AWIS CAZ Board Members


ASU Division

President: Page Baluch

Page received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Developmental Biology from Arizona State University in 2007. She obtained post-doctoral training in  neuroscience at ASU and manages the WM Keck Bioimaging Facility within the School of Life Sciences. Dr. Baluch teaches Bioimaging and Cell Biotechnology and is involved with various research projects such as developing tools that enable blind students ‘visualize’ image rich content, studying the role of Protein Kinase C in maintaining the cellular cytoskeletal scaffold, and investigates the role of tyramine in mouse smooth muscle tissue. Page has been a member of AWIS since 2001 and is also a member of the Women in Cell Biology ASCB committee, chairing the Career and Mentoring Discussion event and WICB Awards reception at the annual conference. Website: bioimaginglab.net


Vice President: Bukola Obayomi

[ASU Graduate Student in the School of Life Sciences]


Phoenix Metro Division

President: Rebekah Brubaker

[ASU Alumni, Wilkes University, Comicon Science Panel Coordinator]


Vice President: Eileen Kane

[Gangplank, AzSci Tech]


Joint Board Members

Secretary: Amanda Meyer

[ASU Undergraduate Student, SESE]


Treasurer: Shelbi Peck

[ASU Undergraduate Student, SOLS]



AWIS CAZ Committees


Communications and Networking Committee

The Communications committee reports on Chapter activities and  provides information about topics that may be of interest to AWIS-CAz members through the website, newsletter and social media venues. The Newsletter includes profiles of AWIS members, descriptions of AWIS events, information about non-AWIS events, and articles about science, technology and health. The website provides information about the programs and activities of the Central Arizona Chapter to members and non-members. This committee works with the AWIS Board and Committee Chairs to provide current information to its viewers.


Events Committee

The Events Committee organizes the monthly seminars (covering topics such as family/childcare issues, teaching strategies, academia vs industry careers, and strategies for success), as well as specialized workshops and conferences to provide educational enrichment and to discuss issues pertinent to women in science. One of our featured events is Jumpstarting STEM Careers which is a half day symposium that focuses on a particular theme for additional career training.


Membership Committee

The membership committee develops and maintains strategies to recruit new members and maintain ongoing communication with the current members through email, newsletter and social media.


Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee is dedicated providing young women the opportunity to experience science in a fun and safe environment. We hope to encourage these young women to pursue a future career in the areas of science, math, engineering, and technology. The Central Arizona chapter participates in the Arizona Regional Science and Engineering fair as well as hosts the annual Hands on Science day at ASU.


Sponsorship Committee  

The mission of the Corporate Sponsorship Committee is to engage local biotech and technology companies, research organizations and service providers, and to provide them the opportunity to support women in the local scientific community through the sponsorship of AWIS-CAZ events.


Undergraduate Student Outreach Committee  

AWIS-CAZ hosts seminars and events to assist undergraduate students in their STEM career preparation. STEM Internships is a popular seminar held each fall where a panel of representatives from businesses such as TGen, Mayo, USDA and NASA provide students with strategies to better prepare their internship application as well as providing forms and deadline information.


Publicity Committee

Our publicity committee is dedicated to sharing news of events from our chapter as well as information promoted through the national chapter. AWIS-CAZ has and active Facebook page, twitter account [@AWIS_CAZ] and LinkedIn page.


2015-2016 Central Arizona chapter

board members & committee Chairs



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