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:
  Chair of Medicine: Nancy J. Brown, M.D.
  Vice Chair for Faculty Development: Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.
 

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.

 

Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Faculty Development
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and
Cell and Developmental Biology
Vanderbilt University
2213 Garland Avenue, MRBIV 7425C
Nashville, TN 37232-0475
office: (615) 936-2676
lab: (615) 936-2683
fax: (615) 936-1667
Maureen.Gannon@Vanderbilt.edu

 

Events

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

 

Effective Interviewing

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

 

Team Building

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

 

Effective mentoring

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"


In the current economic climate it is even more critical that we all are aware of and take advantage of alternative funding sources that are applicable to our area of research.
Dr. Brady and her team have developed relationships with many different foundations. She will inform you of available resources here at Vanderbilt and will provide advice on how to identify which foundations are right for you and how to be sure to target your research proposal to a foundation of interest.

A light breakfast will be provided

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!

8:30-9:30 a.m.

MCN D-2109

(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

 

"HR Basics"

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