iBiology carries two videos by Alexandra Schnoes, formerly of UCSF, about using internships to explore careers and make career decisions. Dr. Schnoes provides much in the way of useful details. UCSF, moreover, has been at the forefront of obtaining quantitative information regarding outcomes, some of which she shares in the videos (see as well Schnoes, A.M. et al., Internship Experiences Contribute to Confident Career Decision Making for Doctoral Students in the Life Sciences, CBE – Life Sciences Education, 17:ar16, 1–14, Spring 2018.)
iBiology Courses Help Trainees Plan for Their Careers
iBiology has two free, self-paced courses designed for trainees. The objective of “Planning your Scientific Journey” is to teach students “how to choose a good scientific problem and plan their journey ahead.” “Business Concepts for Life Scientists,” created in collaboration with the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development and the WUSTL Graduate School, helps graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty who wish to gain a basic understanding of business fundamentals for both academic and industry career sectors. iBiology also has a new course coming out later this year, called “Designing Killer Experiments.” (Via the AAMC)
NCI Updates Team Science Field Guide
The NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently released an updated version of its Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide. This guide is used by institutional leaders to “help guide change at an organizational level, shifting research culture from a primary investigator-initiated focus to one that embraces collaborative and cross-cutting efforts across disciplinary dedicated departments.” It also includes resources for graduate courses and programs to integrate team science and interdisciplinary research into their learning. (Via the AAMC)
JAMA: Supporting the Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers
Ron Daniels, JD, LLM, president of Johns Hopkins, and Victor Dzau, MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine, published a JAMA article on the “Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers.” After a summary of the issues that biomedical trainees and early-career researchers face, the article discusses the recently-released NASEM report on the Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers. The report committee was chaired by Ron Daniels. (Via the AAMC)
Informational Interviews – the 10 Do’s and Don’ts
Informational interviews are one of the most effective methods of testing the water for any potential career as well as creating a useful network of contacts. But there are tricks to finding the right people, asking for and conducting the interviews, and following up!
Please join us for the second of the Professional Skills Series: Informational Interviews – The 10 Do’s and Don’ts, to be given by Helen Pho of Penn’s Career Services.
Who? All students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences are invited.
When? Tuesday, May 22, 3–4 pm.
Where? 252 BRB II/III.
Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/P5oNno0EfrwV0Jao1
Professional Development Panel – Diplomacy and Negotiation Skills – RSVP deadline is 3/14!
|The ability to communicate effectively, resolve conflict, and confidently handle any situation with finesse is desirable in any profession. Learn how to communicate effectively and confidently by attending this series of engaging professional development panel discussions. Topics will focus on interacting effectively with the media and diverse cultures, reducing miscommunication and conflict, and negotiating fairly with others. All panels are co-sponsored by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS), Women’s Campaign International, and LPS gov.
Friday, March 16 from 4-6 p.m. at Penn Law, Silverman Hall 280 – Seating is limited, so please RSVP no later than Wednesday, 3/14 at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diplomacy-and-negotiation-panel-discussion-tickets-43708473220
Alicia Kerber – Head, Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia
Richard Swett – Co-founder and CEO, Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions
Marjorie Margolies – President, Women’s Campaign International
Save the date for future communication sessions:
Tuesday, March 27 from 3-5 p.m. at the Annenberg School, Room 223
Friday, April 13 from 3-5 p.m. (location TBD)