One of the first GAANN fellows named, Rachael Al-Saadon, has successfully defended her dissertation!!!! Congratulations, DR. Al-Saadon!!!!!!
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….”.
GAANN Fellow Bob Carden will join Duke Chemistry lab manager, Dr. Daniel Fowler, in Atlanta for the 2017 Cottrell Scholars Collaborative National Teaching Assistant Workshop! The selection process was competitive and we are thrilled that Bob and Dr. Fowler were selected to attend! We look forward to hearing about new developments in Teaching Assistance career development as well as improvements to the higher education enterprise upon their return! Congratulations, Bob and Dr. Fowler!
Join the Graduate Chemistry Council as they host the 3rd annual Nontraditional Careers for STEM PhDs event on May 9 at 5.30pm. Meet and network with professionals outside of traditional research circles. Learn about potential career options available and the skills necessary to translate your PhD into a new profession. Their panel of experts have all made the transition out of academia and will be there to answer your questions.
The goal of this year’s Symposium is to bring together scientists from many different backgrounds and experiences to take part in a conversation about allyship in STEM. The event will feature a Keynote Address from Kelly LeMarie, M.S. entitled “Say Something: Allied Behavior Training”, where she will discuss research on the benefit of allies, and a De-Escalation Training Workshop that will provide participants with tangible ways to deal with situations of explicit and implicit bias. Register here for the Keynote and/or Workshop.
Each year we also like to use our Symposium as a time to highlight the exciting and interesting science that is being conducted at Duke with a poster session. We encourage scientists from all fields to apply to present. Register here to present a poster.