I’m Surviving (Happily) My Career in Science

I’m Surviving (Happily) My Career in Science – You Can Too! The Kamens Ten Commandments of Work/Life Balance

Speaker: Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene

Original Presentation:  Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Scientists have to keep doing science to be happy.  This talk gives food for thought on how to stay happy in both the work and non-work spheres.  Is it truly possible to bring all aspects of our lives under control? Balance is a myth – we are all (women and men) constantly negotiating our energy and attention. The goal is to maximize the time you are enjoying both work and personal life. Dr. Kamens will offer some tips and tactics that have worked for her friends, colleagues, and herself.

Dr. Joanne Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 15 years at BASF/Abbott where she led discovery research projects on small molecule and antibody approaches to inflammatory diseases, ultimately serving as Group Leader in Molecular Biology. In 2007, she joined RXi Pharmaceuticals as Director of Discovery and concluded there as Senior Director of Research Collaborations. In 2011, Dr. Kamens became the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, non-profit dedicated to helping scientists around the world collaborate. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of AWIS. She was the Director of the HBA Boston Mentoring Program for 3 years and serves on a number of other boards. In 2013, she was elected as a fellow to the Massachusetts Academy of Science for service to science and the community.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

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