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Career Symposium Planning

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Career Symposium Planning

Fellows' Career Development

Career Symposium Planning Committee
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Each year, researchers from the NIEHS and the Environmental Protection Agency form a committee to organize the annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium. This highly successful and well-attended symposium brings fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, scientists, and professional career advisors together under one roof. Sessions and invited speakers focus on various topics, such as interviewing & negotiating skills, networking, and learning about a broad range of career paths. Organizing the symposium helps fellows to meet the four core competencies they should develop during their time at NIEHS:

  • Leadership and Management — Fellows who volunteer to co-chair a committee are responsible for creating and organizing symposium content, forming a cohesive working group, motivating a team of volunteers, negotiating with service providers, etc. This invaluable experience will help boost fellows’ confidence and give them an advantage when seeking employment.
  • Communication — Fellows gain real-world experience by facilitating communication amongst committee members and leaders both outside and inside of the institute, including those in website development, arts and photography, etc. Being a good communicator is helpful in all aspects of life.
  • Teaching and Mentoring — Past committee members share information with incoming team members about how to run the symposium smoothly. This sharing of knowledge ensures continuity of the symposium from year to year, but also allows fellows to learn how to guide colleagues in a professional setting.
  • Career Readiness — The goal of the symposium is to highlight potential career options available to Ph.D.s, so fellows who attend the event will benefit.

Committee Members

2017 Career Symposium Planning Committee

Fellow of the Year 2017 Recipient
The 2017 Career Symposium Planning Committee included, from left, front row, Thompson, Romes, McCann, Hoff, Glenn, Dzierlenga. Back row, Nichols, Krane, Belair, Kolb, Shipkowski, Damborsky, Ingle, Otto, and Chin.
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Co-chairs:

Helen Chin, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the Women's Health Group
Katie Glenn, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the Mechanisms of Mutation Group

Committee:

David Belair, Ph.D., fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency
Manushree Bharadwaj, Ph.D., visiting fellow in the Reproductive Endocrinology Group
Laura Carlson, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Pediatric Neuroendocrinology Group
Joanne Damborsky, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Ion Channel Physiology Group
Anika Dzierlenga, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS General Toxicology and Cancer Group
Kaitlyn Gam, IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Chronic Disease Epidemiology Group
Kiri Hoff, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Mitochondrial DNA Replication Group
Brandall Ingle, Ph.D., fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency
Joseph Kolb, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Inflammation and Autoimmunity Group
Gregory Krane, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NTP Pathology Group
Kathleen McCann, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group.
Cody Nichols, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Genetic Epidemiology Group
Simone Otto, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Ion Channel Physiology Group
Erin Romes, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Nucleolar Integrity Group
Kelly Shipkowski, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Systems Toxicology Group
Samantha Snow, Ph.D., fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency
Peter Thompson, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Group
  

2016 Career Symposium Planning Committee

Career Symposium Planning Committee members
Planning committee members took a short break to gather for a photo outside of the EPA building
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Co-chairs:

Rachel Krasich, Ph.D., IRTA Fellow in the Mitochondrial DNA Replication Group
Peter Thompson, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Group

Committee:

Miranda Bernhardt, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Reproductive Medicine Group.
Helen Chin, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Women’s Health Group.
Karen DeBalsi, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Mitochondrial DNA Replication Group.
Pooja Desai, Ph.D., visiting fellow in the NIEHS Calcium Regulation Group.
Eugene Gibbs-Flournoy, Ph.D., Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellow in the EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL).
Richard Gilliam, postbaccalaureate fellow in the NTP Neurotoxicology Group.
Katie Glenn, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Mechanisms of Mutation Group.
Kirsten Hoff, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Mitochondrial DNA Replication Group.
Laura Macaulay, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment
Kathleen McCann, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the NIEHS Macromolecular Structure Group.
Chad Osterlund
, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the NIEHS Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group.
Simone Otto, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the Ion Channel Physiology Group.
Rajneesh Pathania, Ph.D., research fellow in the NIEHS Systems Biology Group.
Katherine Phillips, Ph.D., physical scientist in the EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory
Karim Shalaby, Ph.D., fellow in the Immunogenetics Group
Kelly Shipkowski, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NTP Systems Toxicology Group
Samantha Snow, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the EPA NHEERL
Alexandra White, Ph.D., IRTA fellow in the NIEHS Chronic Disease Epidemiology Group
  

2015 Career Symposium Planning Committee

Career Symposium Planning Committee members
Members of the planning committee include, back row from left, Otto, Damborsky, Hoffman, Gibbs-Flournoy, House. Front row, from left, Haam, Gabor, Daughtry, Verhein, Hoopes, Snow, Lowe. Not shown, Bhattacharjee, Robinson, Romes, St Charles, Steinckwich-Besancon, McGee, Nichols.
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Samantha Hoopes, Ph.D. — Co-chair
Kirsten Verhein, Ph.D. — Co-chair

Suchandra Bhattacharjee, Ph.D.
Joanne Damborsky, Ph.D.
Kelly Daughtry, Ph.D.
Kristin Gabor, Ph.D.
Ju Hee Haam, Ph.D.
Jackson Hoffman, Ph.D.
John House, Ph.D.
Julie Lowe, Ph.D.
Simone Otto, Ph.D.
Deirdre Robinson, Ph.D.
Erin Romes, Ph.D.
Jordan St Charles, Ph.D.
Natacha Steinckwich-Besancon, Ph.D.
Eugene Gibbs-Flournoy, Ph.D.
Marie McGee, Ph.D.
Jennifer Nichols, Ph.D.
Samantha Snow, Ph.D
 

2014 Career Symposium Planning Committee

Career Symposium Planning Committee members
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

2013 Career Symposium Planning Committee

Kymberly Gowdy, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
Staton Wade, Ph.D. — Co-Chair

NIEHS:
Margaret Adgent, Ph.D.
Georgette Charles, Ph.D.
Jacqueline de Marchena Powell, Ph.D.
Queying (Charlene) Ding, Ph.D.
Christine Ekenga, Ph.D.
Neal Englert, Ph.D.
Bret Freudenthal, Ph.D.
Rachel Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Julie Hall, Ph.D.
Bethany Hsia, Ph.D.
Wei Qu, Ph.D.
Maria Shatz, Ph.D.
Kimberly Wiggins, Ph.D.

EPA:
Dayne Filer
Jennifer Nichols, Ph.D.
Michelle Oakes, Ph.D.
 

2012 Career Symposium Planning Committee

Career Symposium Planning Committee members
The 2012 NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair Planning Committee comprised of fellows from NIEHS and EPA. Shown left to right, back row: Christy Powers, Ph.D. (EPA); Stela Palii, Ph.D.; Shep Martin, Ph.D. (EPA); Brant Hamel, Ph.D.; Staton Wade, Ph.D.; and co-chair Ashley Godfrey, Ph.D. Shown left to right, front row: Sabrina Robertson, Ph.D.; Bhargavi Rao, Ph.D.; Maria Shatz, Ph.D.; co-chair Darshini Trivedi, Ph.D.; and Cynthia Holley, Ph.D. Not show in picture: Teresa Green, Ph.D. (EPA) and Rachel Goldsmith, Ph.D.
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

2011 Career Symposium Planning Committee

Career Symposium Planning Committee members
The career fair's planning committee included fellows from NIEHS and EPA. Shown, left to right, standing, are Sabrina Robertson, Ph.D., Tina Stevens, Ph.D. (EPA), Sindura Ganapathi, Ph.D., Zeller-Knuth, Ph.D., Ashley Godfrey, Ph.D., and Xiaoqing Chang, Ph.D. Seated, left to right, are Patricia Gillespie, Ph.D. (EPA), Holley, Swerdlow, co-chair Yixing (Emily) Zhou, Ph.D., Qing Cheng, Ph.D., John Jack, Ph.D. (EPA), and Andrew Seipel. Valerie Davis, Ph.D., not pictured, commented afterwards, “I had a great time serving on the committee.
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)