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Project Title: Graduate Education in Chemistry in the Context of a Changing Environment: A Workshop

PIN: DELS-BCST-11-05         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology

Zolandz, Dorothy

Subject/Focus Area:
Education; Math, Chemistry and Physics

Graduate Education in Chemistry in the Context of a Changing Environment: A Workshop
January 23, 2012 - January 24, 2012
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Rachel Yancey
Phone: 202-334-1362
Fax: 202-334-2154


Monday, January 23

8:00 a.m. Welcome, Objectives, and Introductions; Joe Francisco, Purdue University; Chair, Workshop Organizing Committee

Overview—Drivers for this Workshop
8:15 a.m. Introductory remarks; Matthew Platz, Director, Division of Chemistry, NSF

8:45 a.m. ACS Presidential Commission on Graduate Education; Bassam Shakhashiri, President- Elect, American Chemical Society

9:00 a.m. The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the US; Patricia McAllister Vice President for Government Relations and External Affairs, Council of Graduate Schools

9:30 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. “Graduate School. What is it supposed to do?” George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, Harvard University (via web)

10:15 a.m. Chemistry Education: Fulfillment of Professional and Societal Goals; Gary Schuster, Vasser Woolley Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Social Compact—Addressing Societal Challenges

10:45 a.m. David Berry, Flagship Ventures

11:15 a.m. Issam Dairanieh, BP Alternative Energy (invited)

11:45 a.m. Lunch

Stressors on the current model for chemistry graduate education

12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: What challenges may force changes in the way departments currently recruit, fund, and train graduate students in chemistry?

Holden Thorp, Chancellor, University of North Carolina (via web)
Paul Houston, Dean, College of Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor, University of California at San Diego
Mike Doyle, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Maryland at College Park

Chemists in Non-Academic Settings: How well is graduate training preparing PhDs to solve problems outside the academic setting?

1:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: What are the skills industry managers need in PhD chemists, and how is employment of chemists and the skills they need evolving?

Thomas Degnan, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
Bill Beaulieu, Chevron Phillips Chemical
Sandy Mills, Vice President, Discovery and Preclinical Sciences, Merck Sharp & Dohme
David Kronenthal, Vice President of Chemical Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Joydeep Lahiri, Division Vice President and Director of Bio and Organic Research, Corning, Inc.
Rajiv Dhawan, Talent Acquisition Manager, Du Pont Technology, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours, Inc.

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: What skills have served recent graduates well in their positions, and what additional skills would have been useful as they began their careers?

David Tellers, Merck Sharp & Dohme
Sid Shenoy, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours, Inc.
Heather Gennadios, US Food and Drug Administration
Jake Yeston, Senior Editor, Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science

4:30 p.m. Open discussion

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Tuesday, January 24

Preparing the next generation of faculty

8:00 a.m. Panel Discussion: How well does graduate training prepare PhDs to become faculty?

Jennifer Schomaker, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Samuel Thomas, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Tufts University
Julie Aaron, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, DeSales University

9:30 a.m. Agency efforts: NIGMS program to mentor junior faculty; Bob Lees, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Open Discussion: Are graduate chemistry programs serving our students well?
• Where are innovations needed to improve or enhance the training our students receive, and their preparedness to address the next generation of research challenges?
• What are the barriers to achieving innovation in graduate chem. programs?
• What should the graduate program of the future look like?

11:30 a.m. Wrap up; Closing remarks, Joe Francisco

12 noon Adjourn