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IMMUNOLOGY 2016™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2016™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) and AAI Education Committee cosponsored the Careers in Science Roundtable. The session was chaired by CSOW Chair Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clinic.

At this always popular session, attendees had the opportunity to meet with scientists at their own career stage and with more experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. They learned what others are thinking and gained insights into the issues they themselves are confronting. Recently added topics offer insights into NIH Study Sections, considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers, and a number of ways scientists contribute to the field in non-research careers. Attendees chose from these and the other vital topics related to the environment you work in (academic research, biotech industry, governmental agencies, non-profits), the transitions from specific career stages, or issues in balancing career and family in any career path. Participants also took advantage of the event as a great networking opportunity! Registration Fee: $20 (Lunch included.) Topics and table leaders included:


IMMUNOLOGY 2015™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2015™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) and AAI Education Committee cosponsored the Careers in Science Roundtable. The session was chaired by CSOW Chair Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clinic.

At this always popular session, attendees had the opportunity to meet with scientists at their own career stage and with more experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. They learned what others are thinking and gained insights into the issues they themselves are confronting. Recently added topics offer insights into NIH Study Sections, considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers, and a number of ways scientists contribute to the field in non-research careers. Attendees chose from these and the other vital topics related to the environment you work in (academic research, biotech industry, governmental agencies, non-profits), the transitions from specific career stages, or issues in balancing career and family in any career path. Participants also took advantage of the event as a great networking opportunity! Registration Fee: $20 (Lunch included.) Topics and table leaders included:


IMMUNOLOGY 2014™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2014™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) and AAI Education Committee cosponsored the Careers in Science Roundtable. The session was chaired by CSOW Chair Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute.

At this always popular session, attendees took advantage of the opportunity to meet with more experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. Attendees also gained insights from their peers' experiences in addressing and overcoming specific career hurdles. Table topics related to career issues in sectors from academic research to the biotech industry to governmental agencies and beyond, addressing corresponding career-stage transitions, issues in balancing career and family, and many other matters. Topics and table leaders included:

Research Careers in Academia

  • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
    Table Leaders: Carol F. Webb, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Michelle A. Parent, University of Delaware
  • Postdoc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up
    Table Leaders: Deborah M. Brown, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Shabaana A. Khader, Washington University
  • New PI: attracting students and postdocs, preparing for tenure
    Table Leaders: Akiko Iwasaki, HHMI, Yale School of Medicine; Robin Stephens, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Undergraduate Institutions: finding the balance in teaching, doing research
    Table Leaders: Paula Lutz, University of Wyoming; Laurie Shornick, St. Louis University

Mentoring Effectively
Table Leaders: Gail A. Bishop, University of Iowa; Laura Haynes, University of Connecticut Health Center; Janice S. Blum, Indiana University School of Medicine

How to Build a Network
Table Leaders: Sarah L. Gaffen, University of Pittsburgh; Paula M. Oliver, University of Pennsylvania

Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples
Table Leaders: Susan Kovats, Oklahoma Research Foundation; Carolina B. Lopez, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; Lisa K. Denzin, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
Table Leaders: Jane Grogan, Genentech; Mandy J. McGeachy, University of Pittsburgh; Theresa Schaub, eBioscience, an Affymetrix company; Theresa J. Goletz, Amgen

Research Careers at Governmental Agencies (FDA/NIH/USDA/CDC)
Table Leaders: Carol H. Pontzer, NCCAM, NIH; David H. Margulies, NIAID, NIH

NIH Study Section Insights
Table Leaders: Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute; Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clinic

The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
Table Leaders: Penelope A. Morel, University of Pittsburgh; Robert L. Ferris, University of Pittsburgh

Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
Table Leaders: Mary Beth Humphrey, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center; Wayne M. Yokoyama, HHMI, Washington University School of Medicine;

Non-Research Careers for Scientists: careers in scientific journals, public policy, non-profits
Table Leaders: Mary T. Litzinger, American Association of Immunologists; Elizabeth R.Walsh, American Association of Immunologists (Two Ph.D. immunologists serving the AAI as Manager of Educational and Career Development Programs and Science Liaison respectively)


IMMUNOLOGY 2013™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2013™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) and AAI Education Committee cosponsored the Careers in Science: Lecture and Roundtable. The session was chaired by CSOW Chair Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute.

At this always popular session, attendees took advantage of the opportunity to meet with more experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. Attendees also gained insights from their peers' experiences in addressing and overcoming specific career hurdles. Table topics related to career issues in sectors from academic research to the biotech industry to governmental agencies and beyond, addressing corresponding career-stage transitions, issues in balancing career and family, and many other matters. Topics and table leaders included:

Research Careers in Academia

  • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
    Table Leaders: Michele M. Kosiewicz, University of Louisville: Michelle A. Parent, University of Delaware; Christina L. Nance, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Postdoc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up
    Table Leaders: Carolina B. Lopez, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; Shabaana A. Khader, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC
  • New PI: attracting students and postdocs, preparing for tenure
    Table Leader: Nilabh Shastri, University of California Berkeley
  • So I won't get tenure: now what?
    Table Leader: Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clinic
  • Undergraduate Institutions: finding the balance in teaching, doing research
    Table Leaders: James E. Riggs, Rider University; Devavani Chatterjea, Macalaster College

Mentoring Effectively
Table Leaders: Janice S. Blum, Indiana University School of Medicine; Dorina Avram, Albany Medical College

Networking Skills
Table Leader: Donna L. Farber, Columbia University Medical Center

Career and Family: time management, family leave, professional couples
Table Leaders: Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute; Susan Kovats, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
Table Leader: Mary E. Keir, Genentech; Joanne L. Viney, Biogen Idec; Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune; Peggy Just, eBioscience; Theresa Schaub, eBioscience

Careers at Governmental Agencies (FDA/NIH/USDA/CDC)
Table Leaders: Carol H. Pontzer, NCCAM, NIH; A. Andrew Hurwitz, NCI, NIH

Non-research Careers: focus for 2013, science writing
Table Leaders: Jamie D.K. Wilson, Nature Immunology; Kaylene J. Kenyon, The Journal of Immunology

The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
Table Leader: Marcus R. Clark, University of Chicago


IMMUNOLOGY 2012™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2012™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) and AAI Education Committee cosponsored the Careers in Science: Lecture and Roundtable. The session was chaired by CSOW Chair Bonnie N. Dittel, BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

The keynote lecture, "Make an effort! A path to a rewarding life in science," was presented by former AAI President Olivera J. (Olja) Finn, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology and Distinguished Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Co-Leader, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Immunology Program. Dr. Finn's lecture offered guidance on achieving distinction in one's field while balancing the demands of research, service to one's profession, and commitment to family.

Following the lecture, roundtable discussions led by experienced scientists focused on specific career issues and options important to men and women in science today. Topics and table leaders included:

Research Careers in Academia
Table Leaders: Anne I. Sperling, University of Chicago; Vijay K. Kuchroo, Harvard Medical School; Dario A. A. Vignali, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Mentoring Effectively
Table Leaders: Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins University Medical School

Networking Skills
Table Leader: Monica Mann, EMD Serono, Inc.

Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples
Table Leader: Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, UMDNJ

Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
Table Leaders: Mary E. Keir, Genentech, Inc.; Daniel J. Cua, Merck Research Laboratories; Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences, Inc.

Careers at Governmental Agencies (FDA/NIH/USDA/CDC)
Table Leaders: A. Andrew Hurwitz, NCI/NIH; Pamela L. Schwartzberg, NHGRI/NIH; Thandi M. Onami, NIH/NIAID

Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
Table Leaders: Michele A. Parent, University of Delaware; Terrence L. Geiger, St. Jude Children's Hospital

New PI: attracting students and postdocs, preparing for tenure
Table Leaders: Janis K. Burkhardt, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Patricia Cortes, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Non-research Careers: focus for 2012 — careers in intellectual property/patent law; technology transfer
Table Leader: Alexander Swirnoff, Pfizer, Inc.

Postdoc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up
Table Leader: Shannon J. Turley, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

Translational Research: careers that bridge basic and clinical research
Table Leaders: Arthur Tzianabos, Shire Human Genetic Therapies; Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Undergraduate Institutions: teaching, doing research
Table Leader: Sharon A. Stranford, Mt. Holyoke College


IMMUNOLOGY 2011™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2011™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women and AAI Education Committee cosponsored the Careers in Science: Lecture and Roundtable Discussion. Ellen Robey, Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis, University of California, Berkeley, gave the keynote lecture, "Hidden rewards of the research-family balancing act." Following the lecture, roundtable discussions led by experienced scientists focused on specific career issues and options important to men and women in science today. The topics and table leaders were:

Academic Research Careers
Table Leaders: Andrew Mellor, Ph.D., Medical College of Georgia; Patricia Cortes, Ph.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Mentoring Effectively
Table Leader: Scheherezade Sadegh-Nasseri, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Medical School; Jenny P. Ting, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Ellen Vitetta, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Networking Skills
Table Leader: Olivera J. (Olja) Finn, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples
Table Leader: Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Ph.D., UMDNJ; Cathryn Nagler, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa; differences and similarities in work environment
Table Leaders: Jane R. Parnes, M.D., Amgen; Dzung Nguyen, Ph.D., BioLegend; Theresa Schaub, Ph.D., eBioscience; Matt Slater, Ph.D., eBioscience

Careers at Governmental Agencies (FDA/NIH)
Table Leader: Susan Plaeger, Ph.D., NIAID, NIH; Arthur "Andy" Hurwitz, Ph.D., CCR, NCI, NIH

Career Decisions after Tenure: leadership opportunities, challenges of interruptions of funding
Table Leader: Gerald Sonnenfeld, Ph.D., Clemson University

Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
Table Leaders: Michelle A. Parent, Ph.D., University of Delaware; Jill Slansky, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Denver

New PI: attracting students and postdocs, preparing for tenure
Table Leader: Gregory M. Barton, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Frances E. Lund, Ph.D., University of Rochester Medical Center

Non-Research Careers: patent law, science writing, scientists engaged in public affairs, careers in scientific non-profits; unique careers that utilize your training
Table Leaders: Evelyn Strauss, Ph.D., Executive Editor, Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum, Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis; William Simmons, Ph.D., Sughrue Mion, PLLC (intellectual property practice); M. Michele Hogan, Ph.D., American Association of Immunologists; Lauren Gross, J.D., American Association of Immunologists; Jennifer Meyers, Ph.D., The Journal of Immunology.

Postdoc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up
Table Leaders: Roberta Pelanda, Ph.D., National Jewish Medical Research Center; Michele M. Kosiewicz, Ph.D., University of Louisville School of Medicine

Translational Research: how to balance clinical duties and research
Table Leader: Terri M. Laufer, M.D., University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate Institutions: teaching, doing research
Table Leader: Sharon A. Stranford, Ph.D., Mt. Holyoke College


IMMUNOLOGY 2010™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2010™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women and AAI Education Committee cosponsored the Careers in Science: Lecture and Roundtable Discussion. Carol A. Nacy, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sequella, Inc., gave the keynote lecture, "Traversing the scientific and cultural borders of academia and industry." Following the lecture, roundtable discussions led by experienced scientists focused on specific career issues and options important to men and women in science today. The topics and table leaders were:

Academic Research Careers
Table Leaders: Gail A. Bishop, Ph.D., University of Iowa and Arthur Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., HHMI, UCSF

Building Effective Mentoring Programs and Networks
Table Leader: Janis K. Burkhardt, Ph.D., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples
Table Leader: Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Ph.D., UMDNJ

Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa; differences and similarities in work environment
Table Leaders: John G. Monroe, Ph.D., Genentech and Monica Mann, Ph.D., EMD Serono

Careers at Governmental Agencies (FDA/NIH)
Table Leader: Daniela I. Verthelyi, Ph.D., FDA, and Alan Sher, Ph.D., NIAID, NIH

Career Decisions after Tenure
Table Leader: Gerald Sonnenfeld, Ph.D., Binghamton University, SUNY

Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
Table Leaders: Andy Kokaji, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, STEMCELL Technologies and Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D., President and CSO, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

New PI: attracting students and postdocs, preparing for tenure
Table Leader: Patricia Cortes, Ph.D., Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

Non-Research Careers: patent law, science writing, scientists engaged in public affairs, careers in scientific non-profits; unique careers that utilize your training
Table Leaders: M. Michele Hogan, Ph.D., The American Association of Immunologists, Lauren G. Gross, J.D., The American Association of Immunologists, and Susan Wolski, J.D., U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Postdoc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up
Table Leaders: Jill E. Slansky, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver and Thais Salazar-Mather, Ph.D., Brown University

Translational Research: how to balance clinical duties and research
Table Leader: Terri M. Laufer, M.D., University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate Institutions: teaching, doing research
Table Leader: Sharon A. Stranford, Ph.D., Mt. Holyoke College


IMMUNOLOGY 2009™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2009™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women and AAI Education Committee cosponsored the Careers in Science: Lecture and Roundtable Discussion. Co-chaired by Christine Milcarek, University of Pittsburgh, and Bonnie N. Dittel, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Blood Research Institute. Roundtable topics addressed career options and issues that challenge success at all career stages, including:

GENERAL: Topics related to the environment you work in or want to work in: Academic Research; Biotech and Industry; Governmental Agencies: CDC/FDA/NIH; Clinic: clinical and diagnostic immunology, clinician-scientist; Undergraduate Institutions: teaching, doing research part-time

TRANSITIONS: Topics focused on a specific career stage: Graduate Student to Post-doc: finding a post doc, interviewing; Post-doc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up; New PI: attracting students and post-docs, preparing for tenure; Mid-Career: developing administrative and management skills/sabbaticals; Changing Careers: moving from academia to industry, or vice versa

SPECIAL: Topics for unique situations: Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples; Integrity and Ethics: dealing with controversy, discrimination in the workplace; Alternative Careers: science journalism, patent law; The Scientist's Role in Public Policy; Time Management


Experimental Biology 2008

At 2008 AAI Annual Meeting, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women and AAI Education Committee cosponsored the Careers Roundtable. Co-chaired by Christine Milcarek, University of Pittsburgh, and Bonnie N. Dittel, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Blood Research Institute. Roundtable topics addressed career options and issues that challenge success at all career stages, including:

GENERAL: Topics related to the environment you work in or want to work in: Academic Research; Biotech and Industry; Governmental Agencies: CDC/FDA/NIH; Clinic: Clinical and diagnostic immunology, clinician-scientist; Undergraduate Institutions: teaching, doing research part-time

TRANSITIONS: Topics focused on a specific career stage: Graduate Student to Post-doc: finding a post doc, interviewing; Post-doc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up; New PI: attracting students and post-docs, preparing for tenure; Mid-Career: developing administrative and management skills/sabbaticals; Changing Careers: moving from academia to industry, or vice versa

SPECIAL: Topics for unique situations: Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples; Integrity and Ethics: dealing with controversy, discrimination in the workplace; Alternative Careers: science journalism, patent law; Politics of Science

The Commitee also sponsored the workshop "Navigating Biomedical Research Careers." Chaired by Jeremy M. Boss, Emory University School of Medicine, the workshop included three speakers: Kathryn Calame, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, A very non-traditional career path; Laurie A. Dempsey, Nature Publishing Group, Transiting from the bench to the editor's chair—an odyssey; and Andrew C. Chan, Genentech, Inc., Discovery AND translation—what does it take?


IMMUNOLOGY 2007™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2007™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women and AAI Education Committee cosponsored a Careers Roundtable. Mercedes Rincon, Univ. of Vermont; Chair, Committee on the Status of Women. Experienced scientists served as roundtable discussion leaders on specific career issues and options important to men and women in science today. Attendance was limited to the first 300 registrants (students, postdocs, faculty, and staff). Men were encouraged to participate

The committee also sponsored the session "Networking & Mentoring: How to Make it Work for You." Chaired by Laura Haynes, Trudeau Institute, the session focused on networking and mentoring skills can significantly enhance your career. This workshop presented strategies for how to network and mentor at any stage in your career. Short presentations preceded a question and answer session with the audience. The session included three speakers:

  • Sherrill Adams, Univ. of Pennsylvania Dental School, Setting up mentoring connections
  • Laura Haynes, Trudeau Inst., How to get started networking
  • Jeremy M. Boss, Emory Univ. School of Medicine, Being a mentor and a mentee

IMMUNOLOGY 2006™

At IMMUNOLOGY 2006™, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women sponsored the Careers Roundtable. Lori R. Covey, Rutgers Univ. Experienced scientists served as discussion leaders at each roundtable. They led informal discussions on a specific career issue/option. Attendance was limited to the first 350 registrants (students, postdocs, faculty, and staff). Men were encouraged to participate. Roundtable topics included:

GENERAL: Topics related to the environment you work in or want to work in: Academic research: general; Biotech and Industry: general; Governmental agencies: CDC/FDA/NIH; Clinic: Clinical and diagnostic immunology, clinician-scientist; Undergraduate Institutions: teaching, doing research part-time

TRANSITIONS: Topics focused on a specific career stage: Graduate student to Post-doc: finding a post doc, interviewing; Post-doc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up; New PI: attracting students and post-docs, preparing for tenure; Mid-career: developing administrative and management skills/sabbaticals; Changing careers: moving from academia to industry, or vice versa

SPECIAL: Topics for unique situations: Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples; Integrity and Ethics: dealing with controversy, discrimination in the workplace; Alternative careers: science journalism, patent Law; Politics of Science; Networking

The committee also sponsored the Managing Your Lab Workshop. The session was chaired by Laura Haynes, Trudeau Institute. The participants were: Suzanne Pfeffer, Stanford University School of Medicine; Jeremy M. Boss, Emory University School of Medicine; Paula Kavathas, Yale University School of Medicine; and Vijay Kuchroo, Harvard Medical School

The goal of this workshop was to provide new PIs information on management strategies necessary for running a laboratory. A question and answer session was preceded by short presentations by the participants. The topics addressed include: Getting the best from your staff; How to best mentor your staff; and How to negotiate with your superiors. Although these topics are important for a new PI, there is no training in graduate school for how to address them or where to obtain assistance in learning how to manage your laboratory.

A commentary co-authored by Dr. Haynes, entitled "Lab management: insights for the new investigator," appears in the September 2006 issue of Nature Immunology.


AAI Annual Meeting, 2005

At the 2005 AAI Annual Meeting, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women sponsored the Careers Roundtable where experienced scientists served as discussion leaders at each roundtable, leading informal discussions on a specific career issues/options. Roundtable topics included:

GENERAL: Topics related to the environment you work in or want to work in: Academic research: general; Biotech and Industry: general; Governmental agencies: CDC/FDA/NIH; Clinic: Clinical and diagnostic immunology, clinician-scientist; Undergraduate Institutions: teaching, doing research part-time

TRANSITIONS: Topics focused on a specific career stage: Graduate student to Post-doc: finding a post doc, interviewing; Post-doc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up; New PI: attracting students and post-docs, preparing for tenure; Mid-career: developing administrative and management skills/sabbaticals; Changing careers: moving from academia to industry, or vice versa

SPECIAL: Topics for unique situations: Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples; Integrity and Ethics: dealing with controversy, discrimination in the workplace; Alternative careers: science journalism, patent Law; Politics of Science; Networking


ICI/FOCIS Meeting, 2004

The AAI Committee on the Status of Women hosted the session "Proactive Strategies for Advancing Women in Science" at the 2004 ICA/FOCIS meeting. Chaired by Joan Lunney, and Ellen Richie, the session included talks by:

The session was sponsored by Sequella, Inc.


AAI Annual Meeting, 2003

The first AAI "Careers Lunch" was held at the AAI meeting in Denver in May of 2003. The majority (95%) of the participants who attended the lunch felt that the information they received was very worthwhile and valuable. As one participant noted, "These are the invisible things that we rarely get to discuss." "There was a lot of experience as well as practical information. It helped me to clarify my career choices," commented another. The most frequent comment received from participants was "Please hold this again next year!" Based on the overwhelmingly positive response of the 110 participants, the Careers Discussion will likely become a regular feature at future AAI meetings.

The Careers Lunch was sponsored and organized by the AAI Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW). The event was kicked off by brief remarks from AAI Executive Director Michelle Hogan and CSOW Chair Ellen Richie. The format of the lunch was based on a similar and very popular lunch that has been held for many years at Cell Biology meetings. Participants pre-registered for the lunch and were assigned to a table based on their interest in a particular topic. One table leader and up to 10 participants were assigned to each table. All participants received box lunches. Table leaders, selected for having significant experience relating to the topic being discussed, led informal and wide-ranging discussions over the next hour. Discussions focused on early-career options and issues for women and men pursuing careers in a variety of arenas, including academia, biotech/industry, government, politics, journalism, law and teaching. Discussion topics included:

  • The types of jobs available in different arenas and the actual duties associated with these jobs.
  • How to obtain a good postdoctoral position or first job in a chosen field.
  • Career-development requirements and strategies (e.g. administrative/managerial skills, sabbaticals, training/certification, time management, networking, long-term strategizing).
  • Career issues for 2-career couples and families
  • Ethics and politics

Most of the discussions continued after the hour was over. Many participants commented that they wished there had been more time or that they could have participated in more than one discussion.

The CSOW would like to thank the following table leaders for their service: Jennifer Bell, Christine Biron, Gail Bishop, Todd Blakely, Melissa Brown, Kathryn Calame, Alison Deckhut, Barbara Detrick, Monica Fleshner, Michele Hogan, Nancy Hosken, Paula Kavathas, Marilyn Kehry, Judy Kapp, Joan Lunney, Phillipa Marrack, Olivia Martinez, Pamela Ohashi, Rebecca O'Brien, Judy Owen, Yvonne Patterson, Helen Quill, Linda Thompson, Linda Toth, and Lucy Wrenshall

Topic Lists

Career Options: Academic Research; Biotech and Industry Research; Patent Law/Intellectual Property; Scientific Journalism; Bioinformatics; NIH; CDC and FDA; Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology; Politics of Science; Teaching at Undergraduate Institutions; Primary and High School Science Education.

Career Issues: Obtaining a Good Postdoc Position; Job Application Strategies for Research Positions; Developing Administrative Techniques/Management Skills; University/Industry Collaborations: Clinically Based Translational Research; Networking; Couples and Careers; Children and Careers/Family Leave; Preparing for Tenure at Medical School or Research University; Preparing for Tenure at Undergraduate Institution; Attracting Students and Postdocs; Changing Careers: Biotech and Academia; Sabbaticals and Time-outs: Long-term Career Strategizing; Integrity and Ethics: Dealing with Controversy in Science.


AAI Annual Meeting, 2002

The CSOW sponsored a symposium entitled "Leadership and Gender" at the 2002 annual AAI meeting in New Orleans. The session included three speakers:

  • Sue Shafer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration at UCSF, "Achieving Excellence in Science: How Scientific Societies Can Facilitate the Successful Contributions of Women to Science."
  • Diane Wara, Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean, Minority and Women's Affairs at UCSF, "American Association of Medical Colleges Benchmark: Where Are Women scientists? Strategies for Advancing Women to Leadership Positions."
  • Diane Wara, Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean, Minority and Women's Affairs at UCSF, "Increasing Women's Leadership in Academic Medicine; Report of the AAMC Project Implementation Committee"

AAI Annual Meeting, 2001

"Genome Project-Impact on Immunology"


AAI Annual Meeting, 2000

"Gender, Genes and Autoimmunity"


AAI Annual Meeting, 1999

"Think Biotech: Opportunities for Women in Biotechnology"


AAI Annual Meeting, 1998

"Mechanisms of Immune Recognition"


AAI Annual Meeting, 1997

"Public Outreach: Ensuring the Future of Science"


AAI Annual Meeting, 1996

"Career Options in Biomedical Science"


AAI Annual Meeting, 1995

"The Changing Face of Science"


AAI Annual Meeting, 1994

"Today's Scientist: Mentor, Manager and Role Model"


AAI Annual Meeting, 1993

"Modern Women, Modern Plagues: looking forward to the 21st century"


AAI Annual Meeting, 1992

"How far can women go in Science?"

 


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