Our Business Director, Mari Collings, is moving on after four years of service with The Perry Initiative. Mari was our first employee, joining the Perry team in Summer 2010, and she was instrumental in the growth of the organization from a summer program in San Francisco to a national STEM program. For four years, Mari worked behind the scenes on fiscal management and vendor relations, building a strong infrastructure for our organization that has allowed us to grow exponentially. Thank you, Mari, for all that you have done for us here at Perry. We wish you all the best.
The Perry Initiative is proud to be mentioned as an exemplary STEM program in Dr. Vince Bertram’s new book, “One Nation Under Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Crisis.” Dr. Bertram is CEO of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nationally recognized non-profit organization with innovative K12 curriculum and professional development in the engineering and biomedical disciplines.”One Nation Under Taught” is currently at #7 on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction List. Congrats to Dr. Bertram and PLTW, and thanks for recognizing the work we do here at Perry!
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Our 2014 Perry Initiative Summer Interns, Amira Idris and Manuela Restrepo, have completed their internships and returned to classes at University of Delaware.
Amira and Manuela traveled to programs in Yakima WA, San Jose CA, Los Angeles CA and San Francisco CA, and they made a very important contribution to The Perry Initiative with their development of our new arthroscopic knee surgery module. The interns designed and fabricated these simulators of arthroscopic knee surgery using household items like buttons, as well as handheld cameras. The new modules have been very well received by participants in pilot programs, and we hope to bring these modules to all 2014/ 2015 programs. Support The Perry Initiative and help us fund these new modules here.
In addition to traveling to Perry Outreach Programs, the interns also had the opportunity to shadow Perry Initiative co-founder, Dr. Lisa Lattanza, in the operating room. Manuela said of her experience, “We were able to be present in the OR for three surgeries starting at 8am and ending at 6pm. The first surgery was the removal of a bony growth on the patient’s thumb, the second case was the removal of a duplicate thumb, and the last one was the construction of the olecranon in the elbow joint using an autograft from the patient’s hip and an allograft from a cadaver. While in the OR, we were able to move around the room to get a good look at the surgery, the staff in the room was very nice and didn’t seem to mind our presence at all. They answered our questions and explained each of their roles in great detail. Not only did we learn a lot but we also had a chance to see how our biomedical engineering training applies in the field. We are grateful to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The 2014 Perry Initiative Summer internships were sponsored by University of Delaware Service Learning Program. Amira and Manuela learned about non-profit management, in addition to developing the new arthroscopy modules. “Being involved with The Perry Initiative, one thing I learned about running a nonprofit was, although there are challenges along the way, the process to become successful and overcome these challenges can be fun and exciting when there is a great team with a passion to fulfill the mission of the organization. My experience as a Perry Intern was fun, exciting, and life changing. I have met some amazing people along the way, and hope to continue my involvement with Perry in the future.” said Amira of her summer internship.
We wish Amira and Manuela the best of luck as they both start their senior year of biomedical engineering major at University of Delaware. We have greatly enjoyed your time with The Perry Initiative, and we are so proud of the new arthroscopy module. Thank you both!
The Perry Initiative was honored to receive major funding from Chevron Energy Solutions again this year as part of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s Heroes and Hearts Program. Chevron Energy Solutions has generously supported the development and expansion of The Perry Initiative in California and nationwide since 2010. This year’s grant of $100,000 will fuel further program expansion as well as new initiatives to bring our innovative curriculum to K12 and college classrooms. Thank you Chevron Energy Solutions for Paying It Forward to the next generation of women engineers and surgeons.