ORCD Newsletter

Summer 2007  Issue #3

FROM OUR OFFICE

Welcome to the ORCD’s third newsletter.  The Office for Research Career Development was founded in December 2005, with the goal of developing initiatives and programs to improve the career paths of laboratory research scientists at the MGH.  We hope that you find our programs useful in your professional development, and we welcome not only your active participation in our programs, but also your feedback and ideas based on your own experience at MGH.

 

     Sincerely,

     Tayyaba Hasan, PhD

     ORCD Director

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NEW FACES AT ORCD AND THE CENTER FOR FACULTY DEVELOPMENT

Ann Skoczenski, PhD is the new Program Manager at the ORCD.  She comes to MGH from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she was an Associate Professor and conducted research on visual neuroscience and human development.  She is eager to transfer her experience in research and academic medicine to develop programs for research faculty and postdocs, and assist in all professional development matters. Ann can be reached at askoczenski@partners.org or 617-643-1170.

Donna Lawton joined the Center for Faculty Development in April as a new Senior Program Manager.  Donna has been with Partners/MGH for 23 years, and has extensive project management experience. She will be handling all program development for the Center for Faculty Development and the Office for Women’s Careers.  Donna can be reached at dlawton@partners.org.

In this issue:

from our office

professional    development

funding

work-life

postdoc news

 

 

GOT NEWS?

Have you or someone in your lab been awarded a special grant or some other honor?  Do you know of an interesting upcoming program or lecture at MGH or in the Boston area? Please let us know so that we can place a note in our next newsletter and on our website.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

UPCOMING AND RECENT OFFICE FOR RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

As part of our Professional Development Series for Postdocs, MGH Professor Dennis Brown presented a lunchtime lecture titled “Image Manipulation in Scientific Research: Is an Image still worth 1,000 Words?” on Tuesday, June 19, 2007. We were overwhelmed by the popularity of this lecture, and apologize to the attendees who sent RSVPs and were unable to find a seat. We will be running an encore presentation of this program in the near future. We ask everyone to register for any ORCD programs you plan to attend so that we can have appropriate space available.

 

As part of our Professional Development Series for Research Faculty, we are offering an intensive 1.5 day Grant Writing Workshop. Scientific writing consultant Carol Winkleman will lead this pilot program.  The workshop will be held September 24-25, 2007 and is open to junior and mid-career research faculty who are preparing R-level NIH grants. It will combine brief lectures with hands-on work to review and improve each participant’s grant application, so attendees should have a completed application ready for submission at the time of the workshop.  Space will be limited to the first 15-20 applicants with prepared grant drafts. Please watch your email for an announcement of the application deadline.

 

 

ANNUAL CAREER CONFERENCES

The Annual Career Conference (ACC) initiative is underway.  The ACC provides Faculty members with a mechanism to organize their short- and long-term goals for professional development and career advancement, and discuss these goals with their department. Your department will contact you in the near future to schedule this conference. The Center for Faculty Development will be offering tips and advice on having a productive Annual Career Conference.

FUNDING

RESEARCH MANAGEMENT INTRANET LAUNCHED

The Research Management office recently launched an intranet site filled with useful resources, including grant application basics, information on electronic submission, links to forms, and funding announcements. The site can be found at: http://phsresearchintranet.partners.org/
 
THREE AT MGH AWARDED NIH PATHWAY TO INDEPENDENCE GRANTS (K99/R00)
Three MGH research fellows were recently awarded prestigious NIH Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00).  These awards provide up to 5 years of support, including 2 years of mentored support and 3 years of support for independent research.  Congratulations to Galit Alter, PhD (Anergizing effect of NK cell receptor expression in HIV-specific CD8+T cells); Thorsten Mempel, MD (Local regulation of cytotoxic T cell function in the tumor stroma); and B. Hyle Park, PhD (Optical detection of neural activity with phase sensitive interferometry).


2007 CLAFLIN AWARDS
The Claflin Distinguished Scholar / Faculty Development Awards were established by the Women in Medicine (WAM) Committee and the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) with the goal of increasing opportunities for women to advance to leadership positions in academic medicine.  Congratulations to this year’s winners: Aude Henin, PhD; Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH; Antonia Stephen, MD; Lynda Stuart, PhD; Vanessa Wheeler, PhD; and Xu Yu, MD, MSc.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS OUTSIDE MGH

NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE ACADEMIC JOB SEARCH

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

4:00-5:15 PM

MIT, Building 10-250

This panel (postdocs who have successfully completed an academic job search, a new faculty member, and a senior faculty member who can provide the search committee’s perspective) will share their insights and experience. Q & A follows the panel.  This is part of the Academic Career Series at MIT, and is open to all interested students and postdocs from MIT, Harvard, Whitehead, Broad, or MGH.

 

 

INVENTION TO VENTURE LIFE SCIENCES 2007

Tuesday, June 22, 2006

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Harvard Med. School Conference Center

Registration: Academic $120, Students $55 (after 6/15)

This conference is designed exclusively for life science entrepreneurs and researchers interested in opportunities to commercialize leading academic research. Participants will hear from successful biotech and medical device entrepreneurs, practitioners and funding sources on the keys to success in today’s venture development climate.  More information.

WORK-LIFE

INTRODUCING:
Lisa Goss, MSW, LICSW, CEAP

Lisa is a Partner’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Consultant who is available for all Research Faculty, Postdocs and their families. Lisa and other EAP staff can help with a wide range of issues, including work-life balance, mental health, substance abuse, laboratory interpersonal issues, and personal finance questions. All consultations with the EAP are free, confidential and voluntary. Lisa and her colleagues provide assessments, short-term problem focused counseling and referrals for treatment or other assistance. The EAP also offers consultation and training to the workplace regarding the impact and resolution of behavioral/ mental health and productivity problems; and provides consultation and crisis intervention to workgroups. Lisa can be reached at lgoss1@partners.org or 617-726-2693. Information about the EAP can be found at www.eap.partners.org.

 

See the Center for Faculty Development website for more Work-Life resources at MGH, including child care, housing, and professional staff benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASS IT ON!

If you have a new post-doctoral fellow or faculty colleague in your lab, they may not be on the ORCD mailing list yet.  Please pass this newsletter on to them.  We invite all new research fellows and faculty to join our mailing list by contacting us at orcd@partners.org.

 

POSTDOC NEWS



Scenes from the 2nd Annual Research Fellows Poster Celebration. Left: Zhiming Mai, PhD, discusses his award-winning research. Right: Participants viewing some of the 60 posters on display.

SECOND ANNUAL RESEARCH FELLOWS POSTER CELEBRATION WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

On June 1, 2007 we held the 2nd annual Research Fellows Poster Celebration to highlight the research accomplishments of MGH postdoctoral fellows.  Over 60 fellows presented their research, and a review panel chose 6 Winners and 5 Honorable Mentions.  The winners and honorable mentions received special recognition at the well-attended event, and each also received a cash prize of $350 or $250. Please visit our website for a list of current and past winners and honorable mentions.

 

MASS. GENERAL POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES WEBSITE
The MGPA has grown substantially in the past several months, and continues to develop programs designed to improve the experience of postdocs at the MGH. They have launched a
website with information and resources for all MGH research fellows.


AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP IN THE NATIONAL POSTDOC ASSOCIATION
The ORCD has an Institutional membership in the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), making all MGH Research Fellows eligible for Affiliate Membership.  The NPA offers many useful resources for postdoctoral fellows, and has an annual meeting, which will be held in Boston in 2008.  Please visit their web site at
http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/.

 

55 Fruit Street | Bulfinch 370 | Boston, MA 02114 | 617.643.1606 | orcd@partners.org

For more information about events and programs, please visit our website
http://www2.massgeneral.org/facultydevelopment/orcd/

 

Tayyaba Hasan, PhD

Director

Bulfinch 370F

(617) 643-2589

thasanORCD@partners.org

Ann Skoczenski, PhD

Program Manager

Bulfinch 360E

(617) 643-1170

askoczenski@partners.org

Peggy Ryan

Staff Assistant

Bulfinch 370

(617) 643-1606

mryan11@partners.org