Summer professional development seminar series begins

The 2015 Summer Professional Development Seminars hosted by Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology will be held on select Wednesdays from 10:45 a.m. to noon in the Mason Hall Boardroom on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus. Space is limited, so please RSVP to

PrintJune 10 – Career paths for STEM degrees: What’s next?

A panel discussion with:

  • Elad Firnberg, President and Co-Founder at Revolve Biotechnologies
  • Jacob Koskimaki, Clinical Data Analyst at American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Laura Dickinson, Head of Research and Development at Gemstone Biotherapeutics LLC
  • Vanessa McMains, Communications Specialist at Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Helena Zec, PhD candidate Biomedical Engineering

June 24 – What will be the direction of research for the next 20 years?

A conversation with:

  • Denis Wirtz, Vice Provost for Research Johns Hopkins University and Associate Director of INBT
  • John Toscano, Vice Dean for Science and Research Infrastructure and Professor of Chemistry

July 8 – Networking 101

A workshop with:

Tom Fekete, Director of Corporate Partnerships for INBT

School teaches you everything except how to get a job. And, with the average length of a job being just 18 months, every job is temporary. Which means, job search is now a skill every professional needs to survive. Even more important is the difference between a job and a career. Fekete is a 40-year veteran of the chemical and pharmaceuticals industries with high level positions in engineering, research, operations and strategic planning management will talk about careers, job searches and networking.

July 22 – Financial Literacy

A workshop with:

Debbie Johnson of Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union

Learn about budgeting, saving and what else you can do once you start earning a paycheck.

INBT professional development seminar topics announced

Every summer, Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology hosts a series of free professional development seminars for the Hopkins community. Seminars will be held from 10:45 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays in June and July in Shaffer 3 (the basement auditorium). Dates and topics are as follows:

  • June 13:  How to promote yourself and the benefits of networking with Tom Fekete, INBT’s director of Corporate Partnerships.
  • June 27:  Why should you consider grad school and how do you prepare? The speaker is Christine Kavanaugh, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, Communications and Enrollment for Johns Hopkins University.
  • July 11: I got my PhD, now what?  This will be a panel discussion about various career pathways post graduate school, including  entrepreneurship and working in academia or the government. Panel participants will be Shyam Khatau, PhD (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering JHU); Stephen Diegelmann, PhD (Chemistry, JHU now working at Case Western Reserve University); and Nicole Moore, ScD (Program Manager in the Office of Physical Sciences-Oncology at NIH/ NCI).
  • July 25: INBT Student Film Festival. This seminar will premiere the films made by students in the Science Communications for Scientists and Engineers course taught by Mary Spiro, INBT’s science writer.


ACS Nano editor leads June 30 INBT seminar

Penelope Lewis, acquisitions editor for the journal ACS Nano will lead the next professional development seminar for Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) on June 30 at 11 a.m. in Maryland 110. These seminars aim to expand students’ knowledge of issues and ideas relevant to but outside of the laboratory and classroom experience.

Penelope Lewis

Lewis, acquisitions editor of the American Chemical Society’s journal, ACS Nano. Lewis, earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Penn State University. She will talk about her experience as a scientist moving into the world of academic publishing.

“A career in scholarly publishing can be an interesting and rewarding path for graduate students or post-docs who are looking to move away from the lab bench but still be surrounded by scientific research. In scientific publishing, a doctoral degree or a postdoc is always a great strength and for many positions a requirement. In this talk, I will describe the daily activities involved in working at a non-profit publisher, including the skills and interests that are helpful to succeed in this position,” Lewis said.

All JHU/JHMI and APL faculty, staff and students are invited to attend these free seminars, designed to promote discussion and interaction with scientific and engineering professionals. To find out the location and to RSVP for each seminar, please contact Ashanti Edwards at