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Opportunities to Explore - August 21-25, 2017

August 21-25, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 34 | Trainee News

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

Meet The GEPA Staff

Damaris Cruz, Secretary

Damaris serves as one of two secretaries for the office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA), providing administrative support for the staff within GEPA, acting as the primary front desk liaison between students, faculty, staff and visitors and the GEPA Dean and staff. Damaris supports recruitment and admissions, the PREP and Summer Scholars programs, and Center for Professional Development (CPD) and Graduate Student Society (GSS) initiatives.

Trainees typically contact Damaris with general inquiries, to discuss CPD or GSS event management, and to schedule a meeting with Stephanie Corbitt, Tracy Pezzimenti, or Erica West. To contact Damaris please call the main office at 585-275-4522 or email

This Week

URBEST Career Story Q & A with Michael Krupp, PhD

Tuesday, August 22 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Michael Krupp, PhD, CEO at Xfibra Inc. and previous Senior Vice President at Chugai Pharma USA and previous Director of Licensing & Development at Pfizer Inc.

Future Faculty Workshop: Unconscious Bias and the Impact on Our Academic Environments

Tuesday, August 24 | 11:30 am – 2:00 pm | Staybridge Suites

Unconscious or implicit bias affects everyone and can have a significant influence on our attitudes and behaviors. Unconscious bias can influence key decisions in the workplace and contribute to inequality in recruitment, promotions, and performance appraisals of students and colleagues. This workshop will provide participants with knowledge about bias, the impact of cultural norms and work values on our academic environment, and strategies for reducing bias in the workplace. For more information on this workshop and future workshops, please visit the link here.

University of Rochester Postdoctoral Association: Night at the Rochester Red Wings- RSVP Deadline: August 18th

Saturday, August 26 | Gates open at 5:00 pm and Game starts at 6:00 pm | Frontier Field

University of Rochester PDA is excited to announce its next social event, a night at the Rochester Red Wings, taking place on Saturday, August 26th. URPDA will cover the cost of tickets as wells as provide vouchers to be used at the concession stands. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP using the link here.  Family and significant others welcome!  Deadline to RSVP: August 18th at 5:00 pm!  Reach out to Jeffrey Tithof at or Anthony Franchini at if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

CPD Sponsored Event: Beyond the End of the Road: Career Advice from Wilderness- Utilizing and understanding your Individual Development Plan (IDP) to help you through your career journey

Tuesday, September 12 | 10:00 am-11:30 am | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Dr. Keith Micoli, postdoctoral program director at NYU School of Medicine, will share career advice he learned from his trip through the Adirondacks and how it can assist you through your career journey utilizing your Individual Development Plan (IDP).  The combined seminar and program will assist students and trainees gain an understanding of how your values, interests, and skills can help you focus on your journey to your dream job.  Participants will also will be able to understand the differences between what you need, want and what success will require to reach your goals. To register for the workshop, please visit the registration site. CPD will also be hosting a luncheon from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for students and trainees to connect with Dr. Micoli and further the conversation about his talk and IDPs.  If you are interested in having lunch with Dr. Micoli please RSVP to (limited to 7-10 attendees). Dr. Micoli will also be available to meet with students and trainees for 15 minute appointments starting at 1:30 pm and ending around 3:45 pm.  If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Micoli one-on-one, please RSVP to .

Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC (RSVP by Friday, September 8th)

Sunday, September 17 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Canal side Shelter Genesee Valley Park

Sponsored by URMC: Clinical and Transitional Science Institute, Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusion and Cultural Development, School of Medicine and Dentistry, and School of Nursing invite you and your families to join them for food, fun, and games, to celebrate our community of diverse students and trainees at the University of Rochester Medical Center. To RSVP, please visit the link here

The 7th Annual Lecture on Biomedical Ethics, “Do New Tools Need New Ethics? The Challenge of Governance for Gene Editing in Humans,” will be given by Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.

Wednesday, September 27 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

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.  In addition to completing the Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research Course (IND501/506), all graduate students and postdoctoral appointees are expected to participate in these lectures and workshops. Refreshments will be available in Natapow Conference Room (1-9545) following the lecture.

CPD Sponsored Event: Grantsmanship for Postdocs: Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00) (Online Webinar)

Tuesday, October 3 | 6:00 pm-8:30 pm | Webinar

The ability to write competitive grant applications is now more important than ever. Therefore, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to develop and perfect their grant writing skills early in their careers by applying for fellowships, career transition awards, and other funding opportunities. Moreover, concise and persuasive writing skills are not only vital for a career in academia, but are essential for all career paths. For information on what will be covered during the webinar and to register, please visit The New York Academy of Sciences website.

Professional Development Workshops with Tara Gray, PhD: Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar & Ten Ways to Manage Your Time

Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar (RSVP Deadline: October 6th)

  • Monday, October 23 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

Increase your productivity by a factor of three. Write clearer, better organized, and more compelling prose. Many scholarly writers are educated at the School of Hard Knocks, but it’s not the only school or even the best. Much is known about how to become a prolific scholar, and anybody can. For more information or to RSVP, please visit .

Ten Ways to Manage Your Time (RSVP Deadline: October 6th)

  • Monday, October 23 | 1:45 pm-3:45 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

University professors are pulled in many directions at once, facing publication deadlines, piles of student papers, committee obligations, and that  ever-growing list of unanswered emails. In all of this clutter of activity, we might begin to wonder: are we making the best use of our time? Clearly, we need to develop strategies and concrete practices to open up some “space” in our lives in which we can reflect, consider the long term, and function more productively in our daily lives. For more information or to RSVP, please visit .

See more upcoming events here.  

Center For The Integration Of Research, Teaching And Learning

CIRTL (the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning) will be offering a number of online courses, workshops and drop-in events during the Fall semester for graduate students and post-docs who are interested in teaching and learning. A comprehensive list of the Fall offerings can be found online here. Offerings are free of charge, and offer  great opportunity to learn about good teaching alongside peers from 42 other PhD-granting universities around the country, and in Canada. There is no limit to how many you can attend, although numbers might be limited for the workshops. In order to log on to one of the events, students need to create an account at - a quick process. If you do attend any of the offerings, please contact Jenny Hadingham at, for accounting purposes. She is also happy to answer any questions that you might have concerning the offerings.

Happening Now

The 2017 Science Video Contest 2017  (Submission Deadline: August 31, 2017)

Wouldn’t it be awesome if scientists were as fluent in “YouTube” as they are in “Blog” and “Twitter”? The Science Showcase Video Contest is all about getting researchers excited about communicating their science to curious-minded people on YouTube. So, if you are doing cool research, and have a passion for telling others about it, get creating! To learn more about the contest, selection criteria, instructions on submitting your video, and prize information; please visit . Top prize is $2,000.

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Travel and Development award for 2017-2018 (Deadline: October 31, 2017

The PDA Travel and Development award will support travel to a conference, workshop, or event that aids in the postdocs professional development not otherwise available at UR.  Two winners will be chosen for the award, and both winners will be awarded $1200 to cover travel and registration for the event of their choosing.  Following the event, winners are required to write up a short meeting report to be shared with the rest of the postdoctoral community.  The submission portal is open now and will be open until October 31, 2017.  Winners announced November 30, 2017! Application rules and eligibility can be found online at this link.  To apply, please complete the application and upload your CV to the application portal link. Questions, please contact Jeff Tithof, PhD at or Anthony M. Franchini, PhD at .

Science And Culture Reading Group

Science, Technology, and Culture – a multidisciplinary reading group

How is science shaped by the culture that surrounds it? How do technological innovations change society? We are a discussion group inviting people from all parts of the University of Rochester community to reflect on these questions through shared reading and group discussion. Join us for snacks and good conversation! Please contact with any questions. 

Next Meeting: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly Wednesday August 23rd at 5pm in the Humanities Center Lobby (located in Rush Rhees Library)

Relevant Reads

Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers

This revised edition provides classroom assessment, including: What classroom assessment entails and how it works. How to plan, implement, and analyze assessment projects. Twelve case studies that detail the real-life classroom experiences of teachers carrying out successful classroom assessment projects. Fifty classroom assessment techniques. Step-by-step procedures for administering the techniques and practical advice on how to analyze your data. 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.

A Junior Faculty Member’s Journey to Tenure

Emily Allen Williams offers advice that she wishes people had given her to avoid self-sabotage in her early years on the tenure track. Read A Junior Faculty Member’s Journey to Tenure

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