KGI Professor and Alumna to Address Women in Science Discussion
KGI professor Angelika Niemz, PhD, and alumna Jean Doble (MBS '02) will speak on the topic "Women in Science & Medicine: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction?" on Wednesday, September 22 at Claremont McKenna College.
The panelists will discuss how women in scientific and medical careers manage work and family decisions.
For Doble, a flexible work situation is paramount. Doble is currently director of research operations at Amgen, Inc., in Thousand Oaks, California. She leads the operations team that supports chemistry research and discovery and protein sciences.
Doble received her BA in molecular biology from Princeton University, taught high school biology and worked in the financial world, and then went on to earn her Master of Bioscience from KGI as part of its inaugural MBS class.
"I'm very lucky," says Doble, who is married and the mother of two young children. "Amgen offers a lot of flexibility which has allowed me to work at home when needed. The company also has on-site daycare so I can visit the children during the day. And my bosses have always been extremely supportive."
That being said, Doble admits that maintaining a work/life balance is difficult even in the best of circumstances. "It's important for me to have a challenging professional outlet," she says, "but it means that every minute with my kids is that much more special."
Niemz, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Professor and KGI's director of research, teaches courses on medical diagnostics, high throughput technologies and instrumentation development. Like Doble and the other panel members, Niemz has personal experience with balancing career and family as a mother and stepmother of four children.
Joining Niemz and Doble on the panel will be Stephanie Cropper, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Pomona and the mother of a one-year-old daughter, and Nina Karnovsky, PhD, a Pomona College associate professor who studies the impact of climate change on marine animals and is the mother of a six-year-old son.
The panel discussion is co-sponsored by The Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children; the 5College Women in Science Club; and the Joint Science Department of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College and Scripps College.
The event will take place in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on the Claremont McKenna College campus.
For more information about the event, visit http://berger.cmc.edu.