On December 3rd, 2016, the KWiSE‐SE Chapter held End-Year networking meeting at Dr. Ji Young Mun’s House (Emory).
On April 16, the 6th Southeastern Annual Conference was held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Duluth, Georgia. The conference began with a welcome message and an introduction of the keynote speaker by the chapter president (Dr. Jae Kyung Lee, UGA). The keynote speaker of this conference, Dr. Jung Sun Lee (Professor, UGA, Department of Nutrition), gave a talk on “Using research to improve nutrition programs and policies for low-income Georgians”. She is currently leading the Georgia CAFÉ (Community Advocacy to Access Food Stamps for the Elderly and Disabled) project and established the first UGA SNAP-Ed project which has provided an innovative, multi-level nutrition education and obesity prevention intervention to SNAP-Ed eligible adult Georgian population using existing/augmented network and practice of the UGA Cooperative Extension Services (CES) since 2013. The audience was all impressed that her study could be utilized as a key tool to significantly improve the Georgia nutrition benefit system.
The research session chaired by Dr. Sung-Sil Moon (CDC) was also lined up with interesting talks given by four outstanding scientists. Ms. Kyung-Hwa Kim (Senior principal planner, Atlanta Regional Commission) gave a talk on “How ARC is using performance measures for the region’s plan” in which she planned how performance measurement and data analysis could be applied to effective transportation planning. Dr. Youkyung Choi (Microbiologist, CDC) gave a talk on “Study of pathogenesis of hepatitis C and E virus infection in experimentally infected animals” and shared her chimpanzee experiments. During the lunch break, the members enjoyed Korean box lunch, introduced themselves, and connected with other peer scientists and potential mentors. The next speaker was Dr. Hea Jin Park (Assistant professor, UGA), who gave a talk on “Folate status in women of childbearing age: Impact of obesity and pregnancy” in which she focused on bioactive food compounds and vitamins and the mechanisms of their action on obesity. Lastly, Dr. Jiyoung Mun (Assistant professor, Emory University) gave a talk on “Neurotensin receptor 1-targeted PET traces for cancer diagnosis and therapy.” She introduced small molecular radiotracers and application technology for analyzing and diagnosing many diseases without any invasive tool. After these four talks, Dr. Jae Kyung Lee gave a short talk to introduce the mission and goals of KWiSE and announced KWiSE SE officers for 2016-2017. The KWiSE 6th Southeastern Annual Conference was a great success with 24 participants including 10 new members from diverse fields of study. Every participant enjoyed the time and was very impressed with research presentations from diverse fields and networking opportunities among the members.
Written by Dr. Sung-Sil Moon
The Southeastern Chapter of KWISE held its fall conference at Hyatt Place hotel in Duluth, GA, on November 8th, 2014. After inauguration in 2011, we have continuously provided an opportunity for networking, scientific presentations, and mentoring for members of the Southeastern KWiSE chapter. We also utilized this organization to share scientific research among KWiSE members and expand the networking. This time, the conference was focused on the Career Development for Academia and Government job. We had a plenary session of Dr. Seung soon Jang from GA Tech and Dr. Sohyun Park from CDC sharing their research and career development experience. For the research session, we had a research session with two outstanding trainees from Emory University and Georgia Tech. The first session was chaired by Dr. Jae-Kyung Lee (Emory University), president of the SE chapter. Dr. Seung soon Jang started the session with a presentation titled, ”Computational Nano Bio Technology: the way to find treasure hidden in a field”. Dr. Jang is currently an Associate Professor in School of Materials Science and Engineering at GA Tech. Along with introducing his outstanding research programs, Dr. Jang also shared his own experience in Academic faculty career for those who are interested in their career path in Academic Institutes. Our next planetary speaker was Dr. Sohyun Park from Center for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) talking about “Fellowship Opportunities at CDC”. Dr. Park is an epidemiologist at CDC who had trained one of the prominent fellowship program called EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) program at CDC. Along with the EIS fellowship information, Dr. Park introduced more than 20 different fellowship programs that CDC offers.
The second research session was chaired by Dr. Sungsil Moon (CDC). Dr. Shinjeong Lee from Emory University stared the session with a presentation titled, “Therapeutic neovascularization and long-term fate of purified endothelial cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells via a clinicallycompatible system”. Dr. Lee is currently a postdoc fellow at Emory University and shared her valuable research project with us. The next speaker was Dr. Shinae Kim from GA Tech talking about her thesis research titled, “Microfluidic device for high throughput target elective stimulation and long-term monitoring of in vivo cells”. Dr. Kim recently defended her Ph.D thesis. Her study was very impressive to move up to next career stage as a postdoc fellow position. The academic session was followed by the anther KWISE session with the opening remarks by the chapter president, Dr. Jae-Kyung Lee from Emory University. The chapter president briefed the history and activities of the KWISE SE chapter. The session concluded with the introduction of each member and the group photos.It is noticeable that the SE chapter adds new members every meeting with six new members joining the chapter in the fall conference. One of the feature of SE chapter is members from diverse fields of study or fields including not only basic science and engineering but also economics, epidemiology, digital media. We would like to continue and expand our networking.
This time, the conference will be focused on the Career Development for Academia and Government job. We will have a plenary session of Dr. Seung soon Jang from GA Tech and Dr. Sohyun Park from CDC sharing their research and career development experience. For the research session, we will have a research session with three outstanding trainees from three institutes. Please check the program and plan to join this conference and maximize your chance to expand networking.
2014 KWiSE Southeastern Chapter Conference
Nov. 8th, 2014 (8:30 am -2 pm) Hyatt Place Hotel, 3530 Venture Pkwy NW, Duluth, GA 30096
(There is no registration fee, breakfast and lunch will be provided)
|8:30 am – 9:00 am||New member Registration & Networking breakfast|
|9:00 am – 10:30 am
|Welcome note: Dr. Jae-Kyung Lee
Prof. Seung soon Jang (GA Tech)
“Computational NanoBio Technology: the way to find treasure hidden in a field”
Dr. Sohyun Park (CDC)
“Fellowship opportunities at CDC”
|10:30 am – 10:45 am||Break|
|10:45 am – 12:00 am
|Dr. Shinjeong Lee (Emory University)
Title: Therapeutic neovascularization and long-term fate of purified endothelial cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells via a clinically-compatible system
Dr. Shinae Kim (GeorgiaTech )
Dr. Seung hee Lee-Kwan (CDC)
|12:00 pm – 1:30 pm||Networking lunch & Discussion of Chapter Activities
Elect new officers for 2015 FY
Please let me know your attendance by Oct 24th, for planning purpose. I would appreciate your non-attendance notice as well.
After our inauguration meeting on 2011, KWiSE SE Chapter has been growing constantly. Our chapter meeting on the spring has been introduced in the recent KWiSE newsletter. I have attached link below,