Welcome to the Nielson Society
Department of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
The goal of the Neilson Society is to support the careers of junior Ph.D. and physician scientists on the tenure track as they develop their independent research careers and national reputations.
Neilson Society Structure:
Membership eligibility: Assistant Professors of Medicine (Basic Scientist or Physician Scientist) on the tenure track who are transitioning off a career development award or have just received their first non-mentored grant award.
The Neilson Society is a resource for junior faculty to enable them to develop the skills they need to navigate the course toward tenure and promotion. The Society holds quarterly group meetings with the Vice Chair for Faculty Development throughout the year to discuss issues covering all aspects of basic scientist and physician scientist career development. In addition the Vice Chair is available for individual mentoring sessions and career counseling. Please see contact information.
Basic Scientists and Physician Scientist Assistant Professors funded by Career Development Awards are members of the Newman Society. Membership in the Neilson Society occurs following completion of their career development award.
|DATE||Speaker||Event Title and Summary||Time||Location|
|Tuesday, November 7th, 2017||Dr. Mike Villalobos and Dr. Tom Utley||Basics of Patenting, Intellectual Property and Interactions with Pharma and Biotech companies||8:30-10:00 a.m.||D-3100 Rogers Conference Room|
|Monday, July 24th, 2017||Roy Zent, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D.||
Strategic Tips on Grant Writing
Reminder to Neilson Society Members: Please send your annually updated CVs to Dr. Gannon.
|9:00 a.m.||MRBIV 7455|
|Monday, April 10th, 2017||Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.||How to be an effective mentor||1:30-2:30||MRBIV 8455|
|Friday, January 6th, 2017||Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.||Preparing for tenure and promotion||8:30-10:00 am||MCN Nephroplogy conference room|
Thursday, October 20th, 2016
|Rick Peek, M.D.; Kim Rathmell, M.D., Ph.D.; Tommy Wang, M.D.; and Bob Coffey, M.D.||Panel discussion on grant writing tips with featured speakers||9:00-10:30 am|
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
|Ms. Carleen Cunio from Human Resources||Performance evaluations and difficult conversations||8:30-10:00 a.m.||MCN A-3210 (CRC conference room)|
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Ms. Stephanie Brodtrick from Human Resources Office of Organizational Effectiveness
|Effective interviewing and hiring||9:00-10:30 a.m.||MCN B-1308 (Allergy Pulmonary conference room)|
|Monday, January 11th, 2016||Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.||
Preparation and Expectations for Tenure and Promotion 2016
|8:30 a.m.-||809 Light Hall|
|Tuesday November 3rd, 2015||Mr. James Kendall, LCSW, CEAP, from Vanderbilt Health and Wellness||Mr. James Kendall gave a workshop on: Work/Life Balance and Resilience.||3:00- 4:30 p.m.||MCN B3127 (Nephrology conference room)|
|Wednesday June 17th, 2015||Ms. Tammy Key from Human Resources||
Ms. Key gave a workshop on effective interviewing of staff/personnel for your labs and research programs.
|8:30-10:00 a.m.||736 Robinson Research Building (RRB)|
|Tuesday March 10th, 2015||Ms. Stephanie Brodtrick from Human Resources Office of Organizational Effectiveness||
Effective Team Building part III
Ms. Tammy Key from Human Resources will lead the third workshop on team building.
|8:30-10:00 a.m.||MCN D-3100, Rogers Conference Room|
|Friday February 13th, 2015||Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.||
Preparing for Tenure and Promotion 2015
Quarterly meeting- Slides are available on the Downloads page
|Thursday December 4th, 2014||Ms. Stephanie Brodtrick from Human Resources Office of Organizational Effectiveness||
Effective Team Building part II
High performing teams are essential to achieve shared goals and promote optimal outcomes within organizations. Characteristics of high performing teams include effective communication, reliance on one another within the work which builds trust, effective conflict management, high levels of commitment to the work, individual and team accountability, focus on collective outcomes and results. The session will overview characteristics of high performing teams as well as provide tools and resources for you to effectively build and lead high performing teams within your division.
|9:00-10:30 am||MCN T4230|
|Tuesday Sepetmber 16th, 2014||Ms. Tammy Key||
Ms. Tammy Key from Human Resources will lead the first in two planned workshops on team building.
Platinum Rule was developed by Dr. Tony Alassandra and is based on the premise, “Do unto others as they’d like done unto them.” This assessment provides you with a framework for looking at human behavior while increasing your knowledge of your unique communication preferences. It will help you to see how people are motivated in different and distinct ways due to these different communication preferences. Learn how to minimize misunderstandings and appreciate and accept differences in style.
|8:30-10:00 A.M.||7455 MRBIV|
|Thursday March 27th, 2014||Drs. David Bader, Ray Harris, and Al Powers||
A panel discussion
|9:00 A.M.||MRB IV Room 7455|
|Thursday, January 9th, 2014||Dr. Maureen Gannon||
Getting ready for tenure/promotion
Quarterly meeting-Slides are available on the Downloads page.
|9:00 A.M.||MRB IV Room 7455|
|Thursday, September 5th, 2013||
Dr. Rick Peek
Dr. Florent Elefteriou
Dr. Tom Thomas
Recent Grant Recipients Panel
We will have a panel discussion with some recent senior faculty who have successfully obtained either a new RO1 grant or renewed an RO1. They will provide tips on successful NIH grant writing.
In the current funding climate it is very important that we send out the very best proposals. I am sure we can all benefit from hearing the perspectives of these recent grant recipients!
Water and coffee will be available.
|9:00 a.m.||Light Hall Romm 433|
|Monday, May 20th, 2013||Dr. Ashley Brady, Associate Director of Foundation Relations||
"Navigating the Foundation Funding Landscape"
|9:00 a.m.||Light Hall 809(Diabetes Center conference room)|
|February 25th, 2013||Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.||
Neilson Society Meeting
Tenure "To Do List"
Breakfast will be served.
|8:30 a.m.||MCN D-3100 (Rogers Conference Room)|
|December 3rd, 2012||
Ms. Julia King from Human resources and Jennifer Lutgens from the Department of Medicineoffice
"HR Basics, continued"
This will be a continuing discussion from last quarter's meeting on common personnel issues PI's run into and how to handle them. If you missed last month's discussion, you missed a good one! I encourage you all to attend!
(If you come in the round wing entrance to MCN, it is in the D corridor on the left hand side soon after you pass the Vanderbilt valet window.)
|September 7th, 2012||Ms. Julia King, Human Resources service representation for the Department of Medicine||
Ms. King will give an overview of Human Resources and discuss staff supervision. A light breakfast will be served.
|9:00 a.m.||9455 MRBIV|
|June 18th, 2012||Dr. Lillian Nanney, Director of the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Professor of Plastic Surgery and Cell and Developmental Biology||
Strategies for packing your CV with promotable teaching activities
Teaching is one of the important missions of the School of Medicine and the University. This session will provide information about how to enhance your teaching portfolio and also what activities are considered "teaching" as this differs in different fields and settings.
|9:00-10:00 a.m.||736 RRB|
|April 10th, 2012||Tara T. Helmer, PA-C, M.P.H., Department of Research Support Services||
VICTR Resources- What's New/ What's Available
The presentation will describe current and upcoming financial and scientific resources to aid in all stages of a research project including proposal development, translational studios, writing studios, and collaborative data sharing.
|8:30 a.m.||7455 MRB IV|
|January 27th, 2012||Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.||
Neilson Society Meeting
|9-10:00 a.m.||8455 MRB IV|