The Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine, established through a generous gift from Kathy and Curt Marble ’63, announced the inaugural class of the Convergence Scholars Program on Monday October 9, 2017. This announcement coincides with National Nanotechnology Day, an annual event featuring a series of community-led events and activities on October 9th to help raise awareness of nanotechnology. This date, 10/9, pays homage to the nanometer scale, 10-9 meters.
The Marble Center brings together leading faculty from the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT to focus on grand challenges in cancer detection, treatment, and monitoring that could benefit from the emerging biology and physics of the nanoscale. The concept of “convergence” — the blending of the life and physical sciences with engineering — is a hallmark of MIT, the founding principle of the Koch Institute, and at the heart of the Marble Center’s mission.
The Convergence Scholars Program cultivates in postdoctoral trainees an integrative vision of science and technology. CSP will provide postdoctoral trainees opportunities to further their experiences and skills beyond the research laboratory. Scholars will learn more about the technology development life cycle by approaching it from various angles, including policy and regulations, technology transfer, education and outreach, business and finances, industry, and the clinic. At the core of this program are activities to further communication and management skills, as well as a focus on translational impact. Participant activities and benefits include workshops in science management and science leadership, deeper engagement with industry, and professional development activities. Supplementing the primary benefit of leadership training and an enhanced perspective in science communication and management, postdoctoral trainees participating in the program will receive a limited stipend to support professional development activities.