Jumpstarting STEM Careers workshop provides training, support

November 10, 2011

Whether you aspire to be an academic professor or industry professional, you need communication, writing, funding and management skills.

Jumpstarting STEM Careers workshop is a two-day event developed to provide a range of individuals, most especially women and minorities, training and support to increase their success in establishing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). If you have graduate-level training in a STEM field and will soon be applying for an academic or industry position or are at the early stages of your career, you will benefit from this targeted career enrichment training. ASU President Michael Crow leads the discussion about STEM careers Download Full Image

The workshop, previously known as the Forward to Professorshiop workshop, will be held on Jan. 13-14, 2012, in the Memorial Union's Alumni Room, MU 202, on ASU's Tempe campus. Scientist Page Baluch developed the ASU event, expanded from last year, supported by a National Science Foundation ADVANCE/PAID grant.  Baluch is the manager of the W. M. Keck Bioimaging Facility in the School of LIfe Sciences and president of the Central Arizona Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She worked in partnership with Valerie Stout, an associate professor in ASU's School of LIfe Sciences, and the Forward to Professorship team at George Washington, Gallaudet and Ottawa Universities.

Speakers in 2012 include ASU President Michael Crow; Zena Werb, a professor with the University of California, San Francisco; Susan Fitzpatrick, vice president of the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Elizabeth Pennisi, science writer and editor with the journal Science, in addition to a wide range of distinguished academic and professional participants.

Registration Deadline: December 25, 2011

Seats are limited. To apply: http://awis-caz.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Application-Form-JSC2012.pdf

Among those who will benefit most from this workshop are:
• postdoctoral associates searching for positions
• individuals in academic contract positions
• individuals in industry interested in entering academia
• doctoral students nearing completion of their Ph.D. or searching for positions

For more information contact Page Baluch: PAGE.BALUCH@asu.edu, (480) 727-0725

To see the 2011 program: http://sols.asu.edu/rti/f2p.php.

Margaret Coulombe

Director, Executive Communications, Office of the University Provost


Grant funds student work on light rail mobile app

November 10, 2011

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU has received a grant from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Knight Foundation to support further development of a student-created mobile app.

Serena Carpenter, assistant professor in the Cronkite School, and Nancie Dodge, faculty associate, will lead the project, which will use student-conducted research to add a new feature to CityCircles, a mobile app centered on the Phoenix light rail system.     Download Full Image

The hyperlocal app, launched in July of this year, features train schedules, business listings and an event calendar for all 28 light rail stops. CityCircles, which is available on iTunes, was developed in the Cronkite School’s Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship by Adam Klawonn, ASU journalism alumnus, and Aleksandra Chojnacka, ASU business alumnus, who won a $95,000 Knight News Challenge grant in 2009 to develop the project.  

The goal of the new project is for students to conduct research that CityCircles developers will use to create a new feature for the app – a listing of job opportunities along the light rail route.

According to Valley Metro, the light rail served 12.6 million riders in 2010, and a notable proportion of riders were students. Carpenter said many ASU students rely on the light rail for transportation within Phoenix and to and from Tempe.

“Everything is very light rail-oriented for our students,” she said, and many students are interested in jobs that they could reach via light rail.

In the first phase of the project, students will conduct surveys to collect information on passengers’ employment needs and transportation constraints as well as what features they’d like the app to provide. During the second phase, students will interview owners of businesses along the light rail route to determine their employment needs and their willingness to participate in the project.

After the students complete the research, they will present their findings to CityCircles, which will work with a programmer to design a job listings feature for the app. The team also will create an online form so that business owners can submit job openings directly to CityCircles.   

"This new feature will help make the CityCircles mobile app experience more robust and make the light rail community more cohesive,” Klawonn said. “The addition of a jobs-listing element is another sign that light rail users are a viable community within a community."

Carpenter said the project will teach students how to conduct research and use it to identify citizen needs.

“Research is an integral part of learning how to become an entrepreneur,” she said. 

Plus, she said, the project is “an opportunity for students to connect to the community and provide a service to the community.”

Reporter , ASU News