Advocating for Science Travel Scholarships – Part 2: Interview with Katherine Simeon

Advocating for Science Travel Scholarships – Part 2: Interview with Katherine Simeon

The “Advocating for Science” symposium and workshop is taking place at MIT September 16-17, 2016, to enable junior scientists to advocate for science. The purpose of the meeting is to give an opportunity to those with a passion for advocating for science to develop their advocacy skills, meet like-minded junior scientists and develop focused efforts together to effect positive change. To try to extend this meeting beyond the Boston area, we recently put out an application call for travel scholarships for attendees from further afield. Following interviews with our Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Travel Award Recipient, Alex Erwin, and our first Advocating for Science Travel recipient Holly Hamilton, here is our next recipient, Katherine Simeon:   I am a third year PhD student in Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northwestern University. As a cognitive scientist, I am interested in how language, perception, and cognition are interconnected. Currently, I study language processing in difficult listening conditions and how this varies for individuals with hearing loss. I am also passionate about science outreach and communication. Tell us a little about your career path so far and what you are currently working on. While studying Cognitive Science and Linguistics as an undergrad at Johns Hopkins University, I fell in love with language development and processing. Through undergraduate research assistantships, I investigated many questions: from how children process sentences to how adults discriminate different speech sounds. Outside of the lab, I worked with different clinical populations: I volunteered at a school for children with autism and worked as an assistant at an aphasia center. These experiences sparked my interest in atypical language development. I entered graduate school determined to combine my research experience with my interest...
Advocating for Science Travel Scholarships – Part 1: Interview with Holly Hamilton

Advocating for Science Travel Scholarships – Part 1: Interview with Holly Hamilton

The “Advocating for Science” symposium and workshop is taking place at MIT September 16-17, 2016, to enable junior scientists to advocate for science. The purpose of the meeting is to give an opportunity to those with a passion for advocating for science to develop their advocacy skills, meet like-minded junior scientists and develop focused efforts together to effect positive change.   To try to extend this meeting beyond the Boston area, we recently put out an application call for travel scholarships for attendees from further afield, which has now closed. We are very excited to announce that in addition to our Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Travel Award Recipient, Alex Erwin, we have been able to award five Advocating for Science Travel Scholarships! Over a series of blogposts, we’ll be sharing an interview with each of them.   The first post in this series is an interview with Holly Hamilton, who will be joining us from Texas:   I received my Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. I then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Smithville, TX. I certainly learned a great deal about molecular biology, genetics, and moving small clear liquids with great precision. However I learned far more about persistence in the face of nearly certain failure, interpersonal skills, and how to stay motivated when performing difficult tasks to achieve long-term goals. I am a passionate and possibly very annoying person who can never leave well-enough alone. I improve my surroundings, wherever they may be. To that end, I founded a Trainee Association along with other postdocs and students....
Interview with Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Travel Award Recipient, Alex Erwin

Interview with Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Travel Award Recipient, Alex Erwin

  The “Advocating for Science” symposium and workshop is taking place at MIT September 16-17, 2016, to enable junior scientists to advocate for science. The purpose of the meeting is to give an opportunity to those with a passion for advocating for science to develop their advocacy skills, meet like-minded junior scientists and develop focused efforts together to effect positive change.   To try to extend this meeting beyond the Boston area, we have just put out an application call for travel scholarships for attendees from further afield. Our first travel award attendee is Alex Erwin, a PhD Candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas.     Alex received travel support from the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. President and CEO, Wayne O. Carter, told us, “We are very pleased to support a travel award for the Advocating for Science Symposium. We must be able to communicate the value of science to help individuals and groups appreciate the importance scientific research for our health and the health and future prosperity of our world”.   We talked to Alex about what she has been up to and what she hopes to get from the symposium.   Tell us a little about your career path so far and what you are currently working on. I received a BS in microbiology at Missouri State University. I loved genetics and was grateful for the opportunity to work in my genetics professor’s grapevine research lab as an undergraduate. For my first project there, I identified powdery mildew disease resistant grapes which had inherited two resistance genes through the use of genetic markers. This work was rooted...

FOR Blogpost at Cell Press Careers Under the Microscope

Future of Research Boston 2015 lead organizers Sarah Mazzilli and Gary McDowell have written a blogpost as part of the Cell Press “Careers Under the Microscope” series, “How Does the Number of Graduate Student and Postdoc Positions Affect YOUR Career in Science?“discussing the goals behind the 2015 Boston symposium. Don’t forget to register for the symposium here!...