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Opportunities to Explore - April 29-May 3, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 18 | Trainee News

A newsletter for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees |@UR_SMD_CPD|@TraceyBaas

| CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

(*) Designates Onsite Events at URMC or River Campus

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This Week

(*) URBEST The Grand Gesture

Monday, April 29 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | Saunders Research Building 1404
We’re providing the Grand Gesture by reserving a room and providing hot coffee and snacks to all graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff who would like to attend. You provide Deep Work, getting those large important tasks and projects accomplished. No lectures, no discussion, just quiet, coffee and 2 hours of Deep Work. What you focus on is completely up to you! If you want to learn more, read Deep Work by Cal Newport or watch this summary on his book.

(*) Town Hall: Inaugural Racial Justice Report Card at URSMD

Monday, April 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00pm | Helen Wood Hall, School of Nursing Auditorium 1W-304, URMC
Racism is a powerful force in the American healthcare system, manifesting as disparate population-level health outcomes, healthcare delivery metrics, and physician workforce statistics. As gatekeepers to the health professions, medical schools and their affiliated health systems must be responsible for setting standards for addressing racism in medicine.

In 2018, national organization White Coats for Black Lives released the inaugural Racial Justice Report Card, a tool that evaluated 15 metrics for racial justice across 10 academic medical centers.

This year, students have brought this initiative to the University of Rochester School of Medicine. In this brief Town Hall, we will present the official results of this year's report and, through small group reflection and discussion, begin to ask the questions: How does the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry measure up, and where do we go from here?

(*) Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences (PONS) Luncheon Roundtable Series

Monday, April 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00pm | Neuroscience Conference Room (KMRB Room G-9624), URMC
Catered lunch and discussion of current neuromuscular disorder research with the experts: Charles Thornton, M.D. and David Herrmann, M.D., M.B.B.Ch.

MYPOSTDOC Monthly: Building Professional Relationships (Register by April 30, 2019)

Wednesday, May 1 | 1:00 pm | Online Webinar
Building and maintaining professional relationships is critical to career success. This workshop will focus on effective strategies for developing professional relationships and networking. Participants will identify their goals for networking and ways in which they can meet new contacts over the next year, learn how to initiate and maintain professional relationships, and create a networking action plan. Participants will leave the webinar with increased confidence in their networking and relationship building abilities.

Erica A. Gobrogge, Ph.D., is the postdoctoral affairs specialist at Van Andel Institute. She graduated from Hendrix College with a Bachelor of Art in biochemistry and molecular biology magna cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She then earned a doctorate degree in molecular microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work resulted in multiple publications, awards and national fellowships. While in graduate school, she helped run a large science outreach organization, which broadened her interests outside the lab. After completing a science policy fellowship at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, she directed the society’s education, professional-development and diversity programs. In this role, she expanded the society’s career-development resources for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Gobrogge continues these efforts at Van Andel Institute, where she supports postdoctoral fellows by building the institute’s postdoctoral professional-development program. She also serves on the ASBMB membership committee.

(*) Diversity in Stem Lecture Series: “Benign by Design: From the Nanoscale to the Human Scale”

Thursday, May 2 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | Wegmans Hall Room 1400 (Auditorium), River Campus
Professor Rigoberto Hernandez, John Hopkins University Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE). The nanoparticles we make today to address problems in energy and human health will enter the environment tomorrow. But will they be benign or will they lead to deleterious downstream effects to our environment? The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology is developing and benchmarking design principles for sustainable nanoparticles. Our group contributes the theoretical and computational frameworks to bridge the molecular scale structure and motion to macro and mesa scale behavior of nanoparticles in heterogeneous environments. This includes contact with model membranes and other constituents found in the cellular matrix.

(*) Diversity in Stem Lecture Series: “Advancing Chemistry Through Diversity”

Thursday, May 2 | 1:30 pm – 12:30 pm | Goergen Hall Room 108, River Campus
Professor Rigoberto Hernandez, John Hopkins University Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE). The Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE) is aimed at institutional reform so as to lower inequitable barriers hindering the success of faculty from diverse groups. The collaborative itself is a partnership with the department heads of research-active chemistry departments, social scientists and other key stakeholders. The lowering of these barriers increases the likelihood that individuals already in the tenure pipeline will have equitable chances of success and thereby leads to changes in faculty demographics closer to those of the broader U.S. population. The creation of a more equitable climate is also expected to encourage more disadvantaged students to enter academic careers in the chemical sciences. We will report on OXIDE's approaches to increase awareness of effective policies and practices that decrease inequitable barriers and improve the diversity climate in chemistry departments. Sponsored by the University of Rochester’s Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering.

(*) Page-Turners for Teaching

Friday, May 3 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Miner Classroom 1-6200D, URMC
Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join “Page Turners For Teaching,” a bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and URBEST for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us to discuss this spring! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at

Upcoming Events

(*) Transforming Your Teaching for the Digital Age- Educational Technology for Classroom and Online Learning- Ensuring a High-Quality Experience:  Session 6

Monday, May 6 | 4:00 pm-5:30pm | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC
Faculty Development Workshop Series on Technology in Health Professions Education. Co-Sponsored by the University of Rochester Office for Online Learning, Warner School of Education, Medical Center Institute for Innovative Education, School of Nursing, and School of Medicine and Dentistry Office for Faculty Development.

Presented by…Lisa Brown, EdD; Assistant Director for Online Learning Institute for Innovative Education, Eric E. Fredericksen, EdD; Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership,  Andrew Wolf, EdD, RN, ACNP-C, CNE; Director for Educational Effectiveness and Assistant Professor School of Nursing

This final workshop in the series connects effective online course design with the national Quality Matters program and reviews best practices in online teaching. Examples of effective online teaching strategies are presented and discussed. Learning objectives covered include..Define best practices for helping students start an online course. Describe effective online teaching strategies. Explain the value of Quality Matters.

To register for this workshop, please email: For remote participation please register for the Zoom feed. Faculty, Students, Residents, Fellows and Staff are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. Session 6 will also be held on River Campus in LeChase Hall, Genrich Rusling Room on May 2, 12:00 – 1:30 pm. To RSVP for the session on River Campus, please email Adele Coelho at .

(*) Postdoc Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, May 7 | 12:00 pm | 1-8513, URMC
Meetings are a monthly, one-hour meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at noon. The SMD and AS&E co-chairs, as well as the PDA advisors, and staff with interests in postdoc professional development are always present. Anyone from the general postdoc population at the University of Rochester is welcome to attend. Meetings typically focus on planning social and professional development events for postdocs. However, the association has also addressed a range of other pertinent matters including but not limited to changes to postdoc insurance, dissemination of information related to the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia, and revisions to campus policies. For more information, please contact the GEPA Office at

(*) Strategies for Career Success – Online Career Conference for PhDs, Beyond the Professoriate

Tuesday, May 21 |11:00 am-4:15pm | Greene Center Conference Room (4-200) Dewy Hall, River Campus
Feel free to participate in all sessions or select the sessions that you are interested in attending. After attending these workshops, you'll be able to: (1) Work through the emotional aspects of leaving academia; (2) Develop and harness your professional network for a successful job search; (3) Leverage your education and experience to research careers that are the perfect fit for you; (4) Complete a successful non-academic application package

Agenda (please feel free to attend any or all of these workshops):

  • Welcome to the Conference (11:00 AM – 11:15 AM): Jennifer Polk, PhD, & L. Maren Wood, PhD | Co-Founders, Beyond the Professoriate
  • Moving On: Dealing with the Emotional Aspects of Leaving Academia (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM): Hillary Hutchinson, MA, Med | Career Transition Coach & Owner, Transitioning Your Life
  • How to Network for Career Success (12:45 - 1:45 PM): Joseph Barber, PhD | Senior Associate Director, Career Services @ University of Pennsylvania
  • Leveraging Your Graduate Education & Experience to Research Career (2:00 - 3:00 PM): Stephanie Warner, PhD | PhD Career Development Specialist, Career Services @ University of Calgary
  • Break it Down: How to Effectively Present Your Strengths and Skills in Resumes & Cover Letters (3:15 – 4:15 PM): Clarence Anthony Jr., PhD | Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development, Center for Career Discovery and Development @ Georgia Tech

If you or an event participant require disability-related accommodations, please contact David Cota-Buckhout ( as soon as possible, ideally at least 3-5 business days in advance of the event.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award and Conference Information)

Medical Faculty Council University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2019 Request for Applications (RFA) 

Deadline: May 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

The purpose of this award is to assist students and trainees in the URSMD to attend important national or international meetings at which they will present their research and make professional connections. We hope this will assist mentors with limited funds to promote their trainees’ professional success. We also intend for this award to serve as a means of recognizing outstanding research on the awardee’s CV. Funds may be used for registration and travel costs to national or international meetings. This award may be given in the form of reimbursement for a meeting where an applicant has already presented their research, or for anticipated meeting travel for presentation (reimbursement provided after travel). For full description and application materials, please visit the Medical Faculty Council webpage and select MFC Travel Awards.

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern Program 

Deadline: May 5, 2019

Sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. The CHCI-United Health Foundation (UHF) Scholar Intern Program helps students pursuing health-related careers receive scholarship funds as well as hands-on experience through a paid internship at a community-based health organization. For more information, please visit the Sponsor website or Program page.Deadline is May 5, 2019.

Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is accepting applications

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2019 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on May 9, 2019.The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. We release two regular solicitations annually, one is around early Spring and the other close to Fall. Details about the program and online application can be found on the DOE Office of Science Website. 

Center for Professional Development (CPD) Travel Award 

Deadline: May 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm

The Center of Professional Development (CPD) is sponsoring a CPD Travel Award for PhD students and postdoctoral appointees in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Each travel award is worth up to $1500 and can be utilized for travel to a conference or for a professional development opportunity relevant to preparation for current or future career endeavors. For more information including eligibility or to apply, please visit the CPD Travel Award website.

Emerging Neuroscientists Seminar Series

Application Deadline is May 31, 2019

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (SWC) brings together world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits generate perception, form memories, and guide behavior. The postdocs of the SWC invite aspiring leaders in neuroscience to present their research to the SWC community in London as part of our Emerging Neuroscientists Seminar Series (ENSS). We welcome applications from postdoctoral researchers around the world. Candidates should have a minimum of two years postdoctoral experience and should not have secured a faculty or group leader position at the time of application. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered. Presentations will take place on Oct. 3, Oct. 31, Nov. 21, and Dec. 12 2019. To apply, please visit our website. For questions, please email

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

How People Learn

Tuesdays, May 28 to July 2 | 11:30 am-12:45 pm (ET) | Cross Network through CIRTL Blackboard
How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School' (2000) is a seminal work about the processes of learning. A product of the National Academies, this book lays the foundation for a scientific understanding of learning, as well as how this understanding can inform better teaching practice. In 2018, a follow-up book, How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures, was released, which continued where the first one left off. Together, these texts provide a formidable introduction to learning for future (and current!) faculty.

The purpose of this six-week series is to take participants on a journey through these texts, beginning with the scientific bases of learning, through the design of successful learning environments, the role of culture in the learning process, and finally, integrating digital technologies into the effective learning environment. This will be done in an informal, discussion-based format. Participants are expected to attend each session, and to come with questions that the group can unpack.

Both texts are available, free of charge, online here: and .

Registration & Enrollment: Early registration for CIRTL members only is open from April 23 through May 7. Regular registration runs from May 8 through May 24 at 12PM CT. STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority; we refer to the institution, role, and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority. This workshop is limited to 25 participants. To register and learn more, please visit Accessibility: We strive to be inclusive of anyone interested in participating in our activities. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at in advance so that we may make the necessary accommodations.

2019 CIRTL Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Monday, June 17 | 12:00 pm EDT | CROSS Network Online
The CIRTL Online Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching designed specifically for grad students and postdocs new to teaching. In this five-day institute, participants will experience a thorough introduction to the core ideas that ground CIRTL's approach to STEM education: learning-through-diversity, learning communities, evidence-based teaching, and teaching-as-research. By examining relevant literature, working online in small peer groups facilitated by topical experts, and performing structured work independently; participants will develop a deep understanding of scientific teaching.

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit The majority of events are online and requires advance registration. For information on any of the courses or programs, please contact .

Resource Spotlight: Teaching-as-Research Videos

What is Teaching-as-Research? Bennett Goldberg Explains 
Learn the basics behind CIRTL's "teaching-as-research" concept in this 5-minute video from CIRTL's MOOC on evidence-based teaching. View this short video on CIRTL’s MOOC YouTube Channel.

What is Teaching-as-Research? TAR Students Reflect 
Hear graduate students and postdocs reflect on how doing a TAR project helped them in this 10-minute video from CIRTL’s MOOC on evidence-based teaching. View this short video on CIRTL’s MOOC YouTube Channel.

How Does Teaching-as-Research Impact Your Career?
Last spring a panel of TAR alumni reflected on their TAR experiences, with a special focus on how TAR impacted their careers. Panelists addressed questions on the value of TAR, how TAR impacted their career plans, and how they leveraged TAR when applying for jobs. View this short video on CIRTL’s MOOC YouTube Channel.

Job Postings on the CIRTL Website

Checkout job opportunities on the CIRTL website for teaching and research opportunities.

Resource of the week

University of Rochester International Travel Resources

The University of Rochester’s Office for Global Engagement (OGE) provides a wide range of resources available to students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad for activity sponsored or supported by the University of Rochester. To register your travel and access resources, please visit the Global Engagement website. If you have questions, contact Alan Ryon, Manager for International Travel and Security at (585) 857-1168 or

Postdoctoral Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine

The UAB Center for Exercise Medicine (UCEM) is currently seeking applications for highly qualified postdocs for the Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine T32. UAB ranks consistently as one of the top locations among US universities for training postdoctoral scholars. UCEM, directed by Dr. Marcas Bamman, is home to over 200 interdisciplinary scientists at UAB with interest in exercise or rehabilitation medicine. Our T32 program is in its 8th year of funding, with an excellent track record of pre- and postdoctoral trainees successfully securing independent funding and moving on to faculty positions across the country.

Please pass along this notice to any graduate students who are finishing up and ready to move on to a postdoctoral fellowship in any area of rehabilitation medicine.

Please direct any questions to Chelsea Crawford (

Relevant Reads

Learning Science and the Science of Learning

Visit the CPD’s Lending Library catalog to see this and other titles of interest. To borrow a book, stop by our office in G-9627 or email us with your request.

Join Your Grad Student or Postdoc Association

One important lesson Robert Pearson says he’s learned is that professional development and such associations intersect in important and interesting ways. Read Join Your Grad Student or Postdoc Association

Set the Stage

Nicole Hesson and Josh DeSantis provide advice for effectively planning and assessing a job candidate’s teaching demonstration. Read Set the Stage

Additional Reading

4 Ways to Get Leadership Experience as a Student


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