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SERforum - Live with Dr. Andrew Olshan

Join us for an SERforum - Live discussion on Wednesday, December 5, 12pm EST. Dr. Olshan will be on the forum to answer your questions. This live event will focus on "Career and Professional Development". Feel free to ask questions in advance here, as well as log in on Wednesday!

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Hello. I have never attended one of these before. Is there a webinar associated with it, or is the platform text discussion based? Thanks.

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To get things rolling, sometimes I am asked by junior faculty when to say "no" to requests.  Saying no to requests within and from outside your organization can be challenging, especially for junior faculty/investigators.  In most cases an answer is not required right away, so take a bit of time to consider.  Ask a mentor or the chair for advice.  Do a cost-benefit analysis.  Considerations can include: 1) will it be a useful learning experience?; 2) will it facilitate networking?; 3) might it lead to a future invitation to join a panel or committee?; 4) will it “look good” on my CV?; 5) what the political implications to saying yes or no?; 6) can you offer to do it at a later date?; 7) does it build good will?.  In general , you do not have to say yes to everything, but do not get in the mode of saying no to everything.  Be diplomatic if your response is no.  If it’s sensitive, provide some justification/rationale and if it’s something that interests you but you can’t do now offer to be considered in the future.

Thank you for doing this, Dr. Olshan. What are your thoughts on epi phd grads doing a post-doc? Is that necessary nowadays -- for what types of jobs?

Thank you. To start, I have a general question regarding work setting. To your knowledge, what are some advantages and disadvantages to working in academic settings (university/university hospital), or government agency (CDC, EPA)?

Good morning for everyone
Prof. Olshan, how we can measure or what can indicate if our networking improves our work?

Hi Andy, thanks for doing this! A frequently asked question from SPC members: nowadays many junior faculty positions in academia require to already have a funded grant such as K before applying, any suggestions for PhD students and postdocs regarding the balance between publications and grant writing?