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AWIS LA/VC + Aquarium of the Pacific Workshop
Communicating Science to the World: The Nature and Practices of ScienceEffective science communication is sometimes challenging because of differences in understanding (or differences in opinion) of what science is and how it works. Recognizing and understanding the spectrum of ideas on the nature and practices of science (how we do science/ how science works as an enterprise) can help science communicators like us interpret their own work to the lay public.
WHAT: AWIS LA/VC + Aquarium of the Pacific Workshop
WHERE: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
WHEN: Sunday, April 7th 2013, 2 pm
WHY:Join us at the AWIS-Aquarium of the Pacific workshop to explore the nature and practices of science through hands-on activities and discussion. Our dialog will focus on how literacy about the nature and practices of science (how science is done) affects how we communicate. This workshop will last about 2.5 hours and will be hosted in an Aquarium classroom. Admission to the Aquarium after the workshop is also included. The Aquarium is open until 6 PM each day.
Behavioral Based Interviewing
Tuesday, October 23
Networking: 6 pm - Seminar: 6:30 pm
USC Health Sciences Campus (HSC) A
recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management estimates
that 55% of organizations in the United States are currently utilizing
behavior-based interview techniques in their hiring process. In this
seminar you will learn just what is meant by Human Resource
professionals when they refer to “Behavior Based Interviews.” We will
address how it is done, why it is done and the benefits to the hiring
organization. Concrete suggestions and action steps will be provided to
help you prepare to put yourself in the best light for your next
behavior based interview.
Keith Administration (KAM) Building
1975 Zonal Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90033.
Are you looking for insight into how to re-vamp your resume? Everyone wants to write a great resume, but professional resume services can be pricey and often are not science-focused. Pat Jazwa is an educational consultant with years of business experience. She will be conducting a resume workshop for our chapter members to help attendees learn how to model your resume as a marketing tool.
This workshop is being offered first to our members, for $20 per person. We have a limited number of spots, so reserve early!
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012*
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Location: Sherman Oaks Galleria Community Room
Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members
* This is the weekend that the 405 freeway will be closed. Alternate routes to the Sherman Oaks Galleria are available, however. Don't let Carmageddon slow you down. Feel free to arrive early and browse the mall!
Presented by Yvonne Klaue, PhD, PPM of Keck Graduate Institute
Location: Cedars Sinai Medical Center Davis Research Building, Room 1004 (map with parking info is attached below)
When: Wednesday, May 30, 2011 at 7 pm
Please RSVP by Friday, May 25
6 - 7 pm Check-in and informal networking
7 - 8:30 pm Seminar and Q&A
Over the last decades, it has become increasingly difficult for academic Postdocs to obtain
tenure-track position. The current federal funding situation doesn’t offer much hope for this
situation to change any time soon. For many postdocs, industry offers a promising alternative.
Careers in industry offer real world application of cutting edge science with a potential impact
upon people's lives. What skills do postdoctoral scientists need to enter the corporate workforce?
Why isn't a PhD always sufficient, especially to work for companies where sciences is the
fundamental currency of the business? To answer these complex questions we will discuss how
the corporate world operates, and how it is fundamentally different from the academy.
Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) has introduced the Postdoctoral Professional Masters (PPM) as
a groundbreaking professional masters program for post-doctoral students with backgrounds in
science and engineering. This degree helps PhD scientists and engineers acquire the business and
management skills needed to pursue management positions within the life sciences industry or
embark on entrepreneurial ventures that are intended to commercialize technologies developed in
Yvonne Klaue received her PhD in Molecular Biology from the Sainsbury Laboratory in
Norwich, United Kingdom. She is the first graduate of the Professional Postdoctoral Masters
(PPM) at the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and is now the Administrative Director of the PPM
In the 1970s, Gloria Steinem was the symbol of the women’s movement. It wasn’t so much a movement in those days as a rebellion. Steinem replied to critics of the women’s movement, “People don’t belong to people. I’d never put anyone in a cage.” We’ve come a long way, baby. Today’s women believe that gender does not determine who has more right to be equal. Equal is equal! Injustices forced a level playing field so the question now is: Does full equality always empower women to achieve real success? Minority thinking is out; labels are out. Both limit personal success. Joan says “Stand on your head! Be bold! Step out of your comfort zone and turn feminism upside down.” The key to sustaining women’s equality is to create an interdependent environment with conscious commitment. It is no longer viable for women to give their power to people who hold them down in the workplace.
Registration and Networking followed by Seminar and Q&A
2 Locations and Dates
UCLA: Jan 27, 4-6 pm
UC Santa Barbara: Feb 15, 7-9 pm,
Given the work environments and expectations for women in science, and the fact that a career in science is very often a way of life and far more than a job, work-life balance satisfaction can be elusive. While advocating for change in policies and systems continues to be important, women must find the personal work-life balance strategies that work for them within the systems in which they work. As a benefit to AWIS chapter members and in partnership with the Elsevier Foundation, this interactive program and follow-up web-based materials and resources will help participants:
Define for themselves what work-life satisfaction is and is not
Understand how incongruence between priorities and actions can drain energy and negatively impact work-life satisfaction
Examine how their current choices impact work-life balance and identify changes that will have the biggest impact on personal and professional satisfaction
Identify 7 keys to achieving and maintaining work-life satisfaction
Craft a personalized plan to improve work-life balance satisfaction
A panel discussion featuring:
Diana Bartlett, Assistant Vice President, KGI
Tammy Dwyer, Professor, University of San Diego
Rosalind Lewis, PRINC Director, Aerospace Corporation
Nancy Y. Moore, Senior Management Scientist, Rand Corporation
Our speakers will discuss topics surrounding women's leadership such as:
- What does leadership mean to you?
- How have you used leadership in your career?
- How did you (and continue to) develop your leadership skills?
- What do you see as issues for women in leadership roles?
- Approaches to leading change and maximizing networking
Take a break from the bustle of life to learn mindfulness techniques from Dr. Marvin Belzer of UCLA’s renowned Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC).
Thursday, April 28 – 7 pm
UCLA, Semel/NPI Building
Panel Discussion featuring:
Richard Hamilton, CEO and President, Ceres, Inc
Julissa Sosa, Scientist, Ceres, Inc
Yan Poon, Ph.D., Section Leader and co-founder, Sapphire Energy
Tracy Duong, Scientist, Sapphire Energy
This panel discussion was sponsored by the AWIS Los Angeles-Ventura County Chapter. Local scientists/industry leaders from Ceres, Inc and Sapphire Energy discussed the science behind biofuels and its implementation to create green energy, as well as careers in this exciting field of discovery! Ceres Inc. is an energy crop company that develops and markets non-food grasses for biofuel production. Sapphire Energy creates renewable “green crude” oil to from algae production.
Ceres, Inc. Auditorium
1535 Rancho Conejo Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
More early career scientists are considering a wider range of careers in and out of science, but feel ill-prepared and uninformed about their options. Some young scientists feel their Ph.D. training has led them to a dead-end. This workshop, with participatory exercises, will present a thorough and practical overview of the process of career planning and job hunting in today’s job market, from the perspective of a Ph.D. scientist. Fiske covered specific steps that young scientists can take to broaden their horizons, strengthen their skills, and present their best face to potential employers. The concept and value of “transferable skills” was a key theme.
About the presenter:
Peter S. Fiske received his Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences in 1994 from Stanford University and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley in 2002. Fiske is the author of 22 technical articles and two books, a former member of the technical staff of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and currently Chief Executive Officer of a scientific company.
Peter S. Fiske, Ph.D., is author of "To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists" and its second edition: "Put Your Science to Work: A Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists" both published by AGU. From 1997 to 2000 he was the co-author of the biweekly column Tooling Up on AAAS's Career website NextWave (www.nextwave.com) and is presently writing a monthly column on career development and entrepreneurship called Opportunities on the AAAS career website ScienceCareers.org. He has organized and lead panel discussions and workshops on alternative careers and career development for scientists at national and international meetings, universities, and national laboratories. He has been featured on NPR's Talk of the Nation - Science Friday.
Workshops were held on the USC Health Sciences Campus, Caltech, and UCLA.
This regional event is CO-sponsored by AWIS LA-Ventura County Chapter, Caltech Postdoctoral Association, the UCLA Office of Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Scholars, and the USC Keck Postdoctoral Association/KSOM Office of Research Advancement