PODS by Year

PODS IV: 2006

Dates: 8–12 October 2005
Venue: Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Poster of the meeting (download the PDF)
Meeting Agenda (download the PDF)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Paola Malanotte Rizzoli, Professor of Physical Oceanography
Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Current Contact Information*

Participant Name (Last, First), Current Employer (if allowed), e-mail address (if allowed)

Last

First

Current Employer

email address

Bates

Susan

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)/National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

bates_at_ucar.edu

Bernier

Natacha

Environmental Numerical Prediction Research (RPN-E) at Environment Canada

Natacha.Bernier_at_ec.gc.ca

Brambilla

Elena

Université Montpellier

Elena.Brambilla_at_gm.univ-montp2.fr

Chavanne

Cedric

Université du Québec à Rimouski

cedric_chavanne_at_uqar.ca

Chhak

Kettyah

Druid Hills High School, Atlanta, Georgia

Kettyah_C_Chhak_at_fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Dawe

Jordan

University of British Columbia

jdawe_at_eos.ubc.ca

Dottori

Marcelo

Instituto Oceanográfico da Universidade de São Paulo

mdottori_at_usp.br

Durland

Theodore

Oregon State University

tdurland_at_coas.oregonstate.edu

Elipot

Shane

RSMAS, Univ. of Miami

selipot_at_rsmas.miami.edu

Gay

Peter

US Navy

Not available

Ham

David

Imperial College, UK

david.ham_at_imperial.ac.uk

Hodges

Benjamin

WHOI

bhodges_at_whoi.edu

Kida

Shinichiro

Earth Simulator Center, JAMSTEC, Japan

kidas_at_jamstec.go.jp

Kleiss

 Jessica

JISAO, Univ. of Washington

jkleiss_at_u.washington.edu

Lenn

Yueng-Djern

Bangor University, Wales, UK

oss618_at_bangor.ac.uk

Leonov

Dmitri

Microsoft

Not available

Marzeion

Ben

University of Innsbruck, Austria

ben.marzeion_at_uibk.ac.at

Palter

Jaime

McGill University

jaime.palter_at_MCGILL.CA

Perez

Renellys

University of Miami

renellys.c.perez_at_noaa.gov

Rosman

Johanna

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

jrosman_at_email.unc.edu

Thompson

Andrew

California Institute of Technology

andrewt_at_caltech.edu

Venayagamoorthy

Subhas

Colorado State University, Water Facility

vskaran_at_colostate.edu

Vernieres

Guillaume

NASA

guillaume.vernieres-1_at_nasa.gov

Xu

Xiaobiao

University of Southern Mississippi

Xiaobiao.Xu_at_usm.edu

PODS Meeting Presentation Information

This table (PDF) lists the participantís name, degree-granting institution, and dissertation title.

Survey and Web-Research Results

PODS IV had 25 attendees. Based on 12 returned surveys and web-research, currently (2013), 20 of them hold jobs in academia, 4 in government, and 1 in a private firm.

Quotes from Meeting Participants

“PODS was a great experience. I think the thing that has most benefited me was meeting peers within oceanography. I have kept in touch with and run into other PODS IV participants at meetings and found we have common research interests. It has not happened yet that we've collaborated, but I think it's a definite possibility. This networking is priceless as a young scientist. A recommendation for future participants is to not have your partner (spouse) attend with you. Mine came for a portion of the week, and I think if he had not been there, I would have interacted with the other participants outside the workshop more. A recommendation for symposium organizers: I was disappointed with the interaction with agency representatives (NSF, NASA, etc.) For PODS IV, the NASA representative sent someone in his place, and while I forged a good relationship with this person, he is more of a peer than an agency representative. I didn’t feel like I networked at all with the agencies or learned much about the proposal process.”

“I think PODS was great. I particularly enjoyed talking with Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli (professor at MIT) about balancing career and life and the challenges of having a family at a critical time for the career. I think it helped confirm that the type of career I chose suits me best. I also learned a lot regarding funding applications. The guidelines and tips that were given to us continue to be of use to me. I have recommended PODS to graduating PhD students and I certainly hope PODS will continue for years to come.”

“I do not think PODS has significantly helped my career. It was a fair experience — but I tend not to enjoy conferences.”

“In my opinion, PODS is the ideal size and duration for a scientific meeting, allowing the participants to interact and grasp each other's work on more than the superficial level typical of larger meetings. As such, it was a memorable experience for me. I have yet to collaborate with any of the young scientists I met there, but it may still happen. I therefore can’t say if it has helped my career beyond providing an inspiring experience and an honor to add to my cv. I was happy with the format and don't have any recommendtions to the sponsors for improvement. For future participants, I would just say enjoy it!”

“Great time, I am friend or colleague with many participants. Do not remember that much the agencies representative. Organise a mini-grant writing workshop?”

“Yes. It was helpful and educational to learn what young scientists are.”

“PODS really was a great way to get to know my peers from other institutions and I certainly keep in touch with some of them to this day. The single-session format with a lot of social time was ideal for getting to know people and facilitated conversation with the non-new PhD attendants as well. It was also eye-opening in terms of learning about how the US funding system works- which has been helpful as I continue to have US collaborators. I'd encourage future participants to make the most of their time there, get stuck in and engage with everyone. My husband is also a former attendee of PODS and it has been great to also get to know the people from his close-knit cohort. People do tend to spread out across the world in science, so all these links are tremendously important to maintain for the furthering of our field and it really gave a sense of place to have a past participant (PODY award-holder) at our meeting. I'd recommend keeping this link if possible and keeping the series going.”

“PODS was a great experience! I am still in regular contact to quite a few of the fellow participants, and each time I come across a recent PhD graduate, I recommend looking out for the next PODS. It was one of the best meetings I ever attended!”

“PODS was a great experience — enabled me to meet recent physical oceanography graduates and learn about their research. I recommend it to recent graduates and soon-to-graduate students. One thing that I would have liked, was more interaction with the funding agencies (e.g., proposal-writing session).”

PODS was a good experience. The most beneficial part was meeting other PO graduates who I now see at meetings, etc.”

“I had a great experience at the PODS symposium. My year was particularly well attended by other Scripps participants, but there are a number of people that I met at the conference who I have seen and kept in touch with over the last six years. I especially enjoyed interacting with the international participants and I think this would be a good tradition to continue.”

“I like PODS. It provide a good opportunity for me to know people from other programs. It was a good experience. For future participants, I guess it's important to communicate with people, not only other graduates but also symposium sponsors.”

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