The shelf-life of skills is getting shorter in a rapidly changing, more interdisciplinary world. Interdisciplinarity is at the core of the need for continued professional development. Advances in data sciences, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and elsewhere constantly reshape the possibilities of life science research. Within the life sciences, evidence demonstrates that researchers and educators must be better supported and equipped to recognize and traverse skills gaps. The report STEM Careers and the Changing Skill Requirements of Work (Deming & Kadeem, 2019) concluded that when it comes to a shortage of skilled STEM workforce, “it is the new STEM skills that are scarce, not the workers themselves.” While millions are spent on bootcamps and workshops to bolster skills, much of this may not have sustainable impact (Feldon, 2017).
This talk will illustrate the problem space for skills gaps in the life sciences and suggests ways we can address needs as a discipline. Success not only lays groundwork for more impactful science but can drive inclusivity and better position life science professionals to achieve their personal research and career goals. Also considered are ideas on how we can inclusively design and deploy course-based research at the undergraduate level.
Join us on Monday, December 4 in Stephens Room (3503 Thomas Hall) and ZOOM for the Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series. Link: https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/91741454918?pwd=U0drVUpPdGJiSXVpcnVUZDNwaHVUZz09