SSG Professional Development Workshop Series

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
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Professional Development Workshop Series

How to be a mentor


Date:                   Thursday 02/19/2008
Location:             TBA
Organizers:          Drs Kui Zhang, Mary Wojczynski, and David B. Allison

Overview:              Many young faculty in academia face challenges on how to advise students and fellows. Good mentoring is critical for both mentorees and mentors. This program is designed to introduce strategies, concepts, and examples of how to be good mentors and mentorees in academia. The morning session will consist of an overview by two nationally recognized scholars on mentoring and two outstanding mentors at UAB. Afternoon sessions will consist of case studies and small group activities for discussion. Audience:  All Faculty & Fellows in UAB's SOPH, all CNRU members, and all Obesity T32 fellows.

Agenda (details to follow):        

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Sessions

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Afternoon Sessions


To register, please send email of interest to  Questions?  205.975.9169
Attendance is limited.

Brought to you by

CNRC logoClinical Nutrition Research Center
Department of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions



SSG logoSection on Statistical Genetics
Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health



UAB’s School of Public Health





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Juan F. Arratia, Ph.D.

Dr. Arratia is the Executive Director of the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS) Student Research Development Center. He is dedicated to mentoring and motivating undergraduates, graduates, and pre-college students to become Ph.Ds., as well as, implementing research projects in robotics and automation, green energy, medical devices, expert system technology and environmental issues. He has established a worldwide network of research mentors in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for economically disadvantaged minority students from Puerto Rico in US mainland universities and in other countries. In November 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring during a ceremony at the White House in Washington DC.

Christine Pfund, Ph.D.

Dr. Pfund is a researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Her research is focuses on effective teaching and mentoring. She is involved in several funded projects, including “Improving Undergraduate Research Experiences in STEM through Mentor Training”, “Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL)”, and “DELTA Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning”. Dr. Pfund is a co-author of “Scientific Teaching” and “Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists”.

Lisa Schwiebert, Ph.D.

Dr. Schwiebert is an Associate Professor of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UAB and the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education. She is a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.

Dale Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Williams is a Professor and Associate Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine at UAB. Dr. Williams also directs the division’s Data, Information, and Statistics Core (DISC) and its Multi-center Studies Coordinating Center (MSCC). He is a receipt of the 2008 inaugural Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship.