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Opportunities to Explore - August 27-31, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 35 | 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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Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs News & Updates

Richard Libby to Lead Graduate Education at School of Medicine and Dentistry

Richard Libby, a professor of ophthalmology and of biomedical genetics, has been named senior associate dean for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, pending approval of the University Board of Trustees.

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

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

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

Need to cool off? We've got just what you need!  Bring a friend and enjoy conversation, cool treats, and casual games with fellow students.

(Program Date Changed) (*) CPD Sponsored Webinar: What Industry Can Offer: Tips for Putting Your Foot Inside the Door (Date Changed- New Date: September 5th)

Wednesday, September 5 | 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.

Graduate Student Society (GSS) Picnic

Thursday, August 30 | 12:00 pm-3:00 pm | Genesee Valley Park, Riverbend Shelter

Link to park map:

(*) 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.

Upcoming Events

(*) 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 .

(*) Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, September 4 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

All postdoctoral associates are invited to attend the PDA monthly meetings.

(*) CPD Sponsored Webinar: What Industry Can Offer: Tips for Putting Your Foot Inside the Door (Date Changed: New Date: September 5th)

Wednesday, September 5th | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Location TBD

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.

The Story Behind The Story

Wednesday, September 12 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm | National Coalition Building Institute, StarBridge, 1650 South Ave. #200, Rochester, NY

Join URBEST, in partnership with NCBI and the Leadership Learning Collective, for The Story Behind The Story. This workshop will take a look at mental health and stigma through portraiture, poetry, and discussion. Poetry is led by Amen Ptah and Artwork is supplied and created by Charmaine Wheatley, artist behind You will also have a chance to meet the artist and some of her subjects, who sat for the portraits. Nibbles will be served and mingling is encouraged after the event.

(*) 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

Cookout - Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC! (RSVP by September 7th)

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 Cookout RSVP Form. 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.

(*) 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.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information)

Present a Poster at the Forum for Cell and Molecular Biology: 2018 American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)

  • Deadline for discounted price/application for travel award/poster submission is September 4th
  • December 8-12, 2018 | San Diego, CA

The meeting will focus on cell biology as the fundamental basis of biology while exploring the impact of cell biology on other more specialized fields, such as Neurobiology and Stem Cell Biology. Sept. 4 is the LAST day to submit a poster abstract at a discounted price/apply for a travel award to attend the meeting. Register or Submit an Abstract Today!

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 Prize 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 Steadman Prize Page.

Town Hall Meetings For Community Input On The University's Next President

Members of the Trustees’ Presidential Search Committee (TPSC) invite all faculty, staff, and students to participate in Town Hall meetings to discuss the search for the University’s next president. Below are the upcoming Town Hall times, dates, and locations. No RSVP is needed.

Student Town Halls

  • Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7-8 p.m., River Campus, Hawkins-Carlson Room
  • Thursday, Sept. 6, 12-1 p.m., Medical Center, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425)
  • Thursday, Sept. 6, 7-8 p.m., Eastman School of Music, Ray Wright Room (ESM 120)
  • Friday, Sept. 7, 12-1 p.m., River Campus, Hawkins-Carlson Room

These town halls will help the TPSC to address key questions for the search:

  • What are the University’s strongest advantages?
  • What makes the presidency an attractive position?
  • What are the major challenges facing the University?
  • What characteristics would you most like to see in the next president?

University of Rochester National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week 2018

Friday, September 21 | Event Schedule

  • 9 – 10 am - Breakfast Meet & Greet, Forbes Mezzanine (1-9580), URMC
    Come enjoy a free cup of coffee and breakfast with the Postdoctoral Association and staff of the Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs and Center for Professional Development!
  • 12 - 2 pm - Lunch & Postdoc Showcase, LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC
    Six postdocs will each give a 12 min presentation (for non-specialists) about exciting developments in their field of research. All six finalists will receive $100 plus additional monetary awards to the “Best Overall Presentation” and “People’s Choice.” Lunch will be catered by Red Fern. Please RSVP Using the Lunch RSVP Form..
  • 2:30 – 4 pm - Marketing Yourself Online in Today’s Employment Market & Job Search, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
    This interactive workshop will examine different ways of promoting yourself online to organizations, hiring managers, recruiters, etc. Participants will learn about all the current functions available through LinkedIn and how to make your profile stand out and allow for potential new contacts from those recruiting for talent. We will also examine the importance of utilizing online media including Twitter, blogs, and personal websites. Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile device to the presentation (smartphone, tablet, or laptop). Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Science Career Coach, URMC
  • 4 – 6 pm - Happy Hour and Awards, LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC
    The Postdoctoral Association will present awards from the Postdoc Showcase as well as the Postdoc Travel and Professional Development Award. There will also be raffle prizes and refreshments.

National Postdoctoral Association Job Board (Connect With The Best)

POSTDOCS: don't forget to upload your resumes/CVs to the NPA's Career Center. New jobs are being posted by new employers every month and employers are looking for the most qualified talent for their organization. Make sure you're getting recognized by uploading your resume to the NPA Career Center:

  • Log in to or register for a free job seeker account on the NPA Career Center
  • Click on "Manage Resumes" under Job Seekers and either upload your current resume or build one right on the site.
  • Choose "Public" so your resume is viewable by employers. Your contact information remains anonymous until you release it.

You can then search through jobs and easily apply with your resume.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

MD Anderson Cancer Center's CPRIT TRIUMPH Translational Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with remaining 2018 due dates of September 30 and December 31. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process, and current trainees and program alumni profiles are found at Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at

Relevant Reads

Eats, Shoots & Leaves- The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation. She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. Using examples from literature, history, neighborhood signage, and her own imagination, Truss shows how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes, and the hilarious consequences of punctuation gone awry. 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.

Nature: Why it is Not a ‘Failure’ to Leave Academia

An article in Nature written by Philipp Kruger, a PhD student in his final year, promotes the idea that, “researchers who leave academia are not failed academics.” The author proposes steps both students and supervisors can take towards this goal, including (for students) determining preferences, developing a range of skills, and arranging an internship, and (for supervisors) supporting students’ professional development, establishing a flexible work environment, and encouraging work experience. Related, an Inside Higher Ed article gives tips on how trainees can prepare for non-faculty positions.

IHE: Building an Endpoint to Your Faculty Job Search

An Inside Higher Ed article suggests that those on the faculty job market should determine an endpoint in their faculty job search. While some tenure-track faculty job searches may take a few years, the article argues that to avoid getting caught in a cycle of instability and precarity, job seekers should “make a contract with [themselves] now regarding how many years [they] will spend on the academic job market before [they] stop applying and shift [their] efforts to new possibilities.”

Fraudulent Employers: Tips for Career Centers and Students

What are some “red flags” students should be aware of and consider to avoid fraudulent employers when using online job and internship sites? Read Fraudulent Employers: Tips for Career Centers and Students

Uncovering the Secrets of the Cover Letter

As a job seeker looking for positions beyond faculty roles, you have to achieve a lot in one page, and Joseph Barber provides tips on how to make the most of it.

Change from the Ground Up

Ph.D. students need to develop more skills around teaching and working with data to assess student outcomes, argues Terri E. Givens. Read Change from the Ground Up

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