2014 KWiSE-NIH Symposium

December 12th, 2014 | Posted by Lee Sangmi in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 2014 KWiSE-NIH Symposium)

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The KWiSE-NIH Chapter Symposium was held in the NIH/NIAAA conference room at Rockville, MD on November 22nd, 2014. Despite the unusually cold weather, 63 scientists and 9 family members participated in the event, which ran for a full day from 9:45am to 5pm. The program was filled with many interesting sessions including a keynote address, scientific presentations, panel discussion, and extramural career advice. Participants had networking opportunities during lunch and coffee breaks.

After the welcoming and congratulatory remarks by Dr. Hee-Yong Kim (KWiSE-NIH president and the chief of Laboratory of Molecular Signaling, NIAAA) and Dr. Eun-Suk Seo (KWiSE president and the professor at the University of Maryland),

Dr. Hye-Kyoung Lee (Associate Professor of Johns Hopkins University) gave her keynote address, titled “My journey through memory lane: How experience shapes our brain”, in which she provided an inspiring presentation on her life and career journey as well as her research.

There were two scientific sessions, which were chaired by Dr. Sohyoung Kim (NCI/NIH, morning session) and Dr. Heekyong Bae (NCI/NIH, afternoon session). Eleven women scientists from different NIH institutes (NICHD, NIDDK, NHGRI, NCI, NHLBI, NIAID, and clinical center) gave brief scientific presentations on their research projects and exchanged scientific ideas.

In the Panel Discussion session moderated by Dr. Myong Hee Sung (NCI/NIH), participants had a lively discussion with 5 invited panelists – Dr. Hee-Yong Kim, Dr. Myung-Hee Park (Senior Investigator, Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Branch, NIDCR/NIH), Dr. Hye-Kyung Lee, Dr. Gail Seabold, Scientific Skills Coach, Office of Intramural Training and Education, OD/NIH) and Dr. Belinda Seto, (Deputy Director, NEI/NIH). The discussion was centered around two topics of interest to many NIH women scientists – (1) Career opportunities in the age of shrinking NIH budget (2) Family issues arising during job search/interviews and relocation. The panelists shared their personal experiences and offered useful advice to achieve success in both career and life.

The last session of the program was devoted to the extramural career advice, and two extramural program directors – Dr. Eun-Jung Park (NIAID/NIH) and Dr. Minkyung Song (NCI/NIH) – led the session. The session was especially informative to the scientists who are interested in pursuing the career related to the extramural program as well as applying for the extramural research grants.

Overall, the 2014 KWiSE-NIH symposium was well received and turned out to be a great success, providing valuable career advice and networking opportunities among NIH women scientists.

Reported by Yoo-Ah Kim (NCBI/NLM/NIH)

KWiSE-NIH Symposium

November 17th, 2014 | Posted by suejunghuh@gmail.com in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on KWiSE-NIH Symposium)

The NIH Chapter of Korean-American Women in Science and Engineering (KWiSE-NIH) cordially invites you to the 2014 Symposium that will be held on November 22 (Sat, 9:00am – 4:30pm) at 5625 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852 (NIAAA conference facility).  As indicated by the program attached, we will have a keynote lecture by Dr. Hye-Kyung Lee of Johns Hopkins University followed by Scientific Presentations by NIH Women Scientists.   We will also have Panel Discussions with topics such as ‘ Career opportunities in the age of shrinking NIH budget; Family issues arising during job search/interviews and relocation’  as well as the extramural career advice session.  As women do not monopolize these issues, all men and women scientists are invited to share the problems/difficulties and obtain advise/mentoring from senior scientists and each other.

There will be babysitting service provided for those with young children.

Sincerely on behalf of the KWiSE-NIH Symposium Organizing Committee,

Hee-Yong Kim, Ph.D.

Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Signaling


Please register here ASAP for the headcount.

For the detailed program, click below.