Director, Training, Workforce Development & Diversity (TWD) Division, NIGMS, NIH

Diversifying the Biomedical Research Workforce

Alison Gammie, Ph.D. is Director of the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, which supports the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ (NIGMS) research training, career development and diversity-building activities. 

Prior to coming to NIGMS, Dr. Gammie was a Senior Lecturer at Princeton University, where, in addition to teaching, mentoring and running a research laboratory, she served as an academic advisor, an Associate Member at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and as Director of Diversity Programs and Graduate Recruiting. 

Dr. Gammie has been recipient of multiple honors over her career including Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Graduate Mentoring Award and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Hinton Award for advancing the research careers of under-represented minorities.

Sharon Milgram

Director, Office of Intramural Education & Training (OITE), NIH

Well-being and Work-life Balance

Sharon Milgram, Ph.D. received a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Emory University. She completed postdoctoral training at  Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. There, she rose to the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology. At UNC, she served as Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, Director of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, and as Director of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. In 2007, she joined the NIH Office of the Director (OD) as the Director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) where she directs a trans-NIH Office dedicated to the career advancement of over 5000 trainees.

Dr. Milgram lectures widely on science careers, mentorship, leadership, management, wellness, and resilience in research environments. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her wife.

Derek Bruff

Visiting Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Mississippi

Artificial Intelligence in Learning: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Derek Bruff, Ph.D. is an educator, higher-ed consultant, and the author of two books, Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching and Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments. He writes a weekly newsletter called Intentional Teaching and produces the Intentional Teaching podcast. 

Dr. Bruff directed the Center for Teaching (CFT) at Vanderbilt University for more than a decade, where he helped faculty and other instructors develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching. He consults regularly with faculty and administrators across higher education on issues of teaching, learning, and faculty development. Dr. Bruff’s major accomplishments while leading the CFT included reaching approximately 30 percent of all full-time Vanderbilt faculty through CFT offerings each year, building a “students as producers” approach to course design into CFT programming. This program is a way to help faculty at a research university rethink their teaching and engage their students in deep learning, integrating learning management system and other instructional technology support into the CFT. This helps instructors teach in a variety of modalities (in-person, synchronous and asynchronous online, hybrid), and helped guide the strategic development of the CFT as it went from 8 to 14 full-time staff positions. 

Bruff has a Ph.D. in mathematics and has taught math courses at Vanderbilt and Harvard University. Currently, he is Visiting Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Mississippi.

Beth Meyerand

Vice-Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs, University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison; Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Mentorship in a Post-Covid World

Beth Meyerand, Ph.D. is Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. She joined UW-Madison’s faculty in the Department of Medical Physics in 1998. A native of Rhode Island and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Dr. Meyerand values the privilege of service to others. She served as the first female Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison and received the Slesinger Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Dr. Meyerand, an award-winning mentor, has served on and chaired the University Committee and the Divisional Committee for the Biological Sciences.

In her field of medical imaging, Dr. Meyerand is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. She earned her B.S. degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. degree in biophysics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Meyerand has directed the graduate programs in the Departments of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and serves as Director of the Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars Program at UW-Madison.

Breakout Sessions: Presenters & Facilitators

Sharon Milgram
Breakout 1

Office of Intramural Education & Training (OITE), NIH

Ruth Gotian
Breakout 2

Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology
Weill Cornell Medicine

Bruce Mandt
Breakout 3

Associate Dean, Graduate School & Director, Postdoctoral and Career Development Offices
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz)

Candace Wicks
Breakout 4

Academic Affairs Dean
for Biological Sciences
Dallas College

Rebecca Orr
Breakout 4

Professor of Biology
Collin College

Brandy S. Pickens
Breakout 5

Physical Scientist and Toxicologist/Human Health Risk Assessor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Tammy Collins
Breakout 6

Program Officer
Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

Christopher Volpe
Breakout 7

Executive Director and Founding Board Member

Nicquet Blake
Breakout 8

Vice Provost, Student Academic Affairs & Dean of Graduate Division University of California San Francisco

Ericka Boone
Breakout 8

Director, Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW)
Office of Extramural Research, NIH

Kristine Grayson
Breakout 9

Associate Professor of Biology, School of Arts & Sciences
University of Richmond

Krista Wojdak
Breakout 10

Professor of Instructional Technology, Department of Leadership & Educational Studies, Reich College of Education
Appalachian State University

Peter Doolittle
Breakout 10

Professor of Educational Psychology, School of Education & former Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning
Virginia Tech

Rachell E. Booth
Breakout 11

Professor and Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering
University of the Incarnate Word

Elizabeth Eich
Breakout 12

Senior Associate Director of Inquiry-based Learning & Professor of Practice in Biosciences
Rice University

Carrie McNeil
Breakout 12

Assistant Chair, Undergraduate Laboratories & Chemistry Lecturer
Rice University

Shakira M. Nelson
Breakout 14

Program Director
Division of Training, Workforce Development, & Diversity

Edgardo Falcón-Morales
Breakout 14

Program Director
Division of Training, Workforce Development, & Diversity

Marla Hertz
Breakout 15

Associate Professor & Research Data Management Librarian, UAB Libraries
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Discussion Panels - Alumni Wisdom

Rheaclare Fraser-Spears

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Feik School of Pharmacy
University of the Incarnate Word

Norberto Gonzalez-Juarbe

Associate Professor,
Infectious Diseases and Genomic Medicine Group
J. Craig Venter Institute

Marla Hertz

Associate Professor and Research Data Management Librarian (RDM)
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Anel Lizcano

Adjunct Faculty, Biology Department & Mentor and Curriculum Developer, SF BUILD
San Francisco State University

Brandy S. Pickens
Pennport (U Penn)

Physical Scientist and Toxicologist/Human Health Risk Assessor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency