Collect a couple of your book-loving friends or family members and join us for a buffet brunch with a side of lively conversation, all while surrounded by the beauty of the Conservatory in lush, magnificent bloom. Lab Girl author Hope Jahren and a panel of prominent local women in science and horticulture will explore their professional journeys in a moderated discussion, with plenty of opportunity for your questions. This is a rare opportunity to network with fellow book and plant lovers in an intimate discussion with these leaders.
You are encouraged to read Hope’s book with your friends, book club, or family prior to this event to make the discussion more meaningful! Come prepared with your thoughts and questions. This will surely be an engaging morning to inspire both adults and the next generation.
Dr. Sue Ng
Scientific Investigator, GlaxoSmithKline
Dr. Sue Ng is a Scientific Investigator at GlaxoSmithKline, working in drug discovery and development in the ImmunoInflammation therapeutic area. In addition to striving to improve patients’ lives, Sue is also passionate about science outreach and mentoring young women as they navigate their education and careers. Sue is the President of the Association for Women in Science Philadelphia Chapter (AWIS-PHL) and co-founder of the Boston-based group Women Accelerators.
Sue earned her PhD in Biochemistry from Harvard University, where her research focused on cell signaling during the antiviral immune response. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship studying regulatory T cells in autoimmune disease. Sue has published in scientific journals such as Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, she has received major fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and National Multiple Sclerosis Society Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Food Safety, IPM and Water Quality Extension Educator at Penn State University
Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch is the Food Safety, IPM and Water Quality Extension Educator for Chester and Berks counties. Maria conducts educational programs in the areas of vegetable, small fruit and mushrooms production; green industry; IPM solutions, FSMA, GAP and farm food safety; beginning farming and pesticide safety for various agricultural industries in Pennsylvania. Maria is also adapting new, culturally appropriate trainings and outreach materials and assessing the needs of the Latino Community.
She recently worked for USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist assisting farm owners in the planning, application and maintenance of a variety of agronomic and engineering practices. She also previously worked for Penn State Extension until January 2015 where she served as outreach coordinator, educator and trainer for the PA IPM, Farm Safety and Food Safety Programs.