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Opportunities to Explore - June 6-June 10, 2022

Vol 8, Issue 23 | Trainee News                                             myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE

This Weeks Events

Career Story with Bridget Esteves, Ph.D., RDN

From Lab to Lunchables: Translating academic skills to build a career as an industry scientist

Fri June 10 | 10:00 am-11:00 am | Saunders Research Building, 1416

Bridget Esteves is a senior nutrition scientist at Kraft Heinz, and will present on her career path from a doctoral student, to medical food regulations, to research and development for foods and beverages. She will discuss her experiences in two different industries, how to market scientific experience and skills to non-academic jobs, and lessons learned in communication to non-scientific colleagues. Bridget is a registered dietitian and holds PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois, where she studied interactions between dietary intake and genetic variation on obesity-related metabolic diseases.

GSS Presents Ice Cream at the Pittsford Dairy on Park Ave

Sat June 11 | 2pm | 733 Park Ave. Rochester, NY 14607

Celebrate the start of summer with an ice cream treat at the Pittsford Dairy on Park Avenue Saturday, June 11th at 2:00pm. After you grab your ice cream head out with friends to check out some of the many shops and restaurants on Park Ave. In under a miles walk you can find shops such as F. Oliver's, Stever's Candies, Parkleigh, Salty Boutique, and more. Looking for more food check out some of the local restaurants, like Glen Edith Coffee Roasters, Sinbad's, Blu Wolf Bistro, Jines Restaurant, and many more.

Registration link:


Upcoming Events

10th Annual Lecture on Biomedical and Health Science Research Ethics by David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc

“From Chasing My Cure to Chasing Our Cures: Lessons learned as a physician, patient, and researcher”

Tue June 14 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Zoom Event

The NIH requires that all graduate students and postdoctoral appointees receive continued instruction on the responsible conduct of research (RCR) throughout their training.  As part of ongoing efforts to satisfy this requirement, the University of Rochester sponsors periodic RCR lectures and workshops, including an annual lecture of biomedical and health science research ethics. In addition to completing the Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research Course (IND501/506), all graduate students and postdoctoral appointees are expected to attend the annual research ethics lecture.

A Q&A session with Dr. Fajgenbaum will follow the lecture at 4:00pm. (Zoom links to be provided). 

All graduate students and postdoctoral appointees are required to attend this special lecture as a part of ongoing efforts for continued RCR instruction.**

Perplexed About Preprints?

Wed June 22| 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Registation:

Edward G. Miner Library and myHub are excited to announce our upcoming presentation, Perplexed About Preprints?  Dr. Joseph Ross, Co-founder of medRxiv, and Dr. Samantha Hindle, Content Manager for both bioRxiv and medRxiv, will join us to discuss their work and the importance of preprints in today’s word of academic publishing.

Preprint servers continue to play a vital role in research dissemination.  Adding your paper to a preprint server can help provide several possible benefits.  Comments on your preprints provide important feedback, you may attract additional citations by making your work available in an open access format, and preprints can bolster your grant submissions as the NIH encourages you to report information about your preprints on NIH grants.

Dr. Joseph Ross, a University of Rochester alumn, is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Yale.  He also serves as Yale’s Co-Director of the National Clinician Scholars program and is a member of the Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation.

Dr. Samantha Hindle is a neuroscientist who joined bioRxiv as their Content Lead before becoming the Content Manager for bioRxiv and medRxiv.  She is also a Co-Founder of PREreview and serves as the PREreview Open Reviewers Program Lead.

You can attend the presentation through Zoom or in-person.  You can register for the event here.  Please register on Zoom if attending in-person or through Zoom.  In-person registration will be capped to 30 participants, sign-up early!  If you have any questions, please email

Happening Now

Put Down the Paper! Help Test New Electronic Lab Notebook Software

A project is underway to select electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) software for use at the University of Rochester. All University students, faculty, researchers, and staff are invited to help evaluate two ELNs (LabArchives and RSpace). Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in training, demonstrations and interviews; fill out online questionnaires; and share your insights. Please visit the project website, or contact Steven Wormsley ( if you have questions or need more information.

GSS is conducting an online survey to collect info to help students prepare for life post-graduation

The Graduate Student Society is currently collecting information on items students should consider when preparing for life post-graduation. The goal is to create an exit check list with suggested items and helpful links as students move on to their next steps. We would like to survey a wide variety of students for their opinions on moving, health insurance, and more. All responses will be anonymous. If you have recently graduated or will be in the upcoming months please help out fellow students by filling out the survey .

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Support Group

Potential activities include:

  • Social gatherings with Asian food and Asian games (introducing cultural heritage of diverse Asian sub-cultures, looking for people interested in doing so),
  • Seminars with AAPI faculty members to hear how they navigate implicit bias and racism in academia and to perhaps connect AAPI trainees to AAPI faculty members,
  • Support groups,
  • Cultural events.

All members of the University of Rochester community who wish to learn more about AAPI stories and participate in the gatherings are welcome to join. People can subscribe themselves by going to this website.​ Anyone who wants to initiate this effort together can indicate it on this form. We hope you will subscribe to our listserv, both non-AAPI members and AAPI members, and we look forward to building this community with you.

Postdoctoral Association News & Opportunities

Invitation to the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

The PDA is meeting every first Friday of the month at 4pm to discuss postdoc affairs. All postdocs are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, share their thoughts, and help shape the PDA. We have a 30 min agenda followed by pizza social and open discussion. Location is alternating between SMD and River Campus with an option to Zoom in – keep an eye out for PDA emails with meeting details. Grab a slice and let us know what the PDA can do for you! Check out the PDA webpage for a full list of events and other information at Email us at

Connect with other postdocs on our PDA Slack

We’ve created a Slack space as social networking platform for our postdocs at U of R. You can use the PDA Slack as a resource to ask questions, contact PDA officers, see announcements, share your ideas and input or raise awareness to postdoc issues. It is a great way to get involved with postdocs from other fields as well as getting to know your peers. Join today!

Join the UR Postdoc Buddy Program

Have questions about postdoc life at U of R? Just arrived in Rochester and need advice? We know that starting a new postdoc can be isolating, but the UR Postdoc Association can help! Let us know your school and department through this short survey, and we’ll match you up with a more senior buddy who can answer your questions about being a postdoc at U of R.

Already here and interested in becoming a buddy for an incoming postdoc? Sign up here and we’ll get you connected.

Share your Postdoc Successes with US

Have you received an award, published a scientific paper or writing piece, received research funding, or experienced other successes in the past 6 months? If so, we want to know about it and feature your accomplishments! Please click here to provide more details.

Share your Postdoc Successes with US

Have you received an award, published a scientific paper or writing piece, received research funding, or experienced other successes in the past 6 months? If so, we want to know about it and feature your accomplishments! Please click here to provide more details.


Research Scientist / Sr. Research Scientist – Toxicology

Company: Bausch + Lomb | Location: Rochester, NY

This Research Scientist/Sr. Research Scientist position within Nonclinical Safety will support the research and development of new ophthalmic products as well as maintenance of business activities for the B+L Surgical and Vision Care Business Units through the design of programs and/or safety strategies, execution of toxicology studies designed to meet regulatory guidelines, particularly ISO 10993, and author biocompatibility safety assessments and other regulatory documents.

As needed, the position may also provide expertise and support to internal and external stakeholders pertaining to nonclinical toxicology, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. Assist in strategy development and manage nonclinical studies in support of drug development programs

Position information is available at on the career page, the position can be found under a search of the Rochester location.

Twitter Post of Position:

Principal Scientist / Sr Principal Scientist  – Nonclinical

Company: Bausch + Lomb | Location: Rochester, NY

Provide expertise and support to internal and external stakeholders pertaining to nonclinical toxicology, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. Assist in strategy development and manage nonclinical studies in support of drug development programs. Support Surgical and Vision Care projects related primarily to product life cycle management activities and, to a lesser extent, product development activities.

Position information is available at on the career page, the position can be found under a search of the Rochester location.

Twitter Post of Position:

Immediate opening for a postdoc research on the gut-joint axis

Interested in the gut-joint axis? Curious about how microbe-host interactions and microbe metabolites might alter the connective tissues of the synovial joint? Apply here!

Employment Opportunity at Temple University Hiring for Epi Instructional Faculty Positions

Temple University is looking for two full-time instructional faculty to work in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to teach undergraduate and graduate courses starting August 2022. Link to job posting HERE.

Upcoming Events With the National Postdoctoral Association:

Postdoc Preview (Sept. 15-17, 2022)

Postdoc Preview is a three-day competitive program that provides selected applicants the opportunity to visit VAI to learn about our postdoc training opportunities, meet one-on-one with our internationally recognized faculty and explore our extensive scientific resources.

  • VAI will provide transportation, lodging and meals for selected applicants. We also are pleased to offer family care grants for those caring for children or other family members.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be current graduate students at U.S. institutions who anticipate beginning a postdoc by January 2024. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1.
  • More information and the application may be found here.


Cancer Epigenetics Training program (funded by a National Cancer Institute T32 award)

  • Offers cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research training in structural and functional aspects of epigenetics, complemented by state-of-the-art Core Technologies and Services, unique professional development activities, and integration with established translational research programs and partnerships led by VAI investigators.
  • Prepares postdocs to become independent research leaders in the field of cancer epigenetics.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be near completion of a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • More information and the application can be found here.


Inspire Fellowship

  • Supports postdocs who identify as members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups as they finish preparing to be independent research leaders in academia or industry.
  • Provides $50,000 per year toward the Inspire Fellow’s salary, which starts at $57,200. Support is renewable for up to two additional years (so three years total).
  • Inspire Fellows form a cohort that meets for monthly professional development events.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be within 12 months of completing a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify as members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group as defined by NIH.
  • Application opens on Aug. 1 and closes on Oct. 31.
  • More information and the application can be found here.


UR WRITING Trainee Group in SMD

Seeking New Members and Individuals Interested in Joining UR Writing

Scientific writing is the cornerstone of success in academia. UR Writing is a trainee-led program that aims to provide comprehensive writing support for URMC graduate students and postdocs. Through this program, we hope to help our fellow trainees become productive and prolific writers and to succeed academically and professionally.

For more information please complete the UR Writing General Interest Form at or contact Mariah Kahwaji at


Graduate Student Wellness Walk

Once a semester, the Graduate Student Wellness Committee holds a Wellness Walk from River Campus to Genesee Valley Park! You’ll have an opportunity to meet students from all of the 6 graduate schools as well as staff from UR grad programs and UHS health promotion staff. The walk will include fun ice breakers and a short, guided meditation. The walk will be held on Thursday, June 16th from 5-6:30 PM and commence at the walking bridge at the intersection of Wilson Blvd/Fraternity Road. Open to the entire graduate student community.

Relevant Reads & Podcasts

From Faculty to Administrator: Working With a Consultant Carpe Careers: By Rachel Schriber, May 31, 2022

For many people, their first experience working with a search consultant varies significantly from the norms they’ve come to expect, and that can be jarring, Rachel Schreiber writes.

Under-the-Radar Professional Skills Carpe Careers: By Dinuka Gunaratne and Jaya Dixit, May 23, 2022

Dinuka Gunaratne and Jaya Dixit offer strategies for working effectively with graduate supervisors as well as employer managers.

Shaping Policy in STEM Education and Workforce Development Carpe Careers: By Adriana Bankston, May 16, 2022

Early-career scientists should have a say in developing the policies that can help them in the short term as well as benefit the scientific system in the long term, writes Adriana Bankston.

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