Aisha Chesler Najera, Featured Speaker at Next AAUW Luncheon, to Discuss Efforts to Reduce Number of Unnecessary C-Sections

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American Association of University Women

Aisha Chesler Najera, a 5th year doctoral student in applied mathematics at Claremont Graduate University will be the guest speaker at the Long Beach branch of American Association of University Women Luncheon Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Long Beach Yacht Club. 

Aisha is a 2013-14 American Fellowship recipient of AAUW’s Educational Opportunity Funds fellowship and is working towards completing her dissertation.  Her research is focused on developing a mathematical model, which can be used to detect low levels of oxygen in a fetus during labor.  The goal is to provide a more reliable way to identify fetal distress and, thus, reduce the number of unnecessary Cesarean sections.  To do this, she applied methods of nonlinear time series analysis to study ECG and EEG fetal data obtained during labor.

Originating in 1988, the American Fellowships program is AAUW’s largest and oldest fellowship and grant program.  These are usually awarded to scholars that are completing their dissertation, preparing for research publication or planning a leave for research.  Envelopes will be provided on the tables for tax deductible contributions to the Educational Opportunity Funds.

The Luncheon is Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803. Social begins at 9:30 a.m., a short business meeting at 10:00 a.m. followed by the program at 11:00 a.m. and luncheon served at 12:00 Noon.

Cost for the Luncheon is $35.00. RSVP to Judith Kaho at 562-429-2790 by September 29, 2014.

AAUW Long Beach branch is actively involved in the community since 1911.  AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Membership is “open” to those with an AA degree or higher. For details about membership in AAUW and the local Branch, please visit

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