Northern California Women's Forum

The purpose of the Duke Women’s Forum in Northern California is to bring together a multigenerational cross section of Duke women to develop educational programming, new opportunities for leadership, networking, and mentorship, and closer personal ties to the university. We welcome all Duke alumnae – of all ages and from all of Duke’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools – to get involved. Learn more about Duke’s Women’s Forum program.

Upcoming Events

Duke Leading the Way: Innovation and Global Women's Health
Sponsored by Duke Women's Forum - Open to all

Thursday, May 15  |  6-8 p.m.

Autodesk Gallery | One Market Street | San Francisco, CA 94105
Can science and technology create better access to health care and increase the quality and length of women’s lives?
For serial inventor, engineer, cancer researcher and Duke professor Dr. Nimmi Ramanujan, the answer is a resounding “yes”. Please join us for an exciting and inspiring discussion featuring Dr. Ramanujam, Director of Duke’s recently launched Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, in conversation with award-winning science and medical journalist – and Duke alum - Lisa Krieger ’77, P’11. Presented by the Duke NorCal Women’s Forum, and open to all, it promises to be an evening of great conversation and a thought provoking exchange of ideas as the two women address the ways Duke faculty and students are tackling significant global challenges in women’s health.
Schedule of Events:
6 p.m. Registration, refreshments and reception
6:45 p.m. Conversation
8 p.m. Program conclusion
About our speakers:
RamanujamDr. Nimmi Ramanujam is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Global Health at Duke University. She is also Director of the Tissue Optical Spectroscopy Laboratory (TOpS Lab) in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University and Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health. Her research laboratory specializes in the development of optical systems for the clinical detection of cancer and mathematical algorithms for quantitative physiology of cancers in vivo. Her current research program focuses on developing light based technologies for cancer diagnosis locally and around the globe. Dr. Ramanujam was named by MIT’s prestigious Technology Review as one of the top 100 young innovators in technology in 2003, named a DOD Era of Hope Scholar for Breast Cancer research in 2004 and won the Global Indus Technovators award from MIT in 2005. Dr. Ramanujam has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.
KriegerLisa Krieger ’77, P’11, is an award winning journalist for The San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, covering science and medical research news from Stanford University, the University of California, NASA-Ames, Lawrence Livermore Labs and other Bay Area-based research facilities.  Her series “The Cost of Dying”, is an award winning chronicle of her father’s final days and needed reforms to the American end of life experience. She was named “Journalist of the Year” by the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California. Prior to joining The San Jose Mercury News in 1998, she was the medical writer for The San Francisco Examiner, where for 12 years she wrote about the AIDS epidemic and other public health issues.  Krieger graduated from Duke with a degree in Biology. 

Recent Events

May 8, 2012

Over 40 alumnae and friends joined Ana Homayoun '01 who discussed her approach to keeping kids organized, focused and well in the classroom, as well as her experiences navigating the publishing world as a successful, multi-title author. To learn more about Ana and her work at her website.

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