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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 another successful Satellite Workshop at the 2019 annual meeting (see summary below), the CDC launched its fourth cohort of more than 10 pair mentor-mentee relationships May 2019.
As the NRMN site is in transition through the summer, we ask that any mentors or mentees interested in joining the program register here with this link.  (We anticipate another cohort will begin late Fall 2019.)

Click Here to register for the ABRF Mentoring Program.

Highlights of the Satellite Workshop on Mentoring at ABRF 2019:
This year’s Satellite Workshop on Mentoring, hosted by the ABRF Career Development Committee, aimed for a deep-dive into tactical skill development.   Bob Garvey, an internationally-recognized leader in the field from the UK, generously opened up key discussions about mentoring, stressing core values of humanism, taking people seriously, supporting and challenging, and mutual respect.  He stimulated the group throughout the day, with listening sessions requiring participants to listen and not talk for a full 5 minutes, and questioning-- not “leading”—having participants pose open-ended queries and truly wait for responses.  Bob demonstrated structured ways to do quick-focused-mentoring.  He illustrated through videos, and live with a participant partner, how to set ground rules for a mentoring partnership, have each party restate these ground rules verbally, and review these ground rules regularly throughout the partnership.  Bob stressed that no one should feel helpless in the world, either in one’s personal path or career, when there are bountiful ways to reach out and learn from others.  We had wonderful feedback from attendees. 

From Claudia Bispo (UCSF): "During this meeting I also had the opportunity to join the Satellite Workshop #2 (the Mentoring Way), which I found tremendously helpful, not only in learning about methods and skills on how to mentor, but particular interesting to me was learning how to be a good mentee and fully understand the benefits of a valuable mentoring partnership. I’m really hoping that next year I’ll have another opportunity to continue building-on these principles as well."

Questions? Contact careerdev@my.abrf.org

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)

 

Courses

1. 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.

To learn more about the course and see who has previously taken the course, click here.
 
For additional information, contact Phil Hockberger (p-hockberger@northwestern.edu) or visit http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/executive-education/individual-progr...

2. Stowers Institute will be home to the first open registration EMBO "Laboratory Leadership for Group Leaders" course in North America, April 9-12, 2019.  Registration fee: $3200  (covers training and all course material, as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks. Accommodations are not included.)
 
EMBO usually offers this course in Heidelberg, Germany, but beginning in 2019 group leaders from around the world will convene at the Stowers Institute to receive world-class EMBO leadership training.  EMBO, in partnership with consultancy teams, has designed this training specifically to meet the needs of researchers and others in academia. The course is intended for Group Leaders and is also open to Postdoctoral Associates who have secured faculty positions and are transitioning to independence.  Spanning 4 days, this course introduces key, yet simple, leadership concepts and provides hands-on experience in the form of role-play and discussion groups.
 
For more information, contact Karen Staehling (KSH@stowers.org) or Michelle Lewallen (mle@stowers.org) or visit http://lab-management.embo.org/dates/ell-stowers-2019

Links

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

Laura Lewis-Tuffin - Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL (Chair)
 
Heather Brewer - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Anitha Chennat - U. Michigan Medical School
Nancy Fisher - U. North Carolina (EB Liaison)
Luellen Fletcher - U. Pennsylvania
Kevin Gerrish - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Cassandravictoria Innocent - Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Lisa Macdowell - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Deb McMillen - Oregon Health & Science U. (retired)
Sheenah Mische - NYU Langone School of Medicine
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
Philip Hockberger ~ Northwestern University ~ Member: 01/12 - 5/19
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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