2014 SACNAS National Conference

The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science is holding its annual SACNAS conference (#SACNAS2014) at Los Angeles Convention Center from October 15-19. Below are the activities that we have been involved in organizing. See the complete agenda.


Effective Time Management in Graduate School

The years spent in a Ph.D. program require different time management skills. The first half is about taking courses, passing exams, and fulfilling requirements. The second half is about becoming an independent researcher. All students are invited to attend and learn time management strategies for graduate school.
Thursday October 16 at 8:30am, Los Angeles Convention Center Rm 407

Meda Higa, Ph.D., Moderator
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, York College of Pennsylvania

Ruben Dagda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, University of Nevada School of Medicine

Edward Krug, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology, Medical University of South Carolina

Melanie Sinche
Senior Research Associate, Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
former Director, Office for Postdoctoral Affairs, Harvard University

The following are slides from our past events on this topic. See more slideshows on our Presentations page.


Science Writing to Support Your Career: from Blogging to Journalism

Writing online can promote your science and career. Panelists will describe how they use social media such as blogging and Twitter to discuss science, engage the public, and publicize accomplishments. Learn how to translate these skills into a journalism career covering topics such as science, tech, health, and more.
This session is sponsored by a generous NASW Idea Grant from the National Association of Science Writers.
Thursday October 16 at 8:30am, Los Angeles Convention Center Rm 305

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

Cynthia Coleman, Ph.D.
Professor, Communication, Portland State University
Musings on Native Science

Daniela Hernandez, Ph.D.
Reporter, Kaiser Health News
Univ of California, Santa Cruz Science Communication Program graduate

Teresa Lamsam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Executive Editor, Native Health News Alliance

The following are slides from our past events on this topic. See more slideshows on our Presentations page.


Postdoc Fundamentals: Selecting a Training Experience to Match Your Career Goals

Advanced PhD 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.
Friday October 17 at 8:30am, Los Angeles Convention Center Rm 501A

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

Edward Krug, Ph.D.
Associate 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

The following are slides from our past events on this topic. See more slideshows on our Presentations page.


Academic Faculty Jobs at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions

Learn how to be competitive for faculty jobs at undergraduate-centered institutions. Panel speakers are from liberal arts, community colleges, and schools where teaching is strongly valued. We will describe the qualifications for a strong job application. Postdoctoral and graduate fellowship opportunities for gaining teaching experience will also be presented.
Saturday October 18 at 2pm, Los Angeles Convention Center Rm 303AB

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

Kelle Cruz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Hunter College CUNY

Pedro Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences, Coastline Community College

Perla Myers, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of San Diego

John McCormack, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Occidental College

The following are slides from our past events on this topic. See more slideshows on our Presentations page.

last updated 17-Aug-2015