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Jiler Conference for Professors & Fellows — The Feedback

ACS Professors, postdocs, and staff applaude the Jiler sessions and spirit.

Survey Question: 

“What was most valuable about the Jiler Conference?” 

ACS Research Professor's Answer: 


“The ideas and excitement I came back with."  

Scott Hawley,  PhD              

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R. Scott Hawley, PhD

ACS Research Professor
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Kansas City, Missouri

“I get to tell people about ACS Professor Luis Parada's talk as an example of HOPE.

“I get to tell my colleagues about ACS Professor Jennifer Grandis' amazing and really sad talk (on gender equity in science).

“And I get to tell my colleagues here about the ACS's efforts to support the postdocs during the pandemic.

“Finally, I get to tell my lab about ideas for experiments that came out of my discussion with ACS Professor Dick McIntosh.” 

This is the session Dr. Hawley described as amazing and really sad.

Jennifer Grandis, MD, ACS Research Professor from University of California San Francisco, gave a keynote speech on "Building and Sustaining Careers in Academic Medicine: A Gender Equity Lens," which highlighted inequities affecting women in science. Her talk received a standing ovation.

ACS Postdoctoral Fellows' Answer:


“The exposure to other researchers' ideas and methods." 

Joanna Kovalski, PhD

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Joanna Kovalski, PhD

ACS Postdoctoral Fellow
Laboratory of Davide Ruggero
University of California, San Francisco



"It was a truly unique experience . . . and such a special occasion to be able to be part of this broad array of fantastic current and (hopefully) future faculty. I know for sure that I have made many connections that will be of enormous professional and personal value for many years to come."

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Suzanne Vang, PhD

ACS Postdoctoral Fellow
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

Post conference: Assistant Professor NYU Grossman School of Medicine

"I truly appreciated being challenged to consider problems, pathways, and solutions that I had not thought of before.” 


Watch a video about her ACS grant

ACS Postdoctoral Fellows' Answer:

“Bringing junior researchers together."  

Payton Stevens, PhD

Payton Stevens, PhD

ACS Postdoctoral Fellow
Van Andel Research Institute
Grand Rapids, Michigan


"It's a great way to jump-start new scientific ideas and collaborations. As a result, this meeting will stimulate future advances in cancer research.” 

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ACS Clinical Research Professor's Answer:


“Building a sense of community." 

Beth Karlan, MD

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Beth Karlan, MD

ACS Clinical Research Professor
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 
New York,  New York

"And reminding us that we are all working towards the same goal:  helping cancer patients.”