Lunch and Learn Sessions

This year, the Program Committee has selected 9 Lunch and Learn sessions. Unless otherwise specified, participants should bring lunch with them as lunch will not be provided. 

Selling Yourself and Building Your Brand as an Early Career Professional
Organizers: Sydney Crawley, Katelyn Kowles, and Monique Rivera

Sunday, November 17
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

After constantly talking about your research as a graduate student, you forget how to talk about YOURSELF! It feels selfish to ramble about personal accomplishments in an interview. However, landing a job requires personal advocacy, so visit our lunch and learn to finally get comfortable building and selling your brand!


The Journal of Entomological Education and Outreach
Panelists: Craig Coates, Adrienne Brundage, Wyatt Hoback, and Rupesh Kariyat

Sunday, November 17
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

This Lunch & Learn session will introduce participants to the Journal of Entomological Education and Outreach (JEEO). We will describe how participants can submit articles and be involved in staffing the journal. This journal will give teaching- and outreach-centric professionals a place to communicate their work.


Navigating Cultural Diversity in Scientific Research, Education, and Leadership
Organizers: Harit Bal, Swapna Rajarapu, Nandi Nagaraj, Smitha George, Garima Kakkar, Ameya Gondhalekar, and Vivek Kumar

Monday, November 18
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

With the growing importance of diversity and inclusivity in various professional fields, there is a need to educate graduate students and early professionals for a successful career. The goal of our workshop is to facilitate discussions with professionals in academia and industry with the experience of working in a culturally diverse workplace. We expect that the exchange of knowledge during our workshop will benefit the attendees to strengthen their skills in navigating a culturally diverse workforce. We are proposing a lunch and learn format that will be led by Dr. Harit K. Bal and Dr. Vivek Kumar. Discussions will be centered around five core questions (5-8 minutes per question) for which the panelist share their experiences with the audience followed by an open discussion. Lunch and learn will conclude with a 15 min discussion summarizing the significance of cultural diversity and inclusion in scientific research, education, and leadership.


Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation
Panelists: Katharina Dittmar, Michelle Elekonich, and Cesar Nufio

Monday, November 18
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides many opportunities for funding basic research and training in ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, collections, and a variety of related disciplines. Covered topics will include the 'no deadline model', the 'Rules of Life' track within the Directorate for Biological Sciences, and other funding opportunities.


So, You’re on the Academic Job Market: Drafting Memorable Statements, Secrets from the Search Committee, and Advice from Recent Hires
Panelists: Carly Tribull, Monique Rivera, Katelyn Kesheimer, and Phillip Barden

Tuesday, November 19
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Applying for academic jobs? Seeking guidance from entomologists who have gone through the process recently? Then join us as we cover preparing your application materials (curriculum vitae, plus teaching, research, and diversity statements), the phone interview, the on-campus interview, and insider information on how search committees review applicants.


How to Advocate for Your Publications
Panelists: Ashley Kennedy, Michael Raupp, Immo Hansen, and Elizabeth Barnes

Tueseday, November 19
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

As the amount of research published increases each year, individual scientists have the power to cut through the clutter and advocate for the importance and interest of their work. Learn how your peers have successfully promoted their publications and gain the tools and skills you need to do the same.


Section Leadership Positions
Organizers: Floyd Shockley and Jennifer Zaspel

Tuesday, November 19
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Organized effort to improve the nomination pipeline by providing an information session during a lunch time to introduce interested members of section SysEB who are considering running for positions now and in the future about what the Governing Council does and what the responsibilities are for each of the elected positions in the section.  A Q&A session is anticipated to also be part of this with several of the SysEB GC members facilitating.


 

What’s Your Story? Tips and Tricks for Telling Compelling Entomology 
Panelist: Gillian Parish

Wednesday, November 20
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Peer review invitations are a fact of life for scientists. Our panel of experienced reviewers and editors will provide advice on speeding up the process of writing a review, focusing on the most important aspects of a paper, and writing reviews that result in higher quality papers.


A Beginner's Introduction to 3D Printing for Entomologists
Organizer: Amanda Tokash-Peters

Wednesday, November 20
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

A complete beginner's introduction to the design and pre-print steps of 3D printing, using software such as Thingiverse, TinkerCAD, and Ultimaker Cura. This session is for anyone looking to implement their own inexpensive custom equipment designs, traps, or physical models in a lab (or similar) setting.

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