Paul Newhouse, M.D. Jim Turner Professor of Cognitive Disorders Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Medicine Director, Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine “Estrogen and the Brain: Studies in Cognitive Aging” Location: BRB II/III Auditorium
Jodi Mindell, PhD "Behavioral Treatment of Infant and Toddler Sleep Disturbances"
Leveraging your PhD: “Career Options Outside the Academy: Studying People, Technology, and the Worlds They Make"
September 26, 2013
Houston Hall 223, Golkin Room
Register for this program here
The “Leveraging your PhD” program series brings in speakers who have applied their knowledge, skills, and expertise in career fields and industries beyond academia. The aim of this series is to expose current PhD students and postdocs to a range of different career options, and provide more detailed information on the steps that can be taken to follow these paths. Each program provides the opportunity for you to hear about the experiences of Penn alumni and other “versatile” PhDs, ask them questions about their experiences and how they might inform your career choices, and to engage in some very productive networking. Whether you are actively seeking jobs beyond academia, developing a Plan B, or merely exploring one of many career paths open to you when you are ready to start your job search, you will find useful information within these programs.
University of Pennsylvania alumnus Dr. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is currently a senior consultant at Strategic Business Insights, a Menlo Park, CA consulting and research firm. He holds two academic appointments: visitor at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford University, and an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School.
After completing a postdoc in the History of Science, Dr. Pang embarked on a new career direction, working in technology forecasting and futures. There he discovered that his training was excellent preparation for helping governments and companies think about the future, and that the work offered plenty of opportunity to ask the kinds of questions that had occupied him as an academic. Moving from seminar rooms to boardrooms, and the academic conferences to corporate workshops does require some adjustment; but it's less a matter of learning entirely new skills than seeing your skills in a new light, and learning to apply your expertise in new ways.
Now an author for trade press publications (his latest book The Distraction Addiction, shows how ideas from history, anthropology, neuroscience, and philosophy can be woven together to help us deal with the modern problem of technology-driven distraction), Dr. Pang will discuss how his own career successes have been based on expressing an enduring interest in understanding people, technology, and the worlds they make. He will provide advice and insights regarding exploring career options that capitalize on the skills acquired in a doctoral education, and discuss the worlds of technology consulting and publishing in non-academic presses.
Topic: "Can We Improve Clinical Trial Efficiency for Subjective Outcomes: New Information from Pain Clinical Trials"
John Farrar, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Epidemiology at HUP
University of Pennsylvania Perelman SOM
Attention Faculty, Postdocs and grad students:
Please join us next Thursday September 26th from 12 – 1pm in CRB room 302 for the start of the joint CHOP & Penn Genetics JournalClub.
Last year was a great success and we want to keep up the momentum as we continue to improve the Genetics JournalClub to satisfy and benefit all involved. We gladly welcome any feedback or suggestions that would help to meet the needs of the postdocs, fellows and grad students in the Genetics community.
This year we are going to try a slightly different structure where we will have a topic or theme that will span 3 – 4 meetings. These topics can be anything that you are interested in and want to discuss (for example, autism research, functional analyses for NextGen sequencing data, ENCODE, cancer genetics, etc...). Therefore, rather than assigning topics, we want to get your input and brainstorm together during our first meeting on Thursday September 26th. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email your topic suggestions to avoid being assigned a topic you might not like. We hope to hear from everyone, especially postdocs and grad students!
Light lunch will be provided again this year thanks to Dr. Liebhaber and the generosity of the Penn Genetics department and CHOP Pediatrics!