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PhD Career Connections: Science Careers through Networking

Posted by on Friday, August 28, 2015 in Upcoming BRET Office of Career Development Events .


PhD Career Connections presents: 

Science Careers through Networking
Thursday, September 24
Light Hall 214

featuring Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD



HFK Headshot_April 2010.JPGThe challenges and complexity of the 21st century society necessitate a scientifically-informed US policy, economy, and global competitiveness.  To accomplish this we need:

•        Top scientists conducting research and disseminating findings broadly and teaching science;

•        Science embedded in leadership in all sectors, government, education, nonprofit, and business; and,

•        A scientific-literate public.

A broad range of career options are available to PhD scientists and engineers to support such a strong science society. Dr. Holly Falk-Krzesinski will discuss her personal career journey as a scientist in the pharmaceutical, academic, and publishing sectors and how she leveraged her professional network for career advancement.  She will share insight about how all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can plan for a successful career in science through effective collaboration and networking.  She will also share information about the portfolio of resources Elsevier has developed specifically for early career researchers.


Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the Vice President for Strategic Alliances in Global Academic Relations for Elsevier where she is focused on how insight from data and analytics guide strategic planning for the research enterprise. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski’s engagement activities emphasize building new relationships and strategic alliances around important issues for research and research training, such as those related to: research analytics & strategic planning; economic development; early career researcher development; scholarly communication& open access/open data; research & faculty information management; expertise discovery & collaboration; research metrics & impact. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is also involved in broadly promoting early career researchers and women leaders in STEM, serving on the NIH’s BEST program External Scientific Panel and as Editor-in-Chief for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Magazine. She also serves on the Business Steering Group for ORCID. 


Prior to joining Elsevier, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski had been a faculty member in arts & sciences and medicine at Northwestern University where she led initiatives related to research development, grantsmanship, and team science. She facilitated a multitude of trans-institutional collaborative grant programs spanning art history to bioenergy to translational medicine, with a special interest on approaches to evaluating collaboration and interdisciplinary research. Through her leadership with the Annual International Science of Team Science Conference, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has been instrumental in developing a strong community of practice for team science and interdisciplinary research. She also launched the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) in 2008, serving as the organization's founding president and then chair of membership until 2013, and has developed a number of STEM related career development programs with a special emphasis on early career scientists and women such as the Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM. 


Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago with a BS in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She has retained a faculty appointment at Northwestern University where she continues to teach grantsmanship courses in the Philanthropy and Nonprofit program.

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