Building a Career on Soft Money

A Half Day for Research Academic Staff at UW-Madison

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Link to responses to follow-up questionnaire, conference videos, slides and handouts


Topics and speakers

  1. Welcoming remarks: Maureen Smith, Director, Community-Academic Partnerships core of the NIH-CTSA funded Institute for Clinical and and Translational Research
  2. Keynote: The Importance of the Research Academic Staff to UW's Research and Outreach Missions: Steven Ackerman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education
  3. Panel of Research Academic Staff members who have survived and thrived on soft money for many years: Moderated by Harry Webne-Behrman, Training Officer / Coordinator, Learning and Talent Development, Office of Human Resources, UW-Madison. Panelists: Kim Nolet, Research Program Manager at UW-Madison Center for Aging Research & Education; Nicole Schmidt, Research Program Manager, Waisman Center, UW-Madison; John Stevenson, Associate Director for Research Services, UW Survey Center; Toni Ziegler, Senior Scientist, National Primate Research Center; ICTR Core Laboratory; Director, Assay Services Unit
  4. Leading and Managing from the Middle: Guy VanRensselaer, Division of Continuing Studies
  5. Why "Link"? The career importance of LinkedIn & how to create a stellar profile: April McHugh, Senior Counselor, Division of Continuing Studies
  6. The Benefits and the Challenges of Mentoring Relationships for Research Academic Staff: Christine Pfund, co-author of Entering Mentoring; Researcher, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Center for Women's Health Research, Department of Medicine
  7. Financial Planning While Living on Soft Money: J. Michael Collins, Director, and Peggy Olive, Financial Capability Specialist, Center for Financial Security, UW-Madison
  8. Getting connected: Using LinkedIn to make career connections: April McHugh, Senior Counselor, Division of Continuing Studies
  9. How to Obtain PI Status: Dan Uhlrich, Chair of PI Committee; Associate VC for Research Policy; Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Paul Moberg, Director, Evaluation Research Group of the UW Population Health Institute and Research Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences