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Opportunities to Explore - April 9-13, 2018

April 9-13, 2018 | Vol 4, Issue 15 | 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

OTE Online

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Communications Opportunity

The Office of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs is excited to continue the alumni newsletter, "Rediscover Rochester - SMD Alumni News."  This quarterly newsletter will be an opportunity for alumni and members of the SMD community to share news, updates, and stories. GEPA is looking for input from all programs throughout the SMD. We are seeking article submissions from trainees to provide content and ideas for the newsletter.  If you enjoy writing and want to add this opportunity to your CV, please contact Eric Vaughn at  Please forward submissions to the newsletter to Eric Vaughn at by Friday, April 20th to be included in the Spring 2018 Edition of "Rediscover Rochester - SMD Alumni News.” Past issues are available online at

This Week

URBEST Enrollment is Open until April 15th

April 1-15

All biomedical and health sciences PhD graduate students and postdoctoral affiliates (SMD and River Campus) are eligible to participate in University of Rochester’s BEST Program. URBEST trainees will be selected twice a year through the application process, and ongoing program offerings will be held throughout the year. A registration link is available at

(*) Transgender Health and Wellness 2018 Conference (Registration Open)

Monday, April 9 | 7:30 am-3:30 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium, URMC

Sponsored by the URMC Office for Inclusion and Cultural Development. As the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse, clinical care providers are seeking to learn more about providing patient-centered and culturally responsive care, including to transgender individuals. This one-day Transgender Health and Wellness 2018 conference will educate physicians, medical providers (including medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, social workers, etc.) and the community how to offer welcoming and affirming healthcare to transgender individuals. Keynote Speakers include: Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD, 2016-19 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar & Medical Director, The Gender Wellness Center Susquehanna Family Practice and Rev. Moonhawk River Stone, MS, LMHC, Psychotherapist, consultant & Principal, River Stone Consulting Schenectady, New York. Register for this event.

I Completed My IDP…Now What? Online Program hosted by The Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning

Monday, April 9 | 4:30 pm-6:30 pm | Online

Practice navigating the challenging conversations you might have with a mentor or advisor when pursuing your individual development plan in this online workshop. The thought of approaching a mentor to talk about topics in an Individual Development Plan - such as academic progress, research timeframe, authorship, professional goal prioritization, and career aspiration - can be nerve-wracking and stressful. This workshop will present strategies and techniques to help you prepare for these difficult conversations, and to make them more productive when you do have them. Specifically, this workshop will address common questions such as “How do I begin the conversation with my mentor?” and “How do I manage conflict constructively and maintain an open dialogue?” Conversation openers will be discussed and participants will have the opportunity to practice a possible opening for a conversation with their mentors. Learn more and register for the online program at .

(*) Ensuring a High-Quality Experience through Best Practices in Online Teaching

Wednesday, April 11 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Northeastern Conference Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

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. To register for this event please email Complimentary lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m.

(*) Postdoctoral Association Meeting

Wednesday, April 11 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Wilmot Hall, Room 103, River Campus

All postdocs are invited to attend the monthly postdoctoral association meeting.

(*) Ensuring a High-Quality Experience through Best Practices in Online Teaching

Thursday, April 12 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rusling Room, River Campus

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. Please register for this event. Complimentary lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Inclusive Teaching in Science (Online Program hosted by The Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning)

Thursday, April 12 | 12:o0 pm | Online

Diversity and inclusion can mean vastly different things to people at different levels of academia and in different scientific disciplines. Join us to hear a panel of current and future STEM faculty and undergraduate students dig deep into how their disciplines address these major issues. Panelists will examine policies and practices that impact inclusive teaching, reflect on how curricula across STEM disciplines consider student diversity, and discuss best practices for inclusive learning, and more. Learn more and register for the online program at .

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final Competition

Thursday, April 12 | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (aG-9425), URMC

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit…3 minutes. 3MT is an academic competition that challenges doctoral students and postdoctoral appointees to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research trainees and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students. This event is sponsored by: SMD Center for Professional Development, ASE Graduate Studies Office, the Graduate Student Society, and the Graduate Student Association. For more information please visit

(*) 2018 UR Diversity Conference: Overcoming the Invisible

Friday, April 13 | 8:00 am-5:00 pm | River Campus

For more information and to register, visit .

(*) Occasions for Open: Pedagogies and practices to Transform Learning

Friday, April 13 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am | LeChase Hall, Genrich-Rusling Room, URMC

In this talk, Robin will explore how Open Education can offer a conceptual model for rethinking assignment, course, and program design. She will introduce participants to Open Educational Resources (OERs)— openly licensed, no-cost learning materials— and then demonstrate ways that OERs can transform and/or enrich our approaches to teaching. Offering tangible ways that faculty and staff can help students engage more actively with their scholarly and professional communities of practice, Robin will suggest pedagogical strategies that can improve access to knowledge for more learners, increase student engagement, and connect the work of our universities with the world outside the academy. For more information please visit

(*) Making the Most of Your Post-Graduate Experience

Friday, April 13 | 2:30 pm-3:30 pm | Greene Center Conference Room, 4-200 Dewey Hall, River Campus

As you graduate and move forward in your career and life, there are some steps you can take to make the most of your post-graduate experience. More details about this workshop will be added as the event draws near. This is the final workshop in the graduate-student professional development series. More information or to register.

Graduate Student Society (GSS) Night of Board Games

Sunday, April 15 | 12:00 pm-6:00 pm | Millennium Games (3047 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623)

Are you BOARD sometimes? Would you enjoy a GAME or two? Nothing to do on a Sunday NIGHT? Then join the Graduate Student Society for a night of board games! Space is limited, reserve your spot by picking up a FREE ticket at the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Office (G-9556).

Upcoming Events

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: LinkedIn Head Shot Photography Event for SMD Trainees

Tuesday, April 17 | 8:00 am -5:00 pm | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576)

Take your LinkedIn profile to the next level with a professional headshot from photographer Wanaruk Chaimayo!  Register for this event at . This event is open to SMD graduate students and postdoctoral appointees only.

AAMC Webinar on Genomic Research and the Million Veteran Program

Wednesday, April 18 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Webinar

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development‘s Million Veteran Program (MVP) has established one of the largest genomic biobanks in the world, enrolling over 625,000 Veteran partners. Join the AAMC for a webinar about the ongoing research the MVP is conducting.

All-Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations (Hosted by The Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning)

Wednesday, April 18 | 5:00 pm-6:30 pm | Douglass Building Room 401, River Campus

Hear graduate students and postdocs from across the CIRTL Network share the results of their Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects in this online presentation session. TAR projects investigate questions about teaching and learning, including assessing the effectiveness of specific learning activities and tools, examining the learning process about a specific topic, or characterizing the student experience in the classroom. This event is an excellent opportunity for prospective and current TAR students to learn more about the process of carrying out a TAR project. We also encourage local TAR leaders and CIRTL leaders to attend to learn more about what's happening across the Network. For more information, please visit .

(*) Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Monthly Meeting: Science Co-Parenting: Raising a Family and a Lab at the Same Time

Thursday, April 19 | 3:00 pm -4:00 pm | Medical Center Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

Christine E. Schaner Tooley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Department of Biochemistry; Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

(*) UP-STAT 2018 Conference: Better Living Through Statistics

April 20-21 | Wegmans Hall, River Campus

Statisticians, Data Scientists, Scientists, and Engineers are all invited to attend. The theme this year’s conference is Better Living Through Statistics, a rather bold declaration, but a very accurate too, considering the manifold ways in which Statistics now permeates all walks of life. The conference will include a keynote speaker and five (5) potentially enriching tutorials. The event will also include a data analytics competition, a feature of the conference series, welcomes this year a fascinating challenge centered around the Rochester Police Department (RPD) recently completed Data Portal. Get your young statistics and data science minded undergraduates and graduate students take the challenge of using data science and statistics to help understand and solve various patterns of public safety and crime. For more information on this event and to register, please visit

(*) Genetics Day 30th Annual Scientific Symposium

Monday, April 23 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium and Sarah Flaum Atrium

Mark your calendars for the 30th annual Genetics Day!  The 16th annual Fred Sherman Lecture will be delivered by Michael Eisen, PhD, from Berkeley University.  You and your colleagues are invited to submit your posters for the Genetics Day poster session to be held 12:00 – 2:00pm on Monday, April 23, 2018.  Cash prizes will be awarded to select graduate student and postdoc posters.  To register for the poster session, contact Chelsea Costanzo for a registration form and submit by 5:00 pm on April 9th.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Navigating Negotiations: The What’s, How’s, and When’s of Workplace Bargaining with special guest presenter: Caryanne Keenen, Certified Salary Negotiation Facilitator

Wednesday, April 25 | 3:30 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

Presented by Caryanne Keenen, Certified Salary Negotiation Facilitator –American Association of University Women (AAUW). You don’t know if you don’t ask. Easier said than done, right? Most people don’t negotiate salary during a job offer even though the financial consequences of not bartering for more bucks (or other benefits…) can be staggering, especially over an entire career span. During this program, you will learn how to navigate the delicate process of salary negotiation; how to prepare, how and when to bring it up, and what you can negotiate. Advance registration is not required for this event.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information

Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Travel Award

Deadline: April 17th at Noon

Information on travel awards provided by The University of Rochester Graduate Women In Science (GWIS). Application deadline is noon on  April 17h. You must be a graduate student in years 1 through 5 and an active participant in GWIS. Travel will be sponsored on the basis of scientific merit and need. Application Process: 1.) Submit a completed Application Form (link to Application form) along with a copy of your CV and copies of your peer-reviewed publications to . Request that your Ph.D. mentor and one of your Ph.D. advisory committee members each forward a letter of reference to A one-page follow-up report from travel awardees is required within one month after travel is completed. This should be submitted to

GRAND Spring Conference

Online Registration Closes April 18

Please join the AAMC in DC for a 2-day conference April 18-20, 2018, focused on pressing issues in biomedical research. Speakers include NCI Director Ned Sharpless, MD, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy Carrie Wolinetz, PhD, and American Public Health Association CEO, Georges Benjamin, MD, among other leaders and scientists. Complete program, hotel, and travel information are available on the 2018 GRAND meeting website. For program information, contact Irena Tartakovsky, MD, Director, Science Policy, AAMC.

Center for Professional Development (CPD) Travel Award 

Deadline: May 31, 2018 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

Relevant Reads

Bargaining for Advantage

Professor G. Richard Shell’s systematic, step-by-step approach comes to life in this book, which is available in over ten foreign editions and combines lively storytelling, proven tactics, and reliable insights gleaned from the latest negotiation research. 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.

Curating Your Online Career Presence

Pallavi Eswara provides advice on how to make sure it accurately reflects what you do professionally and lets you control what others see about you. Curating Your Online Career Presence

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