Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology
Hosted by the Yale Club of Dallas
The School of Science and Engineering Magnet
at the Yvonne A Ewell Townview Center
On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Townview High School Magnet in Dallas ISD, the Yale Club of Dallas is hosting Dallas WEST. This is an event for young women in grades 6-12 to learn more about careers in STEM industries from professional women already in those careers. Attendees will participate in engaging demonstrations and activities such as building drones to track the climate of the world's oceans and learning how skyscrapers are built. Students will also hear a presentation from Yale Alumna Shanta Whitaker, PhD '08.
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Volunteer for Dallas WEST: Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology
Saturday, March 11th 8:30am to 5pm
Yvonne A. Townview Magnet Center
1201 E 8th St, Dallas, TX 75203
The Yale Club is looking for adult volunteers to help out the day of Dallas WEST. We need people to perform the following jobs: set-up & tear-down, monitor students, and assist with presenters. If you would like to volunteer please sign up below with your preferences and time availability.
Shanta Whitaker, PhD, MPH Health Disparities and Chronic Disease Fighter, domestic and Global Health Champion
Throughout her career, Dr. Shanta Whitaker has wanted her passion to match her purpose. Her quest has always been driven to help and serve the most vulnerable people. She started off her journey at Virginia Union University on a quest to be a medical doctor, but upon graduation, she found herself embarked on a path to pursue a PhD in Microbiology at Yale University. However, basic science research still didn't satisfy her. By volunteering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Junior League, she realized that hiding in a laboratory wasn't going to directly impact her community. She wanted more. Pursuing a Masters of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health opened the door to having the ability to match her purpose with her passion. While at Hopkins, she completed a national study looking at the role of educational attainment in adverse diabetes outcomes in minority men. She realized that applied public health research and policy was the way to make concrete changes to improve health in vulnerable communities. Currently, Dr. Whitaker is a health policy consultant working on Accountable Care Organizations. Previously, she was the Senior Disparities Analyst for a nonprofit organization to reduce disparities within Medicare. It is her hope to see lower rates of chronic disease among African Americans and other minority populations. She believes it first takes a thorough understanding of the social determinants of health and how they influence health outcomes.
Activities and Presentations:
“Cognitive Robots and Beyond!” by Romelia Flores, IBM
“Collecting Data from the Ocean” by Whitney Rogers, Perot Museum
“Genetic Variations in Humans” by Rebecca Brulet, Southwestern University
“Building Ocean Drones” by Lt. Gim Kang, US Coast Guard Academy
“Technology Consulting: Presenting the Business Case” by Julia Atkinson, Deloitte
“Chemistry of Stars” by Frontiers of Flight Museum
"Space Portal Odyssey Capsule" by Frontiers of Flight Museum
“Cutting Edge STEM in Marine Exploration” by Ping Furlan, PhD, US Merchant Marine Academy
"Architecture Today" by Cherle Matthew, Corgan
"Programming Robots" by Big Thought Mobile Tech RV
"Teen Tech Center" by Best Buy and Dallas Parks & Recreation