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7th Annual Conference for Promoting STEM

Center for Promoting STEM

Friday, November 8, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CST)

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7th Annual Conference for Promoting STEM


Friday, November 8, 2013
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Illinois Science and Technology Park

8045 Lamon, Skokie, IL 60077

Free Parking at 4835 Searle, Skokie, IL 60077

Directions to the park structure are available here. A map of the Park is available at http://www.oakton.edu/user/2/somplski/nano/istp/istp_map.pdf

Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

Keynote Speaker

Cathy Pieronek.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Notre Dame University
Women in STEM:  The Challenges of Culture, Climate and Confidence

Cathy Pieronek, J.D., is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  She holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and her J.D. from Notre Dame, and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California - Los Angeles.  She worked as a senior systems engineer on NASA projects for TRW Space and Defense Sector in Redondo Beach, California, before returning to Notre Dame.  In her current role, she directs the Women's Engineering Program, oversees the Minority Engineering Program, and has general responsibility for the academic progress of the College's 1100 undergraduates.  As Title IX Lead for the Society of Women Engineers, she has had the opportunity to advise government agencies, higher education and professional societies on the need to pay attention to and remedy circumstances that negatively affect the progress of women in engineering.


Breakout Sessions


John Ireland, PhD

Nano-Link Consultant

 Twenty-first Century STEM: Nanotechnology and Education


Patricia Sievert

Northern Illinois University

The Sci-Girls Seven: a Tool Box for Engaging All Students in STEM


Click on the link below for more information and to sign up for one of the afternoon workshops

1. Geographic Information System (GIS) Workshop with Richard Schultz, Elmhurst College

an integration of hardware, software, and data for analyzing geographically referenced information. Learn how this system is valuable in analyzing questions from student success to plant/animal population.


2. Nanotechnology Workshop 

a combination of chemistry and physics at the nano scale. You'll learn the basic concepts behind this STEM field and participate in a number of hands-on activities.


3. Radiofrequency Identification Workshop

We have all heard much about what RFID can do, though there are still new applications to be discovered. Learn how it can be a time and money saving technology. Learn also about the basics of how an RFID system can be designed to protect private information.




For more information, contact Gloria Liu, coordinator, Center for Promoting STEM, at glorial@oakton.edu  or 847.635.1738.

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When & Where

Science & Technology Park
4901 Searle Parkway
Skokie, IL 60077

Friday, November 8, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CST)

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Center for Promoting STEM

With a significant grant from the National Science Foundation, Oakton's Center for Promoting STEM (CP-STEM) offers diverse activities including a summer "bridge" program; peer tutor training; student-industry-teacher simulations; study sessions; seminars; and field trips. The New York Times recently cited Oakton among the top-ten community colleges in the nation and called attention to CP-STEM. In addition, the Peer Tutor Training and Student-Industry-Teacher Simulations programs captured the Innovation Award from the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators in 2003 and 2005 respectively.

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