The Minority Postdoc Coalition (MPC) of Columbia University is honored to announce that Dr. Shirley Malcom will deliver an insightful talk on persistence
even in the face of an uncertain future to the postdoctoral and graduate student community at Columbia University on August 6th. Dr. Malcom will
also dedicate a portion of her talk to speak about exploring careers outside academia.
Dr. Shirley Malcom is head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The directorate includes AAAS programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology.
After working as a high-school science teacher and college professor, Dr. Malcom joined the AAAS as a research assistant to survey science education
programs for minority students. While there she helped to organize a conference that resulted in a landmark report, The Double Bind: The Price of Being a Minority Woman in Science (1976), which she co-authored. She has devoted much of her career since then to
finding innovative ways to expand professional science opportunities for minorities and women.
Dr. Malcom is a fellow of the AAAS and the Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a former trustee of the Carnegie
Corporation of New York. She served on the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation and on the President’s
Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She holds 16 honorary degrees and in 2003, received the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award given by
the National Academy of Sciences.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
4:00pm—5:00pm (networking with light refreshments until 6pm)
Led by Cynthia Furhmann, Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School, this session will address the importance of career management, how to conduct a self-assessment, the significance of an IDP,
and best practices for developing an IDP.
About the Speaker
Cynthia Fuhrmann, Ph.D. is Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), where she leads the university’s NIH-funded career development programs. Dr. Fuhrmann transitioned to UMMS from
University of California, San Francisco, where she founded the Preparing Future Faculty program and oversaw development of professional skills programs and
resources for biomedical scientists. Dr. Fuhrmann received her Bachelors degree in Chemistry from University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. in
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCSF. As a graduate student and during brief postdoctoral training, she studied enzyme mechanisms using ultra-high
resolution x-ray crystallography. Her scholarly interests now focus on the career development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the
biomedical sciences, including policies and programs that contribute to successful career outcomes. Her research in this area has been highlighted inScience, Nature Careers, NIH Biomedical Workforce Working Group Report, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Tomorrow's Professor. Most recently, she co-authored and coordinated technical development of myIDP ( http://myIDP.sciencecareers.org), an interactive career-planning website launched by Science Careers
with funding from AAAS and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
Events: Friday, Aug 22 2014
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Events: Monday, Aug 25 2014
Regeneron Site Visit: What is it Like to Work in the Bio-Pharma Industry?
What is it like to work for a bio-pharma company? OPA has set up an informational site visit to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Tarrytown, NY for Monday, August 25th from 10:00am-3:00pm (excluding travel time).
Regeneron is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical
conditions. This site visit will include a company overview session, various presentations, lunch, a Q&A, and an interactive facility tour.
A Columbia University Postdoc has volunteered to lead the trip to Tarrytown, NY via Metro North Train. The group will be meeting at the Harlem-125 th Street station for an 8:25am train departure. Purchase of roundtrip tickets ($26) will be at your own expense.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further detailed instructions will be emailed to you