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The Summit will begin late Wednesday, March 10, 2010, and continue all day Thursday, March 11, 2010. The Summit precedes the National Postdoctoral Association's 8th Annual Meeting, which will take place March 12-14, 2010, a few blocks away on the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia campuses.


olsenFeatured keynote speaker:

Kathie Olsen, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor
National Science Foundation
Bio sketch






Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2:30-5:00 p.m.     Registration
Mezzanine Landing

3:30-4:00 p.m.     Welcome
Grand Ballroom

Stacy L. Gelhaus, Ph.D.
, Chair, National Postdoctoral Association Board of Directors; NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow Center for Cancer Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania

Kelly Mack, Ph.D.
, ADVANCE Program Officer, National Science Foundation, Division of Human Resource Development

4:00-5:30 p.m.     Postdoc Women and the Academic Pipeline: Stories from the Trenches
Grand Ballroom

Lilian Wu, Ph.D., Program Executive, Corporate University Relations, IBM Technology and Innovation; Chair, National Research Council's Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Elizabeth Freeland, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Washington University at St. Louis

Catherine Mavriplis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa

Sibby Anderson Thompkins, Ph.D.
, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs in the Vice Chancellor's Office for Research and Economic Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

This panel will share first-hand accounts of some of the challenges facing postdoc women, including perspectives from the point of view of the key stakeholders in the postdoctoral community: postdoc, faculty, and institution.

See presentation slides.

5:30-6:00 p.m.     Break

6:00-8:00 p.m.     Dinner and Keynote Address
Grand Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Kathie Olsen, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Former Deputy Director, National Science Foundation

Thursday, March 11, 2010

7:30-9:00 a.m.     Registration
Mezzanine Landing

7:30-9:00 a.m.     Breakfast
Grand Ballroom

8:30-8:45 a.m.     Welcome
Grand Ballroom

Stacy L. Gelhaus, Ph.D.
, National Postdoctoral Association 8:45-9:45 a.m. Data on Postdocs and Gender: What Do We Know?
Grand Ballroom

Cathee Johnson Phillips, M.A., Executive Director, National Postdoctoral Association

Amber Budden, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Jeri Metzger Mulrow,
Senior Statistician, Division of Science Resources Statistics, National Science Foundation

Women leave the academic pipeline in greatest numbers in those disciplines where the postdoc position is most common. This panel will review the data that are available about the situation of postdoc women and their career paths.

See presentation slides.

9:45-10:00 a.m.     Break

10:00-11:30 a.m.   Why do Postdoc Women Leave the Academic Career Pipeline?
Grand Ballroom

Catherine Didion, Director, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Research Council (NRC)

Donna Ginther, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Economic and Business Analysis of the Institute for Policy and Social Research, University of Kansas

Mary Ann Mason, Ph.D., J.D.
, Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley

Diana Stavreva, Ph.D.
, Research Fellow, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

This panel will give an evidence-based review of the reasons postdoc women do not continue on the academic career path and discuss approaches for mitigating some of these issues.

See presentation slides.

11:45-12:00 p.m.    Break


12:00-1:30 p.m.Working Lunch
Grand Ballroom

Introduction: Kathleen Flint, Ph.D., NPA ADVANCE Project Manager

Speaker: Alice Hogan, Independent Consultant, First Program Director, NSF ADVANCE

See presentation slides.

1:30-2:00 p.m.      Break

2:00-3:30 p.m.      Breakout Sessions: What Can Be Done to Retain Postdoc Women?

This series of parallel breakout sessions will offer a brief overview of some promising practices for assisting postdoc women in transitioning to faculty positions. Special focus will be given to lessons learned from existing programs; how to tailor a program to fit the needs of postdoc women; and strategies for building institutional support for these approaches.

Retaining Postdoc Women through Mentoring
Crystal Ballroom, Second Floor

Phoebe S. Leboy, Ph.D., Immediate Past President, Association for Women in Science (AWIS); Professor of Biochemistry Emerita, University of Pennsylvania

Joan Lakoski, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Career Development at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences; Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education, Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology; Professor in Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Donna Ginther, Ph.D., University of Kansas

Donna Dean, Ph.D.
, Senior Science Advisor, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

This session will present some key practices and considerations for the mentoring of postdoc women. Panelists will present successful models and recommended approaches for fostering effective mentoring at the individual and institutional level.

See presentation slides.

Retaining Postdoc Women with Professional and Career Development
Chestnut Room, Third Floor

Nancy Schwartz, Ph.D., Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Chicago

Catherine Mavriplis, Ph.D., University of Ottawa

Phillip Clifford, Ph.D.
, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education and Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin

Janet Bandows Koster, M.B.A.
, Executive Director, Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

This session will focus on promising professional and career development models that could aid postdoc women to advance in their careers. Panelists will present some effective practices they have utilized, with an emphasis on sharing lessons learned for implementing them at other institutions or venues.

See presentation slides.

Retaining Postdoc Women through Effective Postdoctoral Policies
Walnut Room, Third Floor

Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus, Ph.D., Director of Science and Policy, Ripple Effect Communications, Inc.

Roger Chalkley, D.Phil., Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Training, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Helen Mederer, Ph.D.
, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of
Rhode Island

This session will present approaches for using effective policies to retain postdoc women in the academic career pipeline. These will include models for implementing effective and family-friendly postdoc policies and other policy-based retention practices.

See presentation slides.

3:30-3:45 p.m.     Reconvene in Grand Ballroom

3:45-4:30 p.m.     Discussion and Wrap Up
Grand Ballroom

Discussants will sum up key ideas generated during the Summit and prompt some general discussion about the key influences on the career paths of women postdocs and the best ways to assist postdocs in pursuing the path of their own choosing.


As part of NPA ADVANCE, the summit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0819994. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.