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ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

ASLMS recognizes and honors women in energy-based devices with the establishment of the ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices Group. Our focus is women from all specialties involved in ASLMS which includes scientists, clinicians and allied health practitioners.

The Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee was formed in 2015. The goals of this group are to:

  • Highlight the excellence of women involved in ASLMS
  • Address the challenges women may confront in academic and other professional settings
  • Advance networking and training opportunities for ASLMS women
  • Educate ASLMS members about gender-bias
  • Encourage young women to choose STEM careers especially those involving energy-based technologies
"Our goals for this group are to highlight the excellence of women involved in ASLMS and advance networking and training opportunities for women within our organization. Through networking, we can address the gender-bias challenges women may confront in academic and other professional settings. We will look for opportunities to encourage young women to choose STEM careers especially those involving energy-based technologies."
Juanita J. Anders, PHD
ASLMS President 2014-15
"The celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices is a first step in ensuring excellence in research and innovation by fully including women and a diversity of people. We are positioning ASLMS as a “go-to” resource for help with recruiting and retaining women in energy-based device specialties."
Yasaman Damestani, PHD
ASLMS Student Board Representative 2014-16

ASLMS 2016 Highlights

Victoria Reggie Kennedy received the inaugural Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award, presented on behalf of the ASLMS and sponsored by Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, LLC. The award was presented during the Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices event held at ASLMS 2016 on April 1.

Mrs. Kennedy has been a leading voice on the empowerment of women and girls in our society. She is an advocate for expanding medical research and for access to health care to all Americans. She is senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP as well as President of the Board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

In addition to her law practice, board service and non-profit leadership roles, Kennedy has served in key strategic and political roles on issues ranging from health, education, economic opportunity and involvement in the political process. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy for healthcare for women.

Victoria Reggie Kennedy award

Juanita Anders, PhD (left), Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Tina Alster, MD



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Industry Panel
Davitt Sheetal (left) and Wendy Frydrych, PhD led the Industry Panel discussion

At the Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices 2016 event, a panel of industry members discussed bias in the workplace for women and minorities and the importance of mentorship in our careers.

Directors: Wendy Frydrych, Davitt Sheetal
Panelists: Vlad Paul Blanc, Jhung Won Vojir, Marina Kamenakis, Gloria Janata, Kalia Mendel, Constance Wittig


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Yasaman Damestani, PhD
Former Student Board Representative

Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

My passion for science and engineering started before I was old enough to understand under-representation of women in STEM fields, gender discrimination, and wage gap. I was raised to believe that girls could do anything boys could do and that all career paths were open to me. Recently, as I started preparing to enter the workforce, I realized that I was not living in an era of equality. Reading Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In”, Gene Russo’s “Turbulent Times”, and Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s “The confidence gap” was eye-opening, inspiring, and most of all frightening. According to SPIE 2014 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report, men earn 40% more than women, with respective median salaries of $77,000 and $55,169. This wage gap is also consistent with Nature’s finding that “Large salary disparities persist between male and female researchers.”  Read Full Article.

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