98th Annual Meeting
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy
Waimea, Big Island, Hawai`i
June 19 - 23, 2017


Workshops




Writing for Science and Technology
Tuesday Afternoon
 
AAAS STEM Career Development Workshop Sessions
Thursday Afternoon
 
Adapt or Perish: Academic Research is Losing the War for Public-Sector Support
Friday Morning


Writing for Science and Technology
Tuesday Afternoon

Session length: 3 hours


Organized by: Alicia Takaoka (English Department, University of Hawai`i at Hilo, Hilo HI; ajwilson@Hawaii.edu).

This is a hands-on workshop with discussion and activity for all participants. By gathering real world examples of scientific discoveries across a broad range of audiences and sharing teaching techniques, we can shape students into better writers and researchers. This workshop aims to gather perspectives for teaching writing across disciplines, writing to multiple audiences, and writing as discourse. The first hour of the workshop will feature a panel of students in different majors at University of Hawai`i Hilo. These students will share their research experiences and their perspective on science as communication. They will also discuss the pros and cons of approaching scientific writing as discourse. The next hour will be built on approaches to teaching scientific writing and best practices for teaching scientific writing across disciplines. Sharing personal experiences and anecdotes can lead to the development of stronger teaching techniques to reach a broader range of students. We will also spend this time discussing broad concepts that should be incorporated in our writing classes. Some concepts that will be discussed include networking and the locus of responsibility as scientists and researchers. The third hour will consist of brainstorming in task-based group activities for participants interested in identifying plagiarism, writing in discipline-specific citation styles, science as discourse, science as outreach, and writing for different audiences. We will also share our conclusions with the group about best practices for teaching writing across disciplines and concepts to teach to our students

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AAAS STEM Career Development Sessions
Thursday Afternoon

Session length: 3.5 hours


Organized by: Josh Henkin (Career Counselor/Founder, STEM Career Services; josh@stemcareerservices.com).

NOTE: This program includes topics which are addressed in courses offered in the AAAS Career Development Center. For a complete listing of courses, please visit the Career Development Center website at: https://careerdevelopment.aaas.org.

This workshop includes three talks focused on developing skills that are essential for transitioning from a research/academic role to a career outside of academia. One of the key messages contained in these talks is to realize the importance of gaining experience outside of the laboratory throughout your academic training. This can come in the form of volunteer positions, internships, part-time jobs and more. To build on this premise, each of these three sessions will focus on introducing skills to the audience that are essential in taking a strategic approach to career planning, improving networking skills to find mentors, jobs and more… and learning how to effectively communicate your technical and nontechnical skills in both a resume and during an interview. This will allow a prospective decision maker to easily understand your unique capabilities and why you are the “perfect” fit for a position. Anyone who is considering a career outside of academia will not want to miss these presentations.

Session 1 – Strategic Career Development
This session explores the skills and best practices in starting a job search to transition from an academic environment to one of many non-academic career paths. It introduces strategies for career planning, emphasizing an ongoing process for professional development throughout your career. Additional topics covered include finding a mentor and learning about the diverse world of careers available outside of academia.

Session 2 – Nonstop Networking
Although more than 70% of jobs are obtained through networking, many people find it to be one of the most challenging aspects of their job search. Fortunately, networking is a skill that can be practiced in order to gain comfort and proficiency. This session reveals a logical approach to networking for both introverts and extrovers. You will learn a variety of techniques to become more comfortable networking as well as how to identify networking opportunities and incorporate them into daily activities.

Session 3 – Resume and Interview Tips from a PhD Hiring Manager
What does a hiring manager look for in a resume and seek from candidates during an interview? What is the best way to communicate your technical and transferable skills to an employer on paper and in conversations? A good resume tells an interesting story about you that is customized to the employer’s needs. The more intriguing the resume, the more likely an employer will schedule an interview and make a job offer. This session provides actionable tips and best practices for creating an effective resume and preparing for an interview that will entice employers and land you a job.

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Adapt or Perish: Academic Research is Losing the War for Public-Sector Support
Friday Morning

Session length: 4 hours


Organized by: Rodger Bailey (BaileyGroupInternational, 31217 Bailard Rd., Malibu, CA 90265; baileygroupint@gmail.com).

The support mechanism for academic-based research has changed little since the early 1950s when the funding for research shifted away from private patronage to public patronage. While this paradigmatic shift brought many advantages to researchers, it also created a welfare-like system, where public-sector researchers became almost solely dependent upon the largess and whims of an ever more politicized public policy making process.

What can public-sector researchers do to affect the public policy that affects them? The presenters of this workshop will give attendees an inside view of the sometimes surreptitious political realities of what actually drives our public-policy making process, both today and into the future. Specifically, the presenters will address case-specific strategies that attendees may implement to more effectively adapt to the tribulations of (1) decreased government funding (grants), (2) increased regulatory hurdles and (3) a growing anti-science bias from both sides of the political isle.

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