3rd Annual WIL Luncheon

Austin, tx
SPEAKER: DR. Cathy Rankin


Dr. Rankin (University of British Columbia) received her Ph.D. from The City University of New York and did her postdoctoral training at Yale University under the mentorship of Dr. Tom Carew.  There she began some of the initial investigations into the molecular machinery underlying the development of learning and memory in Aplysia, working to distinguish sensitization and habituation processes. Thereafter, Dr. Rankin took a faculty job at the University of British Columbia, where she and her team began to systematically and elegantly map the genetic and molecular underpinnings of sensitization and habituation, using C. elegans as a model organism. The large body of work and diversity of studies that have since emerged from the Rankin lab speaks to the persistence and creativity of Dr. Rankin.    

Breakthroughs in memory reconsolidation, the reversibility of experiences such as social isolation, and identification of the cellular basis of non-associative learning across development, combined with technical advances such as the generation of a system for high-throughput analysis of behavior in C. elegans, has established Dr. Rankin as a leader in the field of Behavioral Neuroscience. We are thrilled to have her as our guest speaker at this year’s annual luncheon.

For information about relevant publications and ongoing research in Dr. Rankin's lab, please visit: psych.ubc.ca/~crankin/

Thank you!

Once again, we had an amazing turnout for our 2013 Women in Learning last weekend in Austin, Texas, with record donations thanks to all our wonderful members! The luncheon is a forum to open dialog, but really its you, our members, who engage in the conversation. So thank you! We deeply thank Dr. Rankin, who shared with us some wonderful thoughts on how to approach science - her points on self-confidence and enthusiasm resonated at the luncheon as well as across the rest of the weekend.

Additional thanks to:
-The wonderful staff at El Sol y La Luna, for providing a fun atmosphere and delicious food: elsolylalunaaustin.com and to Marie Monfils for organizing this luncheon spot.
-Deluxe screenprinting for fabulous tank tops (Look for our much anticipated male tanks and onsies next year!): deluxescreenprinting.net
-Samantha and Beki Coagan of COATT Jewelery, whom generously donated their custom made morse-coded necklaces (spelling WIL): coattonline.com
-The Pavlovian Society, in particular this year's president and host, Steve Maren, for their continuous encouragement and support of WIL.

Lastly, thanks to the ever-supportive Jeff Wilson, whom once again took some great photos. These will be posted on our website shortly: womeninlearning.com, and are already up on our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you all next year in Seattle! In the meantime, stay up to date on relevant issues and matters concerning women in science or feel free to share thoughts or links of your own on our Facebook page.


-- Team WIL