Project Lead The Way Massachusetts

Fall Conference

Date: October 18, 2021
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA

Keynote Speaker

Molly Gibson

 

 

Molly is a principal at Flagship Pioneering, working as part of a venture-creation team to found and grow companies at the intersection of biology and machine learning. Through her role in Flagship Labs, Molly has contributed to the launch and growth of Generate Biomedicines, Tessera Therapeutics, Kaleido Biosciences, and Cobalt Biomedicines.

Molly currently serves as Co-founder and Chief Strategy & Innovation officer of Generate Biomedicines. Prior to joining Flagship in 2017, Molly led computational biology at Kaleido Biosciences. In this role, she developed the company’s computational platform for discovery of microbiome metabolic therapeutics, now in clinical development.

Molly received a PhD in computational and systems biology from Washington University in Saint Louis in the Center for Genome Sciences, with the support of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. At Wash. U., Molly collaborated with St. Louis Children’s Hospital to study the effects of early life interventions on development of the preterm infant gut microbiome and health outcomes. Molly’s work has resulted in multiple pending patents and publications, including articles in Science and Nature. Molly was honored in 2020 in Endpoints News’ 20 under 40 list in biopharma.

 While at Washington University, Molly was a leader in science outreach and education. She served as director and was on the board of the Young Scientist Program for three years, leading over 100 active volunteer scientists with the mission of bringing inquiry-based science to disadvantaged K-12 students. At the graduate level, Molly conceived and developed a bioinformatics course that is now standard for all incoming graduate students in biology and biomedical sciences.

Join Us

Join us at the PLTW Massachusetts Fall Conference, an event for educators – teachers & leaders, featuring hands-on activities from PLTW, course specific breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. This is the major Massachusetts PLTW community event where attendees have the chance to connect with other PLTW educators from nearby districts and walk away with information about all of the PLTW happenings (events & PD) for the year.

WPI’s Covid-19 Protocols

  • Masks worn at all times on campus
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • All meals consumed outside

What to Expect

Join us for this not to be missed event! Here is what you can expect:

Current PLTW Teachers

Hands on breakout sessions, networking time with other PLTW teachers, important updates on student events and additional programming throughout the year, opportunity to see/discuss student work from other schools

PLTW School & District Leaders

Following the success of last year — there will be a dedicated 1/2 day programming for school & district leaders. During the session, leaders will hear about the programming and supports available for their students & teachers, learn about important updates, and have the chance to collaborate with other PLTW leaders about implementation (e.g., student recruitment, scheduling).

Prospective Schools

Authentic introduction to PLTW that includes hands-on activities, advice from students, and examples of student work. In addition, schools can learn about grant opportunities and connect with other teachers and leaders.

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