Inspired by Inside the Actors Studio

Inside the scientists Studio

What is Inside the Scientists Studio (ISS)?

Inspired by Inside the Actor's Studio, Inside the Scientists Studio (ISS) is a monthly seminar series of lively, interactive interviews with two guests from faculty, industry, or government professions in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The interviews are general and discuss the life experiences of the interviewees: family-work balance, graduate life and communicating with one's advisor, career decisions and challenges, and plans for the future. Guests are typically female, but men are also invited to speak.
Each ISS event is professionally video taped, and past event videos can be found below. The ISS Series are sponsored by Arcelor Mittel and the WISE institute. Free lunch is served at or after the event.


Speakers for Fall 2013:

  • Dr. Mary Poss, from the Biology Department, and Dr. Santhosh Girirajan, from the BMMB Department, "Balancing life and career and how to succeed in science and academia"— 4:30-5:30pm September 19th, 2013 @ 301D Life Sciences Building. Read more.


Speakers for Spring 2013:

  • Dr. Michele Stine and Dr. Jennifer Graham, both from Department of Biobehavioral Health, "Balancing life and career and how to succeed in science and academia"— 4:00-5:00pm March 21st, 2013 @ 302 Chemistry Building.


Speakers for Fall 2012:

  • Prof. Scott Milner and Prof. Janna Maranas, from Chemical Engineering Department, "Balancing life and career and how to succeed in science and academia"—3:00-4:00pm November 6th, 2012 @ 101 Althouse Building
  • Dr. Isabella Cattadori from Biology Department and Dr. Lucy Bai from BMMB Department, "Balancing life and career and how to succeed in science and academia"—4:00-4:00pm September 27th, 2012 @ 301A Chemistry Building

Spring 2012 Event Schedule

iss spring schedule 2012

  • Time: 4-5pm
  • Please contact Lauren Cabby ( lauren.chaby at gmail dot com) for more information.

Past Speakers:

Dr. Kateryna Makova and Dr. Tracy Langkilde, Huck Institutes of Life Sciences —Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dr. Rhonda BeLue and Dr. Shedra Amy Snipes, College of Health and Human Development —Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dr. Gabriella Varga and Dr. Chad Dechow, College of Agricultural Sciences —Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dr. Irina Mocioiu and Dr. Paul Sommers, Eberly College of Science —Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dr. Eliza Richardson and Dr. Lorraine Dowler, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences —Thursday, November 18, 2010

Professor Annette Jacobson, College of Engineering of Carnegie Mellon & Andrew Lau, College of Engineering of Penn State University—Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dr. Erika Poole and Dr. Madhu Reddy, Faculties from College of Information Sciences and Technology(IST)—Thursday, September 23, 2010(See video here)

Lisa Steinberg, Post-doctoral researcher, Renewables & Environmental Industry — April 15, 2010

Mike Hickner, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering—April 15, 2010

Dr. Nicole Webster and Dr. Christina Grozinger, College of Agricultural Sciences—March 18, 2010 (See video here)

Dr. Peggy Johnson and Dr. Lindsay Fairman, College of Engineering—February 18, 2010 (See video here)

Dr. Ashley Walter and Dr. Chloe Silverman, College of Liberal Arts & College of Education—January 21, 2010 (See video here)

Dr. Sonia A. Cavigelli and Dr. Lynn Parker Klees, College of Health and Human Development—November 19, 2009 (See video here)

Dr. Debashis Ghosh and Dr. Caryl Gronwall, Eberly College of Science—October 15, 2009 (See video here)

Professor Jan Mahar and Professor Irene Petrick, College of Information Sciences and Technology—September 17, 2009 (See video here)

Dr. Eileen Trauth and Dr. Angsana Techatassanasoontorn, College of Information Sciences and Technology—February 19, 2009 (See video here)

Dr. Cathy Cutter and Dr. Margaret Brittingham, College of Agricultural Sciences—November 20, 2008 (See video here)

Dr. Nadine Smith and Dr. Kristen Fichthorn, College of Engineering—October 16, 2008

Dr. Liz Susman and Dr. Lori Francis, College of Health and Human Development—September 25, 2008

Dr. Peggy Johnson and Dr. Renata Engel, College of Engineering—April 8, 2008

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