Note: Individuals who have already registered for the meeting may re-visit the registration module to sign up for workshops.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

9:00-10:30 A.M.

Early Career Workshop: The secrets of publishing your article in international journals, led by Anton Post (Frontiers), Robert Warren Howarth (EIC, L&O) and Karen Heywood (JPO).

The editorial and review processes along the road to publication are described in general terms. The construction of a well-prepared article and the manner in which authors may maximize the chances of success at each stage of the process towards final publication are explored. The most common errors and ways of avoiding them are outlined. Typical problems facing an author writing in English, especially as a second language, including the need for grammatical precision and appropriate style, are discussed. Additionally, the meaning of plagiarism, self-plagiarism and duplicate publication is explored. Critical steps in manuscript preparation and response to reviews are examined. Finally, the relation between writing and reviewing is outlined, and it is indicated how becoming a good reviewer helps in becoming a successful author.

Early Career Workshop: Reviewing proposals and manuscripts the good the bad and the ugly, led by Julie Kellner (NSF) and Adina Paytan, (Marine Chemistry and G3)

Reviewing research proposals and manuscripts is an important component of a researcher’s work. A reviewer’s verdicts on articles, research proposals and grant applications can have serious consequences. It is important, therefore, that these appraisals show high technical quality, respect and independence. The ownership of ideas and confidentiality should always be safeguarded. This workshop discusses the principles and procedures of reviewing other researchers’ grant proposals and manuscripts, how you can benefit from the process and the positive and negative impacts on your career.

10:30-11:00 A.M.

Break with refreshments

11:00-12:30 P.M.

Early Career Workshop: Open Panel Discussion: Navigating the first few years from accepting a position to your first pre-tenure merit evaluations.

Please join in a confidential discussion with a panel of early (pre-tenure) and mid career (tenured within the last 3 years), and seasoned scientists from a range of academic institutions and industry. We will discuss a variety of topics including how to: negotiate your ‘start up’, avoid ‘space wars’, manage your time, recruit new students, make new collaborations inside/outside of your department, say no, etc. All discussions will be confidential. Participants are encouraged to email questions or specific topics for discussion to Rachel Foster ( and Olivia U. Mason ( ahead of the panel discussion with PANEL 2016 in the subject. Participating in the open panel are Drs. Gordon Taylor and Mary Scranton, Stony Brook University, Deborah Bronk and Deborah Steinberg, VIMS, Bethany Jenkins, University of Rhode Island, Ajit Subramaniam, Columbia University, Katherine Mackey, University of California, Irvine, Solange Duhamel, Columbia University and Tatiana Rynearson, University of Rhode Island. Panel moderators are Rachel A. Foster and Olivia U. Mason.

Early Career Workshop: Getting your first academic job – Putting together an application and getting through the interview process, Led by Jim Yoder (WHOI) and Holly Moeller (WHOI).

The session will discuss the application process including the importance of carefully researching every position for which you apply including: modifying CVs, research and teaching statements to be appropriate for each position; what to expect at various stages in the interview process; and how to prepare oneself to negotiate a possible job offer when interviewing as a short, short list candidate. We hope that participants will share their recent interview experiences as part of the discussion.

12:30-2:00 P.M.


2:00-3:30 P.M.

Early Career Workshop: The art of teaching, led by Frederick Bingham

Teaching, when done right, can be a fun, rewarding and career-enhancing activity. Unfortunately, many graduate students and early career academics are thrown into the classroom with little guidance. The key to weaving teaching into your career is to minimize the time spent doing it, while maximizing your effectiveness. This workshop will give you practical advice for teaching, especially at the undergraduate level, from someone who has been doing it for over 20 years. Topics to be covered include: creating a syllabus and schedule, learning management systems (moodle, webAssign, Blackboard, etc.), choosing a textbook, dealing with problem students, motivating student achievement, different teaching styles (e.g. lecture, flipped classroom), student evaluation, grading, etc. Workshop participants will have time to share their ideas and experience and discuss their individual situation with each other and the workshop leader.

Early Career Workshop: How Learning Works: Useful Techniques for Future Teachers, Led by Catherine Halversen LHS UCB

Drawing upon new research in psychology, education, and cognitive science, we will demystify a complex topic into clear explanations of powerful learning principles. Ideas and practical suggestions, all based on solid research evidence, will be presented in this workshop. We will discuss the use and usefulness of  evidence-based instructional strategies; describe three important ways that experts differ from novices; and, discuss lesson planning and student motivation with your peers.

3:30-4:00 P.M.

Break with refreshments

4:00-5:30 P.M.

Early Career Workshop: A primer to proposal writing, merit review and research funding, led by Eric Itsweire, (NSF) and Paula Bontempi, (NASA)

This workshop will cover the various factors that come into play to develop a great idea into a funded project: Should I do it alone or seek collaborators? Which agency and/or program(s) might be the best home for my proposal? Who is the audience for my proposal: experts in the field, the larger scientific community, the funding agency’s program managers? How do I structure my proposal to get my message across effectively? How are funding decision made? Examples for several U.S. funding agencies will be discussed and ample time will be reserved for questions and answers.

Participants who would like more detailed information about a specific research program or funding agency are encouraged to sign up for one of the breakfast meetings with U.S. funding agencies’ program managers later in the week.

Early Career Workshop: Early Career Funding Opportunities in Europe, coordinated by Susanne Menden-Deuer (URI). Panelists include Pere Masqu/é, (Autonomous University Barcelona), Monika Rhein (Universität Bremen) and TBA

The European research environment provides particular opportunities and challenges for early career scientists. In this panel-led discussion, diverse researchers will share their advice and experiences on navigating the European funding landscape. The discussion will address opportunities to obtain both research funding and salary/stipend support and address challenges of both national and transnational funding agencies. We aim for an interactive event and participants are encouraged to share their questions and advice.