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Career Development Committee

 The mission of the Career Development Committee (CDC) is to promote and develop career assistance for ABRF members through job fairs, counseling, workshops and a mentoring program.

ABRF Mentoring Program:  The ABRF has initiated a new, exciting partnership with the National Research Mentorship Network (NRMN), a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide researchers across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming. The NRMN is an NIH-funded organization that emphasizes the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly within the professional research community.

What's next for the Mentoring Program

Following a successful Satellite Workshop at the 2018 annual meeting, the CDC has been working with NRMN to develop an ABRF-specific mentoring track.  This track employs the new online MyMentor platform hosted by Chronus that will cater to ABRF members and offer unique features for professional development. ABRF members who enter their profile in the platform will be matched into a mentor/mentee relationship, given prompts and materials to grow their relationship, and will be requested to provide feedback in the areas that need enhancement.

The CDC is currently in the process of customizing the curriculum as well as the look and feel of the track. The goal is to launch the program by the third week of September.

Timeline for engaging the ABRF members:
8/13/18 to 9/2/18:  ABRF Sign-Up/Change-Up! There will be a sign-up initiative during this time encouraging all interested members to create and/or update their NRMN profiles, prior to being moved to the new ABRF track.

All members who are already in the NRMN’s platform will be seamlessly moved over into the new platform with your current profile. We recommend that you review your profile and update as you see fit, prior to 9/2/18. Any ABRF member who signed up at the Mentoring Booth at the ABRF meeting will also be entered into the system. This will allow you to describe your education and/or career history as well as what you hope to gain from a mentoring relationship.

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Core-Specific Job Families

Many U.S. Institutions have created job families specifically for directors, managers and staff working in core facilities. The rationale for specific job families is that these positions require advanced training and expertise in research technologies, above average interpersonal skills, business acumen and training, and are typically not soft-money positions. These job families have names like core scientist, core technician, core staff scientist, core research assistant, or core facility research professional. The following institutions have provided information with core-specific job families. If you would like to add your institution to the list, please send your information in a .pdf file to Phil Hockberger

    - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    - University of Iowa (1,668K)
    - University of Kansas Medical Center (457K)
    - UCSF Gladstone Institute (33K)
    - Moffitt Cancer Center (12K)
    - Jackson Laboratories (86K)

    - Northwestern University (24K)

   - University of Pennsylvania (172K)


Business Courses

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management announces the 5th Annual “Leadership and Management in Core Facilities” course on November 12-15, 2018, in Chicago. Tuition: $5000 (Travel Awards available). The course focuses on how to meet the unique challenges of operating a core facility in a university or non-profit setting.
         * Running a core facility successfully requires both a strong set of business management skills and deep insights into the nuances of leadership in a university setting. This four-day executive learning experience focuses specifically on helping you enhance your business and management skills and developing the leadership capacity to run your operation more effectively.
         * In this hands-on program, you’ll expand your knowledge and learn new approaches to leadership as you practice applying them to a challenge in your own organization. You’ll develop a team orientation that will enable you to engage your teams more effectively. You’ll leave this program with a deep understanding of your individual strengths and how to leverage them to meet difficult challenges and seize new opportunities.
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As an ABRF member, you can use the FASEB Career resources: 
    - View Document 

ABRF Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts
    - View Document 

 ABRF Response to NAS Letter on "Next Generation of Researchers Initiative" (Sept. 6, 2017)

  - View Document

 NAS recommendations for biomedical workforce (2018)

  - View Document

Committee Membership

Luellen Fletcher - U. Penn (Chair)
Heather Brewer - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Anitha Chennat - U. Michigan Medical School
Nancy Fisher - U. North Carolina (EB Liaison)
Phil Hockberger - Northwestern U.
Cassandravictoria Innocent - Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Laura Lewis-Tuffin - Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
Deb McMillen - Oregon Health & Science U. (retired)
Shennah Mische - NYU Medical School
Claudius Mundoma - Florida State U.
Jianjun (J-J) Shen - MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sherry Thorton - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Membership History

Jim G. Farmar ~ Merck ~ Member: 03/10 - 03/12
Gabriela Grigorean ~ ThermoFisher  ~ Chair: 03/10 - 05/15
Jack Simpson ~ US Pharmacopeia  ~ Ad hoc: 03/10 - 05/15
Paula B Turpen ~ University of Nebraska Medical Center  ~ Member & EB Liaison: 05/13 - 03/17
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