I’ll be discussing my doctoral research in the field of organic chemistry, which culminated in the development of new chemical tools to access a family of natural products known as the propellane alkaloids. I’ll also be discussing the shift into my postdoctoral studies, where I explored the development of new chemical biology tools to study protein function. My growth as a scientist is intricately associated with my Latino and LGBTQ identities, so I will also discuss how these parts of me influenced my personal and professional journey.
Hosted by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
futureforward features several alumni and parents who are leaders in a variety of career fields, discussing their industry’s current environment, their perspective on the future outlook for that career field, and action steps students can take now to position themselves for entry into those career fields.
Over the last weeks, we have launched interviews with the following alumni:
While the pandemic has halted many in-person opportunities, it has also popularized virtual activities.
Conferences, information sessions, and other learning opportunities are one click away and offer valuable career information and advice. Here are some ways to take advantage of these activities.
1. Check Handshake and turn on email notifications
As most students know, Handshake helps students discover and explore internships, jobs, and organizations. However, it also has details for many events that are personalized to your specific career interests. By turning on notifications, you will be kept in the loop with anything that you may want to pursue a career in.
2. Read and subscribe to the CCI blogs
The CCI filters and features a multitude of opportunities regularly on THIS website. Posts will give details about information sessions and provide other valuable job postings. Subscribe by scrolling down to “CareerPath Sign Up” on the left side of any specialization. Fill in your information and check off all of your career interests.
3. Look Beyond
If you have a specific field or company you hope to work for, research it! You may be surprised at all the information that is being conveyed via online sessions. Additionally, many conferences have also pivoted from in-person to digital, causing them to be available at little or no cost.
If you are not familiar with the professional organizations in your field, look up “*field of interest* companies” or talk with a professor or CCI advisor.
Tuesday, September 22nd 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST
In an ever changing world, it can be difficult to know how to stand out when everything is virtual. Hear from Senior Engineering Manager Evan Child about how to ace the technical interview and prepare for your career in Software Engineering when traditional resources or opportunities may not be available.
Tuesday, September 22nd 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Interested in a career in tech, but not a computer science major? There are lots of opportunities in the tech world with a liberal arts degree. Hear from Qualtrics Learning & Development lead, along with a panel of current Qualtrics employees who studied the liberal arts, about how they’ve paved their way and you can too!
Tuesday, September 1st 2020, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm EST
Latinx+ Leadership Panel: Back in 2019, Google Latinx+ leaders gathered to give an in depth look at their experiences both inside and outside of Google in addition to highlighting how they navigated different career paths within tech. The panelists also took live questions from a virtual audience. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are re-releasing this video to keep this conversation top of mind.
Latinx+ Intern Panel: Past summer 2020 tech Google Interns discussed their pathways to Google – including tips/preparation for the tech interview process, guidance on how they navigated their virtual internship experience, and how they’ve grown in their current roles. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are re-releasing this video to keep this conversation top of mind.
Wednesday, September 9th 2020, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm EST
Resume Workshop with Google Are you submitting applications for internships and full-time opportunities this upcoming semester? Join us for a resume workshop to learn tips on how to format, structure, and create detailed content for your resume. We recommend having an updated resume on hand so you can apply your knowledge in real time.
Getting an antibody test to see if you had Covid-19 months ago is pointless, according to guidelines issued this week by a major medical society.
Many tests are inaccurate, some look for the wrong antibodies and even the right antibodies fade away, said experts at the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which issued the new guidelines.
Because current tests cannot determine if someone is immune, the society said, they “cannot inform decisions to discontinue physical distancing or lessen the use of personal protective equipment.”
Antibody testing generally should be used only for population surveys, not for diagnosing illness in individuals, the panel said. But its guidelines described two situations in which antibody testing could be used when the normal diagnostic tests for the virus — called PCR tests — failed or were likely to fail.
People who felt sick weeks or months ago and now wonder if they are immune to Covid-19 “probably shouldn’t bother” getting an antibody test, said Dr. Angela M. Caliendo, a testing expert at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School and a member of the society’s expert panel.
Many New Yorkers fell ill in the spring, could not get tested then and now wonder whether they had the disease and are immune; the panel concluded that current antibody tests cannot answer that question.
More than 400,000 acres have been burned in Northern and Central California, with many of the fires set off by nearly 11,000 lightning strikes. High temperatures and strong winds have made the situation even worse.
Evacuation orders in Santa Cruz County covered 48,000 people, including the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and those being evacuated must weigh the risks of seeking refuge in evacuation shelters in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. People living far beyond the burn zone are struggling with the smoke, and beloved sites like Big Basin Redwoods State Park have been badly damaged.
What is it about California that makes wildfires so catastrophic? There are four key ingredients.
The (changing) climate
The first is California’s climate.
“Fire, in some ways, is a very simple thing,” said Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “As long as stuff is dry enough and there’s a spark, then that stuff will burn.”
California, like much of the West, gets most of its moisture in the fall and winter. Its vegetation then spends much of the summer slowly drying out because of a lack of rainfall and warmer temperatures. That vegetation then serves as kindling for fires.
But while California’s climate has always been fire prone, the link between climate change and bigger fires is inextricable. “Behind the scenes of all of this, you’ve got temperatures that are about two to three degrees Fahrenheit warmer now than they would’ve been without global warming,” Dr. Williams said. That dries out vegetation even more, making it more likely to burn.