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Megan Mitchell (Damcott)

Megan Mitchell

Dear ECNG members,

Whether another semester has just wound down, your summer is gearing up or it is business/life as usual, I hope this newsletter finds you all well. The ECNG has continued the great momentum we began the 2017 year off with and has many exciting things on the horizon. First, Brooks Wingo, PhD, has been named the ECNG Chair-Elect. Dr. Wingo has been very involved in the ECNG for the past four years, including currently serving as Chair of the Mentoring Task Force, and I am excited she is stepping into this role. She has worked closely with the Communications Task Force and Early Career Development Course Task Force, so she is familiar with all avenues of the ECNG already and she is passionate about our mission and vision. I look forward to working with her in this role.

Excitement has also been building for ACRM’s 94th Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA from October 23 through October 28, 2017. Our Early Career Development Course, entitled “Successful Interdisciplinary Research in Academics and Industry,” will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 8 AM to 3 PM and new this year: The ECDC IS included in the World Pass! This is a great value and I highly suggest registering for this. Dr. Edward Wirth, III, MD, PhD, CMO of Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. is the keynote speaker and the day once again includes the mentoring luncheon, our distinguished scholars panel discussion and emerging scholars panel discussion and breakout sessions on key topics for Early Career individuals. For more information on the agenda, panel members and topics or to register, you can visit the course site.

The annual conference program also includes several other topics and sessions of keen interest to Early Career. Pre-conference courses of potential interest include, but are not limited to “Rising Above the Stereotypes to Create a Successful Interdisciplinary Team” and “Programmatic Development: An Instructional Course and Workshop for Rehabilitation Clinicians and Physicians.” The main conference program is once again strong and exciting with stellar talks across all the topics. There really is something for everyone, but a couple of my favorites for Early Career individuals are ACRM’s featured session on “Federal Funding Opportunities and Initiatives for Rehab,” “NIH Grantsmanship: Primer to Successful Navigation of Numerous Research Opportunities at the NIH,” and “How to Get Published: Authorship, Reporting Guidelines, Reviewing in Medical Rehabilitation.” We will also be holding the ECNG Informatioal Meeting, time and location TBD. Of course this is just a short list of the symposia offered, but check out more and register at our conference website.

And as always, keep in mind that if you are looking for a way to build your CV or a service opportunity to fulfill your tenure requirements, there are always projects you can become active in within the ECNG. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact me.

Megan Mitchell, PhD