Career Programs

Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, March 6, 7:30 - 8:30 AM 
Supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund
This breakfast presents an opportunity for postdoctoral members of the Society to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Members of the Early Careers Committee will be there to answer questions about how the Committee serves postdocs in the biophysical community and to recruit new Committee members. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Career Roundtable Luncheon

Sunday, March 6, 12:00 - 2:00 PM 
This is a forum for early career biophysicists to discuss and share in an informal, relaxed atmosphere challenges as well as successful strategies to finding alternative research funding, initiating successful collaborations, receiving appropriate mentoring, and still striking the right life-work balance. Each roundtable discussion will focus on one of these topics and participants will have the chance to engage in several such conversations. Discussions will be moderated and will conclude with a representative from each table sharing the summary for their topic with the whole group, as a chance for all participants to learn from all conversations. Attendance at this CPOW-hosted event is limited to 100 participants. Pre-registration is required and the fee will include a box lunch.

Edward Egelman, University of Virginia
Teresa Giraldez, Unidad de Investigacion HUNSC, Tenerife, Spain
Aldrin Gomes, University of California, Davis
Vasanthi Jayaraman, University of Texas, Houston Health Science Center
Dorothy Hanck, University of Chicago
Robert Oswald, Cornell University
Fred Sigworth, Yale University
Shai Silberberg, NINDS, NIH

Registration is now closed for this event.

Alternative Careers for Early Career Scientists

Sunday, March 6, 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
In this panel, hosted by the Early Careers Committee, invited guests will answer questions from the audience regarding examples of careers that deviate from the conventional academic track. Likely topics include career opportunities in industry, at teaching colleges, and in science journalism.

Alvin Collins, American Chemical Society
Dotti Miller, Environmental Protection Agency
Theresa Good, National Science Foundation and University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Valda Vinson, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Graduate Student to Postdoc: Negotiating the Transition

Monday, March 7, 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
After great success last year, the Early Careers Committee brings back this panel, in which current postdocs will compare their experiences of choosing a postdoctoral position, and take questions from the audience about the process of moving from graduate student to postdoc.

Andrew Hagarman, Duke University
Anurag Sethi, Los Alamos National Laboratory
David Murray, NIDDK, NIH
Carlo Manno, Rush University Medical Center

Ensuring a Smooth Publication of Your Paper

Monday, March 7, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
With an overview of a manuscript's journey from submission to final publication in print and online, this session will offer tips for the preparation of files, including the text, figures, and supporting material; a review of important journal policies; and a discussion of the common -- and avoidable -- problems that can complicate the submission and publication processes. Although this will be particularly helpful for newer authors, those with many papers under their belts are welcome, too.

Early Career Grant Opportunities

Monday, March 7, 1:30 - 3:30 PM 
In this panel, hosted by the Early Careers Committee, invited guests from key funding agencies will discuss and answer questions about funding opportunities for early career scientists (e.g. NIH K awards for scientists transitioning towards independence).

Kamal Shukla, National Science Foundation
Silvia Ronco, Research Corporation
Nancy Sung, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Drew E. Carlson, NHLBI, NIH

Non-Academic Research Science Careers and CPOW Travel Awardee Reception

Monday, March 7, 2:30 - 4:00 PM 
CPOW will host a discussion panel on non-academic research science careers for those curious about research careers outside of academia. This informative event features bench scientists who will share their experiences as investigators in non-academic institutes and/or industrial settings. The panel will be followed by a reception honoring CPOW Travel Awardees.

Andrea Bruggemann, Nanion Technologies GmbH, Germany
John Jeremy Rice, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center, New York
Rebecca Klein, Merck & Co., Inc.
Mikhail Merzliakov, General Resonance LLC

Postdoc to Faculty Q & A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon 

Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 - 2:00 PM   
CPOW is sponsoring a question-and-answer luncheon designed for postdocs finishing and actively applying for academic faculty positions. New faculty and recently tenured faculty in basic science and/or medical school departments will lead the discussion as well as experienced senior-level faculty who have served as department chairs and/or part of faculty search committees. Topics for discussion include how to prepare the curriculum vitae, the interview process, how to negotiate the job offer, and advice for new faculty as they balance research with their department obligations. Pre-registration is required.

This event is sold out.

Elizabeth Komives, University of California, San Francisco
Jonathan Davis, Ohio State University
David Dawson, Oregon Health & Science University
William Kobertz, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Future of Science Education in America

Tuesday, March 8, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
News report after news report tells us the US is losing ground internationally as an innovator, its students are performing poorly on international science exams, and graduate programs cannot find US students for their programs. Come to this session to learn what the issues are and what groups are doing to change science education in America.

Bruce Alberts, Science Magazine
David Asai, HHMI
Tuajuanda Jordan, HHMI
Shirley Malcom, AAAS

Grant Writing Workshop: How (Not) to Write Your NIH Grant Proposal

Tuesday, March 8, 2:30 - 4:30 PM 
Through mock study sections, veteran NIH officials will demonstrate what review panels look for when they read and assess proposals. They will also answer questions about the changes at NIH and how to communicate with funding agencies prior to submitting a proposal and after its review. This session is sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee and is appropriate for both experienced principal investigators and those applying for their first grant.

Ravi Basavappa, Office of the Director, NIH
Jean Chin, NIGMS, NIH
Catherine Lewis, NIGMS, NIH
Arnold Revzin, CSR, NIH
Donald L. Schneider, CSR, NIH

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