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On-Campus Event Highlights

2014-2015 STEM Speaker Series


“Guidance for Successful STEM Careers”
Tue., March 3, at 1 p.m., Room 1604, Des Plaines
Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, VP for Global Academic & Research Relations for Elsevier

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the VP for Global Academic & Research Relations for Elsevier where she is focused on how insight from data and analytics guide strategic planning for the research enterprise. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski’s engagement emphasizes strategic alliances around important issues for research/research training, such as: research analytics/metrics, economic development, early career researcher development, scholarly communication/open access, and expertise discovery/collaboration. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski serves on the Business Steering Group for ORCID and on the External Scientific Panel for the NIH's BEST Program.

Prior to joining Elsevier, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski had been a faculty member in arts & sciences and medicine at Northwestern University where she led initiatives related to research development, grantsmanship, and team science. She facilitated trans-institutional grant programs with a special interest on approaches to evaluating collaboration and interdisciplinary research. She retained a faculty appointment at Northwestern where she continues to teach grantsmanship courses in the Philanthropy and Nonprofit program.

Through her leadership with the Annual International Science of Team Science Conference, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has been instrumental in developing a strong community of practice for team science and interdisciplinary research.  She also launched the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP), serving as the organization's founding president.  Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has developed a number of STEM related career development programs with a special emphasis on early career scientists and women.
Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago with a BS in Biological Sciences and Chemistry.  She earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Two-Days Workshop on "Robotics for Girls only, Take II"
Sat., Mar. 7 and Mar. 14 from 9:00a to 12:00p in Room 1550 Des Plaines
Spaces are limited. Registration is required.

AAUW "Solve the Equation" Launch
Thu., Mar. 26, 1pm in Room 2139 Des Plaines
AAUW celebrates its new publication on recruiting and retaining women in engineering and technologies.

Engineering Pizza Night
Thu., Mar. 26, 7pm in Room 1610 Des Plaines
Meet engineers of various fields from the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. RSVP by March 20 to reserve your seat.

Womens and Gender Studies Conference
Evening of Thu., Mar. 26 and Fri, Mar. 27, 2015

Veronica Arreola, assistant director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender and the director of their Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on "Glitter Science"


Skyway STEM Poster Competition
Fri., Apr. 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Prairie State College, 202 S Halsted St, Chicago Heights, IL 60411

USA Science +  Engineering Festival at Oakton
Sat., Apr. 25, 2015
Open Session from 10:00a to 2:30p in Rooms 1608 and 1610 Des Plaines
Companies and organizations interested in serving as an exhibitor and/or workshop presenter should contact Gloria Liu at for more information or confirm your organization's participation by registering.


College Math Competition Award Ceremony
Mon., May 4 at 3:30p in Room 1550 Des Plaines

Guest Speaker: Eugenia Cheng., Ph.D., senior lecturer at University of Chicago and University of Sheffield and author of "How to Bake Pi"

Contact Gloria Liu at to preorder a copy of Dr. Cheng's book by April 8th for an opportunity to have it signed.

STEM Students Symposium
Tue., May 5 from 3:00p to 5:00p in Room 1550 Des Plaines
Wed., May 6 from 2:30p to 5:00p in Room 1550 Des Plaines

Oakton students present about their findings in STEM research projects. To help us order enough refreshments, register here.

Preview of 2015-2016

9th Annual Conference for Promoting STEM for Educators
Nov. 6, 2015 at 8:30am to 3:00pm

Complete STEM-related activities may be found online.

Many Thanks to:

Oakton's Student Government Association who voted to support the 2013-2014 STEM Lecture Series. This will allow CP-STEM to bring STEM speakers to campus and offer hands-on workshops.

Oakton's Educational Foundation who awarded the Center for Promoting STEM a grant in 2013-2014 to provide an internship stipend to students who successfully complete STEM research course, present their findings, and spend a minimum number of hours on the project.

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