2015 Annual PhD Colloquium

2015 Annual PhD Colloquium: Let's Do Something Together! (September 1, 2015)

Whether you plan to pursue a career as an academic or in the business, government, or nonprofit realm, the ability to collaborate effectively has never been more important.  Yet if you are like most graduate students and postdocs, you have probably heard more about horror stories than successes when it comes to collaboration. This half-day event is designed to provide you with tools and strategies for organizing and managing cooperative ventures whether they take the form of a joint research proposal/project, a co-authored article, a conference/series of presentations, or even a university spin off.  Learn about the DOs and the DON’Ts of successful collaborations from your peers, as well as a panel of more experienced leaders.  The session will also highlight how you can use such endeavors to demonstrate sought after teamwork/collaboration skills in your CV/resume when you are on the job market.

The program will be followed by a complimentary, networking lunch which is co-sponsored by the Career Center and the Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program.

When: Tuesday, September 1st, 9am-1:30pm

Where: Chevron Auditorium, International House, UC Berkeley

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-annual-phd-colloquium-lets-do-something-together-tickets-18189894464



9:00am Welcome
9:05-9:45am The Art of Collaboration

Kennan Salinero, Executive Director and President Yamana Science and Technology


Early Career Panel - Young scholars talk about their experience with collaboration

Joseph Gonzales, Assistant Professor, Electronical Engineering & Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

Zehlia Babaci Wilhite, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Education, UC Berkeley

Isabell Stamm, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley





How much collaboration is in your CV/resume?- Mini-workshop on how to showcase team-based skills and experience in your application materials

Andrew Green, Associate Director, The Career Center, UC Berkeley



Advanced Career Panel - Elevating collaboration within academia and beyond

Peter Fiske, President and CEO, PAX Water Technologies

Braden Penhoet, President, Evolution Materials Inc.

Kim Geron, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, CSU East Bay



Closing Address: Taking Action!

Peggy Szymanski, Senior Research Scientist at Xerox



Collab-LAB Luncheon

Organized by: The Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program, The Career Center, The Humanities and Social Sciences Association
Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Education, UC Berkeley
Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley and an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. She has taught courses and workshops in the USA, Norway, Japan, India, France and Nigeria, on issues related to language and culture, development and human rights.  Her current research interests include Language and Science Literacy as Human Rights in Education, Development Aid, African Higher Education, Technology. She is the author of many published articles in top-tier academic journals, and has published two books titled Local Languages as a Human Right in Education and Giving Space to African Voices. She is fluent in French, English, Norwegian, Japanese and Berber, with knowledge of Arabic, Portuguese, German, Spanish and Swahili.
Peter Fiske, President and CEO, PAX Water Technologies
Peter S. Fiske, Ph.D., is author of "Put Your Science to Work: A Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists" published by AGU.  From 2006-2009 he wrote a monthly column on career development and entrepreneurship called Opportunities on the AAAS career website (www.ScienceCareers.org). He also writes occasional articles on careers and career strategy for scientists for Nature Magazine. He has organized and lead panel discussions and workshops on careers and career development to over 16,000 PhDs at national and international meetings, universities, and national laboratories.
Kim Geron, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, CSU East Bay
Professor Kim Geron received his Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Riverside.  He began teaching at CSU East Bay in 1999 and currently serves as both the lead faculty member of the Public Affairs and Administration Option for the Political Science major, and coordinator of internships for the Political Science Department. As adviser and coordinator, Professor Geron mentors students to become active members of the local and global community and encourages their direct participation in research and policy analysis. 
Joseph Gonzales, Assistant Professor, Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley
Joseph Gonzales completed his PhD in Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently a postdoc in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley where he continues to work on large-scale systems for machine learning as well as the GraphLab project and will join the UC Berkeley faculty as Assistant Professor in January 2016.  His research addresses the challenges of designing and building large-scale machine learning algorithms and systems.  He is a recipient of the ATT Labs Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 
Andrew Green, Associate Director, The Career Center, UC Berkeley
Andrew Green holds a PhD in political science from UC Berkeley and has spent the past sixteen years as a PhD Career counselor for UC Berkeley graduate students, PhDs, and postdocs. A survivor of the academic job market, he spent six years at Connecticut College serving on numerous search committees before joining the Career Center. 
Braden Penhoet, President, Evolution Materials, Inc.
Braden’s expertise is in licensing and commercializing advanced materials technology and intellectual property.  He has practiced corporate and securities law at major law firms, and international environmental law and policy at the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington, D.C. He also has served as a strategic consultant to nonprofit, government and startup company enterprises. Braden holds degrees from Stanford University, the UCLA School of Law, and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Braden was formerly Executive Director at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute and Co-Chair of the Full Circle Fund's Energy and Environment Circle.
Kennan Salinero, Executive Director and President, Yamana Science and Technology
Kennan Salinero is the founder of Yámana Science and Technology.  Dr. Salinero received her PhD in biochemistry from UC San Diego, doing structure/function analysis of membrane proteins. She has held positions at Georgetown University, Celera Genomics, the Joint Genome Institute and at UC Berkeley.  She currently serves on the board of Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (Northern California), TEDxLivermore, advisory board for Avatar Research Institute and the Open Science Alliance and is a founding board member for California Health MRC.  She is also a judge for the East Bay Innovation Awards (2013, 2014, and 2015).  
Isabell Stamm, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley
Isabell Stamm received her doctorate in 2012 from the Free University Berlin. With experience as business and political advisor, she is currently a postdoc at the department of sociology leading a DFG-founded research project on “Life course dynamics in American entrepreneurial families and their effect on business continuity”. In addition, Isabell is currently engaged in three international and interdisciplinary projects exploring storytelling in family businesses, flexible work arrangements in entrepreneurial families, and data-sharing in closed research communities. Currently, Isabell is serving as board member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Association at UC Berkeley.     
Peggy Szymanski, Senior Research Scientist, Xerox
Margaret "Peggy" Szymanski earned her Ph.D from the UC Santa Barbara specializing in the study of Language, Interaction and Social Organization.  She is a senior researcher whose work examines how people communicate across media, the structure of social activities involving technology, and opportunities for organizational improvement. She has published more than 20 peer reviewed papers and co-edited a book, Making Work Visible: Ethnographically grounded case studies of work practice (Szymanski and Wahlen, 2011), summarizing important work practice studies across Xerox over the past 20 years. Her research is fueled by a Goffman-inspired worldview of events: "Not men and their moments, but moments and their men."
Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley
Cleo Woelfle-Erskine received his PhD in May 2015 from Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.  He is currently a postdoc where he is conducting collaborative research of salmonid fishes in Pine Gulch Watershed.  Cleo has worked on and near the water in Califonia’s Bay Area for 15 years. His books publications include Creating Rain Gardens (Timber Press, 2012), Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground (Soft Skull Press, 2007), Urban Wilds: Gardeners’ Stories of the Struggle for Land and Justice (water/under/ground, 2003).   He works to transform cultures of water use grounded in waste, ignorance, and apathy into new water cultures rooted in renewed connections to local water sources and cycles.