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Keynote - Jennifer B. Nielson, PhD
Is a Smoothie Dinner? Balancing the Elements of Family and Career

Professor Jennifer B. Nielson is associate dean in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (CPMS) at BYU and chair of the American Chemical Society Committee on Education. Her true passions are organic chemistry and science education. She has taught 14,000 BYU undergraduates (and they all survived). Dr. Nielson co-directs BYU Chem Camp, summer chemistry camps for 9-12 year-olds with an emphasis on inspiring girls to become interested in science. She also facilitates Learning Chemistry Through Experimentation, professional development workshops for teachers in Uganda Africa every summer.

Dr. Nielson’s most memorable moment balancing career and family happened when she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at University of California, San Diego while in labor with her second daughter.

L. Maureen Rice, PhD
Exploring Issues of Mental Health

Dr. Maureen Rice is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Professor in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Professionally, she provides counseling to BYU students and has many special interests including: mindfulness and meditation practice, biofeedback, health psychology, women’s issues, depression, anxiety, and faith-based counseling.

Dr. Rice currently serves on the University Rank and Status Faculty Advancement Committee and is The Director of “Stress Management and Biofeedback Services” at CAPS. She is affiliated with the American Psychological Association, and The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

Rachel Novak
Pursuing a Graduate Education

Rachel Tomco Novak has been teaching anatomy at the undergraduate and graduate level for the past 20 years. She has taught at Brigham Young University, University of Washington, University of Utah School of Medicine and Roseman University College of Dental Medicine. Teaching anatomy brings together two of her great passions, studying the human body and interacting with interesting people.
Candilyn Newell, PhD
The World Really is Your Oyster: Alternative Careers in the Life Sciences

Candilyn Newell, PhD, has taught a professional etiquette class on campus for 18 semesters. She presents and consults on professional engagement and protocol to government and business organizations, including Fortune 100 companies. She has recently been invited to do a series with KSL Television. Candilyn enjoys half-marathons, reading, Pilates, puzzles, board games, and spoiling her 15 grandchildren.