Advancing Leadership in Science & Technology

CSSP Winter Leadership Workshop, 1-4 December 2018

All sessions will be held in Marvel Halls in the American Chemical Society (ACS) Hach Building, 1155 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Agenda is subject to change.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

CSSP Board of Directors Meeting 9:00 am-12:00 pm

JOHN DOWNING, Director of Minnesota Sea Grant, University of Minnesota Duluth

Leadership Primer for Interested Presidents

9:00 am-12:00 pm
CSSP Board of Directors Lunch 12:00-1:00 pm
Attendee Registration 12:00-1:00 pm

CSSP Meeting Opening by CSSP Board Chair


History 45th Anniversary and Reunion Welcome & Status Update. Self-introductions.

1:00-2:00 pm
Session One: State of the Union 2:00-5:30 pm

SARAH STATON, Senior Coordinator for GIST and Partnerships, U.S. Department of State

Science of Science Communication – How it’s presented to the public for mainstream acceptance

2:00-3:00 pm

ADAM HUFTALEN, Senior Manager, Federal Government Affairs, RELX Inc.

DAVID WEINREICH, Director, Public Affairs Americas, STM

JOHN DOWNING, Director of Minnesota Sea Grant, University of Minnesota Duluth 

Disappearance of public data and Plan S

3:00-4:00 pm
Break 4:00-4:30 pm

KENNETH GIBBS, Director of the Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) “By All, and For All”

Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, a Report from NASEM – Its Future

4:30-5:30 pm

Opening Reception and Award Presentation Educational Research Award – RYAN SHAUN BAKER Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

45th Anniversary and Reunion Recognition

Dinner will be on your own following the reception.

6:00-8:00 pm

Sunday, 2 December 2018

CSSP Committee Meetings

Participants will meet with two different committees for one hour each.

  • Government and Public Affairs
  • Scholarly Publications and Data Science
  • Ethics
  • Association Best Practices
  • STEM
  • Education
8:00-10:15 am
Break 10:00-10:30 am
Alumni Conversations – Hear what was learned by those who learned it and understand the importance of sharing their knowledge and experience. 10:30-11:00 am
Session Two: Scientists and Politicians – Lost in Translation 11:00 am-12:30 pm

DAVID HELFAND, Chair of the Department of Astronomy, Columbia University

A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age

ALLEN MOORE, Senior Advisor, Stimson Center

Speak with a Scientist and former politician (waiting for additional confirmations)

11:00 am-12:30 pm
Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm
Session Three: Frontiers of Science 1:30-5:00 pm

PAMELA SILVER, Elliot T and Onie H Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School; Full member, Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering

Synthetic Biology – reengineering gut microbiota

1:30 -2:30 pm

FARSHAD RAJABIPOUR, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Cementing the Future with Geopolymers: Opportunities and Challenges.

2:30-3:30 pm
Break 3:30-4:00 pm
Unique Portable Mass Spectrometer fits in your hand (waiting for confirmation) 4:00-5:00 pm

Banquet Logan Tavern and Award Presentation

Carl Sagan Award STEVEN PINKER, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Logan Tavern is located at 1423 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

6:30-9:00 pm

Monday, 3 December 2018

Session Four: Society Best Practices – Leadership Development 8:15 am-2:30 pm

PAUL BERTSCH, CSIRO, Science Director/Deputy Director, Land & Water

Science Leadership Challenges for Societies and Science Research & Development

ALBERTO CONTI, Astrophysicist and Innovation Manager at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Industry/Government and University partnerships

8:15-9:30 am

JOEL SACHS, The Sachs Group

We Built It – They Didn’t Come – Now What? A Q&A framework leading to a way to rethink your society’s value proposition

9:30-10:30 am
Break 10:30-11:00 am

PATRICK STOVER, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife

Best practices for big data sets on public health issues

11:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch and CSSP Business Meeting 12:00-1:30 pm

ELLEN BERGFELD, The Alliance of Crop, Soil and Enviromental Science Societies

WILLIAM CARROLL, Indiana University


Governance & Management – Boards and Exec Directors – rising to better leadership side-by-side. Presidents, Boards, ED’s and CEO’s – speaking the same language? Focused on the same goal post?

1:30-2:30 pm
Break 2:00-2:30 pm
Committee Reports and Call for Action 3:00-5:00 pm
Dinner on Your Own 5:00 pm

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Congressional Breakfast 8:00-10:30 am
CSSP Board of Directors Meeting 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Visits to Capitol Hill

Visits Arranged Individually by CSSP Staff or Your University Government Liaison, as Requested

Tuesday afternoon