Roundtable: Young Investigators

Upcoming Session:

Virtual Roundtable: Pedagogy for First Timers

Wednesday, October 30, 12:00 - 1:30 pm EDT
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Gregory Wiedman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Seton Hall University
Laura Green Ph.D., Deputy Associate Director, Cancer Consortium, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Carla Romney, D.Sc., Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences and Education, Boston University
Nasreen Haque, Ph.D., Associate Professor, New York Medical College

In this session, our experts share insights gleaned from experience to help you prepare for your first academic teaching role.

As a new Academic researcher, there is a good chance you will also be teaching at the same time — maybe for the first time. Like anything worthwhile, teaching requires practice and the development of a strategy that will provide the most effective outcomes based on the goals you want to reach. Identifying these goals, understanding your audience, and delivering material in the most effective way possible are not trivial tasks. Teaching is instead a process and understanding that will develop and mature over time, a process that can be aided by listening to the experiences of those who have been there before.

In this session we will cover:
• Identifying your audience and teaching goals
• Strategies for effective communication
• Assessments and tools for student learning outcomes
• Attracting and inspiring students to join you in your research

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We appreciate that, as difficult as it is to become a researcher, engineer, or data scientist, developing a full career offers challenges that may not be addressed in your academic experience.

Activities are both online and in person- many recordings are included in our Archive. For 2019-2020, watch for My First Laboratory, IRL. We will address Pedagogy for First Timers (online) and will invite you to weigh in on the Westchester Certificate, which will be piloted soon.

Would you like us to help make something happen at your institution, or to propose a scientific, commercialization, career skill, or cross-content idea? While we focus on useful sessions for your first ten or fifteen years of your career, we honor and support efforts to build the entire pipeline from high school and undergraduate programs.
Reach out any time: info@westchesterbiotechproject.org

Great News: “Last year at the Rare Diseases Symposium, one of my research students was really impressed with the work presented from Jackson Labs. He stayed around after so that he could meet one of the speakers. They were in touch by email this semester, and in a few weeks he’ll be heading up to Maine to do a paid summer internship. This is an outstanding research opportunity, and the kind of high-impact research and networking that our students have to search externally to find (and that can be very difficult to secure). I wanted to share the good news with you, and thank you for helping to make this opportunity for him.”
- David Zuckerman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Iona College

Recent Session:
Establishing Your First Lab
January 30, 2019 • RecordingPDF

Gregory Wiedman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Seton Hall University

Discussant: Doreen Badheka, Ph.D. 
Program Director, School of Graduate Studies
Rutgers University

As a first time principal investigator (PI), the logistics of setting up your first lab can be daunting. From ordering equipment and supplies to recruiting the members who will work beside you, there are considerations to be made that most would not be immediately prepared for.

Join us and Dr. Gregory Wiedman as we dive into these issues and more, with an emphasis on answering the questions you might have as you prepare to begin your journey as a PI.

About Our Speaker:

As a first time principal investigator, Dr. Wiedman recently traversed the challenges inherent to setting up his first lab. He is eager to share this experience with the next generation, helping them prepare for their own adventure into the lab.

Dr. Wiedman is an engineer and a scientist with over 10 years of experience working in the biomedical field. He has overseen Undergraduate Senior Design projects as a graduate student and mentored numerous junior graduate students. His work has been cited over 100 times, and he has published first author publications as well as submitted his own articles as a corresponding author. He has received Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program Fellowships and a fellowship from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). Dr. Wiedman Seton Hall University Webpage Dr. Wiedman Personal Webpage Dr. Wiedman Lab Webpage


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Co-Chairs:
Doreen Badheka, Ph.D.Program Director, 
School of Graduate Studies - Rutgers University

Dr. Badheka is involved in developing platforms that enable graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to explore diverse career paths and develop relevant core competencies. In her current role she also serves as a liaison between the graduate school and various external organizations that include nonprofits, educational alliances and industry. She is passionate about advancement of basic and biomedical research as well as STEM education among younger generation.

Neha Nigam, Ph.D.Consultant - Grey Health Consulting

Dr. Nigam was formerly an associate at Harlem Biospace after completing internships at the Technology Transfer Office at Rockfeller University and Rutgers University. Previously, she was an analyst involved in competitive intelligence, strategic business analysis and commercialization of early innovations in several therapeutic areas. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria, and conducted her postdoc work in the same field at UCL, Belgium. She has published insightful research on molecular mechanisms of abiotic stress responses in plants, and has presented at several international conferences. She is committed to expanding the applied aspects of innovative scientific discoveries, striving to be at the interface of business and science.

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Effective Communication in Biomedical Research

Communicating science in an understandable and impactful way is difficult. Even if you are speaking with other researchers, there may be a disconnect in what you think is understood and what is actually understand. Without effective communication, the importance and relevance you see in your own research will be missed by others.

This series focuses on effectively communicating complex topics in ways that can be understood by diverse audiences -- your peers, the public, and your potential investors. Click for More Event Recordings

Gregory Wiedman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Seton Hall University
Establishing Your First Lab • More InformationRecording (See Above)

Laura Green Ph.D., Consortium Project Manager, Director's Office / Clinical Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Science Communication: General Concepts and Tips • More InformationRecording
Peer-to-Peer Communication • More Information • Recording
Nailing Your Spark Talk • More Information • Recording

Rick Huntress, Director Business Development, Clinical and In Vivo Services, The Jackson Laboratory
Rigor and Reproducibility: Presenting Data to Funders and Investors • More InformationRecording