Volume 2, Issue 1
Early Career Leadership
by Dr. Nelson Tiburcio
I wanted to share some recent developments and news. First of all, I want to remind members to update their website bios and photos, as many are out of date. One of the key NHSN initiatives and priorities going forward in the coming years is to train and mentor scientists. So share your news, especially all of the early career folks. The newsletter contains sections that highlight ongoing events, including recent developments, accomplishments, publications, proposal and dissertation defenses, etc., take advantage of this exposure! The only real way to keep connected is to stay in touch. Another viable mechanism that will allow us to get to know each other better is the website, use this forum! Coupled with El Faro, members can not only learn more about each other, and each other's work, but seek career advice, mentorship, and initiate collaborations. Forward these submissions to Sheila and use these tools.
Recently NIH positions and availability at NIDA and other Institutes were announced on the website. Note that the NIH is actively recruiting early career investigators. This is an ongoing initiative and as we learn more we will post available information on the website, on our listserve, and in El Faro. But suffice to say that if you don't check these forums you will be out of touch, so try and stay connected.
Mildred Maldonado Molina is providing an informative piece about teleconferencing and the Early Career Leadership Committee (ECLC)'s plans to hold quarterly forums where members can: 1) present and critique each others work, 2) update scientific conference presenter and participant information, and 3) hopefully initiate cross and interdisciplinary collaborations. Although much of this is still in the planning stages, the ECLC held its first meeting and the plan is to begin these in earnest during the Spring of 2009.
Last but not least, as the Chair of the Early Career Leadership Committee, I would like to introduce the committee members and their affiliations:
Nelson Tiburcio: National Development and Research Institutes NY; Committee Chair
Carlos Bedoya: Michigan State University; Editor of SRTI Corner in El Faro
Alice Cepeda: University of Houston
Mildred Maldonado-Molina: University of Florida
Ian Mendez: Texas A&M University, Graduate Student Liaison to ECLC
Juan Negron: Universidad Central del Caribe, PR
Laura O'Dell: University of Texas, El Paso
Vicky Ojeda: University of California San Diego
Liliane Windsor: Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey; Editor of El Faro
Willy Prado: University of Miami
Juan Carlos Reyes Puliza: Universidad Central del Caribe
Hilda Pantin: University of Miami
Please keep in mind that at times, committee members may call on volunteers to be part of ongoing projects. These may include sub-committees such as early career / graduate student conference planning, subcommittee membership or simply requests for updated information. Please help us if called. And take advantage of the Network, it is after all, our Network.
I want to wish us all a productive and healthy year ahead. These are extraordinary times and we are a significant part of the changes going forward. Let's make it happen.
Paz, salud y suerte,