Session 4: 3:00PM to 4:15PM, choose one to attend

Workshop: Improving Your Presentation Skills #2
Seminar: Acquiring Quantitative & Technical Skills at Berkeley
Panel: Science Communication & Outreach (STEM)
Panel: University Beyond the Classroom

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Workshop: Improving your Presentation Skills #2

This interactive workshop will focus on techniques to help participants communicate clearly, confidently, and persuasively. Participants will explore techniques for identifying ineffective behavior, neutralizing stage fright, selecting persuasive language, using voice, eye contact, and gestures appropriately and effectively as well as the artful use of notes and slides. The workshop will provide a safe, constructive atmosphere to maximize participation. Space limit: 25 attendees, first-serve-first-come basis.
Lura Dolas
Senior Acting Instructor, UC Berkeley - MA, Theater Education
Lura Dolas is the senior acting instructor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies. In addition to her work as an actor and acting teacher, she has more than thirty years of experience using modified theater techniques to help individuals from the academic, business, arts and legal sectors communicate their visions clearly, confidently and persuasively. She has worked with organizations such as Google and Kaiser Permanente, and has conducted workshops for Haas Business School, Continuing Education for the Bar, UC Berkeley’s Office of Media Relations as well as many private firms and corporations.

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Seminar: Acquiring Quantitative & Technical Skills at Berkeley

This seminar will be a series of presentations from directors of institutes/groups at Berkeley that provide trainings to researchers on quantitative and technical skills. These skills are not only important for academic research, but are also applicable to a variety of careers.
Camille Crittenden
Deputy Director, CITRIS & the Banatao Institute - PhD in Musicology
Dr. Camille Crittenden serves as Deputy Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, and directs the CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative. Prior to coming to CITRIS in 2012, she was Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law, where she helped to develop its program in human rights, technology, and new media. She has written and spoken widely on these topics, as well as technology applications for civic engagement, government transparency and accountability, and the digital divide. She held previous positions as Assistant Dean for Development with International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley and in development and public relations at University of California Press and San Francisco Opera. She earned an MA and Ph.D. from Duke University.
Kevin Koy
Executive Director, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
Kevin Koy, BIDS Executive Director, has more than fifteen years of experience working with data and technology in support of solving complex research problems. He is responsible for the administration and operations of BIDS and works to connect people with the data, methods, and tools to accelerate their research. Before joining BIDS, Kevin directed the Geospatial Innovation Facility in the College of Natural Resources, where he successfully built a thriving community focused on sharing scientific expertise and helping people understand the changing world through the analysis and visualization of spatial data. Before arriving at Berkeley, Kevin worked with the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity & Conservation and the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute. He conducted research throughout Southeast Asia using data from radio-collared animals, sensors, and satellites to better understand the history and needs of unique and endangered ecosystems. Kevin received a BA in environmental studies and anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and an MS in biology from George Mason University in 2003. He has also completed advanced graduate work in geography at the City University of New York with a focus on earth and environmental science.
Claudia Von Vacano
Executive Director/Academic Coordinator, Social Science at D-Lab and Digital Humanities at Berkeley - PhD in Education
Claudia von Vacano is the Executive Director of the D-Lab and the Digital Humanities at Berkeley and is on the board of the Social Science Matrix. She has worked in policy and educational administration for 15 years, and at the UC Office of the President and Berkeley for the last 10 years. While working at various educational institutions, she managed multi-million dollar budgets and successfully implemented large-scale projects. She received a Master’s degree from Stanford University in Learning, Design, and Technology. Her doctoral work is in Policy, Organizations, Measurement, and Evaluation from UC Berkeley. Her expertise is in organizational theory and behavior and in educational and language policy implementation. The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, among others, have recognized her scholarly work and service contributions.
Chris Holdgraf
PhD Cadidate at Bob Knight’s Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Chris Holdgraf is a graduate student in Bob Knight’s cognitive neuroscience laboratory. He uses computational modeling and machine learning to study the ways in which our internal assumptions affect the way that we perceive and understanding the world around us. He’d like to think that brains are more similar to computers than we’d all like to imagine, and hopes to discover ways in which we can improve our knowledge of the brain by drawing inspiration from machine learning and computational methods (and vice versa!). He is also an avid science writer, blogging, editing, and managing for the Berkeley Science Review, a student-led publication and blog that covers science at Berkeley and Beyond. He believes that scientists should be skilled communicators as well as researchers, and has a particular love of making complex ideas understandable to everyday people.

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Panel: Science Communication & Outreach (STEM)

Are you interested in expressing your passion for science to others? Come to this panel to learn from PhDs who do science communication via media, writing, workshops, and outreach.
Shannon Behrman
Associate Director at iBiology - PhD in Cell Biology, Biochemistry
Shannon is passionate about science education and communication. She is an associate director for iBiology, a UCSF-based nonprofit that produces free videos about the life sciences. Her biggest ongoing project involves co-producing a series of online courses for graduate students and postdocs on topics of career and professional development. For past iBiology projects, she has produced videos that convey the excitement of science and explore issues facing the scientific community. She also organized the first science communication competition and workshop for iBiology in collaboration with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Shannon received a PhD in cell biology at the University of California, San Francisco in 2010. Before joining iBiology in 2014, Shannon was a science communications manager at the National Cancer Institute. In her spare time, she loves exploring the outdoors, especially in places where you won’t find poison oak.
Sheila McCormick
Adjunct Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley - PhD in Genetics
Sheila McCormick is from Alton, Illinois, a small town on the Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis, MO. Her undergraduate degree is from Illinois State University. She earned her Ph.D. in maize genetics from the University of Missouri in 1978. She did two postdocs, one year at Michigan State with Peter Carlson and two years with Nina Fedoroff in the Dept. of Embryology, Carnegie Institution for Science, in Baltimore. Sheila then worked at 2 biotech companies, IPRI in San Carlos, CA for 1.5 years and Monsanto, in St. Louis, for 3.5 years. In December 1986 she started as a Principal Investigator at the Plant Gene Expression Center, a new joint effort between the USDA Agricultural Research Service and UC-Berkeley, and she also became an Adjunct Professor. Her research focused on the molecular biology of plant reproduction, mostly on the male side (pollen). She closed her lab and retired from the USDA in January 2016, but she continues as an Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology. She teaches PMB 297, Grantwriting and Research Presentations, she is the postdoc advisor for the dept., and in 2016 she started a new project, teaching communication skills and improvisation techniques to members of her department (so far 34 participants).
Jennifer Huber
Freelance Science Writer - PhD in Physics
Jennifer Huber, PhD, is a science writer with extensive technical communications experience as an academic research scientist, freelance science journalist, and writing instructor. As a research scientist at Berkeley Lab, she primarily worked to develop medical imaging scanners for improved cancer detection. She is now a full-time freelance science writer who contributes regularly to Stanford School of Medicine’s blog and Berkeley Engineer. In addition, she teaches Science Writing for UC Berkeley Extension, Genentech and Caribou Biosciences. You can find more information at her website,
Georgeann Sack
Communications Specialist at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute - PhD in Neuroscience
Georgeann Stoddard Sack became interested in science because she wanted to be an astronaut and, ideally after returning from space, a science communicator. Following undergraduate research experiences at NASA Ames Research Center and UC Santa Cruz, she received her PhD in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Neurobiology from UCLA in 2011. It was as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley that she became engaged in science communication, simultaneously doing neuroscience research and taking on side projects. She was a freelance editor for Cell Press, a direct result of attending the first Beyond Academia Conference. Next, she took advantage of the impressive PhD student-run publication, Berkeley Science Review, acting at different times as outreach director, editor, author, and design editor. She also volunteered as a content producer for BAASICS: Bay Area Art and Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions. She is currently the Communications Specialist for the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley, where she promotes the latest Berkeley Neuroscience news and publications through their website, newsletter, and social media accounts
Tatianna Ecoiffer
Medical Science Liaison at Genentech - PhD in Vision Science
Tatiana Ecoiffier is passionate about the art of communication, medicine, and patient care. She currently is a Medical Science Liaison in Ophthalmology at Genentech where she establishes and maintains peer-to-peer relationships with Key Opinion Leaders in the retina community. She covers major academic institutions and clinics located on the West Coast and in the Southwest. Throughout the lifecycle of ophthalmic drugs, she serves as a scientific resource within the retina specialist medical community and as a scientific expert to internal colleagues at Genentech. Tatiana Ecoiffier has a tri-national (France, Germany, and Switzerland) MS in Biotechnology and a PhD in Vision Science from UC Berkeley. She was the recipient of the Ezell fellowship in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as the Minnie Flaura Turner memorial fund for impaired vision research award in 2010 and 2011. Tatiana is also a violist and an avid yogini.
David Eagleman discusses his latest book Incognito.
Kishore Hari
Director of the Bay Area Science Festival at UCSF - B.S. in Chemistry
Kishore Hari is a science educator specializing in producing innovative live science events. Currently, he's the director of the Bay Area Science Festival based out of UC-San Francisco, hosts Mother Jones' weekly science podcast Inquiring Minds, and is the science correspondent for Adam Savage’s Kishore is a former chemist who founded an environmental services company that specialized in treatment and removal of mercury.

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Panel: University Beyond the Classroom

Interested in providing university services outside and alongside teaching? Hear from PhDs working in a variety of exciting positions on campus, including advising and administration, fundraising, program development, and career education.
Catherine Cronquist Browning
Associate Director of Student Affairs at UC Berkeley School of Information - PhD in English
Catherine Cronquist Browning received her PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013, specializing in Victorian literature and the history of childhood. After teaching for two years as a lecturer, she joined the staff of Berkeley’s School of Information as Instructional Planning Coordinator in June 2015, and was promoted to Associate Director of Student Affairs in March 2016. Catherine’s duties include student advising, curriculum planning, program operations and analysis, teaching assistant hiring, fellowship disbursement, liaising with student government, and promoting a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus climate. She currently works with a student body of over four hundred graduate students in three interdisciplinary degree programs, including a traditional academic doctoral program, the PhD in Information; an on-campus professional master’s program, the Master’s in Information Management and Systems (MIMS); and an online professional master’s program, the Master’s in Information and Data Science (MIDS). Having been in three distinct roles at UC Berkeley -- graduate student, non-tenure-track faculty member, and staff member -- Catherine has a unique perspective on both graduate education and careers in and adjacent to academia.
Charlotte Cowden Director of External Programming at UC Berkeley - PhD in History Charlotte Cowden is Director of External Programming at UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies. There, she pursues opportunities to strengthen the Institute's relationship with external partners, including fundraising and other development activities, conferences and events, and student award programs. Charlotte previously served as Associate Director of Global and Executive Programs at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director for Strategic Planning at the Institute for East Asian Studies, where she also served as Assistant to the Senior Faculty China Adviser to the Chancellor and EVCP. She earned a Ph.D. in Chinese History from UC Berkeley and also holds an MA in Asian Studies from Cal.
John Paulas
Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley - PhD in Classics: Classical Languages & Literatures
John Paulas oversees the Townsend Center for the Humanities fellowships, workshops, and grants programs for UC Berkeley faculty, students, and research professionals. He works closely with Center leadership on the development and administration of sponsored projects, such as the Art of Writing program and the Course Threads undergraduate curricular enhancement project. After receiving his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Chicago, John taught at several U.S. colleges and universities. His research and publications consider Greek literature of the Roman Empire, ancient Mediterranean culinary practices, and literary and scientific discourse on food in Greek and Latin texts. John is a member of the Berkeley Food Institute.
Monali Joshi
Science Program Coordinator at the UCB Student Learning Center - PhD in Materials Science & Engineering
Monali Joshi is currently the Science Program Coordinator at the UC Berkeley Student Learning Center (SLC.) She is the lead instructor for Chem P and Chem 1A adjunct courses. She also oversees peer tutoring services and study groups offered across all disciplines in the SLC. Prior to this role, Monali worked for 10 years in the solar energy industry in various positions spanning R&D (at Boeing-Spectrolab), technical consulting (at Black & Veatch Corp.), and technical sales (at Suntech Inc.) She also worked in the Thermal Engineering Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she assisted in the design and building of earth-orbiting satellites. Monali also previously held an Adjunct Faculty position in the Chemistry Department at Sonoma State University. Monali earned her undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley and her MS and PhD in the same field from UCLA.
Arne Bakker
Assistant Dean of Career Education at Stanford - PhD in Immunology
Arne Bakker is Assistant Dean of Career Education and Associate Director of Career Communities for PhDs & Postdocs at BEAM, Stanford Career Education. At BEAM, Arne helps Stanford PhD students and postdocs with their career and professional development through career coaching, community building, career education, and program development. He believes there is a wide variety of career options available to PhDs in academia as well as beyond, and he is passionate to help PhDs be successful in all their career choices. Arne did his PhD research in Tumor Immunology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. As a postdoc he worked at the Immunology & Pathogenesis division of UC Berkeley before transitioning into Career Education. Besides research, Arne was Director of the Discovery Festival in Amsterdam, co-organized Beyond Academia at UC Berkeley, and has worked as a consultant and visiting scholar for the UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) program. He has been at Stanford since 2014 where he also organizes a similar conference to Beyond Academia, called ‘PhD Pathways’.

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