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The handout accompanying the panel discussion presented by Bonnie Bartel and Rob Griffin at the 2010 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 19-21, 2010

    Cultivate mentors and colleagues both inside and outside your institutional/departmental

  • stay in touch with previous mentors
  • seek out official department mentors – help with promotion/tenure etc.
  • seek out informal mentors – more senior scientists
  • build relationships with potential letter writers for tenure
  • establish a set of confidants

    Gain recognition and an independent identity

  • talks, meetings (important for you and your students)
  • service at institution (choose wisely)
  • professional societies
  • grant panels
  • collaborations - understand your institution’s culture/expectations on interdisciplinary research (joint publications, grants, etc.)
  • publications!
  • strong plan to separate your research program from previous advisor’s program

    Develop your leadership and management style

  • create a vision for your lab
  • create a mission statement
  • develop a written five year plan
    • obtain feedback from senior faculty
    • assess progress and update often
  • establish a lab culture
  • build an effective team

    Staff your lab

  • determine staffing needs
    • technical staff
    • graduate students vs. postdocs vs. undergrads (dept/university funding available?)
    • be picky about who is your group – productivity does not scale linearly with numbers
  • sell yourself as a junior PI
  • learn what size group is right for you

    Consider equipment needs

  • balance of new vs. established techniques
  • account for inflation when preparing budget
  • funds for equipment maintenance?

    Constantly improve leadership skills

  • find role models
  • take courses, read books
  • get to know your strengths and weaknesses – exploit one, compensate for the other

    Protect your time

  • it is OK to say no (repeat daily)
  • learn what does not require your best effort – save it for what really matters
  • can be as important to learn what not to do as it is to learn what you need to do

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
NANO
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
tahir
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
Cied
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
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