02 Aug Petri Dishes: From the Immediate Past-Director: July 2019 Issue
A Note From the Immediate Past-Director
Elizabeth Petri Henske, MD
Congratulations to the BRIght Futures Finalists!
Natalie Artzi, PhD
Training an Immuno-army: Exploiting Immune Engineering for the Treatment of Pediatric Gliomas
Mahmoud Nasr, PhD
Engineering a Universal Influenza Vaccine Using Nanodiscs
Leonardo Riella, MD, PhD
Point-of-Care Biomarker Assay for Kidney Transplantation using CRISPR/Cas13 Technology
Networking for Academics: Conquering the Fear Factor
This panel discussion, moderated by Frank S. David, MD, PhD, focused on the “how” and the “why” of networking. The four panelists imparted words of wisdom to the attendees, each adding their own perspective to the conversation.
It is possible to be an introvert and still network successfully
Sandro Santagata, MD, PhD may not consider himself a “networker,” but finds that it is crucial to be open and collaborative in order to create strong relationships.
Join small societies
Elena Aikawa, MD, PhD emphasized that small societies offer people the chance to interact and make themselves visible. Strong connections are important for future career development, promotions, and job changes.
Networking is unpredictable
Erin McKenna, MBA pointed out the beauty in this idea; you can never predict what may come from various or planned interactions. It could lead to a promotion, new career path, or partnership.
Branch out and gain exposure
Natalie Artzi, PhD stated that the more you do this, the more opportunity there will be. Remember to expand your network to those outside of your specific interests, fields, and studies. Find people that will help you grow.
Dr. David ended the discussion by encouraging the audience to “be the change that they want to be.” Whether you are introverted, extroverted, struggle to connect to others, or shy away from social media, make the changes that will allow you to create opportunity, build lasting relationships, and develop your career.
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