SBU Faculty, Alumni to Speak at Science and Career Symposium

8441A group of faculty and alumni from Stony Brook University are part of WCUB 2013, “What Can You Be with a PhD?,” which will be held November 2 and November 3 at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. This major career education program is expected to attract more than 1,000 graduate students and postdocs from the metropolitan area. Click here to see the agenda for the weekend.

The group from Stony Brook includes faculty members John Timmer and Eric Vieira, and alumni Jennifer Hobin, Steven Isaacman and Zachary Kurtz.

Timmer is the science editor of Ars Technica, a leading online publication in science and technology news and innovation. He also teaches scientists how to communicate with the public and each other at Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and at Cornell Medical College.

Vieira is the director of Special Research Programs for CUNY, oversees the Professional Science Masters initiative and the Postdoctoral Development program, and manages the CUNY Designs for UNICEF Challenge. In addition, he is the director at Stony Brook Manhattan for the Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry course, a program of SBU’s Center for Biotechnology.

Hobin holds a BA in psychology, summa cum laude, from Stony Brook University. She is director of Science Policy at the American Association for Cancer Research. She also served as the director of Science Policy at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, where she co-developed myIDP, an online, interactive career and professional development tool for graduate students and postdocs in the sciences.

Isaacman earned his MS in organic chemistry from Stony Brook. He founded Nanometics LLC in 2006, and is responsible for the design and fabrication of several materials that are currently sold globally in the personal care and pharmaceutical industry. He is the PI on two awards from the National Institutes of Health and is a visiting scholar at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at New York University, where he also earned an MS and PhD in physical organic chemistry.

Kurtz obtained his BS in biochemistry from Stony Brook University. His current research at NYU is in microbial ecology/computational biology, co-advised by Richard Bonneau and Martin Blaser.

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