George Mason University
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
2001 Fenwick Library, Main Reading Room
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
ACS on Campus, the American Chemical Society’s premier outreach program, is coming to George Mason University for a half-day event around science communication, publishing tips, and career talks! You’ll learn from ACS editors and local professionals tips and tools for publishing your research and sharing it with the public. Don’t miss out on our exciting career panel on jobs beyond the bench.
You’ll hear from Prof. Erin Lavik, Associate Editor of Bioconjugate Chemistry, George Zaidan, Executive Producer of ACS Productions, Rebecca Hersher, reporter from NPR and more! There will also be plenty of time to network with your peers and make lasting professional connections. Registration is now open!
The event is free and open to all students and researchers studying the sciences. Registration is highly recommended. For more information, contact Margaret Lam, firstname.lastname@example.org, (703) 993-2212.
Registration & Coffee Break
10 Tips for Scholarly Publishing
The Science of Social Media
Communicating Your Science to the Public
Finding Your Career with SciFinder
Beyond the Bench: Careers Outside the Lab
Erin Lavik, Ph.D.
Associate Editor, Bioconjugate Chemistry
Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Erin Lavik is a Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as well as the Graduate Program Director. Dr. Lavik’s research focuses on engineering polymers to protect and repair the nervous system and treat trauma more broadly. The projects in the lab include developing intravenously administered nanoparticles to stop internal bleeding, drug delivery systems for diseases of the eye, and printing tissue models for high throughput screening applications. Dr. Lavik received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. She has won a number of awards including the TR100 award in 2003 and the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award in 2010. She became at Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers in 2014.
Executive Producer, ACS Productions
George holds an S.B. in Chemistry from MIT, where he won the F.D. Greene Teaching Award. He is a New Media Consortium Emerging Leader and Khan Academy Talent Search Winner, and has also been honored by the Goldwater Foundation and Merck. George co-hosted CNBC’s hit TV series, Make Me a Millionaire Inventor. He created, wrote, and hosted National Geographic’s webseries Ingredients; and he co-wrote and directed MIT’s webseries Science Out Loud. He has also written and voiced several TED-Ed viral videos. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Boston Globe, National Geographic Magazine, NPR’s The Salt, NBC’s Cosmic Log, Science, Business Insider, and Gizmodo. Currently he is the Executive Producer of ACS Productions at the American Chemical Society.
Director, Learning and Career Development, American Chemical Society
Terri Taylor is the Director of Learning and Career Development at the American Chemical Society (ACS). The work of the Learning and Career Development team focuses on contributing relevant, effective, and customer-focused resources and professional training opportunities that enable learning and career development for chemistry students and professionals. Taylor has contributed to numerous ACS projects: the ACS-Hach scholarship and grant programs, the American Association of Chemistry Teachers, ChemMatters magazine, the Chemistry in the Community and Chemistry in Context textbooks and a variety of teacher professional development activities. Prior to joining ACS in 2005, Taylor taught chemistry at the high school and two-year college levels in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL and a Master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
Carmen Drahl, Ph.D.
Senior Correspondent, Chemical & Engineering News
Carmen Drahl is senior correspondent at Chemical & Engineering News, where she both reports on chemistry news and helps direct and edit the magazine’s weekly coverage. She spearheaded several of C&EN’s earliest digital ventures, including co-founding the magazine’s award-winning YouTube show, “Speaking of Chemistry”. In her reporting, she’s revealed the chemistry behind the search for life on exoplanets, explained a doping case at the Rio Olympics, outlined the scientific principles that lead to perfect Thanksgiving turkey skin, and much more. From 2015 to 2018 Carmen worked as a freelance journalist, with work appearing at Forbes, Scientific American, and other news outlets. She has also worked on the communications team for Michelin-starred Chef José Andrés, a lecturer at Harvard’s Science and Cooking course. Carmen earned her Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry with Erik J. Sorensen at Princeton University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Applications Specialist, Chemical Abstracts Service
Scott Hertzog is an Applications Specialist with CAS, supporting users throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as strategic accounts throughout North America. He started his career as a chemical patent examiner at the US Patent & Trademark Office, then as a searcher for Science IP, the CAS Search Service, where he performed small molecule structure searching, as well as more general chemical and technical searching. Later, he worked as a searcher for the US Patent & Trademark Office, searching primarily semiconductor patent applications, and then in the IP department of a major manufacturer, performing freedom to operate, validity and invalidity searches.
Rebecca Hersher is a reporter on NPR’s Science Desk, where she reports on outbreaks, natural disasters, and environmental, toxics and health research. She has covered the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, embedded with the Afghan army after the American combat mission ended, and investigated the causes of the suicide epidemic in Greenland and the health implications of hurricanes and toxic emissions in the U.S. Hersher shared a 2015 Edward R. Murrow award for her work on the Ebola epidemic and was a finalist for the 2017 Daniel Schorr prize. As a 2017 fellow with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting she reported on sanitation systems in Haiti.
Community Conscious Engineer and Co-Owner, Nspiregreen LLC
Chanceé Lundy received her Masters in Civil Engineering (Environmental Concentration) from Florida State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Chemistry minor) from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, Women’s Transportation Seminar, and National Society of Black Engineers and is Mayoral Appointee to the Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. She is the founder of Destination Liberation an organization that provides experiential learning opportunities to girls of color through international travel and is the author of It’s Just High School: Inspiring Reflections of the Beauty, Pain, and Pressure of High School Life.
Associate Marketing Manager, American Chemical Society
Katherine Stevens is an Associate Marketing Manager with the American Chemical Society. She is responsible for the social media strategy for the ACS Publications division, which communicates the latest in chemistry research and other critical information for researchers, students, and librarians across over 60 accounts. In addition to her social media role, she also is the communications lead for press releases and other written content for the division. Katherine joined ACS in April 2015, and holds a BA in Anthropology and East Asian Studies from The College of William & Mary.