Berkeley Lab

WSEC Hosts Talk by Biosciences Area Deputy Mary Maxon on Aug. 18

Mary Maxon_Flyer_FinalThe Women Scientists and Engineers Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Office will be hosting a talk by Mary Maxon, Ph.D., Biosciences Area Deputy for Berkeley Lab.  The talk, “How Research Funding Really Works: Insights Gained from a Career in Science Policy”, will be on Tuesday, August 18th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in B70A, Room 3377.  Dr. Maxon will provide information on her broad career path from academic research to industry research to science policy and beyond. She will provide an overview on what skills are needed to move successfully from research to funding research to science policy, what do scientists do in the White House, as well as how are national science and technology research priorities set. In addition, she will discuss male and female scientists representation in the White House.

Bio: Dr. Mary Maxon, as the Biosciences Area Principal Deputy, is responsible for developing strategies for the use of biosciences to address national-scale challenges in energy and environment. Previously, she was Assistant Director for Biological Research at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President where she developed the National Bioeconomy Blueprint. Before moving to OSTP, Dr. Maxon ran the Marine Microbiology Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which supports the application of molecular approaches and comprehensive models to detect and validate environmentally-induced changes in marine microbial ecosystems.  Dr. Maxon also served as Deputy Vice Chair at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, where she drafted the intellectual property policies for California stem cell grantees in the non-profit and for-profit research sectors.  Dr. Maxon received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular Cell Biology, and did postdoctoral research in biochemistry and genetics at the University of California, San Francisco.

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