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Professional Development Presentations

Upcoming Seminars:

I think I just invented something... Now what?
Friday, May 9 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm


Spring 2014 Seminars

I’m Surviving (Happily) My Career in Science – You Can Too! The Kamens Ten Commandments of Work/Life Balance
Speaker: Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene
Date and Time:  Tuesday, February 4 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002

Scientists have to keep doing science to be happy.  This talk gives food for thought on how to stay happy in both the work and non-work spheres.  Is it truly possible to bring all aspects of our lives under control? Balance is a myth – we are all (women and men) constantly negotiating our energy and attention. The goal is to maximize the time you are enjoying both work and personal life. Dr. Kamens will offer some tips and tactics that have worked for her friends, colleagues, and herself.

Dr. Joanne Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 15 years at BASF/Abbott where she led discovery research projects on small molecule and antibody approaches to inflammatory diseases, ultimately serving as Group Leader in Molecular Biology. In 2007, she joined RXi Pharmaceuticals as Director of Discovery and concluded there as Senior Director of Research Collaborations. In 2011, Dr. Kamens became the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, non-profit dedicated to helping scientists around the world collaborate. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of AWIS. She was the Director of the HBA Boston Mentoring Program for 3 years and serves on a number of other boards. In 2013, she was elected as a fellow to the Massachusetts Academy of Science for service to science and the community.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

[ Presentation video in ODGE PRO-DEPOT ]

Basics of Grant Writing
Speaker: Dr. Sonal Jhaveri, Senior Lecturer, MIT Dept of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Date and Time:  Wednesday, March 5th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002

Sonal Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard University and has been Principal Investigator on a number of grants from NIH, NSF and other private foundations. She currently teaches Science Communication to MIT undergraduates via MIT's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and also to graduate and medical students as well as postdocs, both at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Jhaveri's talk on "Basics of Grant Writing" will focus on NIH applications, but the basic principles she emphasizes are applicable to all types of grant writing.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

Maximizing your Stay at MIT: Advice from Professor Robert Langer
Speaker: Professor Robert Langer
Date and Time:  Tuesday, April 8 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: 54-100

Professor Langer will offer his insight and suggestions on optimizing your postdoctoral experience at MIT, and will answer your questions. Topics will include fostering innovative research, and securing funding.

Robert Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT. He has written over 1,250 articles and 1,040 issued or pending patents.  His many awards include the US National Medal of Science, the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Charles Stark Draper Prize, Albany Medical Center Prize, the Wolf Prize for Chemistry, the Priestley Medal and the Millennium Technology Prize.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

I think I just invented something...  Now what?
Speaker: Christopher Noble, MIT Technology Licensing Office
Date and Time: Friday, May 9 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002

Please register for the seminar

How do I know when my idea has turned into an “invention”? Who can I talk to about it, and when? Which inventions belong to me and which to MIT? Does it matter if I’m a student/postdoc/faculty? How do I or MIT get it patented? Who decides, who pays? How can this invention advance my career? If the invention belongs to MIT, and I don’t want to start a company, what’s in it for me? If I do want to start a company around it, do I need a license from MIT, and how do I get one? And if I want to talk to VCs about financing my startup, when is the right time? What will the VCs want?”

Please note: Postdocs interested in attending upcoming PDA networking events with company reps and VCs are highly encouraged to attend this session.

About the Speaker: Christopher Noble is MIT’s Licensing Officer for energy technology. His responsibilities include the intellectual-property terms of sponsored research, evaluation and patenting of MIT inventions, IP marketing and negotiation of commercial licenses with startups and established companies. He previously worked for 30 years in general management for energy and technology companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to startups. Chris founded and raised financing for his own startup company, is the lead inventor on two issued patents, has raised and negotiated multiple VC financings as advisor to four early-stage companies, and has served on the Board of several private technology companies and non-profits. He lived and worked in South America and Europe and is fluent in French and Spanish. Chris is Assistant Vice President of the Association of University Technology Managers and a member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), lectures internationally on technology transfer and licensing, and is a recipient of the LES Deals of Distinction award. He has a B.Eng. from McGill University and an M.S. in Management from MIT.

Sponsored by the MIT Postdoctoral Association


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.

See the GECD Calendar of Events and MIT Services and Policies for Postdocs
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Presentations from a selection of recent events:


View list of seminars that were offered Spring 2011 through Fall 2013, including many presentation slides.

See RESOURCES & PRESENTATIONS for notes from past presentations and other topics.