2012 SACNAS National Conference

The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science is holding its 39th annual SACNAS conference at Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) in Seattle, Washington from October 11-14. Below are the activities that we have been involved in organizing or are promoting. Professional development panels and activities below are highlighted from the complete agenda.

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Academic Faculty Jobs at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Learn how to be competitive for faculty jobs at undergraduate-centered institutions. Panel speakers are from liberal arts and community colleges where teaching is strongly valued especially at Community Colleges. We will describe the critical qualifications for a strong job application as well as how to balance responsibilities such as research and teaching at Liberal Arts Colleges. Postdoctoral and graduate fellowship opportunities for gaining teaching experience will also be presented. Slide presentations from the similar 2010 panel are below.
Saturday Oct. 13, 1:30 pm, WSCC Room 618

Meda Higa, Ph.D.; Moderator
Assistant Professor, Biology, York College of Pennsylvania

Mark Levandoski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry, Grinnell College
The Liberal Arts Colleges Assocation for Faculty Inclusion
Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellowship

Daniela Kohen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry, Carleton College

Shannon Manuelito, M.S.
Faculty, Biology, Estrella Mountain Community College

Renae Brodie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology, Mount Holyoke College
Five Colleges Dissertation Fellowship Program (Massachusetts)



Blogging and Twitter Fundamentals: Promoting Your Science Online

Web 2.0 social media tools provide new channels for promoting your science and career. How can an online presence through blogs and Twitter be balanced with the traditional measure of scholarship — publications? Panelists will describe how they use online tools to discuss science, engage the public, and publicize accomplishments. In particular, we will highlight writing for the Diversity in Science Blog Carnival. The 2011 presentation is below on “Using Social Media to Chronicle Your Science Activities: Research, Teaching, and Outreach”.
Saturday Oct. 13, 3:15 pm, WSCC Room 608

Danielle Lee, Ph.D., Moderator
Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology, Oklahoma State University
Scientific American blog: The Urban Scientist
example post: Brown Faces in White Places Doing Science (and wearing hoodies)

Cara Santa Maria, M.S.
Science Correspondent, AOL Huffington Post Media Group
The Huffington Post blog: Talk Nerdy To Me
example post: Women In Science: Why So Few?: (see video below)

Sabrina Bonaparte, Ph.D.
Recent PhD Graduate, Sociology, University of Washington
University of Washington SACNAS student chapter: Hosting the “Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month” Edition of the Diversity in Science Blog Carnival

Cynthia Coleman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication, Portland State University
Member of the Osage Tribe
Self-published blog: Musings on Native Science
example post: Can We Engage Indians in Science?



The Huffington Post blog entry: Women In Science: Why So Few?: You Are Not Too Pretty To Do Math - Or Science!


Postdoc Preparation Workshop

Advanced Ph.D. graduate students will learn how postdoctoral training can enhance their career goals. Presenters from the life, physical, and social sciences will describe 1) different postdoc types, 2) advisor & project selection considerations, 3) sources of funding, and 4) resources for professional development.
Thursday Oct. 11, 8:30 - 11:45 am, WSCC Room 620

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D., Chair
Executive Director, DiverseScholar (a project of Community Partners)
Founding Editor, MinorityPostdoc.org

Edward Krug, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs
Associate Program Director, NIH IRACDA Postdoctoral Training Program
Medical University of South Carolina

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

We thank Christine Des Jarlais, Ed.D., Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, University of California, San Francisco for help organizing the workshop.


Biology Education Research: Using Science to Teach Science More Effectively

Biology education research is a rapidly growing field in which teaching methods are evaluated scientifically for their ability to increase learning gains, improve retention, and increase diversity among undergraduates. Speakers will present examples of innovative education approaches that have been rigorously tested in classrooms both large and small.
Friday Oct. 12, 8:30 am, WSCC Room 610

Nancy Aguilar-Roca, Ph.D., Chair
Lecturer & Researcher; University of California, Irvine
Example publications:


Tell Me About Yourself: The One-Minute Biosketch

This highly interactive workshop helps participants with the dreaded open question “Tell me about yourself”. Participants practice their presentations and listening skills that are critical to networking and that first impression.
Saturday Oct. 29 1:30 pm in SJCC Room B3

Emil Chuck, Ph.D.
Director of Admissions
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University


Linking Science and Policy: Cultivating Leaders to Effect Evidence-based Policy that Serves Society

This session will explore the critical role of scientists across government, academic, non-profit, and industry sectors to contribute leadership and innovation to effect and implement evidence-based public policy that serves society. Delving into challenges and opportunities to bridge the gulf in culture, contexts, and complexities between S&T, policy, and politics. The 2010 presentation is below on “AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships: Plug the Power of Science into Public Policy”.
Saturday Oct. 13, 3:15 pm, WSCC Room 613

Salaeha Shariff, M.P.S., Moderator
Project Director, Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Edward Ramos, Ph.D.
Research Fellow and Science Policy Analyst, National Institutes of Health, Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health

Lekelia Jenkins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington

Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D.
AAAS HEHS Fellow, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Human Resource Development

Chelsea Martinez, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Oberlin College
former Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute STEM Graduate Fellow

Richard A. Weibl
Director, Center for Careers in Science and Technology, AAAS
Director, Project on Science, Technology, and Disability, AAAS

last updated 19-Oct-2012