Next UAA Webinar on March 29


Environmental Entrepreneurship
March 29, 2019
6-7 PM Pacific/9-10 PM Eastern

The Udall Alumni Association is pleased to announce that our next webinar, Environmental Entrepreneurship, will be held on March 29th at 6 PM Pacific/9 PM Eastern.

How do you balance profit and value generation with an environmental ethic? Come discuss the challenges and opportunities in starting your own environmental business with Udall entrepreneurs. Our speakers from the Udall community will share their successes and obstacles, ranging from finding funding, building a team, and balancing bottom line with impact. 

Please save the date for this first webinar, and RSVP to help us plan. More information, including speaker bios, will be shared soon.

To join the webinar on March 29, click here. Please note that we will be using Zoom, which is a video conferencing platform that requires you to download a small file. We recommend doing so ahead of time or joining the webinar a few minutes early.

UAA’s first-ever webinar coming May 30


What to do with a PhD
May 30th
6-7PM Pacific/9-10PM Eastern time

You’re thinking about getting a PhD or are in the midst of one – now how do you make the most of it? Join us for the UAA’s first-ever webinar! A panel discussion with Udallers and others who have applied their graduate degrees in the real world will discuss how they have applied their advanced degrees in their various fields. Our speakers have used their PhDs in academia, government, nonprofits, and more and will share lessons they’ve learned along the way. We will make room for lots of participation and discussion, so feel free to come with questions!

Thanks to the 50+ Udallers who responded to our webinar survey last month and helped pick this and other topics for our first webinar series.
To RSVP, please click here.
To join the webinar on May 30thclick here.
Please note that we will be using Zoom, which requires you to download a small file, so we recommend doing so ahead of time or joining the webinar ten minutes early. There is also a phone in option available by calling +1 646 876 9923, Meeting ID: 619 586 7607.

Speakers Bios:

Naomi Ondrasek, PhD, Udall 2004
CCST Science Policy Fellow
Assembly Committee on Education

Naomi majored in Biology at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia, then moved to California to obtain her doctorate in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. After finishing her PhD, she spent three years as an NSF Minority Postdoc Research Fellow at the University of California, Davis. Her research on social grouping in animals spanned a variety of disciplines, including neuroscience, behavior, hormones, and ecology. Recently, her longstanding interest in bringing science to society led her to make a career shift into public policy as a Science Fellow with the California Council on Science and Technology. As a fellow, she is currently serving on the state Assembly’s Committee on Education, where she is writing legislation and analyzing bills that, if passed, will influence special education and STEM education in California.

Colin T. Kremer, Udall 2005
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Michigan State University/Yale University

As an ecologist, Colin studies how ecosystem diversity and function can be better understood and managed when we consider the physiology and evolution of organisms.  Colin’s research examines the effects of climate change on plankton in lakes and oceans. After undergrad, Colin worked as a research technician before completing a PhD at Michigan State. Subsequently, Colin was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale/Princeton. Currently, Colin is a ‘ghost’-doc (employed remotely by Michigan State) hunting a permanent faculty job. Colin is am happy to discuss the pros/cons of life as an academic and their intersection with the quest for work-life balance.

Kelly A. Kryc, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation Policy and Leadership
Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life
New England Aquarium

Dr. Kelly Kryc is the Director of Conservation Policy and Leadership focused on transforming science into action that protects the blue planet. Kryc is an energy and environment policy professional who formerly held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. State Department, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior to working in the public sector, she spent a decade working for the non-profit sector advancing science priorities in the United States and abroad. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on understanding extreme climate variability in Antarctica during the past 10,000 years. Dr. Kryc maintains an appointment as an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University’s Science in Public Interest Program where she taught “Science and Society: Global Challenges” and “Shaping National Science Policy.”

Leann Andrews, Udall 2006
PhD in The Built Environment Candidate
University of Washington

Leann Andrews is a licensed landscape architect currently seeking a PhD in the Built Environment at the University of Washington. With a dual professional background in green infrastructure design and dance, Leann’s built, planned and performative works can be seen all across the midwest, east coast and pacific northwest. Leann’s research focuses on the intersection between human and ecological health and well-being across scales and from local to global settings. She works collaboratively and interdisciplinary, values participatory and educational design, and has been involved with both UW’s Green Futures Research and Design Lab and the Informal Urban Communities Initiative since 2011. Leann completed her masters studies in landscape architecture and global health at the University of Washington, and studied landscape architecture and dance for her bachelors at The Ohio State University.