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.
Events by TopicWorkshop: Communicating Science to Policy MakersMay 11 - May 12, 2019More
During this workshop you will learn, through role-playing, how to effectively communicate science to policy makers.Complex Medicines: Science, Regulation, and Accelerating DevelopmentMay 13, 2019More
This symposium will outline the future of complex medicines, including the best scientific approaches for their development and regulation, challenges in the assessment of equivalence, and how to ensure timely access for patients.Innovative Vaccines against Resistant Infectious Diseases and Emerging ThreatsMay 20, 2019More
This symposium will gather the world’s leaders in vaccine research to share the latest findings on the potential and the limits of the human immune system, the challenges facing vaccine development, maternal immunizations, and the next era of vaccine technologies.
Professional Development TrainingCultural Awareness Workshop: Navigating Diversity in the LabMay 7, 2019More
This 1-day interactive workshop will address the challenges that grad students and early career investigators face when working in a culturally diverse environment. Participants will gain a fuller perspective of the complexities of cross-cultural communication and build their communication skills to bridge gaps, avoid missteps, and collaborate effectively.Scientists Teaching Science Online CourseJune 3 - August 5, 2019More
Take the online course "Scientists Teaching Science" and learn about active vs. passive learning, creating course objectives and test items, and finding ways to improve your teaching and assessment techniques for students of all ages.Workshop: Communicating Science to Policy MakersMay 11 - May 12, 2019More
During this workshop you will learn, through role-playing, how to effectively communicate science to policy makers.
Academy Member NseAbasi NsikakAbasi Etim, PhD is promoting science beyond boundaries. Read on to learn about her work in our virtual mentoring programs.More
Working in engineering and construction since World War II, Academy Member Ethel Romm brings a unique energy and perspective to our Lyceum Society.Learn how Academy Member Jorge M. Torres used his scientific background to help launch a career as a venture capital investor.More
The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists celebrate the achievements of extraordinary young scientists and engineers and accelerate innovation through unrestricted funding.More
The Junior Academy recruits STEM experts to coach teams of talented, highly motivated students as they compete in science & technology challenges sponsored by industry-leading companies. Students and mentors can participate from anywhere in the world, connecting with one another via Launchpad, our interactive challenge platform.More
Available exclusively to our Member community, Member-to-Member Mentoring is a self-directed mentoring program that matches early career scientists and engineers with experienced STEM professionals for advice and coaching.
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For the PressSpecial Issue: Antimicrobial Resistance from Food Animal ProductionMore
The four articles presented in this special issue on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food animal production discuss how a One Health approach would help to achieve a more complete understanding of the AMR problem, enable efficient solutions, develop appropriate usage guidelines, and provide effective risk communications.Special Issue: MARROWMore
This seventh installment of the Ann NY Acad Sci series MARROW presents five papers in various areas of clinical and translational medicine and biology.Special Issue: Advancing Tools and Methods for Flexible Adaptation Pathways and Science Policy IntegrationMore
This third New York City Panel on Climate Change Report (NPCC3) describes new tools and methods for the next generation of climate risk assessments and implementation of New York City metropolitan region–wide resilience.
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