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21st Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

May 4, 2018

21st Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

Symposium Materials

What is the NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium?

The annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium, now in its 21st year, is one of the largest assemblies of biomedical organizations and young scientists in Research Triangle Park, NC. Targeting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, the Career Symposium provides young scientists with an opportunity to explore a myriad of career options and create a contact network as they plan for their future careers in the biomedical sciences. This year there will be 10 workshops in addition to the 8 career panels, as well as an afternoon networking session.

What's new for the 2018 NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium? A personal message from Sal and Heather:

For the 2018 NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium, we are excited to incorporate several new additions to make this event a highly beneficial learning experience for all attendees. First, our keynote speaker will provide an encouraging and informative message on strategies to improve your job applications and offer tips to succeed during your interview to better prepare you for the job market. Our agenda highlights new workshops and panels for both academic- and industry-related career paths including topics on leadership, tactics for asking what you need to succeed, developing a plan to successfully obtain tenure, learning about how to approach a job interview from industry insiders, and discussions about careers in science policy. Back by popular demand, we will also feature highly rated workshops and panels that garnered great interest and positive reviews by attendees from previous years. Last but not least, in addition to CV/resume reviews, we will have consultations available for LinkedIn profiles. We are excited for the 2018 NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium and hope to see you there!

Salahuddin Syed and Heather Vellers
Co-chairs, 2018 NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

Keynote Address

J. Timothy Lightfoot
J. Timothy Lightfoot

Speaker: Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-RCEP, ACSM-CES

Affiliation: Sydney and JL Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance, Texas A&M University

Keynote Address: "Taking Control of Your Career: Ways to Get To and Prosper in Your Professional Life"


Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot is currently the Omar Smith Endowed Professor of Kinesiology and the Director of the Sydney and JL Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M University. Dr. Lightfoot received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from University of Louisiana Monroe and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He completed a research consultantship with the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Kennedy Space Center in the Biomedical Laboratory and then a three-year National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellowship in the Division of Physiology at Johns Hopkins University. He was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University for 6 years (two years as Department Chair), and a Professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte for 14 years, 9 years of which he was Chair of the department. Dr. Lightfoot has published over 70 scientific, peer-reviewed articles on the genetics of daily physical activity and exercise endurance, as well as the physiological response to high-G exposure and hemorrhage and thus far has had approx. $3 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense to conduct research on the genetics of physical activity. His lab also has a unique interest in the physiological responses of athletes in a variety of non-traditional venues such as auto racing and in musicians. He is the lead editor on an upcoming reference handbook on Exercise and Sports Genetics from Routledge Publishing, and author of an upcoming book series called "Living and Prospering in Academia," the first book of which "Finding the Best Faculty Job for You: Living and Prospering in Academia Book 1" is now available. His research has been featured in numerous general media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times,, National Public Radio, the Rush Limbaugh show, CNN, the NBC Today Show, MSNBC, Revista Epoca (a Brazilian weekly magazine), and on Australian National Radio.

Dr. Lightfoot is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, a Past-President of the Southeast Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a past member of the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine. He has been named Teacher of the Year at three different Universities (Florida Atlantic University, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and at Texas A&M University), was awarded the Henry Montoye Research Scholar Award by the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine in 2010. He was named Alumnus of the Year of the University of Louisiana Monroe in Kinesiology in 2010 and at the University of Tennessee in 2016, gave the keynote lecture at the 2013 Performing Arts Medical Association meeting, the President's Keynote Lecture at the 2014 national American College of Sports Medicine meeting, the Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Southeast American College of Sports Medicine meeting, and was recently named the Pease Family Scholar Speaker at Iowa State University. He was nominated as the University Graduate Student Mentor of the Year and Texas A&M in 2018 and he will be awarded the national ACSM Citation Award — the second highest award in Exercise Physiology — in May 2018. He is a native Texan and married to a brilliant and beautiful woman (Faith), used to race automobiles for fun, and has a passion for playing the bass guitar, which he does in live settings with a variety of bands. As if they don't have enough to do, the Lightfoots have recently founded a new company called "Academic Career Development."


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