work for you.

Event Agenda

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Panel Discussion: “Women in Leadership” (via Zoom)

11:15 AM-11:30 – AM Break

11:30 AM – 12:15 – PM – Interactive Workshop: “Imposter Syndrome: Understanding and Coping with a Potential Barrier to Success” lead by Shannon McCoy, PhD (University of Maine) (via Zoom)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Networking Reception at the Roux Institute (in-person, space limited to 50)

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion will take place virtually via Zoom, and will feature Aileen Huang-Saad, PhD (The Roux Institute), Stacey Harris (Consigli Construction Co.), Melissa Glenn, PhD (Colby College), Joan Gordon (Maine Molecular Quality Controls), and Kristy Townsend, PhD (Ohio State University and University of Maine, moderator).

Interactive Workshop: “Imposter Syndrome”

Have you ever felt that your successes were due to “luck” or that somehow evaluators have been fooled and soon you will be exposed as an “imposter”? While the term “imposter syndrome” sounds like pop psychology, it is useful in identifying a cluster of psychological processes that may pose barriers to success for oneself or one’s students. Imposter syndrome involves perceiving the self as incompetent despite objective evidence of competence and often occurs among those who are high achieving. We will explore topics such as the fear of failure, feeling excluded in the workplace, perfectionism, feeling unworthy, and provide coping strategies to internalize and focus on success. This workshop will be led by Dr. Shannon McCoy from UMaine.

Networking Reception

Women in Bioscience networking reception will be held at 5-7PM at The Roux Institute’s collaboration café and deck that overlooks Casco Bay. Hors d’oeuvres, cupcakes and open bar will be provided. Free parking. We are limiting the networking portion of the event to 50 guests, so register soon!

COVID Safety at the Reception
We will be requiring proof of vaccination OR a negative Covid test (no older than 48 hours) upon entry. Masks are required indoors at The Roux Institute. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.





Speaker Bios

Aileen Huang-Saad, PhD, Associate Professor, Bioengineering & Director of Life Science & Engineering Programs, The Roux Institute

In February 2021 Dr. Huang-Saad joined the Bioengineering faculty at Northeastern University and became the Director of Life Sciences and Engineering at The Roux Institute.  Dr. Huang-Saad has a fourteen-year history of bringing about organizational change in higher education, leveraging evidence-based practices at the University of Michigan. She created the U-M BME graduate design program, co-founded the U-M College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, launched the U-M National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node, and developed the U-M BME Instructional Incubator. She is a canonical instructor for both the NSF and National Institute of Health (NIH) I-Corps Programs. Dr. Huang-Saad has received numerous awards for her teaching and student advising, including the 1938E College of Engineering Award, the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award, the U-M ASEE Outstanding Professor Award, the International Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Student Advisor Award.

Dr. Huang-Saad’s current research areas are entrepreneurship, innovation, and transforming higher education.  She is funded by the NSF to explore the influence of the microenvironment of entrepreneurship education on minoritized populations, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and fostering graduate student professional development. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Huang-Saad worked in industry gaining experience in new venture biotech, the defense industry, and medical device testing.

Dr. Huang-Saad received her BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. She later completed her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Melissa Glenn, PhD, 
Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Professor of Psychology, Colby College

Dr. Melissa Glenn joined the faculty at Colby College in 2007 and is now a Professor of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal and continued her training as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Duke University. Her expertise is in behavioral neuroscience and her research program focuses on how early life availability of the nutrient choline is neuroprotective against mental health disorders, including major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction. She conducts this research in collaboration with Colby undergraduate students and has, more recently, additionally engaged them in broader questions about the ethological validity of rodent husbandry and behavioral assessments with the aim of improving translation of preclinical animal research findings. Dr. Glenn is presently serving a 3-year term as the Associate Provost of Academic Programs at Colby.

Stacey Harris,
Superintendent, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Stacey Harris, Project Superintendent with Consigli’s Portland, Maine office, manages the construction of large-scale commercial projects. Currently guiding the building of Maine Molecular Quality Controls laboratory expansion in Saco, Stacey brings clients and building teams her focused knowledge of life science and pharmaceutical facilities.

From Bangor, Maine, Stacey earned a degree in civil engineering at the University of Maine, and an International MBA from Renssalear Polytechnic Institute where she studied in China and Italy and interned with IBM. Past construction management roles include work in Boston, Mass., where she managed the construction of a $250 million pharmaceutical lab. Other work in the New England market includes ImmuCell Corporation, Bates College, University of Maine and Maine Medical Center.

Especially adept with Lean project management, Stacey’s professional expertise and passion is innovating construction through technology. In 2019, she was recognized by Plan Grid as a Tech Powered Superintendent for her commitment to progressing the industry through innovations solutions. Prior to that, she was honored with the 2014 Engineering and Innovation award—one of two awards given out nationally by Turner Construction—after taking the initiative to build her own database to automate daily construction reports.

Chosen for her excellence in Consigli’s core values of passion, accountability and Raving Fans, Stacey was a member of Consigli’s 2019 Emerging Leaders class, in which she took part in a year-long training program providing skill development, personal development, training, social connections and knowledge for the company’s potential future leaders.

Joan Gordon, M.T. (ASCP)C, 
Co-Founder & President, Maine Molecular Quality Controls, Inc.

Ms. Gordon co-founded Maine Molecular Quality Controls, Inc. (MMQCI) in 2000 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Maine Molecular Quality Controls, Inc. Ms. Gordon was a Senior Medical Technologist at Maine Medical Center and then a Research Associate at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. She received her B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Vermont. She pursued graduate studies in Applied Immunology and Molecular Biology at the University of Southern Maine. Ms. Gordon’s scientific expertise is in molecular techniques and laboratory medicine, including quality assurance and molecular diagnostic testing. MMQCI was founded to fill the need for quality controls used to assure the accuracy of the new DNA and RNA tests rapidly emerging from the research labs. Ms. Gordon and her co-founder, Dr. Clark Rundell, Ph.D., DABCC, grew MMQCI from a 2-person company to a 50-person company, now located in a newly expanded, state-of-the-art facility in Saco, Maine. MMQCI provides the biomedical industry with innovative, high-caliber quality control products for molecular diagnostics.

Kristy Townsend, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maine, and Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, moderator

Kristy Townsend, Ph.D. is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Maine, her alma mater, and Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.  Townsend is the head of the Neurobiology & Energy Balance laboratory. Born and raised in Maine, Townsend is co-founder of a Maine based biotech start-up and UMaine spin out (Neuright, Inc) that is focused on R&D for a patent-pending medical device for the diagnosis of small fiber Neuropathy.  Townsend remains an active member of the BioME Board of Directors.  Follow @neuroadipo

Shannon McCoy, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Maine

Dr. McCoy earned her doctorate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and completed a post doctoral fellowship in Psychology and Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maine where she is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology. In her research, Dr. McCoy examines the consequences of devalued social status for motivation, health and wellbeing. Dr. McCoy is the former Director of the Rising Tide Center for Advancing Gender Equity at the University of Maine (an NSF ADVANCE center) and has used her expertise to conduct several professional development workshops with faculty, to consult with departments on changes to curricula to promote inclusiveness, and worked with students to combat imposter syndrome in STEM disciplines. Dr. McCoy’s workshop on imposter syndrome is informed by social psychological research, the development of interventions, and her mentoring of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.

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