Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D.

Recruitment for Biotech & Medical Device companies Training & Consulting in Diversity and Inclusion

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JOBS – November, 2018


Flat vector illustration, job search, recruitment, workgroup, freelance, web graphic designPlease see some of my current opportunities below. All opportunities are for local candidates with valid work visa and most require deep industry experience. Contract opportunities are posted at the bottom. If you have an interest then please send an email (resume as an attachment) at wd_darshana at hot mail dot com.  Please bookmark and keep checking here for updates on new opportunities.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for senior mechanical engineer with 12+ years experience in broad range automation, design process and improve manufacturing efficiency, in a company located in San Jose, CA

Senior Quality Engineer – San Jose, CA

There is exciting opportunity for Senior Quality Engineer with 10+ years experience in class 3 medical device company, in San Jose, CA.

Senior Mechanical Engineer – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for senior mechanical engineer with class 3 device experience, for a company located in San Jose, CA

Head of Clinical – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for head of clinical (actual hiring will happen in 2nd quarter in 2019).

Head of Regulatory – San Jose, CA 

There is an exciting opportunity for Head of Regulatory for a company, in San Jose – CA. Candidate must have 15+ years experience in bio/pharma industry. Experience working with biologics and taking a drug to market in the US and EU is essential.

Mechanical Engineer – Santa Cruz, CA

Company focusing on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems has an opening for Mechanical engineer.

Head of Manufacturing Engineering – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Head of Manufacturing Engineering in San Jose, CA.  This is an exciting opportunity with high potential.

Responsibilities include,  implementing pilot manufacturing line, develop components & assembly manufacturing processes including materials science and selection, develop processes for injection molding, conventional & novel polymers, micro-product molding, converting &  sealing plastic films, micro-tablet compression, clean room processing & large molecule processing.

Required: BS in Engineering plus 12+ years of mechanical engineering experience in medical device industry. Any of the following, highly desired: Experience in consumer product medical device, pharmaceutical (transdermal and solid dosage), and combination product design, manufacturing process development, manufacturing equipment design and development, pharmaceutical and sterile device packaging development, 3-D metal and plastic product design, tooling design and fabrication, injection mold design and fabrication, CNC and g-code programming, production engineering management, maintenance management, manufacturing management, and project management and experience in new product launches through heritage product manufacturing.

Software Engineer – Santa Cruz, CA

Company focusing on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems has an opening for SW engineer.  Embedded microprocessor experience and windows app experience is required. Highly preferred, design/coding experience for embedded systems with wearable/motor-driven devices.

CFO – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for CFO for a company, in San Jose – CA. Found by a veteran leader the company focuses on disruptive drug delivery platform technology. 15+ years M&A and licensing deals experience in bio/pharma industry is required.

Director of Program/ Project Management – Santa Cruz, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Director of Program/ Project Management for a company located in Santa Cruz – CA. This company is found by a veteran leader and focuses on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems. Candidate is required to have 4+ years of medical device program or project management experience in electromechanical systems area.

Design QA Scientist –  Pleasanton, CA.

Responsibilities: Support DQA Principal Scientists and Project teams; Review & approve documentation consistent with design control regulations; technical verification, risk; Assist DQA project team to assess completion of milestone deliverables; Assist in the review and development of high SOPs; Support audits/inspections; Other duties as requested.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related scientific discipline, or equivalent combination of education and work-related experience.
Preferred: Job-related Professional License(s) or Certification(s) and 5 Years Development, Manufacturing and/or Quality Assurance experience under established quality regulations.

Clinical Research Associate II – California 

Responsibilities include, participate in design, planning, implementation and overall direction of clinical research projects; ensure compliance with the overall scientific study objectives;  work with international investigators and key customers as well; Travel to field sites to monitor studies; Receive general instructions; plans and prepare studies; Review study protocols, report manuscripts; Contribute technical & clinical operations expertise for these documents; Work with Data Management & Biostatistics staff on the design of documents and processes for the collection of study data from participating sites; Collect & maintain legal and regulatory documentation, as applicable; Assume responsibility for training & coordinating certification of study site personnel; Ensure accurate and complete study management/data collection and transfer to data management; Ensure site compliance with regulations and study protocol; Monitor the sites and provide technical assistance, as necessary; Assist, prepare and manages study timelines; Manage material logistics for the studies; Conduct reference material testing in-house. Organize investigator meetings, as necessary; Participate in Project Team Meetings; Keep informed of trends and developments in clinical research; Know &  effectively use the broad concepts of a particular field or speicalization to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity; Analyze alternative approaches to solve problems or devleop new perspectives & existing solutions. Bachelors degree in a scientific discipline or related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience is required. Certificate of completion of sections 1 through 6 is required. Minimum 2-6 years of relevant clinical research experience and knowledge of regulations and guidelines is required.

Clerk – San Jose/ Santa Clara, CA

There is an opportunity for a Clerk in a biomed company, located in San Jose/ Santa Clara, CA area.

Responsibilities: Follow standard operating procedures to enter orders for high complexity clinical lab tests; Be responsible for efficient and accurate entry of customer and patient demographic data, clinical information, test request information and physician information; Review, understanding, and executing customer-specific requirements for order entry; Create service requests in CRM system to document issues and work closely with client service team to resolve and escalate incomplete or unclear order issues; Check work of others to ensure order entry quality; Troubleshoot problems & assist employees with process questions; Fax requests to customers to resolve unclear orders; Run queue reports to ensure daily tasks are completed; Assist account set up administration; Act as training resource for department employees; execute process improvement recommendations; Retrieve forms from lab; Escalate issues to appropriate internal resources; Interact with Finance team to provide patient billing information in a secure manner.

Skills: 2+ years experience working in the clinical laboratory, medical, order management, or related field; Experience using Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software (e.g. NetSuite, Salesforce.com), laboratory information systems. Microsoft Office Suite a plus. Must be able to follow laboratory procedures and must adhere to the laboratory quality control policies; Ability to identify & act on issues within an order that may impact customer satisfaction & test turnaround time; Must be able to type 45 words per minute with excellent accuracy; Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs.

 

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RMD Biospecimen Scientist – Pleasanton, CA — 6 mo. contract

The BioSpecimen Management (BSM) Scientist position will facilitate the daily operations associated with providing the best-in-class simple biological solutions to customers. Biospecimen solutions include acquisition, characterization, and management of biological materials, and build of select panels fit for purpose for RMD research. Responsibilities include deliver simple, efficient solutions, facilitate receipt of shipments of human biological samples, verify sample integrity and data accuracy, process (centrifuge, aliquot, and pool) samples, consolidate inventory, retrieve and distribute samples, maintain inventory of supplies and ships supplies and facilitate routine activities in the build of custom panels, in close communication with team members. Also includes, responsibility for the accuracy, quality, and timeliness of all assigned projects, tasks and related activities,  accontablity for electronic records management, use of validated systems, and keep supervisor informed of project status.  Requires, Associate degree or certification in Biological Science or related field, or equivalent combination of education & experience, experience handling biological samples, understanding of good laboratory, data and documentation practices, and experience with basic computer application.

Scientist 1 – Pleasanton, CA: 6+ Months Contract

This opportunity is with NGS workflow controls for the RSS assay development team that identifies and tests cutting edge reagents, technologies or protocols that are supporting the development of products in Oncology, Genetics, Infectious Disease and Automation/Sample Preparation. Areas of interest include short and long read sequencing technologies, low input and difficult sample preparation methods and creating integrated workflows. Candidates must be able to work in a collaborative, exciting, and fast-paced team environment.
Responsibilities: Operate & maintain equipment, interact with LIMS databases, complete projects in a timely fashion, research & development, and give presentations at weekly meetings. Additional responsibilities: Operation of different genomics analysis technologies such as next-gen sequencing, microarrays, real time PCR and ancillary equipment for quality control and validation; Develop, validate & apply methods for various genomics methods mainly focused on sequencing; Process include nucleic acid isolation and quantification, PCR amplification, library preparation, plate normalizations and Work with senior personnel, perform early development activity to create new workflows that are robust, cost-effective and time efficient; Collaborate with R&D to transfer new assays and methods to automation platforms; Work closely with IT group and instrument vendors to develop and implement automated workflows; Accurately and consistently record experimental methods, materials & results in electronic laboratory notebooks; Analyze data, evaluates results, form conclusions, and determine future experiments; Present findings or comprehensive project status reviews at internal/external seminars/meetings; Apply advanced technical writing & graphical skills to produce reports & documents; Prepare summaries, reports, presentations, manuscripts, etc.; Present early development work including scientific background information & project updates at internal staff meetings and at cross-functional team meetings; Determine all chemicals, reagents & supplies needed for a project; develop a strong knowledge of all related third-party vendors and their technologies and products; Establish and maintain productive relationship with personnel in development; orient & trains new Research Technicians & peers.
Requirements:  Strong Molecular Biology background or Biochemistry or Immunology background with strong knowledge of Molecular Biology;  Experience performing next-generation sequencing methods (Exome, whole genome, RNA sequencing) a plus; Bachelor of Science with a minimum of 2 years of lab experience.

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The Hate U Give – Movie Review


The Hate U Give is a movie based on Angie Thomas’s award-winning book about the experience of Starr Carter, a black teen who witnesses the fatal police shooting of a close friend.  Directed by George Tillman Jr. and written by Audrey Wells, the movie tells the story of race and racism, powerfully and without putting people into well defined buckets. It does not encapsulate “one black experience” of police suspicion and brutality towards black people, in a single story, and it does not summarize “one white reaction”, with a single story. Instead, in telling the story of a young black teenager against the backdrop of police suspicion of black people, father preparing his black children with stern lectures on how to behave during inevitable police stops; against the backdrop of white privilege, upward mobility, gang wars, poverty, and drugs, the movie offers a powerful portrayal of what it often means to grow up black in America.
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Not all black people have a single story and not all grow up in poverty or in gang infested neighborhoods, or in dysfunctional homes. And yet, society often notices the color of the skin, before noticing the individual person, in that skin. Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is a black teen. After a brief brush with criminal justice system and bad influence, her father (Russell Hornsby) owns and operates a store in a largely black neighborhood. It is on account of her mother’s (Regina Hall) determination, persistence, and relentless focus on education, and mom’s determination to change the circumstances and preempt the dysfunctionality in her family from affecting her children, that Starr’s future looks bright. Starr and her two brothers (Dominque Fishback and Lamar Johnson) attend the affluent, predominantly white prep school, and for a while appear to be completely shielded from the experiences of other black people around them.Image result for hate u giveHowever, an unfortunate incident puts the family right in the center of it all. One evening, Starr is driven home from a party in her neighborhood, by her childhood friend, Khalil (Algee Smith). On the way home, they are stopped by a white police officer and unarmed Khalil is shot without any prominent reason. As the city erupts in riots, Starr has her own soul searching to do. Her friend Khalil is maligned because he was involved in drug peddling as he was taking care of his family while his mother was going through cancer treatments.

Image result for hate u giveAmandla Stenberg is fantastic as Starr. This movie is immensely powerful because it focuses on the individual story of a young teen so well that it is through her experience, that we get a peek into the ignorance of some of her white friends as well as the openness of others. It is through her experience, that we learn, that it is not just a single major trauma of seeing a friend killed by gangs or by cops, that a young person is scarred. Instead, it is also the exhausting seeping of energy, drop by drop by drop. As an upwardly mobile person, Starr feels the pressure to hide her “blackness” from her non black peers, and her acquired “whiteness” from her black friends.  Being half a person at any give time and living half the truth in each circumstance, takes an enormous toll and builds upon all the other traumas. It is through her experience that we learn how society has created two separate worlds, where even black cops are suspicious of black folks. In the end, this is a film about how one girl finds her own voice and opens the door to living a more authentic life. Not that it will be easy. But finally Starr finds the freedom to be her complete self, regardless of the context in which she interacts.

This is one of the best films of the year. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent, I rate the film 4.9.

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Fun Home – Play Review


It’s remarkably powerful, it’s touching, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it’s intimate, it’s deeply personal and political at the same time. Based on autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, the play Fun Home focuses on the theme of sexual identity. Through very powerful and familial context of father-daughter relationship, the musical explores the cost of living in the closet and the possibilities that open up, on coming out. Fun Home has won several awards including Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie, Award, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and has garnered five Tony Awards including “Best Musical”.Image result for fun home, theatreworks
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While prejudice remains as a dark and ugly presence in the world today, Fun Home helps us see the costs that societies, families and generations bear due to hidden and overt biases. Born in 1930s, a husband and father, Bruce Bechdel
(James Lloyd Reynolds) lives a closeted life.  A caring husband and father, Bruce hides a big secret that diminishes his accomplishments, at least in his own mind. He channels his frustration into an obsession with cleanliness, obsession with dressing his daughter in girlie attire and looking for secret avenues to fulfill his desire. He has built a beautiful family with his wife, Helen Bechdel (Crissy Guerrero), his sons, Christian (Jack Barrett, Dylan Kento Curtis), John (Billy Hutton, Oliver Copaken Yellin), and his daughter Alison. The play mainly centers on his relationship with his daughter, Alison.  Moira Stone (as narrator Alison), Lila Gold (as young Alison), and Erin Kommor (as older Alison) are all super fabulous in their roles and vividly bring out the complex father-daughter dynamics at various stages in the story.  When Alison grows up and goes away to college, she meets Joan (Ayelet Firstenberg) and experiences love’s first stirrings. Terrified and excited, Alison tries to quosh the feelings at first and later explores them and comes out as a lesbian.
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Special kudos to scenic designer, Andrea Bechert, fabulous stage manager, Randall K. Lum and assistant stage manager, Emily Anderson Wolf for beautiful staging and scenes. Robert Kelley is a brilliant director and in Fun Home, the story of impact of prejudice is brilliantly told.

Somewhere between the father who felt compelled to live a lie his whole life, and a daughter who finds the environment and courage to seek fulfillment on her own terms, lie the simple truths about both the suffering and cost of having to hide who you truly are, and the joy of embracing your whole self. Great kudos to Alison Bechdel for embracing her whole self and finding to courage to share the story. It was Lisa Kron who was an early fan of the story and with Bechdel’s blessing, teamed up with composer Jeanine Tesori and adapted the graphic novel for the stage, as a musical. In blending this beautiful human story told through pictures with stirring lyrics, the trio has carved a straight path to the human heart.

This is a not-to-miss play of this theater season. Tickets are available at www.theatreworks.org .

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અદમભાઈ ટંકારવીએ સજાવ્યો ગઝલોનો માહોલ – Poet Adam Tankarvi


IMG_20180928_202517447_BURST000_COVER_TOP.jpgવાહ વાહ. શ્રી પ્રતાપભાઈ પંડ્યા, મનીષાબેન પંડ્યા, પ્રજ્ઞાબેન દાદભાવાલા, શરીફભાઇ અને સપનાબેન વિજાપુરા વગેરે મહાનુભાવો અને ગુજરાતી ગઝલપ્રેમીઓના સૌજન્યથી સુંદર કાર્યક્રમ યોજવાયો અને પ્રખ્યાત ગઝલકાર શ્રી અદમભાઈ ટંકારવી ને માણવાનો મોકો મળ્યો તે માટે સૌનો ખુબ ખુબ આભાર. થોડાજ સમય પહેલા કવિશ્રી અનિલભાઈ ચાવડા અને મુકેશભાઈ જોશીનેIMG_20180916_154350310.jpg માણવાનો ખુબજ સુંદર મોકો મળ્યો. તે વખતે તો મને લખવાનો સમય ન મળ્યો। પણ એ હૃદય ની તૃપ્તિ કરાવે તેવો સુંદર કાર્યક્રમ યોજવા માટે જયશ્રીબેન મરચન્ટ નો પણ ખુબ આભાર.  બેઠક અને પુસ્તક પરબ દ્વારા થતી પ્રવૃતિ,  અને તે ઉપરાંત અન્ય આયોજકો, પ્રાયોજકો અને આપણી ભાષાના ચાહકો, આપણી સુંદર માતૃભાષાને જીવંત જ નહિ પરંતુ ગતિમય રાખીને આપણી ભાષાની ધરોહર સાંચવી રહ્યા છે. આવી અવિસ્મરણીય હાસ્ય રમૂજ સાથે માણેલી ગઝલોની ગુંજાશ ક્યારેય ભુલાશે નહિ. અદમભાઈએ પ્રસ્તુત કરીયેલી થોડી ગઝલો અહીં મારા વાચકો માટે પ્રસ્તુત કરું છું.  તે પહેલા – એક જાહેરાત – મારા ગુજરાતી લેખો દર શનિવારે http://www.shabdonusarjan.wordpress.com બ્લોગ ઉપર “દ્રષ્ટિકોણ” ના શીર્ષક હેઠળ મળશે અને તેમાં વિવિધ વિષયો અને વિવિધ દ્રષ્ટિકોણથી વાત થાય છે. તે ઉપરાંત, યૂટ્યૂબ માં પણ મારા નામ હેઠળ મારા કાવ્યો અને વિવિધ વિષયો ઉપરનું ચિંતન જોવા મળશે. અને મારા આ બ્લોગ http://www.darshanavnadkarni.wordpress.com ઉપર તો હું લખતીજ રહું છું. 

સપનાબેન વિજાપુરાએ વિસરાય જતી માતૃભાષાને બિરદાવતી અદમભાઈ ની ગઝલ સાથે કવિશ્રીનો પરિચય આપ્યો અને કાર્યક્રમ ની સુંદર શરૂઆત કરી.

ગુર્જરી વ્યવહાર શોધું છું,
ધાણીફૂટ બોલનાર શોધું છું.
લખી છે ગુજરાતીમાં એક ગઝલ,
ને હવે વાંચનાર શોધું છું.
જડી છે એક લાવારીસ ભાષા,
હું એનો દાવેદાર શોધું છું.
જામ ભાષાનો છલોછલ છે’અદમ’,
સાથે બેસી પીનાર શોધું છું.

અદમભાઈએ મનોજ ખંડેરિયાની શબ્દો સાથેના કવિ ના પ્રેમ ના ગાઢ સબંધ ની વાત કરતી ગઝલ પેશ કરી.
રસમ અહીંની જુદી, નિયમ સાવ નોખા
અમારે તો શબ્દો જ કંકુ ને ચોખા

પણ શબ્દોને હંમેશા બહાર થોડા શોધવા જવા પડે છે? એ તો અંતર ના સુખ, દુઃખ, વ્યથા, વેદના અને ઉમળકાને વાચા આપે છે. પણ શબ્દોનો ભરોસો કેવો? ક્યારેક કલમ પકડો અને હાથ આખેઆખો બળે અને ક્યારેક બહાર જે શોધવામાં આખી જિંદગી પસાર થાય એ પગની તળે હોય એમ પણ બને. અદમભાઈ એ શ્રી મનોજભાઈ ખંડેરિયા ની નીચેની ગઝલ પ્રસ્તુત કરી.

પકડો કલમ ને કોઈ પળે એમ પણ બને
આ હાથ આખેઆખો બળે એમ પણ બને

જ્યાં પહોંચવાની ઝંખના વર્ષોથી હોય ત્યાં
મન પહોંચતાં જ પાછું વળે એમ પણ બને

એવું છે થોડું : છેતરે રસ્તા કે ભોમિયા ?
એક પગ બીજા ને છળે એમ પણ બને

જે શોધવામાં જિંદગી આખી પસાર થાય
ને એ જ હોય પગની તળે એમ પણ બને

તું ઢાળ ઢોળિયો : હું ગઝલનો દિવો કરું
અંધારું ઘરને ઘેરી વળે એમ પણ બને

આમ જોઈએ તો કોક શબ્દોના બેસુમાર વરસાદ માં છબછબીયા રમે છે ને કોક બારીએ બેસીને માણે છે ગુજલીશ માં લખતા કવિ અદમભાઈએ આદિલ મન્સૂરી ની સુંદર કવિતા ની પંક્તિઓ સંભળાવી.

રેઇનકોટ, છત્રીઓ, ગમ શૂઝ, વોટરપ્રૂફ હેટ્સ
માનવીએ કેટલી ભીંતો ચણી વરસાદમાં !

એક તું છે કે તને કંઇ પણ નથી થાતી અસર,
ભેટવા દરિયાને ઊછળે છે નદી વરસાદમાં.

લાખ બચવાના કર્યા એણે પ્રયત્નો તે છતાં
છેવટે ‘આદિલ’ હવા પલળી ગઇ વરસાદમાં.

શબ્દોની મીઠાસ ખરેખરી માણવી હોય, તેની વેદના હૃદયસોંસરવી નીકળે તેવી નિકટતાથી જાણવી હોય અને મહોબત ને નજીકથી ઓળખવી હોય તો નજીક આવી ને કાન માં સાંભળવાનો મોકો લેવો જોઈએને? તો માણો રમેશભાઈ પારેખ ની સુંદર ગઝલ.

ઓણુકા વરસાદમાં બે ચીજ કોરી કટ,
એક અમે પોતે ને બીજો તારો વટ!
નેવા નીચે ઓસરી, આંખો નીચે ગાલ,
નખથી નક્ષત્રો સુધી જળ આંબ્યું આ સાલ.
વાવાઝોડું હોય તો કરીએ બંધ કમાડ,
આ તો ઘરમાં પાડતું જળનું ટીપું ધાડ.
નખ ઉગ્યા અંધારને, ભીંતે ઉગી દાઢ,
ઉપર મારે આંચકા અણિયાળો આષાઢ.
તારા વટને કચ્છની સૂડી સરખી ધાર,
અમે કમળની દાંડલી કરીએ શું તકરાર?
મીરાં કહે કે સાંવરા, વાગે વીજળી બહુ,
બીજું શું શું થાય તે આવ, કાનમાં કહું.

પણ એ વટ ને થોડો સંકોરીને નજદીક આવવાની તૈયારી રાખવી પડે ને? તો નીચે પ્રસ્તુત છે રાજેન્દ્ર શુક્લા ની મસ્ત ગઝલ.

લો કરું કોશિશ ને ફાવે તો કહું,
શબ્દ જો એને સમાવે તો કહું !

આપની નજરો જે ફરમાવી રહી,
એ ગઝલ જો યાદ આવે તો કહું !

શાંત જળમાં એક પણ લહરી નથી,
કોઇ થોડું ખળભળાવે તો કહું !

હું કદી ઊંચા સ્વરે બોલું નહીં,
એકદમ નજદીક આવે તો કહું !

કોઇને કહેવું નથી, એવું નથી,
સહેજ તૈયારી બતાવે તો કહું

જયશ્રીબેન મરચન્ટ ની સુંદર ગઝલ મૂળ માંથી છોડ ને ઉખેડીને ચાલ્યા ગયા સાંભળીને અશ્રુ ટપકી પડ્યા. જયશ્રીબેન બે એરિયાના પ્રિય કવિયત્રી છે. તેમના અનેક પુસ્તકો પ્રકાશિત થઇ ચુક્યા છે. તેમના હૃદયસોંસરવા કાવ્યોમાં ઘણી વખત ઊંડા દર્દ નો અહેસાસ થાય છે. જરૂર તેમના કાવ્યોનો તેમના પુસ્તકો અને ફેસબુક ઉપર લાવો લેજો.

જો કે એવું એ નથી કે પ્રેમમાં પડવું જોઈએ –

અદમભાઈએ સંભળાવી મુકુલ ચોકસીની સુંદર ગઝલ

એવું નથી કે પ્રેમમાં પડવું જોઈએ
પણ જો પડો તો બેઉને પરવરવું જોઈએ
જો વાયદો ન પાડવાના હો તો પછી
બહાનું યે સારું કાઢતા આવડવું જોઈએ

અદમભાઈએ કવિશ્રી નસીરુદ્દીનજી ની મજાની વાતો કરી. આમેય કવિ અને સાહિત્યકારોનું મગજ એવું હોય કે તે દરેક ઘટના ને સામાન્ય લોકો જોવે તેનાથી કૈક અલગ દ્રષ્ટિકોણ થી જોઈને તેનો મર્મ સમજવાનો પ્રયત્ન કરે. તેમાંય કવિઓ તો પાછો અર્થ કાઢે તેને ઓછા માં ઓછા શબ્દો માં દર્શાવવાનો પ્રયાસ કરે. કવિઓ માટે એક સુંદર વાક્ય મેં ક્યાંક વાંચેલું – કે તેઓ આનંદમાં શરૂઆત કરે અને ડહાપણ માં પતાવે. નસીરુદ્દીનજી ની અને તેવા બીજા કેટલાય કવિઓની વાતો અને ગઝલો અદમભાઈ પાસેથી સાંભળી કે લાગ્યું કે આ વાક્ય આપણા ગુજરાતી કવિઓને બંધબેસતું છે.
આપણે કોઈને દિલ આપીએ ત્યારે પાછું લેવાનો વિચાર કરતા નથી અને પાછું લઈને માપવાનો તો વિચાર આવ્યોજ ન હોય. અદમભાઈએ રમૂજ અને હાસ્ય સાથે
મનહર મોદી ની કાવ્યની પંક્તિઓ સંભળાવી.

દિલ તમોને આપતા આપી દીધું
પામતાં પાછું અમે માપી લીધું.
માત્ર એક જ ક્ષણ તમે રાખ્યું છતાં
ચોતરફથી કેટલું કાપી લીધું !

સપનાબેન વિજાપુરાએ તેમની સુંદર ગઝલ સંભળાવતા પ્રેક્ષકોને પડકાર કર્યો – આંસુને ખોળતા આવડે છે? તેમની ગઝલો અને કાવ્યો તેમના ફેસબુક ઉપર અને તેમના બ્લોગ ઉપર તેમજ પ્રતિલિપિ ઉપર અને અખબારોમાં આવે છે તો જરૂર માણજો।

અદમભાઈએ ખલિલ ધનતેરી ની, રઈસ મણિયાર ની ને એવા વિવિધ કવિઓની હાસ્ય અને રમૂજ ના કિસ્સાઓ સાથે ઘણી ઘણી ગઝલો સંભળાવી. એવો પીધો રમૂજ, ગઝલ અને કાવ્યોનો જામ કે દિલ જુમી ઉઠ્યું અને એવી દિલની લાગણીઓ તો ગઝલમાં જ દર્શાવાય ને? અદમભાઈની ટંકારવી ની ગઝલથી વિરમું છું.

તમને જોઈને મને જે થાય છે
બીજા શબ્દોમાં ગઝલ કહેવાય છે
તારા પરથી આ નજર ખસતી નથી
ને ખસે તો ત્યાંય તું દેખાય છે
આમ જો પૂછો તો તું સંદિગ્ધ છે
આમ તારો અર્થ પણ સમજાય છે
હુંય ક્યાં ક્યાં આવી શોધું છું તને
તુંય ક્યાં ક્યાં જઈ અને સંતાય છે ?
ના થવાનું હરપળે થાતું રહે
ને થવાનું ક્યાં કદીય થાય છે ?
લે, હવે ચૂપચાપ તું બેસી રહે
તું હવે ક્યાં પાંચમાં પૂછાય છે ?
થાય મારાથી શરુ પણ તે પછી
આ કથા તારા સુધી લબંાય છે
સૌની આંખોમાં આ એક જ પ્રશ્ન છે
અમને મૂકીને બધાં ક્યાં જાય

 

 

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Native Gardens – Play Review


Playwright Karen Zacaria’s “Native Gardens”, currently playing at The Center for Performing Arts in Mountain View, explores ageism, racism, sexism, classism, republicanism, democratism and more  in the context of an unintended property line conflict among neighbors.

Image result for native gardens, theatreworksTania (Marlene Martinez) and Pablo Del Valle (Michael Evans Lopez) are young, up and coming Latino couple, each with their own past that colors their perceptions. Pablo is from Chile and grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. He is angling for a partnership at a law firm and is slightly paranoid of how he will be accepted, given his Latino background. Tania is very pregnant, is nearing the completion of her Ph.D. in anthropology, and grew up in much poorer circumstances in New Mexico. She is idealistic, new agee, strongly pro-environment, and into native plants. Tania and Pablo own a property adjoining Virginia (Amy Resnick) and Frank Butley (Jackson Davis). Virginia and Frank are older couple with a prize-worthy English garden and are Republicans.

Image result for native gardens, theatreworksWell intentioned neighbors’ attempts for friendship soon melt away as an unintended property dispute arises. Given that garden is important to both couples, albeit in different ways, “Native Gardens” is a comedy rooted in tulipanin (common allergen toxic to some animals, found in tulips) laced barbs, and tannic acid (residing in acorns and leaves of oak trees that helps guard it from fungi and insects) colored retorts.

Zacarias is a compassionate writer and she treats both couples with a measure of empathy, compassion and understanding. Yet, what is fascinating is how gradually and in a measured way and yet how quickly and not so subtly, the conflict escalates and breaks down relations, as both couples dig deep into their personal treasure trove of isms and even political affiliations, to assume bad intentions of others and find new insults.

Image result for native gardens, theatreworksDirector Amy Gonzalez has done a fabulous job, with the script in showing how easy it is, despite all the wisdom and maturity, for people to get polarized, to buy into the divisive rhetoric in the air that may reflect their own latent biases, prejudices and distrust of one another. Special kudos for incredible staging to Sara Sparks and Amy Smith Goodman.

In the current climate of deepening rifts and many symbols of “us versus them” (border wall, trade barrier, cages, guns, armed guards in schools, red wave, blue wave and more), the play uses yet another powerful symbol of a fence.  If this play is to serve as a microcosm of what is going on in the country, then such physical articulations not only define our distinctions but when combined with divisive rhetoric and incitement of fear, they serve as call to action, to fiercely protect our zones, perimeters, boundaries and borders. However in the play, as if bringing a perfect measure of hope, it highlights how sometimes humanity springs in the most unlikeliest of circumstances, during those times when we need one another. And in those times when we seek help and when we offer help, in times of unity, our gardens bloom.
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This is a not-to-miss play of this theater season. For tickets, go to www.theatreworks.org .

 

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Mahabharat – NAATAK Play Review


Image may contain: 1 person, dancingThe story of Mahabharat has been repeated among Indians, over and over in various ways, even via TV series. Why would you bring it on stage, and why say it again, and how could you say it better or do greater justice to one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, also known as the longest epic poem ever written? Therein lies the brilliance of Sujit Saraf who adapted it for the stage for NAATAK and is currently playing at Cubberley Theater in Palo Alto.

Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people standing and weddingThe Mahabharat, believed to be written by Vyasa, is a narrative of the Kurukshetra war, a deadly war among cousins, sparked by greed and fueled by lies, cheating, deceit, turncoats, and perhaps misplaced assumptions of right and wrong, good and evil. With Mahabharat being recited several times in history, with details and stories added or deleted and with the epic employing “story within a story structure” known as framelets, it is a mind-bogglingly complex story to tell, described by Hermann Oldenberg as a “horrible chaos”.

It is to great credit that NAATAK’s team, with director Saraf, producer Soumya Agastya, music director Nachiketa Yakkundi, choreographers, sets team and many volunteers and a huge cast of performers managed to bring this story on stage; not just to tell but in the form of the musical, with awesome dances and music, focusing on key dialogues and stories and with recreating the most impactful stories befitting the grandeur of the time, without overdoing any of it.

Image may contain: 5 people, people standingSticking to the core of the epic, NAATAK’s Mahabharat traces the story of Kaurava and Pandava from Brahma, the Hindu God of creation and through their earliest ancestors known to us (Yayati, Dushyant, Shakuntala, Ganga, Shantanu, Nishad, Chitraghandha, Veechitravirya,  Dhritrashtra, Pandu, Kunti, Gandhari and more) and brings us to the center of their conflict. When Shantanu was seeking to marry Satyavati (whose father Nishad had misgivings since her sons would not inherit the throne) Shantanu’s first born son, Bhishma made a strongest vow known to humankind, to never have children, never marry and never inherit the throne. But his step mother Satyvati’s two sons Chitrangadha and Vichitravirya died leaving behind no issues. Satyvati then asked her illegitimate son Vyasa to father children with Vichitravirya’s widows, in order to get heirs for the throne. Thus were born blind, Dhritrashtra and weak and sickly, Pandu. Vyasa also fathered a son with a maid servant, Vidur. Dhritrashtra with his wife Gandhari, fathered 100 sons who came to be known as Kauravas. Pandu, with Kunti and Madri fathered 5 sons, who came to be known as Pandavas.  

In the greed and evil plots of the Kauravas, under the helm of the eldest brothers Duryodhan and Dushasan, and in their maternal uncle Shakuni’s evil machinations and in the gambling addiction of the righteous and truthful but incurable gambling addict, elder Pandava brother, Yudhishthir lies the seeds of the epic war in Bharat, which ended in Kali Yug.Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling

Image may contain: 10 people, people smiling, people standingImage may contain: 1 person, standing and childNAATAK’s Mahabharat takes us through all the main plots and sub plots, major twists and turns (Guru Dron asking Eklavya to cut his thumb and give it as Guru Dakshina so that no one can contest his disciple Arjun; Kaurava’s plot to kill the cousins after hosting them in a palace of flammable materials and how they managed to survive; Draupadi’s wedding to the most able warrior; Kunti asking all brothers to share whatever they had brought and thus Draupadi came to be shared between the 5 Pandava brothers; Pandava’s loss of everything in gambling and Yudhishsthir putting his wife on the line and losing her; Kaurava’s attempt to disrobe and humiliate her and Krishna coming to her rescue; Pandava’s 13 years of vanvas; Kaurava’s adamant refusal to give them the smallest piece of land; and the war that was as inevitable as it was extensive and drew in all the surrounding kingdoms. Arjuna had a moment of remorse and refuses to fight his brothers on the other side and received updesh in the form of Geeta, from his charioteer, Krishna. The bloodiest war of the time soon descended into dishonourable tactics on both sides (where Arjuna’s young son is sent into a Chakravyuh though he only knew his way in and not out; Bhisma is mortally wounded when Pandavas use his principle to not pick up weapons against a woman and send in Shikhandi who is half woman, half man — all this and more). Image may contain: 1 personBhima the strongest of the five Pandavas killed all 100 Kaurava brothers that evoked heart-rending cries of soulful mourning, followed by a curse, from Gandhari, the grief-stricken mother.

Mahabharat is overwhelmingly a story of men with women existing on the periphery; (consider the fact that among 100 Kaurava sons, there is no mention of a daughter) in tracing the entire ancestry, daughters are rarely mentioned. But it is women who experience and display raw emotions other than anger. It is Gandhari whose soulful tears at the loss of all her sons pierce one’s heart; it is Draupadi who suffers the humiliation in open court of men when her husband loses her in gambling; and it is Kunti who dutifully gives up her life in the palace to follow her husband to live in the forest.

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In Mahabharat, NAATAK takes the audience through this spellbinding journey.  With excellent staging, sound and awesome performance, it transports the audience to another era and retains the spell to the very end. In fact, the dialog at the end is most amazingly brilliant, distilling the essence of this epic event, a dark time brought by flawed humans and a tale of cruelty and sadness, thwarted ambition and greed, amidst small acts of courage and kindness. I loved the fact that this gripping tale is not told yet again from a traditional, routine, religious perspective but from the perspective of a historical event, values of the time, moral subtlety and ambiguity and human flaws. This incredible performance by NAATAK above all speaks to incredible and undisputed brilliance of Sujit Saraf.

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and dancingI haven’t seen but I have heard that during the airing of the TV series, some people were inspired to perform pujas and garland the TV before airing of each episode. NAATAK’s performance will likely inspire the audience to find entertainment and perhaps engage in quiet reflection about values, principles, and moral code of ethics.  This is a not-to-miss show of this theater season in the bay area. It retains the original flavor with Hindi dialogues but English supertitles are projected on the screen above. Tickets can be obtained at www.naatak.org .
PS: Thank you Kyle for Pictures by kyleadlerphotography

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RIP John McCain & RIP Atal Bihari Vajpaiee


World lost two leaders this month, in world’s two greatest democracies, India and the USA, and were fondly remembered in many tributes. RIP #JohnMcCain & RIP #AtalBihariVajpaiee . Regardless of the party and ideology, these conservative career politicians remind us that democracy rests on the shoulders of men and women who dedicate their lives for making a case for their principles and then accepting the verdict that comes from people and serving with grace, regardless of the outcome. These men sought to unite the people under their leadership, served with integrity, and chose to be guided by their conscience and tried to build bridges, when they could. Some highlights from the lives of these two men – specifically their centrist moves — something that is inevitable in a democracy and something we need an ardent reminder of, in these polarizing times.

Image result for atal bihariAtal Bihari Vajpaiee: Under ABV, BJP moderated its extreme conservative Hindu nationalism. India conducted 5 nuclear tests during his time in office but Vajpaiee simultaneously softened hard stance towards Pakistan, inaugurated Delhi-Lahore bus service and in fact traveled to Lahore by bus and made a push for full scale diplomatic peace process. Unfortunately Pakistan’s incursion into India’s borders, into LOC (line of control), led to bloody Kargil war during his time. Pakistan was forced to withdraw, after suffering heavy losses. ABV took oath for the office of Prime Minister of India 3 times and served thrice in that capacity for varying lengths. Indian airlines flight was hijacked when he was PM. But the biggest political disaster hit his government in 2001 when there was destruction of Babri Mosque & VHP wanted to lay foundation for a temple at the site. Thousands gathered but it ended peacefully. In 2002 however, when Hindu pilgrims were killed in a train returning from protests in Ayodhya, the resulting anti-Muslim sentiments led to intense violence and deaths of thousands of Muslims and destruction of their homes and property, in the state of Gujarat.  In his last years in the parliament, ABV made last efforts to achieve peace with Pakistan, he also visited China and China-India relations improved greatly. ABV’s government introduced many domestic and economic and infrastructural reforms to encourage foreign investments, reduce governmental waste and encourage R&D and privatization of government owned corporations and introduced efforts to improve quality of education. ABV was recipient of Bharat Ratna, India’s highest award for exceptional service.

Beverly HIlls, California, USA; May 28, 2008; Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain speaks during a press conference at the Beverly Hilton.John McCain: Although generally a conservative, McCain disagreed with his party, when guided by his conscience to do so. Most recent example was when he voted against the repeal of #Obamacare. He was a member of bipartisan “Gang of 14”. McCain made campaign finance reform one of his signature concerns that eventually led to passing of the McCain–Feingold Act. McCain also chaired the Senate Commerce Committee and opposed pork barrel spending. McCain lost his party’s nomination for president once to George W. Bush and once he lost his bid for the highest office to Barack Obama. McCain invited both his previous opponents Bush and Obama to give eulogies at his funeral. That is a mark of a man who does not hold grudges and seeks to build bridges. When McCain served in the Vietnam war, he endured fractures and almost drowned and was then captured by the enemy in 1967. He was held by the enemy forces for over 5 years. When his father became commander of US forces, the enemy offered to release him but McCain refused saying “I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy”. As a prisoner, he endured severe solitary confinement, had dysentery, was repeatedly tortured, severely beaten (once on a schedule of every 2 hours), and planned to commit suicide when he reached his breaking point. McCain survived, became a vocal opponent of extreme torture, and later joined politics. McCain married his first wife Carol, adopted her two children and had a daughter. But after his return from Vietnam, both had changed, he had extra marital affairs for which he took full responsibility and later he and his wife amicably divorced and he married his second wife Cindy in 1981. Cindy and John had three children and later adopted a girl from Bangladesh and named her Bridget. McCain was recipient of several awards. McCain’s many contributions and his often choosing to be guided by his conscience rather than by party and politics were mentioned and remembered today by his many friends, as he was laid to rest.

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JOBS: August, 2018


Jobs search concept, Big red text word "Jobs" on white paper and Magnifying glass for jobs searchPlease see some of my current opportunities below. All opportunities are for local candidates with valid work visa and most require deep industry experience. Contract opportunities are posted at the bottom. If you have an interest then please send an email (resume as an attachment) at wd_darshana at hot mail dot com.  Please bookmark and keep checking here for updates on new opportunities.

Director of Assay Development – Palo Alto, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Director of Assay Development in a VC backed startup based in Palo Alto, CA. Company is developing unique diagnostic platform to quantify salivary biomarkers for variety of diseases & physiological conditions. Candidate will work closely with electrical engineers to transform an oligonucleotide-based assay from optical measurements to electrical measurements on company’s proprietary platform & will play a key role in development of a high throughput assay for clinical R&D studies.

Qualifications: Experience in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field w/ method development focus; data analysis & management skills; knowledge of oligonucleotide-based assay & application on biosensor based Field-Effect Transistor (Bio-FET) for developing in-vitro diagnostic device; Expertise in assay devt & validation methods, in design & prosecution of in vitro bio-recognition -based assays, and 3-5 years of hands-on exp in biomarker quantification using a variety of biophysical techniques.  Aptamer-related experience is advantageous.

Responsibilities: Manage team of lab researchers; Assist with data prep for analysis & reporting; Maintain lab equipment functionality; Track inventory, lab records, good lab practice (GLP) and safety; & Troubleshoot; Adapt assays to multiple platforms & optimize biosensing measurements; Validate biochemical assays & biomarker quantification; Develop & set-up biochemical & in vitro assay for high throughput platforms; Train team members; Provide technical information, experimental assay design & data analysis to team members.

Senior Scientist of Assay Application – Palo Alto, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Senior Scientist of Assay Application, in a VC backed startup based in Palo Alto, CA. Company is developing unique diagnostic platform to quantify salivary biomarkers for variety of diseases & physiological conditions.

Qualifications: Experience in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field w/ method development focus; data analysis skills; experience in protein and nucleic acid work using binding assays molecular interaction analysis (e.g. ELISA, SPR, FRET), protein microarray and surface chemistry. Aptamer-related experience is advantageous.  

Responsibilities: Assist w/ data preparation for analysis & reporting; Manage lab – inventory, records, equipment functions &  safety; Troubleshoot bench work; Assay Development, design & analysis; Work multidisciplinary team to design, develop & optimize assays & devices (optical and electrical); Adapt assays to multiple platforms & optimize biosensing measurements.; Validate biochemical assays for biomarker quantification; Facilitate technical communications between engineer and assay development teams.

Mechanical Engineer – Santa Cruz, CA

Company focusing on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems has an opening for Mechanical engineer.

Head of Manufacturing Engineering – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Head of Manufacturing Engineering in San Jose, CA.  This is an exciting opportunity with high potential.

Responsibilities include,  implementing pilot manufacturing line, develop components & assembly manufacturing processes including materials science and selection, develop processes for injection molding, conventional & novel polymers, micro-product molding, converting &  sealing plastic films, micro-tablet compression, clean room processing & large molecule processing.

Required: BS in Engineering plus 12+ years of mechanical engineering experience in medical device industry. Any of the following, highly desired: Experience in consumer product medical device, pharmaceutical (transdermal and solid dosage), and combination product design, manufacturing process development, manufacturing equipment design and development, pharmaceutical and sterile device packaging development, 3-D metal and plastic product design, tooling design and fabrication, injection mold design and fabrication, CNC and g-code programming, production engineering management, maintenance management, manufacturing management, and project management and experience in new product launches through heritage product manufacturing.

Software Engineer – Santa Cruz, CA

Company focusing on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems has an opening for SW engineer.  Embedded microprocessor experience and windows app experience is required. Highly preferred, design/coding experience for embedded systems with wearable/motor-driven devices.

CFO – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for CFO for a company, in San Jose – CA. Found by a veteran leader the company focuses on disruptive drug delivery platform technology. 15+ years M&A and licensing deals experience in bio/pharma industry is required.

Director of Program/ Project Management – Santa Cruz, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Director of Program/ Project Management for a company located in Santa Cruz – CA. This company is found by a veteran leader and focuses on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems. Candidate is required to have 4+ years of medical device program or project management experience in electromechanical systems area.

Head of Regulatory – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Head of Regulatory for a company, in San Jose – CA. Candidate must have 15+ years experience in bio/pharma industry. Experience working with biologics and taking a drug to market in the US and EU is essential.

Design QA Scientist –  Pleasanton, CA.

Responsibilities: Support DQA Principal Scientists and Project teams; Review & approve documentation consistent with design control regulations; technical verification, risk; Assist DQA project team to assess completion of milestone deliverables; Assist in the review and development of high SOPs; Support audits/inspections; Other duties as requested.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related scientific discipline, or equivalent combination of education and work-related experience.
Preferred: Job-related Professional License(s) or Certification(s) and 5 Years Development, Manufacturing and/or Quality Assurance experience under established quality regulations.

Clinical Research Associate II – California 

Responsibilities include, participate in design, planning, implementation and overall direction of clinical research projects; ensure compliance with the overall scientific study objectives;  work with international investigators and key customers as well; Travel to field sites to monitor studies; Receive general instructions; plans and prepare studies; Review study protocols, report manuscripts; Contribute technical & clinical operations expertise for these documents; Work with Data Management & Biostatistics staff on the design of documents and processes for the collection of study data from participating sites; Collect & maintain legal and regulatory documentation, as applicable; Assume responsibility for training & coordinating certification of study site personnel; Ensure accurate and complete study management/data collection and transfer to data management; Ensure site compliance with regulations and study protocol; Monitor the sites and provide technical assistance, as necessary; Assist, prepare and manages study timelines; Manage material logistics for the studies; Conduct reference material testing in-house. Organize investigator meetings, as necessary; Participate in Project Team Meetings; Keep informed of trends and developments in clinical research; Know &  effectively use the broad concepts of a particular field or speicalization to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity; Analyze alternative approaches to solve problems or devleop new perspectives & existing solutions. Bachelors degree in a scientific discipline or related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience is required. Certificate of completion of sections 1 through 6 is required. Minimum 2-6 years of relevant clinical research experience and knowledge of regulations and guidelines is required.

Clerk – San Jose/ Santa Clara, CA

There is an opportunity for a Clerk in a biomed company, located in San Jose/ Santa Clara, CA area.

Responsibilities: Follow standard operating procedures to enter orders for high complexity clinical lab tests; Be responsible for efficient and accurate entry of customer and patient demographic data, clinical information, test request information and physician information; Review, understanding, and executing customer-specific requirements for order entry; Create service requests in CRM system to document issues and work closely with client service team to resolve and escalate incomplete or unclear order issues; Check work of others to ensure order entry quality; Troubleshoot problems & assist employees with process questions; Fax requests to customers to resolve unclear orders; Run queue reports to ensure daily tasks are completed; Assist account set up administration; Act as training resource for department employees; execute process improvement recommendations; Retrieve forms from lab; Escalate issues to appropriate internal resources; Interact with Finance team to provide patient billing information in a secure manner.

Skills: 2+ years experience working in the clinical laboratory, medical, order management, or related field; Experience using Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software (e.g. NetSuite, Salesforce.com), laboratory information systems. Microsoft Office Suite a plus. Must be able to follow laboratory procedures and must adhere to the laboratory quality control policies; Ability to identify & act on issues within an order that may impact customer satisfaction & test turnaround time; Must be able to type 45 words per minute with excellent accuracy; Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs.

 

Regards, Darshana

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RMD Biospecimen Scientist – Pleasanton, CA — 6 mo. contract

The BioSpecimen Management (BSM) Scientist position will facilitate the daily operations associated with providing the best-in-class simple biological solutions to customers. Biospecimen solutions include acquisition, characterization, and management of biological materials, and build of select panels fit for purpose for RMD research. Responsibilities include deliver simple, efficient solutions, facilitate receipt of shipments of human biological samples, verify sample integrity and data accuracy, process (centrifuge, aliquot, and pool) samples, consolidate inventory, retrieve and distribute samples, maintain inventory of supplies and ships supplies and facilitate routine activities in the build of custom panels, in close communication with team members. Also includes, responsibility for the accuracy, quality, and timeliness of all assigned projects, tasks and related activities,  accontablity for electronic records management, use of validated systems, and keep supervisor informed of project status.  Requires, Associate degree or certification in Biological Science or related field, or equivalent combination of education & experience, experience handling biological samples, understanding of good laboratory, data and documentation practices, and experience with basic computer application.

Scientist 1 – Pleasanton, CA: 6+ Months Contract

This opportunity is with NGS workflow controls for the RSS assay development team that identifies and tests cutting edge reagents, technologies or protocols that are supporting the development of products in Oncology, Genetics, Infectious Disease and Automation/Sample Preparation. Areas of interest include short and long read sequencing technologies, low input and difficult sample preparation methods and creating integrated workflows. Candidates must be able to work in a collaborative, exciting, and fast-paced team environment.
Responsibilities: Operate & maintain equipment, interact with LIMS databases, complete projects in a timely fashion, research & development, and give presentations at weekly meetings. Additional responsibilities: Operation of different genomics analysis technologies such as next-gen sequencing, microarrays, real time PCR and ancillary equipment for quality control and validation; Develop, validate & apply methods for various genomics methods mainly focused on sequencing; Process include nucleic acid isolation and quantification, PCR amplification, library preparation, plate normalizations and Work with senior personnel, perform early development activity to create new workflows that are robust, cost-effective and time efficient; Collaborate with R&D to transfer new assays and methods to automation platforms; Work closely with IT group and instrument vendors to develop and implement automated workflows; Accurately and consistently record experimental methods, materials & results in electronic laboratory notebooks; Analyze data, evaluates results, form conclusions, and determine future experiments; Present findings or comprehensive project status reviews at internal/external seminars/meetings; Apply advanced technical writing & graphical skills to produce reports & documents; Prepare summaries, reports, presentations, manuscripts, etc.; Present early development work including scientific background information & project updates at internal staff meetings and at cross-functional team meetings; Determine all chemicals, reagents & supplies needed for a project; develop a strong knowledge of all related third-party vendors and their technologies and products; Establish and maintain productive relationship with personnel in development; orient & trains new Research Technicians & peers.
Requirements:  Strong Molecular Biology background or Biochemistry or Immunology background with strong knowledge of Molecular Biology;  Experience performing next-generation sequencing methods (Exome, whole genome, RNA sequencing) a plus; Bachelor of Science with a minimum of 2 years of lab experience.

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The Journey to Her Smile – Movie Review


Rangmunch screened the film, “The Journey To Her Smile” at ICC, Milpitas, CA by playwright, producer and director, Suchita Phule. This film was screened in Jakarta’s famous festival, the International Film Festival for Women, and was most recently screened at Cannes Film Festival, to great accolades.

Image may contain: 2 peopleThe film focuses on girls’ and women’s abuse in India. Young middle class couple, Revati and Aditya Deshmukh (Girija Oak and Aastad Kale), with their 5 year old daughter, Anaya were living a picture perfect life, before calamity struck. Mother, Revati Deshmukh (Girija Oak) says, “our little world was filled with small joys”. After eight years of marriage, spark was not only alive but was constantly lit between the young couple, and little Anaya was the center of their life.

But Revati’s world falls apart one day. Unable to express her deep anguish and feelings of guilt, Revati is hovering on the edge of a psychological disorder. As a husband and father, protector of the family and Revati’s soulmate, Aditya feels helpless.  Aditya tries his best to help get Revati’s and his family’s life back on track. Meanwhile Revati’s own struggle on this path is — The Journey To Her Smile.

India has recently gained notoriety as one of the most dangerous places for women and girls. It bears repeating that little girls are often victims of horrendous and lewd behavior from men. And sometimes little girls are victims of rape by old men, as indicated by recent case of #ChennaiHorror where a young girl was raped for several months by 22 men, some as old as 60. But while the world reverberates in shock at such news, sometimes victim gets some needed help, but we rarely pay attention to family members who have a difficult journey of their own to mend their broken hearts, to pick up the pieces, to move on, to proclaim their own smiles back, and thus their control over their lives back.  Sometimes, a victim herself may be able to move on, but a family member, often a mother, may sink deeper into the anguish.

 

Suchita Phule has done absolutely fabulous job in what began as a short film and ended up as a full length feature film, in depicting the far reaching impact of abuse that goes beyond the victim who is directly targeted by the perpetrators. Girija Oak plays her role, part bubbly joyous young wife and mother, and part her melancholy woman role, with great aplomb. Flecked with sadness and steel, desperation and determination, she makes her difficult journey to claim her smile back, because in the end, “no one else can do it for you, you have to stand up for yourself and move on”.  Kudos to Rungmunch (www.rungmunch.org) Theater with a Cause and organizers Smita Karhade and Madhav Karhade for organizing this fabulous screening and for supporting quality live theater and film events in the bay area; because story-telling has a power to change the world.

Also sharing link to my little poem here http://bit.ly/WyY4zf

 

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Hold These Truths – Play Review


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. These awe-inspiring words are among the first words in the Declaration of Independence, in the United States Constitution.  From time to time, people violate established laws that are grounded in these basic truths we accepted to hold and abide by. But it is WHEN the United States Government looks at its own people and sees the enemy, precisely when it is hardest to defend our bedrock principles and democratic values, it is then that the most courageous among us stand up and lead the way.

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In “Hold These Truths,” playwright Jeanne Sakata brings to the forefront, the story of Gordon Hirabayashi (Joel de la Fuente), a young Japanese-American man, who stood up as a one man army to defend the bedrock principles of American democracy, against our very own government’s onslaught on them, after the Pearl Harbor attack, during World War II. When he noticed that amidst unfounded fear and hate towards the Japanese, instead of defending American citizens under attack, the Government issued an executive order demanding mass incarceration of all people of Japanese heritage on the West Coast, he challenged the ruling.

Image result for hold these truths, theatreworksAfter taking an impromptu decision to violate the curfew, Hirabayashi turned himself in and declared his intention to violate the exclusion order, challenging the very constitutionality of government actions. His challenge to the system caused many headaches for the system and was followed with years of court battles and even some soul searching moments on behalf of the vehement defenders of the constitution like ACLU and other organizations. Directed by Lisa Rothe, this is a masterpiece that has come on stage at theatreworks, at this juncture in history, when we most need these lessons in courage. Joel de la Fuente is absolutely awesome, in this solo performance.  Tickets are available at www.theatreworks.org for this not-to-miss performance of this theater season.

Some additional information: In 2012, Hirabayashi was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by Mr. Obama.  Other citizens had also defied the order. Among them was Fred Korematsu who had also challenged the executive order for eviction and internment. Justice John Roberts finally gave unequivocal opinion in 2018, repudiating former government action against him and noted in his opinion, “Korematsu was gravely wronged”. The irony is that the same Supreme Court upheld Trump’s travel ban on mostly Muslim-majority countries. Hirabayashi ruling regarding his disobedience of the curfew also continues to serve as legal precedent.  This performance couldn’t be better timed. Many Americans are concerned that currently America is not living up to its ideals and in separating parents seeking asylum from their children, and in instituting travel ban of mostly Muslim countries, American government is violating the spirit of some of the most potent and consequential words noted in the constitution, indeed in American history, about self evident truths and unalienable rights. If history is any guide to the future, it will take immense courage to show up, speak up, and resist, so that we may continue to hold close and be guided by these truths.
Tickets for this not-to-miss performance are available at www.theatreworks.org .

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