2016 SACNAS National Conference

The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science is holding its annual SACNAS conference (#SACNAS2016) in Long Beach, CA from October 13-15. Below are the activities that we are organizing.

We thank the University of Wisconsin-Madison site of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) for sponsoring our SACNAS activities.


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.
Thursday October 13 at 8:45am, Long Beach Convention Center Room 104C

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.


Open Science: Practicing & Publishing in a Modern Academic Career

The work of science is changing with the development of “open” practices in research data sharing, notebook keeping, manuscript review, publication access, and education. Expectations of open access practices are also coming from federal and private funding agencies. Attend this session to learn about open skills from advocates and practitioners.
Friday October 14 at 8:30 am, Long Beach Convention Center Room 202C

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

Cesar Berrios-Otero, Ph.D.
Outreach Director, F1000Research

Erin McKiernan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Miguel Hernandez
Founder / Developer, OpenMindz Group

Learn more about this topic from these sites:
Why Open Research? Advance your career by sharing your work
Point of view: How open science helps researchers succeed
What is open access?
When will ‘open science’ become simply ‘science’?
Opportunities in Open Source at the Tapia Conference
Increasing Ethnic and Gender Diversity in Open Source Communities (video)


Science Communication to Support Your Career: From Social Media to Journalism

Writing online can promote your science, outreach, 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.

We will be discussing the Dakota Access Pipeline situation as a case study about environmental science, social justice, and the Native American community’s rights. How can scientists use their expertise and personal experience to educate the public about the relevant issues underlying the protests occurring in the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Saturday October 15 at 9am, Long Beach Convention Center Room 203A

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.
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

Jessica Retis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Journalism, California State University, Northridge

Jacquelyn Bolman, Ph.D.,
President and Co-Founder, InterTribal Student Services

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

last updated 13-Oct-2016