Finding Your Community

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 5 pm (Eastern US time)

ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN) is hosting the October webinar, Finding Your Community in the ACerS Professional Skills and Personal Development Webinar Series.

Our webinar panelists will hold a discussion on the importance of community for professional advancement and fulfillment, for a target audience of early-career researchers.


Community is tremendously important for our careers, for advancement, for impact, and for personal fulfillment. Being part of a community is an activity and requires more than doing research in our individual groups and publishing in journals.

Some people were “born into” their community, for instance if their advisor was well connected and they stayed in the same field. Others move between fields and need to find or build new communities.

This will be a discussion on these topics: on the importance of scientific communities, and how to find, build, and maintain them.


Webinar participants will:

  1. Learn from stories of how others have found, built, and maintained research communities.
  2. Reflect on the importance of community in their own careers.
  3. Learn tips and techniques for successful community building.

Dr. Paul Evans
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Paul Evans is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has been since 2002. Research in the Evans group at UW-Madison research involves the synthesis and characterization of oxide materials and includes an emphasis on studies using x-ray scattering and microscopy methods and synchrotron and free-electron-laser x-ray light sources.

Dr. Jessica Rimsza
Sr. Member, Technical Staff, Geochemistry Department
Sandia National Laboratories

Jessica Rimsza is a Senior Member of Technical Staff in the Geochemistry Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Her work focuses on modeling the reliability and aging of oxide materials, including amorphous solids and cementitious material, focusing on the role of surface reactions in causing degradation.

Dr. Krista Carlson
Associate Professor
University of Nevada, Reno

Dr. Carlson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her main research interests are sol-gel derived glasses for nuclear waste capture and immobilization, and the synthesis of nanostructured electrocatalysts for disinfection treatments.


Dr. Rafael Jaramillo
Associate Professor

Panel moderator Rafael Jaramillo is the Thomas Lord Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. His research group works mostly on synthesis and characterization of chalcogenide semiconductors.


Registration is now closed. If you missed the webinar, you may view the all-access recording embedded above.

If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad.

This webinar is brought to you by ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN).