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Science Mentoring Event

Date & Time
Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

CUNY Graduate Center, room 9100 (Skylight Room)

Please be aware that this event has passed.

As you’ve no doubt heard, when it comes to the job hunt, it’s not what you know, it’s who. Our GC alumni find great jobs, both inside and outside the academy. These are people you should know.

On February 8th, you can meet nine of them in small group settings at our Alumni Mentoring Roundtable, where you will have an opportunity to ask them about how they started out in their career, get tips about how you might do the same, and find out what they like and find challenging about their jobs.

Group discussions will be informal and interactive, giving students a chance to ask lots of questions. Each student will be paired with potential mentors for three small, rotating group discussions (four-six students) lasting 20-25 minutes each, giving students the chance to chat with alumni from three different fields. The last 30 minutes will be an open networking session.

GC Alumni Mentors

Sabrica Barnett (Psychology, Ph.D., 2014)
Senior Researcher, Girl Scout Research Institute

Samuel Crane (Biology, Ph.D., 2013)
Associate Director, Lead Data Scientist at Amplify

Subir Dhamoon (Mathematics, Ph.D., 2013)
Associate Director, Royal Bank of Canada, Capital Markets

Tom Diamante (Psychology, Ph.D., 1987)
Executive Vice President, CCA

Michael Dong (Analytical Chemistry, Ph.D., 1977)
Principal, WMD Consulting

Ravi Kaushik (Computer Science, Ph.D., 2011)
Director – Data Products Science – ‎American Express

Tom Rusielewicz (Biology, Ph.D., 2013)
Staff Scientist, The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF)

Tim Spencer (Biology, Ph.D., 2005)
Deputy Editor, Journal of Cell Biology (JCB)

Leslie A. Tive (Psychology – Biopsychology, Ph.D., 1990)
Senior Director, Global Medical Affairs, Tanezumab Medical Affairs Lead, Pfizer Innovative Health

Alumni Mentor Bios

Sabrica Barnett (Psychology, Ph.D., 2014)
I am currently a Senior Researcher at the Girl Scout Research Institute. I do formative and evaluative research, and am the lead researcher on all studies having to do with the impact of Girl Scouting on girls. My colleagues lead up research on adults (parents, volunteers) and thought leadership (research about girls in the US at large). Prior to Girl Scouts, I have taught Social Psychology, Psych of Gender, and Statistics for both undergrad and graduate level courses at CUNY. I also worked as the Assistant Director of SciMON (Science Math Opportunities Network) – a grant funded project hosted by the Hunter College Provost’s Office –  and as a research Assistant for the Gender Equity Project led by Virginia Valian at Hunter College during my time as a doctoral student. Prior to going to graduate school, I worked as a community organizer for the New York Public Research Interest Group, training college students to be citizen activists around issues that affect New Yorkers.

Samuel Crane (Biology, Ph.D., 2013)
Samuel Crane is Associate Director of the Science curriculum product and the lead data scientist on that project at Amplify, a large digital K-12 educational software company. He creates and oversees strategic plans for data-driven features of the Science curriculum, including automated scoring of event data, statistical inference of student ability from tests, and integration of multiple data sources for student profiles. He develops statistical models of student academic performance, including both selected-response test data and technology-enhanced task real-time event (clickstream) data. He employs information retrieval and data mining systems, with applications in data structuring, machine learning, psychometrics, and learning analytics to support the adaptive learning features and other product needs of Science curriculum. He coordinates with product partners and engineering teams on design, execution, and deployment of analytics services for Science curriculum.

Samuel holds a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from The Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation work was conducted at the American Museum of Natural History under the supervision of Rob DeSalle and the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics.

Subir Dhamoon (Mathematics, Ph.D., 2013)
Subir Dhamoon is a proud alumnus of the Graduate Center, having completed a doctorate in mathematics in 2013.  Subir has over a decade of industry experience in the banking and finance sector.  He is currently an Associate Director in Global Risk Management at Royal Bank of Canada, Capital Markets.  Prior to joining the RBC, Subir was the head Quantitative Analyst at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, a statistician at J.P. Morgan Chase and a senior examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Subir is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Hunter College.  He has an M.S. in mathematics from New York Polytechnic Institute and a B.B.A. in accounting and management science from Belmont College.  Subir was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thomas Diamante (Psychology, Ph.D., 1987)
Tom Diamante is Executive Vice President of CCA. He is responsible for CCA’s HR Consulting Group and is a member of the firm’s management team. An Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, Tom leads consulting engagements for Fortune 500 firms requiring alignment of human resources strategy and business objectives.

Tom’s organizational consulting experience reflects high-stakes, human capital based business risk management consultations. This includes C-level assessments, cross-cultural executive development, selection, performance management, and regulatory guidelines on employment practices.

Prior to joining CCA, Tom was the Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Organizational Development in Global Securities Research & Economics at Merrill Lynch. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he was Senior Manager and Lead Change Consultant for KPMG Consulting. Earlier in his career, he was National Manager, Human Resources & Professional Development at Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

A published author in the fields of organization effectiveness and human capital management, Tom has contributed to top tier academic and practitioner journals. Tom’s Best Practice Contributions ( inform and enhance all of CCA’s services.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, a Masters of Philosophy in Behavioral Studies from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a B.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University.

Tom is the newly elected President, Consulting Division of the New York State Psychological Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is licensed to practice psychology in New York.

Tom serves on the Associates Council for the Children’s Aid Society and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for ENACT, a non-profit organization focused on social, emotional, and intellectual development of at-risk school children. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Stony Brook University College of Business.

Michael Dong (Analytical Chemistry, Ph.D., 1977)
A subject matter expert in HPLC and pharmaceutical analysis, worked in research and development in Chemical and instrumental companies for 20 years then switched to new drug development for pharmaceutical companies for 15 years (Purdue Pharma and Genentech).  Currently a consultant in drug quality, HPLC training, and analytical chemistry.

Ravi Kaushik (Computer Science, Ph.D., 2011)
Ravi Kaushik is currently working for American Express as Director of Data Products Science, Decision Science & Big Data Labs focused on implementing a wide range of business use cases using Machine Learning/AI and big data technologies. Previously, he held responsibilities of Risk Manager for pre-paid card products namely Serve & Bluebird and Director for data science capabilities in Information Management. He has contributed to fraud decisioning with gradient boosting on cloud, credit risk eligibility, prospect marketing with look-alike models, pattern recognition for fraud detection/credit bust-out/anti-money laundering, record matching capabilities, account-takeover security, master data management (MDM) products and establishing centralized big data warehouse data quality framework. He has led department-wide training events to upscale technical skills of employees that boosted the annual company pulse survey scores.

Ravi received an under-graduate degree in Instrumentation Technology (2003), master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (2006) and a PhD degree in Computer Science (2011) from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.  During his PhD program, his research focused on methods to build 3D maps of indoor environments using autonomous mobile robots.

Tom Rusielewicz (Biology, Ph.D., 2013)
Dr. Rusielewicz is a Staff Scientist working at The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York at Hunter College, studying mouse models of Multiple Sclerosis in the laboratory of Dr. Carmen Melendez-Vasquez. He currently works in the NYSCF Multiple Sclerosis group under the supervision of Dr. Valentina Fossati, focusing on modeling neurodegeneration, using cells derived from patients with severe primary progressive forms of Multiple Sclerosis.

Tim Spencer (Biology, Ph.D., 2005)
Tim is Deputy Editor, Journal of Cell Biology (JCB). He received his PhD from the City University of New York, where he studied the signaling mechanisms that underlie the promotion of axonal growth and regeneration following injury in the laboratory of Marie Filbin. He then moved to the laboratory of Chris Henderson at Columbia University, where he examined molecular markers of postnatal motor neuron maturation and elements of motor-specific disease. Tim served as a senior scientific editor at Nature Neuroscience since 2011 before moving to RUP to become the Deputy Editor of Journal of Cell Biology in 2016.

Leslie A. Tive, (Psychology, Ph.D., 1999)
Leslie Tive has been with Pfizer for more than 27 years. Starting in 1990 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, she has worked on medicines in all phases of development across several therapeutic areas in both clinical development and medical affairs roles. Leslie is currently the Senior Director of Medical Affairs responsible for the pain therapeutic area and works at Pfizer Headquarters in New York City.