Agenda, ALCDW 2018

This free workshop has sessions for students and faculty. The workshop will be held in Columbia on the afternoon of Thursday, June 14 (faculty only) and all day on Friday, June 15 (faculty and students) with concurrent sessions for each group. Below is the agenda and schedule (we will not be printing programs). This year, we are co-hosting with our sister organization, SC EPSCoR/IDeA and are offering sessions for NSF researchers, in addition to our NIH focus. Also new this year will be a social/dinner on Thursday evening and networking lunch seated by research interests topics on Friday. Seating will be limited.

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June 14, 1 to 5 pm, USC Alumni Center* (floor plan)

Grant Writing Workshop

Lucia Pirisi-Creek (SC INBRE) and Nadim Aziz (SC EPSCoR), Moderators

  • 12:30 pm, Check-in

  • 1 pm, Review process at NIH – Study section and scoring, Presidents Dining Room

  • 1:30 pm, Review Process at NSF – Review Panel, Presidents Dining Room

For more info, contact:

Dr. Edie Goldsmith or

Dr. Martine LaBerge

2 pm

Concurrent Session A – NIH Review (Mock Study Section)

Presidents Dining Room

Lucia Pirisi-Creek

  • Specific Aims Page Review – Guidelines for Success

  • Experimental Design – Guidelines

  • Significance and Innovation Sections

Concurrent Session B – NSF Review

Conference Room 2C

Nadim Aziz

4 pm, Wrap up and INBRE-EPSCoR Mentoring Program, Martine LaBerge and Nadim Aziz, Presidents Dining Room

4:45 pm, Mixer - Reception, Living Room area

6 pm, Dinner in the Presidents Dining Room

*Parking for Thursday’s event is in the adjoining parking garage on Park and Pendleton Streets, is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed by the USC Alumni Center. The garage is managed by the City of Columbia who charges hourly rates for parking. My Carolina’s entrance from the Park Street garage is on the 2nd floor. Street level entrances are on Senate Street.

June 15, 8:30 to 4 pm, South Carolina State Museum** (floor plan)

Career Planning and Leadership Skills

8:30 am, Check-in

9:30 am, KEYNOTE LECTURE - Bioscience Industry Network in South Carolina (Jobs and Careers in MedTech), Erin Ford, Executive Director, SCBIO, Vista Room

10:15 am, Break

Concurrent Session A – Faculty and Post-Docs

Vista Room

Edie Goldsmith, Moderator

  • 10:30 am, Intellectual Property, Jesse Goodwin, Technology Development Officer, MUSC

  • 11:15 am, Entrepreneurship – Do’s and Don’ts, Ellie Fini, AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, Inventor and Co-founder, Bio-Adhesive Alliance Inc.

12 noon, Networking Lunch (Research Collaboration), Vista Room. Check your badge for assigned table number.

  • 1:30 pm, Planning for Mid-Career Success, Panel: Jim Fadel, USC School of Medicine; Agnes Southgate, College of Charleston

  • 2 pm, Funding for research trainees, John Kaup and John Wheeler, Furman University

  • 2:30 pm, Time Management, Morris (“Moss”) Blachman, Associate Dean, Continuous Professional Development and Strategic Affairs – or – Matt Orr, Senior Associate, Professional Development, USC School of Medicine

  • 3 pm, How to manage research personnel, Moss Blachman or Matt Orr

  • 4 pm, Adjourn

Concurrent Session B – Students

Blockbuster (Special Events) Space

Martine LaBerge, Moderator

  • 10:30 am, Communication skills (oral and poster presentations), Susan Wood, USC School of Medicine

  • 11:15 am, Communicating Science and Networking through Social Media, Clinton Colmenares, Director of Strategic Communications, Clemson University

12 noon, Networking Lunch (Career Path), Vista Room. Check your badge for assigned table number.


Concurrent Session B1 – GRAD Students, Huger Street Room

  • 1:30 pm, Career-Focused Post-Doctoral Training, Ed Krug, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, College of Graduate Studies, Medical University of South Carolina

  • 3:15 pm, Break

Concurrent Session B2 – UNDERGRADUATE Students, Blockbuster Space

Tyler Harvey, Doctoral Candidate, Clemson

Martine LaBerge, Chair of Bioengineering, Clemson University

Bert Ely, Director, Center for Science Education, University of South Carolina


  • 3:30 pm, Fellowship Applications (joint graduate and undergraduate Session), Blockbuster Space, Novella Beskid, Assistant Dean for Fellowships and Scholar Programs, South Carolina Honors College, USC

  • 4 pm, Adjourn

**Friday’s Workshop will be held at the South Carolina State Museum located on Gervais Street in Columbia. Parking will be free. Your name badge from the Workshop will also give you same-day 10% discount at the Museum's gift shop, discounted tickets to the 4D theatre and Planetarium ($4) and free general admittance to the rest of the Museum, if time allows. Museum closes at 5 pm.