Careers in Science

Careers in Science (CSI) is a program established to provide information about career opportunities in the sciences and in science related fields to Iona students.

Every month, we host professionals in different areas of science, from genetic counselors to art conservators, to discuss the opportunities and the necessary training in the fields.

This is unlike any other presentations you have attended, and we strongly suggest that you take advantage of this rare opportunity to build a professional network in and outside of Iona College.

CSI Highlights

  • Helps you focus on your career planning by meeting professionals in different areas of science.
  • Helps you discover your true potential in science.
  • Guides you in finding the career in science that fits you.
  • Builds your network in and outside of college.

Upcoming CSI Events

Please visit often since we're frequently updating our site with new information on events.

All data science related talks are supported by the Iona College Innovating Through Pedagogy and Instruction Program.

Fall 2020

Introduction to PASS (Peer Advisement, Success in Science) Program

Tuesday, August 18, Noon - 1 p.m.

Abstract

PASS is a peer mentorship program designed to support freshman STEM majors. Each mentee is assigned to one upperclassman mentor with aligned career interests and a similar major who will serve as a role model for them and provide advice about how they succeeded in navigating a challenging STEM curriculum.

Speakers

Chris Annabi '21 (PASS President, Biochemistry), Michael Krmic '22 (PASS Leadership Team, Biochemistry), Katherine Ivanchenko '23 (PASS Leadership Team, Biochemistry), Sunghee Lee, Ph.D. (PASS Faculty Advisor)

Zoom Link

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Password: 504763
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Tuesday, September 8, Noon - 1 p.m.

DESCRIPTION

Is it a new shiny field, or contextualized computing in a new wrapper? In this session I'll lay out some different perspectives on why and how we can apply computing and analytical tools to a range of disciplines, and what background and/or collaborations are necessary in order to do that work. While there are many exciting application areas, there's little agreement on what skills students should learn, and who should be doing this work, or even what it should be called.

Did you miss this lecture with Dr. Barr? Watch it now!

Speaker

Valerie Barr, Ph.D., Jean E. Sammet Professor of Computer Science, chair of CS and co-chair of Data Science, Mount Holyoke College Valerie Barr

Valerie Barr is the Jean E. Sammet Prof. of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College, chair of CS and co-chair of Data Science. The road there included 2 stints in graduate school (NYU, Rutgers), time in industry (automated blood analyzers and automated storage and retrieval machines), and multiple academic positions. She's always been interested in interdisciplinary applications of computing because they are fun and you get to work with cool folks from other fields, and since 2004 has been working on curricular development with a goal of changing the demographics of and increasing enrollments in computer science. Her antidote to life on Zoom is bike riding.

Zoom Link

Join this event on 9/8 from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Password: 578785

Algorithmic Accountability and the Securing of our Decision-Making Landscape

Thursday, September 17, Noon - 1 p.m.

Abstract

Increasingly big decisions about the lives of individuals are being made in a partnership between human decision makers and computer systems. Algorithmically moderated platforms are making profound impacts on our personal and public relationships such as how we find a job, how we get our news, how we drive from place to place, sometimes even how we find a spouse. This is fundamentally changing the landscape of our societal decision-making processes - from hiring decisions, to decisions about news amplification, to criminal justice decisions - and making them vulnerable to new types of attacks and influences. To build the world we want, we need algorithms and platforms to be accountable and transparent. I will discuss the role of algorithmic accountability in securing these decision-making processes, using examples from my current work in criminal justice software, media manipulation and quantifying machine learning bias..

Speaker

Jeanna Matthews, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, Clarkson University

Jeanna Matthews is a professor of computer science at Clarkson University and an affiliate at Data and Society. She has published work in a broad range of systems topics from virtualization and cloud computing to social media security and distributed file systems. She has been a four-time presenter at DEF CON on topics including security vulnerabilities in virtual environments (2015 and 2016), adversarial testing of criminal justice software (2018) and trolling (2018). She is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, a Fulbright Specialist, founding co-chair of the ACM Technology Policy Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Algorithm Accountability and a member of the ACM Technology Policy Committee. She has been a member of the ACM Council (2015-present), chair of the ACM Special Interest Group Governing Board ( 2016-2018), the chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) from 2011 to 2015 and the author of several popular books ("Computer Networking: Internet Protocols in Action" and "Running Xen: A Hands on Guide to the Art of Virtualization"). Her current work focuses on securing societal decision-making processes and supporting the rights of individuals in a world of automation. She received a 2018-2019 Brown Institute Magic Grant to research differences in DNA software programs used in the criminal justice system. Jeanna received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999, a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ohio State University in 1994 and a B.A. in Spanish from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2016.

Zoom Link

Join this event on 9/17 from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android
Password: 578785


Data Science Feminism

Tuesday, September 22, Noon - 1 p.m.

Speaker

Lauren Klein, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods, Emory University

Lauren Klein is an associate professor in the departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods at Emory University, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. Before moving to Emory, she taught in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Klein works at the intersection of digital humanities, data science, and early American literature, with a research focus on issues of gender and race. She has designed platforms for exploring the contents of historical newspapers recreated forgotten visualization schemes with fabric and addressable LEDs and, with her students, cooked meals from early American recipes and then visualized the results. In 2017, she was named one of the “rising stars in digital humanities” by Inside Higher Ed. She is the author of An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and, with Catherine D’Ignazio, Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020). With Matthew K. Gold, she edits Debates in the Digital Humanities, a hybrid print-digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge. Her current project, Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization, 1786-1900, was recently funded by an NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication.

Zoom Link

Join this event on 9/22 from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android
Password: 578785

Using Real Data and SPSS in Class

Tuesday, October 6, Noon - 1 p.m.

Synopsis

This presentation will focus on examples of using real secondary data and statistical software (SPSS) to integrate those data into sociology and/or health sciences classes. This will both demonstrate a methodology, but also teach something about sociology/health sciences.

Speaker

William E. Wagner, III, M.A., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Health Sciences
Professor, Department of Sociology
Chair, Social Science Research & Instructional Council of the CSU
California State University, Channel Islands
Learn more about Dr. Wagner.

Zoom Link

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Password: 578785

Data Science for Good: Building Data Science Literacy

Tuesday, October 13, Noon - 1 p.m.

Abstract

Data science is a valuable tool we can leverage across many disciplines from healthcare to environmental studies, security to ethics, criminal justice to economics, touching many dimensions of our lives. Increasing data science literacy will enable our students, citizens, industry and government leaders to leverage the vast amounts of data which are increasingly available to us from the past, present and future in order to gain insights which enable us to make our world a better place. In this workshop you will learn about the goals and activities led by the community of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub to leverage data science for good. These include data science for Health, Education + Data Literacy, Urban to Rural Communities, and Responsible Data Science including security, privacy and ethics. In preparation for the workshop, read about the Northeast Big Data Innovation hub strategy and projects here.

Speaker

Florence Hudson, Founder and CEO, FDHint
Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University
Special Advisor, NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University

Florence Hudson is Executive Director for the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University. She is also Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, a global advanced technology and diversity & inclusion consulting firm, and Special Advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University. She is a former IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, and aerospace engineer at Grumman and NASA. She Chairs the global IEEE/UL P2933 Working Group on Clinical IoT Data and Device Interoperability with TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security, and has published books on TIPPSS. She serves on Boards at Princeton University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stony Brook University, Blockchain in Healthcare Today, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She is a founding member of the Program Committee for the NCI Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop. She has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and executive business education from Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Zoom Link

Join this event on 10/13 from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android
Password: IonaData
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Laboratory Safety – Alternative Careers Paths

Tuesday, October 20, Noon - 1 p.m.

Abstract

Careers in chemistry do not have to be constrained to the research bench. Chemistry is a fundamental science with connections across multiple disciplines, and harnessing those touch points, with an emphasis on research operations, can be essential in a variety of roles. I will discuss how my core training in chemistry has provided a foundation for pivots in my journey through the private and governmental sectors. I will share reflections about how my background in industrial hygiene led to surprising opportunities and beneficial flexibilities as you consider your own path ahead.

Speaker

Ahleah Rohr Daniel, PhD, MPH, CIH is the Deputy Branch Chief of the Space Biosciences Research Branch. Over the last 4+ years, Dr Rohr Daniel supported the Science Directorate as the Industrial Hygiene Representative from the Safety Office, responsible for managing chemical compliance and laboratory safety to ensure a healthy and safe work environment for all personnel at NASA Ames. She earned her MPH in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 2013 and achieved her CIH in 2017.

Prior to coming to NASA Ames Research Center in 2016, Dr Rohr Daniel worked as an Environmental Consultant/Industrial Hygienist at Ramboll (formerly ENVIRON). Dr Rohr Daniel earned a BS in Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati in 2006, followed by a MS and PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Michigan in 2008 and 2011, respectively, resulting in peer-reviewed scientific research articles. In addition to work, Dr Rohr Daniel volunteers on the Board of Directors of the local American Industrial Hygiene Association (Northern California Section), where currently she serves as the Past-President. Dr Rohr Daniel also has membership in multiple professional societies (American Industrial Hygiene Association (National); American Chemical Society; American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists).

Learn more about Ahleah Rohr Daniel here.

Zoom Link

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Password: 578785

WORKFORCE READINESS AND INTERVIEW PREP

Tuesday, October 27, Noon - 1 p.m.

Synopsis

Join employees from Westchester based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for a virtual interactive career panel with opportunities to review your resume and practice mock interviewing.  Participants will engage in a whole group panel discussion via Zoom and then separate out into break out rooms hosted by the Regeneron employees.  Content will include opportunities for conversations regarding career path and advice in addition to the resume review and mock interviews. Participants will engage in interviews to help them feel comfortable with interviewing online, with several interviewers at once, and best practices for online and in-person interviews. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and conversations between participants and employees. This is a fantastic opportunity to practice your interviewing skills and receive real-world feedback before you interview for that must-have job!

Speakers

Employees from Westchester-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals...and you!

Zoom Link

Join this event on 10/27 from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Career Development

A special thanks to Darelle Thomas and the Office of Career Development for making this partnership possible.

Future Scientists: Virtual Career Panel Focusing on the sciences

Wednesday, October 28, Noon - 1 p.m.

Abstract

Join employees from Westchester based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for a virtual, interactive conversation with small group discussions focusing on careers in the sciences. Participants will engage in a whole group panel discussion via Zoom and then separate out into break out rooms hosted by employees from Regeneron. Discussions will include students questions around internships, inspiring classes, career paths, job searching in the science and other industries, and more! There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and conversation between participants and employees

Speakers

Employees from Westchester-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals...and you!

Zoom Link

Join this event on 10/28 from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Career Development

A special thanks to Darelle Thomas and the Office of Career Development for making this partnership possible.

Leveraging Interdisciplinarity for Data Science Pedagogy: An Experiential Approach

Thursday, October 29, Noon - 1 p.m.

Summary

Data scientists must be interdisciplinary, agile, and able to adapt to data analysis across different domains. Both academia and industry are striving to integrate interdisciplinarity into data science curriculum and operations. In this session, we will discuss the vital role of interdisciplinarity in designing a data science curriculum. By leveraging an experiential approach, we will discuss best practices derived from previous endeavors in designing data science courses. Our discussion will also involve different approaches and methods for designing an interdisciplinary data science course.

Speaker

Daniel Adomako Asamoah, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems, Wright State University

Zoom Link

Join this event on 10/29 from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android
Password: 578785


The Careers in Science program is supported by a generous donation from ConEdison.

Contact

Sunghee Lee

Sunghee Lee, Ph.D.

Board of Trustees Endowed Professor of Science


Program Director, Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program at Iona

PASS Mentorship Program Faculty Advisor