How to Manage Collaborations

Event Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Time: 12:30 - 2 pm

Event Location: Library 460

Course Module(s): Am I Ready? / Managing Collaborations / Faculty Research and Professional Development Week Events

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No one can go it alone, yet collaborating with mentors, colleagues and students is a challenging proposition. The speakers below will cover the following topics:

  • Susan Baxter, CSU CSUPERB - Industry-University Partnershps: A Continuum of Opportunity
  • Jennifer Haythornthwaite, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - The Art of Mentoring Faculty
  • Andrew Oliphant, SFSU Dept of Geography and Environment - Collaborating with Students - Challenges and Rewards
  • Emma Sanchez, SFSU Dept of Health Education - Mentored and Collaborative Research: One Scholar's Path and Opportunities
  • Jaylan Turkkan - Moderator.  AVP Research

With discussant Andrew Ichimura - SFSU Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Chair of University Research Council.

Space is limited, please register for this workshop

Susan Baxter is the executive director of the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology.  She also serves on boards at the BayBio Institute, BIOCOM Institute, and Histogen, an early stage regenerative medicine company.  Before joining CSUPERB in 2007, Baxter was chief operating officer at the National Center for Genome Resources, vice president of research and genome analysis at GeneFormatics, a tenured researcher at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center and a research scientist at Monsanto Agricultural Company.  Baxter received her doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia.

 Jennifer Haythornthwaite, a professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center for Mind-Body Research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2013 Vice Dean's Award for the Advancement of Women presented by the Johns Hopkins Office of Women in Science and Medicine.


Andrew Oliphant is a climatologist in the Department of Geography and Environment at SFSU. His research investigates the role of ecosystems and urban environments on our atmosphere, particularly exchanges of carbon, water and energy. His research is conducted primarily by field-based observations using micrometeorological instruments mounted on towers above the surface and has included a diverse range of field sites from the Antarctic Dry Valleys to an Iranian desert. Recently Andrew acquired a 100 foot mobile meteorological tower which can be deployed in a wide range of locations and this has been used in experiments on air quality in Salt Lake City, Utah, ecosystem functioning in restored Sierra Nevada meadows, carbon and water cycling on a living roof and, most recently, the atmospheric impacts of the Burning Man Event in Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Sc.D., M.P.H. is associate professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and affiliated faculty at the Center on Social Disparities in Health, University of California, where she completed a postdoctoral research program as a Kellogg Health Scholar. She received her MPH from San Francisco State University, and doctorate of science in Social Epidemiology from Harvard University. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on two interrelated strands: social inequalities in health and the extent to which environments and policies impact (or not) population patterns of disease overall and according to race or ethnicity, immigrant and socioeconomic status. Her research includes studies on the impact of school-based nutrition and physical education policies on population patterns of childhood obesity and fitness across racial or ethnic groups, and the potential role of nearby school environments in the variability of children’s health. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh has received research support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Salud America! research network to prevent obesity among Latino children and Healthy Eating Research programs, SFSU Provost research awards, and The W.K. Kellogg Foundation as well as translational research support from the Kaiser Permanente’s Kris Burch Minority Leadership Awards program. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh presently receives research support to study multilevel influences on childhood obesity disparities from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and SFSU’s Office of research and Sponsored Programs, and translational research support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research national program. Dr. Sanchez-Vaznaugh recently served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment.