Mini Courses Offered Fall 2017 (BIOMG 7800)

Career Options for PhDs in the Life Sciences (Class #18643)  Instructor:  John Schimenti

November 3, 2017 10am-3pm  Enroll before October 16

Featured Speakers:

Nadia Drake (Topic: Science writing) Nadia is a contributing writer at National Geographic, where she covers everything from planets to animals to emerging jungle tribes. Before that, she was a science reporter at Wired, and an astronomy reporter at Science News. Her bylines have also appeared in Nature, New Scientist, and BBC Earth, among others. Nadia received her PhD at Cornell working in the lab of Paul Soloway, then earned a certificate in science communication from UC Santa Cruz. Her father, Frank Drake, was a Cornell astronomer famous for the Drake Equation and founding of SETI.

Joel Tabb (Topic: Careers in Biotech industry). Joel is President of Ionica Sciences is an in vitro diagnostics company based in Ithaca, NY. Ionica focuses on combining cutting-edge assays to detect infectious diseases in humans. Their first target is a test for Lyme disease.

Tracey de Pellegrin (Topic: Scientific publishing). Tracey DePellegrin is Editor-in-Chief of Science Editor, as well as Executive Editor of GENETICS & G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics at the Genetics Society of America.

Chris Schaffer (Topic: Science Policy) Chris B. Schaffer is an Associate Professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the Associate Dean of Faculty at Cornell University. His lab develops advanced optical techniques that enable quantitative imaging and targeted manipulation of individual cells in the central nervous system of rodents. Chris is active in developing novel educational strategies to teach science as a dynamic process for discovery that are used in outreach settings in middle and high-school science classes as well as in college-level courses. Chris also has a strong interest in science policy and spent a year in Washington, DC as a science policy fellow in the office of Senator Edward Markey. He continues to be active in policy, including through a science policy course he teaches.

Kim Holloway (Topic: Grants management) Dr. Holloway is a grants and contracts officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs at Cornell. She completed undergraduate and Ph.D. training at University of Leicester, UK, studying meiotic recombination in humans. Her postdoctoral training was conducted with Dr. Paula Cohen at Cornell. Next, Kim held a non-tenure track faculty appointment in the Department of Biomedical Sciences for 6 years before transitioning her current career path into grants management. Kim works primarily with project teams competing for large multi-investigator grants, projects of strategic importance, and early career awards.

Amy Lyndaker (Topic: Research and teaching at a small college) Dr. Amy M. Lyndaker is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Elmira College. She completed her Ph.D. in 2009 in the lab of Dr. Eric Alani through the BMCB program in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University, where she used yeast as a model system to study the roles of mismatch repair proteins in mitotic genetic recombination mechanisms. She then moved on to perform post-doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Robert Weiss in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, where she used mouse genetics to study relationships between DNA repair mechanisms and both meiosis and testicular cancer. Dr. Lyndaker taught at Ithaca College on a one-year appointment, and joined the Elmira College faculty in the summer of 2015.

Mitochondrial Function, Evolution & Disease (Class # 5035)  Instructor: Zhenglong Gu

Wednesdays 5-6pm in Weill Hall 226