2017 National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting

San Francisco CA

Mar 17 - 19, 2017

The NPA Annual Meeting remains the largest national meeting and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community. The event has grown over the years and we anticipate approximately 450 attendees, including postdocs, administrators, and faculty. Disciplinary societies, industry, and organizations attend from across the nation. There are several opportunities for postdocs, corporations, institutions, associations, and societies to connect in a meaningful way.

In 2017, our Annual Meeting is hosted by the University of California System at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

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Claudia Adkison

Claudia R. Adkison, J.D., Ph.D., Emeritus Executive Associate Dean and Professor, Emory University School Medicine

Bio: Claudia R. Adkison, J.D., Ph.D., received her doctoral degree from Tulane University in the School of Medicine, and years later her J.D. degree from Georgia State University. She is retired from her position as executive associate dean/administration and faculty affairs, and COO in Emory University’s School of Medicine for 15 years. Before that, she was a professor in cell biology in the medical school for 20 years. In the interim between these two phases of her career in academic medicine, she practiced law in intellectual property at the international firm Kilpatrick Stockton. She focuses her continuing part-time consulting work on medical school administration, faculty development, compliance in research and medicine, strategic planning, policy matters, leadership training, and other projects for academic health centers nationally and internationally. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Bar, continues to be active in national professional and academic societies, and speaks nationally on various aspects of academic medicine. She recently served on the national boards of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and the MedicAlert Foundation, and she continues her volunteer work for the Huntington’s Disease Society nationally and in Georgia.

Nancy Calvin-Naylor

Managing Director, Institute for Research on Innovation & Science

Bio: Nancy Calvin-Naylor, Ph.D., serves as the managing director for the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science. She previously led an education team for the University of Michigan's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) unit, the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR). Calvin-Naylor earned a doctoral degree from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan, focusing on faculty affairs and student development. Her professional expertise and interests include social science methodology, adult learning theory, and higher education policy.

P. Kay Lund

Director Division of Biomedical Research Workforce, NIH Extramural Research Training Officer, National Institutes of Health

Bio: P. Kay Lund, Ph.D., is director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce in the Office of Extramural Programs, Office of Extramural Research, Office of the Director, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The division has responsibilities for policy regarding extramural programs related to training, career development and diversity of the biomedical research workforce. The division also performs research and economic analyses to evaluate training and career development programs and predict workforce trends and future needs. Lund joined NIH from a career in academia including appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has mentored many biomedical researchers from undergraduate students to faculty and both doctorate and physician scientists who are succeeding as independent researchers. She was co-PI on an IRACDA institutional training grant and served on advisory committee or as mentor for multiple training grants across all stages of training. She is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterology Association. Lund has published widely in her scientific discipline(s) and has also about multiple potential career outcomes for Ph.D. scientists (see The Flexible Ph.D. Gastroenterology, 125:1301) and women in science see Opportunities and Challenges for women PhD investigators in gastrointestinal research, Gastroenterology 145, 266. Lund serves as co-chair of an NIH Working Group on Strengthening the Biomedical Workforce, which provides input on the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) programs, which are supported to develop of innovative approaches to training for multiple potential biomedical research career paths.

Peter Fiske

CEO, PAX Water Technologies, Inc.

Bio: Peter S. Fiske, Ph.D. is the CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc. and formerly the co-founder of RAPT Industries, a spin-out from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Prior to forming RAPT, Fiske was an experimental physicist at LLNL. He has been featured on NPR's Talk of the Nation - Science Friday. Fiske received his Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Materials Science 1993 from Stanford University and is the author of the book To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists, (www.agu.org/careerguide) published by AGU and the upcoming second edition Put Your Science to WORK: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists and Engineers. He is currently a regular contributor to Nature.

R. Kevin Grigsby

MSW, DSW, ACSW, Association of American Medical Colleges

Bio: R. Kevin Grigsby, M.S.W., D.S.W., is senior director, member organizational development at the Association of American Medical Colleges. He facilitates development of a future-oriented perspective on the part of leaders in academic medicine and science. He helps leaders to align organizational resources with missions and unify the clinical, academic, and research enterprises in academic health systems. This approach has demonstrated success in breaking down barriers that typically separate academic departments and in reducing traditional barriers between employees and managers. Grigsby promotes effective interpersonal communication within academic health systems and helps organizations to implement conflict resolution strategies at the department and institutional levels. He advocates for promoting faculty and staff participation in organizational decision-making processes. He has been instrumental in creating and leading career development programs for interim leaders, aspiring leaders, associate deans, and department chairs. Through the AAMC, Grigsby and his team offer campus-based technical assistance to improve organizational and leadership performance at medical schools and teaching hospitals. These efforts include improving organizational diversity and inclusion and promoting equity in the distribution of resources and rewards. Grigsby is the author of over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and other publications including three books. In 2016, Grigsby and his AAMC colleague William T. Mallon, Ed.D, coauthored Leading: Top Skills, Attributes, and Behaviors Critical for Success as part of the AAMC Successful Department Chair series.

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