Professional Development Presentations
Fall 2013 Seminars
Office of the Vice President for Research/MIT Postdoctoral Association
Preparing for Difficult Conversations
Are you too nervous to raise an important topic with your supervisor? When talking with others, do you find it hard to negotiate for yourself without being either too shy or too pushy? In this highly interactive workshop, participants will discuss how to identify and prepare for difficult conversations with the goal of achieving more constructive and longer-lasting results. The workshop will also utilize case scenarios and/or short exercises to help participants explore strategies and resources to, for example, brainstorm and evaluate options for managing conflict; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; and diplomatically, yet assertively, negotiate for oneself.
Toni Robinson holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the Seattle University School of Law and a Masters of Science/Applied Behavioral Science Degree from The Johns Hopkins University. She has served as an Ombudsperson, Certified Mediator, and instructor within the MIT community since 1998. She has over twenty-five years’ experience in management, ombudsmanry, conflict resolution systems design, training, mediating, coaching, and consulting.
From Lab to Startup: Stories of entrepreneurs working to solve researchers' problems
Hear from entrepreneurs about their path from lab to startup, the birth of their idea while working in the lab, and their involvement in the rise of digital tools for researchers.
About the Presenters:
Digital Science is a new technology company started out of Macmillan Science and Education, providing software and tools for scientific researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process.
1DegreeBio is an independent marketplace for Life Science products including reagents, digital tools, equipment and service providers for life science research. It is an open-access platform that enables researchers to source and review the highest-quality products and service providers for their research needs.
ReadCube is a free desktop application and associated web services for managing, enhancing, and accessing academic research articles.
Caitlin Aptowicz Trasande is Head of Research Policy, Digital Science. Prior to joining Digital Science, she managed the Nature Trends project at Nature Publishing Group. She has experience in consulting (The Advisory Board Company) and legal research (United States Office of the Independent Counsel). She received a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago after studying Classics and Philosophy at St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD).
Alex Hodgson is CEO of 1DegreeBio and Director of Marketing at ReadCube. Prior to starting 1DegreeBio, Alex spent four years working at the Structural Genomics Consortium's Toronto Lab, where Alex grew increasingly frustrated by the lack of digital tools for researchers. In 2010, Alex brought together a team of talented people and collectively they set forth to build a better way for the community to source products, launching 1DegreeBio 6 months later. Alex has an Honors Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toronto in International Relations, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School (formerly the Arthur D. Little School of Management), and an Organizational Change Management Certificate from Harvard University. Alex was named one of 50 Women to Watch in Tech by Femme-o-nomics in 2011.
Sponsored by the MIT Postdoctoral Association and the Office of the Vice President for Research
Office of the Vice President for Research and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD)
The Office of the Vice President for Research and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD) are working collaboratively to provide career services for current postdoctoral scholars. GECD recommends these presentations for postdocs:
Does Your Resume Communicate the Right Message?
This workshop will discuss the many ways of creating a resume (US and European format) that effectively targets the hiring manager. Can your resume survive a 15 second scan and still get into the YES pile? Discussions will surround the strategies of effective messaging and how to be "on-point" with your written communication. Your resume is not an autobiography, but rather a list of relevant accomplishments that links your skills to the needs of the company. You'll use these techniques in your lifelong career strategies. This workshop is open to MIT students, postdocs and alumni.
Of Science and Strategy: Setting Goals for Research and for Life
What does strategy have to do with science? According to thought leader Isaiah Hankel, surprisingly a lot. Dr. Hankel has decoded the psychology behind career success and applied it to the science lab.
The result? Nothing short of a breakthrough in strategically maneuvering your career into the exciting new opportunities opening up for academic scientists.
Here's a provocative question: What do students do now that applying for jobs with a resume does not work? What if you could tap into the skills that wildly successful people are using?
You'll discover the strategic thinking driving this new career approach. You'll learn:
The goal? A career that you not only love, but one where you are recognized for you expertise and are rewarded for it. It's about being a leader, and creating meaningful bodies of work. It's about telling a story with your life that you'd want to read and share.
Dr. Hankel did his undergraduate work at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Iowa. Since graduating, he has been simultaneously advancing his career in flow cytometry and cellular imaging, and his career in personal development and business coaching. In the last two years, Dr. Hankel has given over 250 seminars in 20 different countries throughout Europe, New Zealand, Australia and North America. Dr. Hankel has worked with numerous leaders in the biotechnology industry, including Lily Pharmaceuticals, Leinco Technologies, Orflo Technologies, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Cellerant Therapeutics, Miltenyi Biotec, Expert Cytometry, Tree Star, Amgen, Celgene, Ambrx, BD Biosciences, Baxter Bioscience, Pfizer, Roche and Genentech.
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Career Services (Global Education and Career Development)
I’m Surviving (Happily) My Career in Science – You Can Too! The Kamens Ten Commandments of Work/Life Balance
Maximizing your Career: Advice from Professor Robert Langer
View list of seminars that were offered Spring 2011 through Spring 2013, including many presentation slides.
See RESOURCES & PRESENTATIONS for notes from past presentations and other topics.