Wow! This has been an incredibly busy summer for our GAANN Fellows! Congratulations to newly minted PhD’s Junu Bae, Kacey Hall, Christopher Reyes and Christopher Eubanks! Junu departed this summer to begin his medical career and Kacey wrapped up in September and headed to South Carolina! We are so excited to have been a part of your graduate careers and we wish you all the best on your next endeavors!
Congratulations to Dr. Katie Bitting, one of our six inaugural GAANN Fellows, on a successful defense this week!!!!! We wish you all the best in your next adventure as a faculty member at West Virginia State University!!!!!!!
Congratulations to Paige! She received a travel award from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry! This award will help defray costs associated with her presentation at the upcoming Spring National Meeting in New Orleans! Way to go, Paige!
The Graduate School is hosting a seminar, “Searching for Fertile Ground: The Role of Personal Values in Influencing PhD Career Interests and Diversifying the STEM Workforce” on Tuesday, November 14 at Noon in Perkins 217.
Today’s STEM workforce offers a plethora of options for graduates to consider upon PhD completion. Interestingly, the declining availability of faculty positions combined with the expansion of job opportunities resulted in a waning interest in academic careers. However, PhD graduates from underrepresented groups are disproportionately choosing to pursue careers outside of academia, and the underlying reasons for these disparate patterns are not well understood. In this workshop, we discuss some of the literature and potential best practices that address these dynamics. Lunch will be provided but you must RSVP. Learn more about this seminar and register here.
The Graduate School is hosting a workshop session focusing on how graduate students and postdocs can prepare a compelling teaching statement for the academic job market. More info is provided below and a link to the event is here. If you’re interested in attending, please be sure to register!
A teaching portfolio is more than a collection of documents: it is set of claims about your teaching and evidence to support them. In this workshop, you will examine how claims and evidence can be framed in way that allows you demonstrate your skill (or potential) as a university instructor in a teaching statement supported by materials created by you (such as videos, handouts and student assignments). Our speaker is Dr. Hugh Crumley, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.
Lunch will be provided; bring a beverage to enjoy.
My message is a must-read article. The must read article for all faculty, staff and students is this week’s cover article in Chemical & Engineering News on Sexual Harassment in Chemistry. Some of you may read this and say, really? this can’t happen here. And others will read it and say, yeah, I could have told you that, or even, that happened to me. This may seem like a complex issue, but it boils down to the simple recognition that reprehensible, unprofessional or disrespectful behaviors not only harm individuals, but also diminish our collective potential to do great science.
Professor Katherine Franz, Chemistry Chair and GAANN PI, shares a message in response to the recent events in Charlottesville, VA and here in Durham in her “Message from the Chair” on August 18:
It is impossible to wrap up this week and look forward to next week without addressing the horrible events in Charlottesville and their aftermath. For those among us who see these events as isolated manifestations of fringe groups that do not affect our daily work, please know that others among us experience and live different versions of unjust and demeaning acts every day. Right here, in our house. It’s on all of us to fix that, starting with our daily interactions with each other. As scientists, we are brought together by our love of inquiry and precision, data and experimentation. But we excel by being human. It is easy to hide behind our lab coats and cover ourselves in our busy-ness. But if a colleague is suffering, Notice it. If a colleagues is being unjust, Name it. And if a colleague has just done something great, by all means Nurture it.
Take it as a challenge for the coming week to reach out and let someone know you have their back. We can do this!!
Recent PhD recipient and former GAANN Fellow, Dr. Julia Roberts, knew that she belonged at Duke when she discovered Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE). Hear about her efforts to bring science to broader audiences through her work with WiSE on her video post for the Graduate School film series “I Knew I Belonged at Duke When….”.