WIS students at CHI Health Saint Elizabeth 2015

Join us February 19-20, 2016

The 18th Annual Women in Science Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Sponsored by Nebraska EPSCoR, the UNL Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education and the UNL departments of Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, School of Biological Sciences and the Science Program of Excellence, this two-day event brings high school girls from across Nebraska and the region to the UNL campus to explore their interests in science careers. Women in Science is for students who want to interact with career and academic professional women in science, meet current female science students and other high school girls who are interested in science, and discover countless professions as diverse as biologists, geologists, engineers, food scientists, computer scientists, and those in the medical fields.

Angela Pannier

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angela Pannier

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Talk: "My Journey Along the Double Helix"

In her plenary lecture, Dr. Pannier will talk about how she decided to pursue a career in science and adventures along her goal in pursuing techniques to transfer DNA and engineer human tissues for transplantation.

Dr. Angela Pannier is an Associate Professor and Biomedical Engineer in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL),a William E. Brooks College of Engineering Leadership Fellow, and has a Courtesy Appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Mary and Dick Holland Regenerative Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The long-term goal of the Pannier Lab is to understand and design innovative biomaterials and gene delivery systems to advance biotechnology, diagnostics, fundamental understanding of embryology and tissue development, and regenerative medicine therapies. Research projects within the Pannier Lab are focused in three different themes including nonviral gene delivery, tissue engineering, and protein-cell-biomaterial interactions.

Dr. Pannier received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in BSE from UNL and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

The author of more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, her research interests include modeling nonviral gene delivery, developing novel nonviral gene delivery systems, characterizing cell-material interactions, understanding stem cell differentiation, and developing biomaterials matrices for embryological and tissue engineering applications.


The 2016 conference will begin at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center at 2 p.m. on Friday, for those who are interested in a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital. Then participants will head to the Embassy Suites for a banquet featuring our keynote speaker Dr. Angela Pannier of UNL. Saturday will kick off a day filled with hands-on activities for students to experience in the Nebraska Union on City Campus and lab activities at the Beadle Center in the afternoon. Students are encouraged to use hashtag unlwis2016 to share their experiences with us during the conference on social media. (Please note that in 2016, lunch on Saturday will not be provided as part of the conference.)

Friday Schedule

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Hospital Tour, CHI Health Saint Elizabeth
5 p.m.-6 p.m. Registration at Embassy Suites Lincoln
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Banquet and Keynote Speaker's Address
8:30 p.m. Student Observatory (weather permitting)

Saturday Schedule

8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Discussions with Panelists at Nebraska Union
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. First Round of Workshops at Nebraska Union
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Department Displays
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch on own, downtown Lincoln
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Second Round of Workshops at Nebraska Union
2 p.m.-5 p.m. Hands-On Laboratory Workshops at Beadle Center and Evaluations

Registration now closed

High school sophomore and junior women who have an interest in exploring a career in science are encouraged to attend. Participants are selected by their teachers based on interest and aptitude. Interested high school teachers or counselors should contact us for more information at:

UNL Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education
251 Avery Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0131