Maggie Werner-Washburne received a BA in English from Stanford and, after 5 years traveling from Ecuador to Alaska to New Zealand, she completed a MS in botany at the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in botany with a minor in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Werner-Washburne is Regents’ Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Her research examined how yeast cells survive starvation; most recently focusing on genomic analysis of the cell-fate decision that leads to the production of quiescent and non-quiescent cells in stationary-phase cultures. She is the past president of the Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), a former AAAS Fellow, and 2011 Harvard Foundation Distinguished Scientist. She has received numerous awards, including two Presidential awards, for research and excellence in science, engineering, and math mentoring. Werner-Washburne has been at UNM for nearly 30 years, where she has mentored students from many backgrounds and directs the highly successful NIH-funded UNM-Initatives to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD) program for student research.
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Talks with this Speaker
Increasing diversity improves a team’s innovation and productivity. Maggie Werner-Washburne shares strategies to build a more diverse and inclusive scientific community. (Talk recorded in December 2015)
- Educators of H. School / Intro Undergrad
- Educators of Adv. Undergrad / Grad