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Opportunities to Explore - August 20-24, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 34 | 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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Course Offering - Fall 2018

IND 426: Scientific Communication and Visual Design for Diverse Audiences

IND 426 will exercise your ability to distill complex data into a succinct and accessible scientific story.

This course offers a hands-on based approach to improve science communication skills. Students will work in small groups to practice distilling, visualizing, and presenting their scientific message. We will focus on improving communication with both scientific and non-scientific audiences. Principles and tools of visual design will be explored. Communication ethics will be emphasized. This course integrates improvisation techniques, which allow presenters to better connect with their audience. Participants should come ready to step outside of their comfort zone and dive into a variety of different experiences from week to week. Course highlights include… a.) Highly interactive, workshop-based course with weekly opportunities to practice communication techniques; b.) Registration is open to students from all departments at the University of Rochester; c.) 2 Credit hours. Class meets once per week. Fifteen 1.5-hour sessions. No prerequisites. d.) Email or to register.

This Week

(*) UR Postdoctoral Association Presentation Workshop

Wednesday, August 22 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Goergen Hall, Sloan Auditorium (Room 101), River Campus

Need strategies on how to effectively present your research for a conference? Need to share your research with non-scientifically trained audiences? Want to compete in the fall, 2018 speaking competitions such as the Steadman Interdisciplinary Award and Falling Walls Lab(Registrations due 9/17/18)

Please join our expert Office of University Communications instructing team as they show you how to make award winning presentations!

  • Peter Iglinski, Communications Officer, Social Sciences
  • Lindsey Valich, Communications Officer, Science and Engineering

 Sponsored by the UR Postdoctoral Association (PDA). Refreshments will be served! Please register at: If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Janice Van Opdorp at

(*) Incoming Graduate Student Orientation

Thursday, August 23 | 8:30 am-4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425)


Upcoming Events

(*) Graduate Student Society (GSS)/Graduate Student Association (GSA) Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, August 28 | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC


(*) URBEST Career Story Q&A: Katrina Korfmacher, PhD

Wednesday, August 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Katrina Korfmacher, URBEST Policy Leader, will share her Career Story and enlist your help to evaluate interest and topics for creating a student-led Science Policy Course for 2019. Pizza will be provided.

(*) CPD Sponsored Webinar: What Industry Can Offer: Tips for Putting Your Foot Inside the Door

Wednesday, August 29 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | 2-7520, URMC

In this webinar, Dr. Sen will highlight why he pursued the Industrial career path; how is the market out there now, what to expect in a career in industry and what could be some of the critical steps that one can follow in order to land up with a successful job in the industrial sector. Audience can feel free to ask any questions which they think might aid them in finding the next job in industry.

(*) URBEST Career Story: Katrina Korfmacher, PhD

Friday, August 31 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Katrina Korfmacher, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine and URBEST Policy will share her Career Story and enlist your help to evaluate interest and topics for creating a student-led Science Policy Course for 2019. Pizza will be provided. Read Katrina’s URBEST Blog Post.

(*) Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and URBEST: Page-Turners for Teaching

  • Tuesday, September 4 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Dewey 1-160B
  • Wednesday, September 19 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 2-7520, 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 new bi-weekly (1st Tuesday at noon in Dewey 1-160B and 3rd Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Medical Center) discussion group offered through a collaboration between the CIRTL Program, 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! New link to reserve your book coming soon. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at .

(*) Save the Date: URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop

Thursday, September 13 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm | Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) & CEL 2-7536/2-7544)

Presenters include: Randy Ribaudo, Co-founder SciPhD; Jon Baker, J. Craig Venter Institute Fellow; Claire McCarthy, Science Writing Fellow at National Cancer Institute; Katie Smolnycki, Program Manager of Business Development at Fred Hutch; Virginia Glazer, Assistant Professor of Biology at Niagara University; Corey Hoffman, ORISE Fellow at US Department of Health & Human Services; Steve Dewhurst, Vice Dean of Research; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design. Registration link made available mid-August. “Need accommodations?  Contact at least three business days prior to the event.” For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at


Saturday, September 15 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Canalside Shelter, Genesee Valley Park

Come and join us for a Cookout, Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC! RSVP by September 7th at this link. Sponsored by URMC: Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusion and Culture Development School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing.

(*) Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Seminar- Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends: The Value of Community in Science and Life

Thursday, September 20 | 3:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Kristen W. Lynch, Ph.D. - Chair and Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

(*) Battle of the Bands (Hosted by Humans for Education)

Friday, September 21 | Douglas Ballroom, River Campus

Featuring Bands like: Hey Mabel and Mojo Chunk. The audience decides the winner. To register your band, please contact Ninoshka Fernandes at

Suit-Up Event

Sunday, September 23 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm | JCPenney’s @ Eastview Mall (600 Eastview Mall Drive, Victor, NY 14564)

Need professional wear for an upcoming interview? Join us at the 1stAnnual JCPenney College Suit-Up Event in collaboration with the Gwen M. Greene Center. This one-time only shopping experience for career wear at discounts that are not accessible to the general public. Bring your UR-ID and receive an extra 40% off. Register in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! You must be pre-registered in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! Register at Register today to reserve your spot! Please contact Eric Vaughn at or Christina Pero at with any questions.

(*) Save the Date- Grantsmanship: The Art of Writing Winning Grants

Wednesday, September 26 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium

Jerry Heindel, PhD; Grantsman Strategies, Raleigh, NC. Hosted by the University of Rochester NIEHS Center and the Department of Environment Medicine. Students, postdocs, and faculty are all encouraged to attend! For additional information about this event, please contact Rebecca (Trautman) Ruston.

(*) Future Faculty Workshops: Understanding the Faculty Role

Wednesday, October 10 | 11:30 am-4:30 pm | Gamble Room (2nd Floor), Rush Rhees Library, River Campus

Gain a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of academic careers, hear alumni perspectives on transitioning from graduate student to faculty member, and learn of discipline-specific expectations and challenges in the job search, including building a CV and preparing to interview. Complimentary lunch will be provided. Please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, at (585) 273-2571 or with any questions or to RSVP.

See more upcoming events here.  


Registration Opens for Falling Walls Competition

Would you like to take the stage in Berlin, Germany, this fall to tell the world about your research?  If so, register by September 17 for the Falling Walls Lab, a preliminary contest on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Each presenter will have three minutes and three slides to summarize their groundbreaking idea. The winner receives $500 and a trip to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, November 7 to 9. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top two finalists. Contact Adele Coelho for additional information.

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Price in Interdisciplinary Research

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Rochester whose research exemplifies the importance of cross- discipline approaches toward examining high impact questions of science. The competition is open to all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows. For a complete review of the application including eligibility and submission requirements, please visit this link.

Relevant Reads

Collaborative Learning Techniques

A mountain of evidence shows that students who learn in small groups together exhibit higher academic achievement, motivation, and satisfaction than those who don't. Collaborative learning puts into practice the major conclusion from learning theory: that students must be actively engaged in building their own minds. In this book, the authors synthesize the relevant research and theory to support thirty-five collaborative learning activities for use in both traditional and online classrooms. 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.

How the Science of Well-Being Can Enhance Your Career

By Melissa Dalgleish. You can’t figure out which jobs have the possibility to become your vocation, writes Melissa Dalgleish, until you first figure out yourself and your signature strengths. Read How the Science of Well-Being Can Enhance Your Career

The Vital Importance of First-Day Activities

No matter the class, the first day should be the time when instructors set the tone for the semester, writes Marguerite Mayhall. Read The Vital Importance of First-Day Activities

Dear Mentors: Summer Sucked. Now What?

Feeling guilty and bummed that you weren’t more productive over the summer? Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Anthony Ocampo provide advice for moving ahead successfully in the new academic year. Read Dear Mentors: Summer Sucked. Now What?

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