Aisha Abdullah received a BS in biology from the University of Houston and PhD in Neuroscience from Weill Cornell Medical College, where she studied the role of microRNA in embryonic and early postnatal neocortical development. Passionate about making science education accessible and inclusive, she worked with several K-12 science outreach programs at Weill Cornell and Rockefeller University during her graduate studies. Since completing her PhD, she has managed initiatives that broaden the pipeline to STEM careers including the Georgetown STEM Engagement Project and BioSTEM Clubs at the Center for Excellence in Education. Aisha currently serves as the Associate Director of the Global STEM Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences, leading the Academy’s in-person mentoring and education programs, advancing the Global STEM Alliance mission to increase the number and diversity of students pursuing STEM careers, and helming the STEM City initiative to place a scientist in every classroom in New York City.
- Innovations in AI and Higher Education, with Reid Hoffman and Nicholas B. Dirks March 27, 2024
- Frontiers in Cancer Immunotherapy 2024 May 21 - May 23, 2024
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Innovations in AI and Higher Education, with Reid Hoffman and Nicholas B. DirksMore
Join author Reid Hoffman and the Academy’s CEO Nicholas B. Dirks for a discussion about the potential of AI, especially the powerful Large Language Models like GPT-4, in shaping the future of education, business, and creativity—and Hoffman’s new book, Impromptu: Amplifying Our Humanity Through AI.Frontiers in Cancer Immunotherapy 2024May 21 - May 23, 2024More
This symposium presents a remarkable opportunity to convene with other researchers, clinicians, and industry leaders to discuss the extraordinary progress and immense potential of new drug therapies and technologies in paving the way for a brighter future in cancer treatment.
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Resources for EducatorsLeadership in STEM SeriesMarch 7 - April 25, 2024More
Advance your career as an effective, inclusive leader in STEM through this four-part series brought to you by the New York Academy of Sciences with special guest speakers from Pfizer senior leadership.
The Academy’s Spring 2023 Innovation Challenge in Rwanda on “Green Schools, Green Homes, Green Communities” was a great success, engaging the participation of 909 students in 163 teams working to create research-driven solutions to environmental problems faced in their community.
The Leon Levy Scholarships in Neuroscience (LLSN) aim to promote groundbreaking neuroscience research in the five boroughs of New York City. The scholarships support the most innovative young researchers at a critical stage of their careers—their postdoctoral research—as they develop the new ideas and directions that will help establish them as independent neuroscientists.
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For the PressAcademy President’s New Book Explores Contemporary Challenges in Higher EducationMore
Nicholas B. Dirks, President and CEO of The New York Academy of Sciences, reflects on the challenges he encountered and the lessons he learned during his long career in university leadership, from being chair of the Anthropology department at Columbia, to his time as EVP and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences also at Columbia, and then as chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, in a newly published book.
Contact UsOur Mission: Science for the Public GoodMore
As the New York Academy of Sciences continues into its third century, Nicholas Dirks is at the helm of an extraordinary organization with a talented staff, a global community of more than 20,000 Members, and a network of top-echelon leaders in science, industry, academia, government and public policy. Bringing all these people together, the Academy is taking on COVID-19 and other world-wide challenges with the best solutions that science, technology, and bright minds can offer.