2006 Guest Speakers for Career Day

Phoebe S. Leboy Ph.D.

LEBOY, Phoebe S. Professor of Biochemistry Emerita, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6003

Date of Birth and Place: July 29, 1936, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Education/Training/Positions: BS Swarthmore College, 1957; PhD, Bryn Mawr College, 1963; Postdoctoral Fellow , School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 1963-1966; NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Weizmann Institute, Israel; Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 1967-2005; Visiting Prof. Biochemistry, Univ. California at San Francisco, 1979-1980, Visiting Fellow, Oxford University, 1989-1990, Chair, Graduate Group in Molecular Biology, Univ. Pennsylvania 1984-1986; Chair, Biochemistry Department 1992-1995; Professor, Bioengineering Graduate Group, Univ. Penn 1996-2005; Director of Faculty Development., Univ. Penn. School of Dent Med 2005-06.

Honors/Awards: NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1966-67; NIH Research Career Development Award 1971-1976; Fogarty Senior International Fellowship, 1989-1990; Helen and Robert Davies Professorship, University of Pennsylvania, 1994-1997, Association for Women in Science Mentoring Award, 2001; Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2005

Editorial Duties/Peer Review Panels: Member, Orthopedics Study Section, NIH, 1994-1998; ad hoc member, Oral Biology and Medicine Study Section, 1992, 2000, 2001; Member, Skeletal Biology, Development and Disease Study Section, 2002-04.

Professional Societies: Membership: Am Soc Bone Min Res; Orthopedic Research Society; American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Society for Cell Biology, American Association for Women in Science. Service: American Society for Biochemistry Committee on Educational Policy 1975-78, Public Affairs Committee 1978-1981, Association for Women in Science Executive Board 1974-1976; 2004-.

Recent Research: Molecular biology of osteogenesis; osteoinductive implant materials, actions of bone morphogenetic proteins, signaling mechanisms in endochondral bone formation.



Sharine Wittkopp BSc.

WITTKOPP, Sharine Pre-Med Student Bryn Mawr College Pa.

Education: 1997 – 2000 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA

AB chemistry (minor - mathematics)

Languages Studies - Spanish 7yrs

Degree conferred cum laude – May 2001 Cumulative GPA – 3.58


Bryn Mawr Chemistry Departmental Honors, May 2001.

American Chemical Society Academic Achievement Award, April 2001.

GlaxoSmityKline Bronze Award for Discovery Research, June 2003, April 2004, July 2004.

American Heart Association certified: BLS for Healthcare Providers, Jan 2006.

Work Experience:

Bryn Mawr College - Teaching Assistant in Organic and General Chemistry Laboratory, Current. Assist laboratory professor in training students in proper laboratory technique and safety as well as teaching practical applications of course material and concepts. Grade laboratory reports.

GlaxoSmithKline - Assistant Scientist Molecular Screening, 01/2001 to 05/2005. Develop and run high throughput screens of pharmaceutical targets multiple assay formats in 384-well and 1536-well microtitre plates. Approximately one million compounds tested per campaign. Program robotics and automation apparatus. Analyze data and present data using various applications including Microsoft Office and other statistical analysis packages. SBS member 2001 to 2005.

Bryn Mawr CollegeHoward Hughes Medical Institute summer research fellow, Chemistry Department, summer 2000. Researched RNA-protein interactions in the yeast ribosomal protein L30. Experience producing and purifying protein, UV-Vis spectrometry, gel electrophoresis, and filter binding experimentation.

National Institute on Drug AbuseUndergraduate researcher, summer 1999. Synthesized several novel benzetropenes for use in structure-activity relationship study. Ran NMR on purified, synthesized compounds. Series used as starting point for a potential cocaine addiction treatment compound.

Bryn Mawr College Dining Services - Student supervisor, 1997-2000. Oversaw other student workers and interfaced with full-time kitchen staff to ensure prompt, hygienic delivery of food to patrons.

YMCA Camp Ockanickon - Counselor, 1996-1997. Counselor at after-school program in elementary school, responsible for groups of up to 40 children ages 6-12, for approximately 3 hours after school. Developed coordinated activities for children and supervised free play.

Volunteer Experience:

Women’s Health Education Program, Drexel College of Medicine - Volunteer April 2006 – current. Assist with program development and funding; design educational bulletin board for medical students; develop and organize patient information handouts for internal medicine practice, and deliver and explain this information to patients.

Philadlephia Dragon Boat Association - Assistant Coach: Philadelphia Youth Dragon Boat Team, Head Coach:Team USA Junior Women 2005 season. Train youth athletes ages 12-18 from diverse backgrounds in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas in the sport of dragon boat racing on a locally and internationally competitive level. Jr. Women won 2 silver medals in the 2005 World Dragon Boat Championships (Berlin, DE).

Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives- May 2001- May 2002. Hand out STD prevention/ screening information packets at night club and assisted with preparation of handouts.

Burlington County 4-H Senior Council- 1993-1997. Social Service club. Organized and participated in numerous volunteer community service activities, including volunteering at nursing homes and schools for special needs children.


Newman, A.H.; Robarge, M. J.; Howard, I. M.; Wittkopp, S. L; Kopajtic, T.; Izenwasser, S. J.; Katz, J. L. Structure-Activity Relationships at the N-substituted-3a-[3’-Cl-, 4’-Cl- (4’, 4’’- diCl-substituted) diphenyl] methoxytropanes. J. Med. Chem. 2001, Vol. 44, No. 4, 633-640.

Sonya N. Martin Ph.D.

Martin, Sonya N. Assistant Professor of Early and Elementary Childhood Education, Queens College- CUNY, Flushing NY.

Current Position:

Assistant Professor

Science Methods Instructor

Science Literacy Instructor


Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY

Assistant Professor, Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department

Equity Studies Research Center, Flushing, NY

Research Associate, Queens College, CUNY

The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Manhattan, NY

Assistant Professor, Urban Education Department

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Assistant Professor, Masters of Chemistry Education Program

Professional Development Consultant, Penn Science Teachers Institute (Penn STI)


Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education, May, 2005

University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA

M.S. in Chemistry and Education, August, 2002

University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA

M.S. Ed in Elementary Education, Thesis awarded Pass with Distinction, May, 1998

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

B.A. in Biology, pre-med with a concentration in Neuroscience, May, 1995

Teaching Certifications

Pennsylvania Instructional II Certification in Elementary Education (K-6), 1998-present

Pennsylvania Instructional II Certification in Biology (7-12), 1998-present

Pennsylvania Instructional II Certification in Chemistry (7-12), 2002-present


My current research focuses on the teaching and learning of science that occurs in urban elementary and middle schools and in science and education classrooms at the University level. I use a combination of critical ethnography and cultural sociology to examine classroom interactions and the ways in which culture from the lifeworlds of students, teachers, and professors mediates the teaching and learning of science in those classrooms. Specifically I focus on the use of cogenerative dialogues and video analysis as tools for introducing both in-service and pre-service teachers to an effective means for examining classroom teaching and learning practices in an effort to catalyze change that benefits the learning environment for both teachers and their students.

Cogenerative Dialogues

University-level science classes are often treated as a “rite of passage” rather than an educational experience. Having been indoctrinated in such a system, many science educators, consciously or unconsciously, find themselves recreating similar structures to those they experienced in their own high school and undergraduate science courses. For this reason, I am exploring the use of cogenerative dialogues in three in-service graduate science education programs as a tool for examining the cultural and social interactions between professors and teachers in their science and science education classrooms. Cogenerative dialogues are being used to encourage professors and teachers to collectively examine and co-construct suitable solutions to resolve emerging issues in the classroom including attrition rates of minority students, target student behaviors, and equity issues in science and science education affected by class, race, and gender. In so doing, in-service science teachers and science teacher educators and are being given the opportunity to “co-generate” a new, more inclusive “culture of science learning.”

The dispositions these teachers and professors gain through participation in these cogenerative dialogues have the potential to transform the culture of their own science classrooms. This is a question I am currently investigating with one of the teacher participants in the program as she introduces cogenerative dialogues into her own Philadelphia urban science classroom. In addition to positively impacting science education courses, this research has the potential to improve science teaching and learning for students who are both majors and non-majors in college-level science courses. Exposure to sociocultural theory provides college professors with a new lens from which to examine their classroom teaching practices and cogenerative dialogues provides a tool with which to catalyze change.



Ginger Stringer

Stringer, Ginger, Environmental Consultant, Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center


University of California, Irvine; Irvine, CA

Graduate level coursework in biochemistry; no degree program, July 2000 – March 2001

Bryn Mawr College; Bryn Mawr, PA

B.A. in Chemistry, May 2000

Work Experience

Environmental Consultant

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center

June 2005-Present

  • Provide environmental consulting services for small businesses throughout Pennsylvania
  • Manage multiple clients and projects in areas of environmental compliance, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and waste management
  • Maintain current knowledge of environmental issues and regulations in Pennsylvania
  • Communicate information on environmental issues to clients and other consultants through website updates and newsletter articles

Project Chemist

Dixon Environmental

January 2005-May 2005

  • Provide environmental quality consulting services for clients in a variety of industries. Services include compliance and engineering test programs, permit review and modification assistance, and emissions inventories and calculations
  • Manage clients and projects from the proposal stage through testing and reporting of results. This includes managing testing staff and equipment, coordination and communication with facility contacts and regulatory officials, and reviewing and validating test results

Project Manager/Director of Laboratory Services

SCEC, Air Quality Specialists

July 2001-December 2004

  • Provide air quality consulting services for clients in a variety of industries. Services include compliance and engineering test programs and permit review and modification assistance
  • Manage clients and projects from the proposal stage through testing and reporting of results. This includes managing testing staff and equipment, coordination and communication with facility contacts and regulatory officials, and reviewing and validating test results.
  • Oversee all laboratory activities including managing support staff, all in-house sample analyses and outsourcing of samples to contracting labs for additional analyses

Assistant Project Manager

Calscience Environmental Laboratories

April 2001-July 2001

  • Collect, review, and analyze results of environmental sample analyses. Report preparation and distribution to clients.
  • Coordination of sampling and sample transport with several large testing firms

Chemistry Teaching Assistant

Bryn Mawr College Department of Chemistry

August 1999-May 2000

  • Prepare, organize, teach, and supervise undergraduate general chemistry lab
  • Evaluate student performance and provide guidance and support with concepts, methods, and techniques

Data Administrator

Idaho Bureau of Hazardous Materials

December 1999-January 2000

June 1999-August 1999

  • Update and maintain databases containing state wide reporting information of hazardous materials.
  • Training of regional staff and distribution of software and data

First Aid and CPR Instructor

May 1994-August 2001

  • Prepare and teach first aid and CPR certification courses for many different groups
  • Maintain training equipment and materials


Mores Creek Ambulance Service, Narberth Ambulance Service

May 1994-June 2000

  • Attend medical emergencies as needed and care for ill and injured patients including transport to medical facilities
  • Organize and schedule shifts and training for volunteer EMTs and drivers

Community Involvement/Leadership Roles


Fall 2003 -Present

  • Coast Women’s Rugby Club – Member Fall 2000-Fall 2004; Vice President 2002-2004
  • University of California, Irvine Women’s Rugby Team – Head Coach Fall 2002-Spring 2003
  • Fullerton High School Girl’s Rugby Team – Head Coach Fall 2003-Fall 2004
  • USA Rugby Level 1 Referee – Fall 2003-Present
  • Southern California Under-19 Select Side Rugby Team – Head Coach Fall 2004
  • Philadelphia Women’s Rugby Club – Member Spring 2005-Present; President 2006
  • Conestoga High School Girl’s Rugby Team - Division 2 Head Coach Spring 2005
  • University of Pennsylvania Women’s Rugby Team - Head Coach Fall 2005 - Present

Dog Trainer/Adoption Counselor, Long Beach Animal Shelter

April 2003 –December 2004

  • Provide basic obedience training for shelter dogs prior to adoption
  • Advise potential pet owners in animal selection and adoption



Alice D. Ryan

Ryan, Alice D. Supervisor of Science and Mathematics, Eastern Camden County Regional School District, Voorhees, NJ


Eastern Camden County Regional School District, Voorhees, NJ

Supervisor of Science and Mathematics



  • Construct and monitor the science and mathematics department budgets.
  • Oversee the purchase and distribution of textbooks and other classroom materials.
  • Participate in the interview and the selection process of potential candidates.
  • Mentor a select group of freshman students.
  • Assist teachers and counselors with individual student situations.
  • Schedule and facilitate department meetings.


  • Observe science, math and special education teachers.
  • Construct annual Professional Improvement Plans with teachers.
  • Establish and meet department goals and objectives working with department members.
  • Participate in parent conferences with teachers.
  • Meet and problem-solve with concerned parents.
  • Review and revise current curriculum and course offerings with teachers and other administrators.
  • Curriculum articulation with the three sending districts.
  • Facilitate professional development to advance progress towards department and district goals.

Mariana Bracetti Academy, Philadelphia, PA

Director of the Junior Academy

2002 - 2003

Curriculum Coordinator for Mathematics and 8th Grade

2001 - 2002

Village Lead


  • Member of the leadership team that developed and implemented schoolwide programs, policies and operating procedures.
  • Participated in the development and implementation of the academic achievement plan, which included monitoring the implementation of standards-based curriculum.
  • Developed the school calendar and the master schedule for both the Junior and Senior Academies.
  • Responsible for monitoring the budget.
  • Oversaw the purchase and distribution of textbooks and other classroom materials.
  • Participated in the interview and the selection processes of potential candidates.
  • Worked with Junior Academy students having severe discipline issues.


  • Worked with teachers to set and monitor professional goals.
  • Assisted with data analysis.
  • Responsible for all Junior Academy official observations.
  • Designed and monitored teacher improvement plans when necessary.
  • Facilitated department, grade and academy meetings.
  • Maintained regular contact with parents of children in academic and/or social distress.
  • Met and problem-solved with concerned parents.
  • Mediated between parents and teachers.



Cherry Hill High School East, Cherry Hill, NJ

January 1998 – June 2001

Mathematics Teacher:

  • Taught Calculus, Precalculus, Algebra II and HSPA Mathematics.
  • Member of the mathematics curriculum committee responsible for aligning the mathematics program in Cherry Hill with the New Jersey mathematics standards.
  • Facilitated a professional development work session about various rubrics used for mathematics performance assessment.


  • Advisor for the African American Culture Club.
  • Helped students organize a local chapter of S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violent Environments).

Teacher Representative:

  • Member of the Liaison Committee established to assist the administration with problem resolution by providing the faculty’s views on building issues.
  • Representative to the district teacher’s union.

Administrative Intern:

Assisted with

  • The revision of the K-12 writing program.
  • Construction of academic and social bridges for the transition from middle to high school.
  • Development of new courses.
  • Discipline and working with students in distress.

Pierce College, Philadelphia, PA

1999 – 2000

Adjunct Professor:

  • Taught Business Statistics I and College Algebra to evening students.
  • Participated on the selection committee for adjunct faculty.

Furness High School, Philadelphia, PA


Mathematics Teacher:

  • Taught ESL Algebra I, IMP I and IMP II.

Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington, DE

1995 - 1997


  • Taught Algebra I, Algebra II and Modern World History.
  • Coached middle school track and field.
  • Coached the mathematics team.
  • Advisor for the African American Culture Club.




1995 – Present

Edison Leadership Conference

Edison Training Trainers Conference

Edison Mathematics Curriculum Coordinators Conference

Curriculum Mapping

Power Point Workshop

Differentiated Learning

NCTM Conferences

Delaware Teacher Enhancement Partnership

T3 - Teachers Teaching with Technology

Springside Diversity Conference

Beyond Multiculturalism



University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Aspiring Principals Program, Certificate August 2001

Pennsylvania Certification: Principal

New Jersey Certification: Principal/Supervisor

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

M.S.Ed. August, 1995

Pennsylvania Certification: Secondary Mathematics and Social Studies

New Jersey Certification: Secondary Mathematics

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

B.A. May, 1993

Major: Political Science

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Additional coursework in mathematics.