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Opportunities to Explore - August 28-September 1, 2017

August 28-September 1, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 35 | Trainee News

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

This Week

First URBEST The Grand Gesture

Friday, September 1 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | Wegmans Hall, Georgen Institute for Data Science (Room 1201), River Campus

The first ten people that arrive at each URBEST Grand Gesture, Georgen Institute for Data Science Room 1201 (near Peet's Coffee) get a crisp $5 to buy coffee/snacks. All others are welcome to attend but must by their own snacks. What deep work you select to focus on is completely up to you. A copy of Deep Work by Cal Newport will be given to people that attend all four (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec) sessions.  Learn more about Deep Work and The Grand Gesture online at

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 .

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, September 12 | 12:30 pm-1:30 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA.

SMD Opening Convocation

Tuesday, September 12 | 4:00 pm-7:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) & Flaum Atrium, URMC

Details coming soon!

URBEST Retreat and Career Workshops (Register Today)

Thursday, September 14 | 8:30 am-4:00 pm | Class of 62 and CEL Classrooms, URMC

This year’s retreat includes guest presenter Randy Ribaudo from SciPhD joining us to present The Art of Negotiation and Networking for Success. Speakers and round-table leaders will be LeRon Nelson, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Ed Brydon, Social Media Strategist at Weill Cornell Medicine; Kirk Macolini, President & Principal Consultant at InteliSpark, LLC; Kurt Schilling, SVP Research and Technologies at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.; and Judith Dunn, VP Global head Clinical Development at Roche. There will be ice cream and therapy dogs at this year’s event also! Register for the event online at .

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 .

Campus Resources

The CARE Network

The CARE Network enables members of the University community to express their concern about a person, incident, or issue by submitting one of the following reports online: CARE Referral, Bias-Related Incident Report, Community Concern Report. Make a referral or submit a report initiates a review process and/or coordinated response involving the appropriate individuals, staff, and offices.  Learn more about the CARE Network at

Relevant Reads

The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion

In friendly, readable prose, Sarah Rose Cavanagh argues that if you as an educator want to capture your students' attention, harness their working memory, bolster their long-term retention, and enhance their motivation, you should consider the emotional impact of your teaching style and course design. 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.

The Postdoc Path: Understanding the Value of a Postdoc Before You Commit

By Irina Tiper, PhD; postdoctoral fellow at the Food and Drug Administration and an associate editor for The POSTDOCket, and Ian Street, PhD; virtual lab manager at Happilabs, a freelance editor, science writer and editor of The Quiet Branches Blog, and associate editor for the POSTDOCket. Dr. Tiper and Dr. Street recently published an article in the POSTDOCket concerning whether or not to pursue a postdoctoral position and what steps an individual should take in deciding on this particular path.  Read The Postdoc Path: Understanding the Value of a Postdoc Before You Commit

How to Talk to Famous Professors

By Robin Berstein, Ph.D.   A cheat sheet for making a potential contact without gushing or embarrassing yourself. Read How to Talk to Famous Professors

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