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Mentoring Early-Career Scientists

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Recorded 08 June 2010


One of scientists' important roles, whether they work in academia, industry, or government research, is mentoring the next generation of scientists. Join us for a roundtable discussion that will look at strategies to help scientists develop new skills, how to maintain open lines of communication, ways to handle difficult situations, and approaches for preparing scientists for independent careers. This webinar will provide nuts and bolts advice about how to best help students, postdocs, and other early-career scientists start their career on the right foot.

To learn more about Science Careers, go to the Science Careers website.

Speaker bios

Emil Thomas Chuck, Ph.D.

Health Professions Adviser and Term Assistant Professor of Biology
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Dr. Chuck is the health professions adviser, a term Assistant Professor of biology, and assistant coordinator of the GMU Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Chuck has served as an adviser to hundreds of undergraduates, postbaccalaureates, graduates, and postdoctoral scholars as a former adviser for the Science Careers forum, past co-chair for the diversity committee of the National Postdoctoral Association, and current SACNAS postdoc committee member, in addition to his roles at GMU.  His training includes a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from Duke, a Ph.D. in cell biology from Case Western Reserve University, and postdoctoral fellowships supported by the Novartis Foundation UK, Heart Rhythm Society, and the NIH.

Ruth Pfeiffer, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD

Dr. Pfeiffer is a senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch at the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.  She joined NCI in 1999 as a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, was subsequently appointed as a principal investigator in 2001, and was tenured in 2007.  Originally from Austria, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study applied statistics in 1992-1993, and received a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1998. Her research focuses on statistical methods for laboratory methods and problems arising in genetic epidemiology.

Jonathan Jacobs, Ph.D.

Scientist in Antibody Discovery & Protein Engineering
Gaithersburg, MD

Dr. Jacobs received a B.S. in plant biology from the University of Arizona in 1999 after spending several years working in the telecommunications industry. Graduate school followed, and in 2003 he received a biomedical informatics fellowship from the National Library of Medicine for his graduate research on bioinformatics approaches to studying translational frameshifting in eukaryotes. In 2006 he received a Ph.D. in cell biology and molecular genetics from the University of Maryland. Dr. Jacobs pursued postdoctoral research at the National Cancer Institute in molecular epigenetics and later joined the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the molecular mechanisms of RNA binding proteins. Following his postdoctoral fellowship, in 2009 he joined MedImmune as a staff scientist in technology development and cell line engineering.

Brianna Blaser, Ph.D.

Outreach Project Director
Washington, DC

Brianna Blaser is the Project Director of the Outreach Program for Science Careers where she organizes career and professional development workshops for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career scientists. Brianna earned her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at the University of Washington in 2008. Her dissertation, More Than Just Lab Partners: Women Scientists and Engineers Married to and Partnered with Other Scientists and Engineers, examined how women scientists’ relationships with other scientists affect both their professional and personal lives. While at the University of Washington, Brianna was a research assistant at the Center for Workforce Development where she organized professional development activities for graduate students in science and engineering. Brianna earned her B.S. in Mathematics and Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. She has held internships with the Association for Women in Science and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

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