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FoR College Park: Ethical and Inspiring Mentorship in STEMM

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Join us to discuss ethical, effective, and inspiring mentorship!


Among the many roles that scientists play, mentoring younger scientists is one which researchers are rarely trained for. In the current STEM research environment, where lack of funding is but one of the systemic issues faced by young scientists, the roles, responsibilities, and career trajectories are changing. Organizations such as Future of Research and Rescuing Biomedical Research have been formed in recent years to address systemic issues facing academic research. Others, such as the National Mentoring Research Network, have arisen to address the training needs of those who wish to remain in academia but receive no formal training in how to supervise and mentor students. Still, there are gaps in the cultural awareness and value of being an inspiring leader, promoting a positive work environment, and in having happy, mentally fit employees. Where other industries recognize these benefits, academic culture lags.

But all of these issues are intertwined, and lead to the pessimism and learned helplessness found in many young researchers regarding their careers across the nation and the world. Because system, training, and culture all intersect to provide a scientist's well-being and productivity, Labmosphere and Future of Research are holding a conference in collaboration with UMD-College Park to discuss current mentorship practices and the way in which they could be improved upon.

This whole day conference will take place at the end of National Postdoc Appreciation week (September 21st). It will consist of three speakers with break-out sessions in between the talks, as well as a mentorship panel at the end followed by discussion and a networking reception.

The symposium has four goals:

  1. To recognize and discuss the issues surrounding mentoring in STEM fields.

  2. To discuss effective mentorship and advocacy techniques at all levels: PhD, Postdoc, Faculty

  3. To provide a platform to connect like-minded young scientists who wish to effect change at their own institutions at the grassroots level.

  4. To inspire participants to practice effective mentorship practices and promote these skillsets to their peers and colleagues at their own institutions.


Tentative Schedule

All events, save for the networking reception, will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus. The location of the Networking Event will be announced soon.


Thursday September 21, 2017
Adele Stamp Student Union, 3972 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20142
8:00 – 9:00 AM Event Registration and continental breakfast served in main auditorium
9:00 – 10:30 AM
9:00 AM Opening remarks (Blessing Enekwe (UMD); Gary McDowell (FoR); Juan Pablo Ruiz (Labmosphere); Jeff Franke (UMD))
9:30 AM Keynote Speaker (UMD-Faculty and NRMN Core faculty Dr. Sandra Quinn)
10:15 AM Questions and first talk wrap-up
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Break-out Sessions for workshops:
Effective Mentorship Practices Distilled
Culturally Aware Mentoring (Dr. Sandra Quinn)
Local Advocacy
12:00 – 1:00 PM Networking lunch in main auditorium
1:00 – 2:30 PM
1:00 PM Second Speaker (Rescuing Biomedical Research: Hypercompetitivity and Mentoring)
1:45 PM Third Speaker (TBD)
2:45 – 4:00 PM
Break-out Sessions for second round of workshops:
Mentorship across the industry/academia divide
Support Networks
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Workshop wrap-up and mentoring panel:
Wolfgang Losert (UMD)
Andy De Los Reyes (UMD)
Belinda Huang (GWU)
Chinonye "Chi-Chi" Nnakwe (AAAS)
5:45 – 6:00 PM Transfer to Milkboy Arthouse for Reception
6:00 – 8:00 PM Final remarks by organizers and networking reception


Keynote Speaker

Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, Director of the doctoral program in Maternal and Child Health, and Senior Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity. She is a co-investigator on the Mentor Training Core of the National Research Mentor Network grant, funded by the NIH to increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. She is part of the team that is developing and testing a full day workshop on Culturally Aware Mentoring. Dr. Quinn is featured in two online videos about Culturally Aware Mentoring at http://sph.umd.edu/center/che/news-item/mentor-training-improve-diversity-science.


She is currently Principal Investigator (joint with S. Thomas) for the Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity and Health Disparities Research (P20 MD006737, NIMHD). Within the COE, she is also the PI on a 5-year study, Uncovering and Addressing Cultural Beliefs behind Vaccine Racial Disparities. She is joint PI (w. David Broniatowski, George Washington University) on a NIGMS grant, Supplementing Survey-Based Analyses of Group Vaccination Narratives and Behaviors Using Social Media. She was the PI on a recently completed pilot study of Public Attitudes Toward Medical Countermeasures, funded through the FDA’s MD Center for Regulatory Science and Innovation. Additionally, she was the Principal Investigator on a grant from the US Food and Drug Administration entitled Investigating Factors Associated with Participation of Racial & Ethnic Minority Populations in FDA Regulated Research. Dr. Quinn was PI (with Dr. Thomas) of a prestigious Grand Opportunity (“GO”) grant sponsored by the Office of the Director, NIH, NIMHD, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) titled “Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers (7RC2MD004766; 2009-2012). As the PI of a CDC funded study, Public Attitudes Toward H1N1 Influenza, she worked successfully on two national surveys on attitudes and behaviors during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, including the first study to examine public attitudes toward emergency use authorizations for drugs and vaccines.


Her research interests include factors associated with vaccine acceptance in routine and emergency situations; racial disparities in vaccine uptake; crisis and emergency risk communication with a specific focus on minority populations; and engagement of minority and marginalized communities in research.

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The Mentoring Conference welcomes all participants including those with disabilities. Please contact Amanda Strausser at
301-405-6732 or astraus3@umd.edu to discuss accommodations and accessibility needed to fully participate in this event. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least two weeks prior to the event.


Sponsors


This meeting is sponsored by an American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Early Career Meeting Grant and is a Genetics Society of America (GSA) Career Development Symposium:





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