By Yolanta M Kovalko

Diverse Careers in Science: A Panel Discussion

November 20th, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

Join us on December 4, 2012 from 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. in Bakst Auditorium for an exciting panel discussion followed by a networking opportunity. Many individuals with Ph.D’s in biological sciences will change paths over the course of their careers. This might mean a move out of the lab or elsewhere into functions like education, operations, clinical, marketing, business development, or legal. For those thinking about their future, this program will highlight how people engineer career changes, how these careers evolve, and how you can guide your career
path over the near and long term.

Join us for a panel discussion with the State Lab Director, Intellectual Property Attorney, Biotech Instructor, and Academic Researcher about how they have achieved successful career changes. We’ll also include plenty of time for your questions, discussion and networking.  Reception to follow in Room L-109A/B.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Bakst Auditorium, 72 East Concord Street

Reception to follow: Room L-109A/B

Notes: For more details, or to sign up, contact Yolanta Kovalko yolanta@bu.edu.

October 2 – From Academia to Entrepreneur: How to Start Your Own Company

September 24th, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

Discussion with Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D, winner of the 2012 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur award and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Science Exchange and with William Gunn, Ph.D., Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley. They will discuss what made leaving academia to work on a startup as an attractive career choice to them. They will share the lessons they’ve learned along the way as well as the collective wisdom shared within Silicon Valley’s thriving startup community. They will also talk about making the transition from academia, how to find the right opportunities, how to be competitive in the business world and tips for working with people from non-academic backgrounds including engineers and marketers.

Title:  From Academia to Entrepreneur:  How to Start Your Own Company

Date:  Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Time:   Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Room L-211/213, 72 East Concord St.

Additional Information: Lunch Provided. Register by Email: yolanta@bu.  The talk is open to PhD Students and Postdocs.

GMS Fall/Winter Yoga, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29

June 14th, 2012 in General News

A chance to learn about the beneficial effects of yoga on your mental and physical health. Sessions will include breathing exercises that reduce stress and poses that are adaptable to all skill levels. The class will conclude with a discussion about the physiologic effects of the practice and how these principles can be applied to everyday stressful situations. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Taught by an MD/PhD student who is a certified  yoga teacher with more than 200 hours of training and who has an interest in how yoga can be used to prevent disease and heal illness. Please bring a mat if you own one.

Current Schedule: Sept. 5, 10, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17

5:00-6:00 pm in Hiebert Lounge, 14th Floor, 72 East Concord St.

E-mail yolanta@bu.edu to register

Working in a Multicultural Group

June 8th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Featuring:  Anne Copeland, PhD
Founder and Executive Director, the Interchange Institute

Tuesday, June 19 3:30 – 5:00 pm Wilkins Boardroom 120 Evans, 72 East Concord St.

Today’s university is a mini-United Nations. The most productive labs, departments and work groups are the ones that understand the cultural values that affect relationships, communication style and scientific reasoning, and whose members share the ability to recognize and adapt to these differences. When everyone on a team – Americans and internationals alike – shares an understanding of these cultural dimensions and a vocabulary for discussing them in a neutral, balanced way, they can proceed to their shared core work more quickly and productively. In this workshop, we will briefly review the international research on cultural values that affect work assumptions and relationships, and differences in scientific reasoning approaches that affect collaborations in multicultural teams. We will look at core cultural values in communication style and work relationships, including relationships between lab directors and staff, decision-making, work commitment, and other topics suggested by attendees.

Open to all postdocs, PhD students, faculty, and staff

To register: email Yolanta@bu.edu

Career Development Monthly Seminar Series: Evaluating Transferable Skills

June 7th, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

Date and Time:  Tuesday, June 12 , 2012 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Location: 72 East Concord Street, BU School of Medicine
Room:  L-203
Registration: Email Yolanta@bu.edu open to PH.D. students and postdocs

Would you like to find out about how important it is to highlight transferable skills for individuals who have strong scientific background?  Evaluating your transferable skills will help you in identifying the right types of roles where you can utilize all of your strengths.

GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series: What’s Next After Graduation and how to Find the Best Career Path for you

April 26th, 2012 in Postdocs, Research

May Seminar:  What’s Next After Graduation and how to Find the Best Career Path for you

In this presentation, career consultant, Lauren Celano will discuss the various career opportunities for individuals with advanced degrees and will provide an overview of the job search process, networking to identify opportunities, and the importance of finding the right fit for your career.

Date and Time:   Tuesday, May 1st 2012
Location:    72 East Concord Street, BU School of Medicine Instructional
Time: 4pm-5pm     Room:   L-203
Registration:   Email Yolanta@bu.edu open to Ph.D. students and postdocs

GMS Summer Yoga – starting May 21

April 9th, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

Breathe Relax and Empower!

GMS Summer Yoga for Graduate Students and Postdocs 5/21, 6/11, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 (all sessions 5-6 p.m. in Hiebert Lounge 14th Floor, 72 East Concord St.)

A chance to learn about the beneficial effects of yoga on your mental and physical health. Sessions will include breathing exercises that reduce stress and poses that are adaptable to all skill levels. The class will conclude with a discussion about the physiologic effects of the practice and how these principles can be applied to everyday stressful situations. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Taught by an MD/PhD student who is a certified yoga teacher with more than 200 hours of training and who has an interest in how yoga can be used to prevent disease and heal illness. Please bring a mat if you own one. To register email yolanta@bu.edu

Transition from PhD Chemist to Filmmaker, April 5 Lecture

April 3rd, 2012 in Academics, General News, Postdocs, test

Chemist and filmmaker Valerie Weiss, PhD will be on the Medical Campus Thursday, April 5, from 2-3 p.m. in room L-112, BUSM Instructional Building, to talk about her film, Losing Control. She will discuss how she transitioned from a successful career in science to filmmaking. All students, faculty and staff are invited to this seminar. Dr. Weiss will show the film trailer and several clips from the film.

Losing Control, her first feature film, is a romantic comedy based on her experience in a Harvard University lab, filmed in Cambridge and Boston. It is being shown at the Kendall Square Cinema this Friday, April 6. She will be available at the screening for Q&A.

So take a break from studying or work, learn how she transitioned from science to film; how being a scientist prepared her well for her career as a filmmaker, a career in which she wears many hats, entrepreneur, creator, fundraiser, manager, promoter; and why she thinks science is a great springboard to many careers.

There is more information about the film at  http://coveringmedia.com/movie/2012/03/losing-control.html

For more information contact Yolanta@bu.edu

Seminar: Negotiating Work and Life – May 22

April 1st, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

“I’m Surviving (Happily) My Career in Science – You Can Too!  The Kamens Ten Commandments of Work/Life Balance”

Description:  Figuring out how to juggle any career with the non-work part of life can be challenging but for a working scientist, there never seems to be a way to do it all.  The goal of this program is to offer some things to think about that could make a real difference in your success at work and in life.

Speaker:  Joanne Kamens, Ph.D., Executive Director, Addgene

Date:  Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Room L-109 A/B, 72 East Concord Street, BU School of Medicine Instructional Building

Registration Required:  Email yolanta@bu.edu

Lunch will be provided

Diverse Careers in Science: A Panel Discussion – June 4th from 4-6pm

March 30th, 2012 in Academics, General News, Postdocs

Join in a panel discussion and learn about the many diverse career paths of a Ph.D. in the biological sciences.  Panelists will share their background, experience, and career path; they will also share briefly their personal story, ideas, and what let them to diverse careers.

Date and Time:  Monday, June 4, 2012 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location:  BU School of Medicine Hiebert Lounge 14th Floor

Open to GMS students and postdocs
Reception to follow