Changing How Science is Visualized and Communicated

Association for women in science

Central arizona chapter


The AWIS-CAZ chapter, housed at Arizona State University, hosts monthly seminars to provide career training, mentoring and networking for those pursuing a career in STEM. This organization offers assistance to students, faculty and staff, with a special focus towards women, minorities and those with disabilities, to create equal opportunities for education and employment. The Baluch lab is highly involved with this organization at the executive board level, coordinating many of the events that occur at ASU. For more information go to: WEBLINK .


arizona Imaging and Microanalysis society

The Baluch lab regularly participates in the annual AIMS conference which brings together microscopy experts throughout the state of Arizona to network, collaborate and share their research. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate and compete in the yearly poster session. This day long event is sponsored by the Microscopy Society of America as well as local vendors.  The 2017 conference will be held March 2-3, 2017 at ASU. For more information go to WEBLINK.

Baluch Bioimaging Lab

Hands on science

brain awareness


Each year the AWIS-CAZ sponsors an award category at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF). Volunteers select outstanding posters presented by young female scientists who are then invited to attend the yearly Hands on Science/Brain Awareness event at ASU. This day long event introduces students to various STEM labs at ASU and invites them to participate in hands on activities. The Baluch lab, and WM Keck Bioimaging facility, host the Brain Awareness event where students are invited to trace Golgi stained neurons, collect live cell and confocal microscope images as well as learn about brain function and neurons using tactile boards that were created to assist the visually impaired. For more information go to:WEBLINK.

Ugly bug contest

ask a biologist event


The Ugly Bug Contest has been a yearly event since it began in 1998 by Marilee Sellers at Northern Arizona University. Now housed at the Ask a Biologist website at ASU, the competition continues under the direction of Dr. Baluch and Charles Kazilek. Each year a different theme is created to excite and educate students about microscopy, entomology and science. The contest is sponsored by ASU, CLAS and AIMS. Posters and educational materials are distributed to students through local class visits, Az Science Center events, and the Flagstaff Festival of Science. For more information go to: WEBLINK