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Monday, March 11, 3–5 PM

FELCOM Event: Careers in Government
A panel of Ph.D.-level scientists who have transitioned into various areas within the federal government will discuss day-to-day routines, likes, dislikes, and how they landed their current positions. A social networking event will follow the seminar.

Building 50, Room 1227

Please register online at

Thursday, March 21, 3–4 PM

“The Genome of the Ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi: Insights into the Genetics of Innovation and the Evolution of Multicellularity,” on 21st-century science/bioinformatics
with Dr. Andy Baxevanis, NHGRI

Building 31, Room 2A48

Please see March announcements for more info.

Monday, March 25, 2–4 PM

Public Speaking Workshop: "The Grant Pitch"
Led by Scott Morgan

This workshop is designed to help fellows explain their work to a variety of audiences. Commonly known in America as the "Elevator Speech", framing one's work in the right context with the proper amount of background is critical for interviews, grants, job talks, and scientific presentations in general. This extremely interactive and hands-on workshop will provide a safe environment to practice delivery before one's peers, and by the end of the session, participants will feel comfortable sharing the essence of their work to just about anyone.

Scott Morgan is a well-known public speaking coach and has been teaching science communication for 18 years. His clients include a majority of the institutes at the NIH, Merck, NASA, EPA, and several universities (UNC Chapel Hill, Cornell, Maryland, Ohio State, Minnesota, Duke). In addition, he teaches media training and communication skills for many research think tanks in the Washington DC area. Scott has also co-authored the book “Speaking about Science” published by Cambridge University Press (2006).

Note there are 25 spot available for this workshop, if you would like to attend, please send Yvette Pittman ( an email.