Bouchet Society's 7th Annual Ida Stephens Owens Black Tie Dinner

07dec5:30 pm5:30 pmBouchet Society's 7th Annual Ida Stephens Owens Black Tie Dinner


Duke Searle Center


(Saturday) 5:30 pm - 5:30 pm(GMT+00:00) View in my time

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On behalf of the Black Tie Dinner Committee, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for the Seventh Annual Ida Stephens Owens Black Tie Dinner, to be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at Duke University’s Searle Center. The cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.

The Bouchet Society is a graduate student organization that is dedicated to supporting underrepresented minorities in STEM fields at Duke. Our signature event each year is the Black Tie Dinner, which honors the legacy of Dr. Ida Stephens Owens, the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. at Duke (Physiology, 1967). Dr. Owens later established an independent research group at the National Institutes of Health, most recently serving as Head of the Section on Genetic Disorders of Drug Metabolism. Each year, we invite the Duke community to join us in celebrating the accomplishments of Duke scientists. All Duke affiliates in STEM fields are welcome to attend!

Seating is limited, and prior registration is required. To register:

  • RSVP by selecting your respective affiliation.
  • Confirmation messages will follow successful registration
  • You may return to the form to register one guest. Attendees must register any plus-ones separately.
  • Registration will close on November 25th, or when all seats have been filled.

This year we are delighted to have Lorin Crawford, Ph.D., as our Bouchet-Note speaker. Dr. Crawford is currently the RGSS Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and a core faculty member of the Center for Statistical Sciences and Center for Computational Biology at Brown University. His research involves developing novel and efficient methodologies to address complex problems in quantitative genetics, cancer pharmacology, molecular genomics, and radionics. Dr. Crawford has received several honors, including being named to the Class of 2019 in Forbes 30 under 30 in Science. He received his Ph.D. in Statistical Science under the co-mentorship of Dr. Sayan Mukherjee and Dr. Kris C. Wood. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (BS, Mathematics).

We are also honored to have Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, Ph.D., as our keynote speaker. Dr. Stiff-Roberts is the Jeffrey N. Vinik Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. Her research interests include the synthesis of multi-component and hybrid (organic-inorganic) materials using a novel approach for organic-based thin film deposition that combines solution and vacuum-processing. Dr. Stiff-Roberts is also the director and instructor of the SENSOR (Student Engineers Network, Strengthening Opportunities in Research) Saturday Academy. This program aims to encourage underrepresented minority 8th-grade students to pursue careers in science and engineering. Dr. Stiff-Roberts received her B.S. in Physics from Spelman College and B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her M.S.E in Electrical Engineering as well as her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

To learn more and register, click here.

If you encounter any problems with registration, please contact Delisa (delisa.clay@duke.edu) or Celine (celine.robinson@duke.edu). We look forward to seeing you at dinner!

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