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Opportunities to Explore - December 10-14, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 50 | 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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Resource of the week

Have you joined the University of Rochester’s online community to connect with alumni, students, faculty, and staff? The Meliora Collective goes beyond what social media networks offer - an exclusive University of Rochester community of alumni, students, parents and friends who want to make meaningful connections for personal and professional exploration and growth. Check out a short video on the Collective at . Sign up and join the Collective at

Graduate Student Society

The Graduate Student Society is the coordinating student body charged with representing all students enrolled in the graduate programs at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. GSS monitor issues of importance to the graduate student community, represent the concerns of graduate students to University administration, and advocate for changes to enhance the quality of graduate education. GSS also serve as a liaison among the student populations of the graduate programs and sponsor academic and social events of interest to the graduate student community.

Get Involved: Want to meet new people and gain experience organizing events for graduate students? GSS wants YOU! Please visit our Facebook page to see what the GSS has to share. Programs in need of representation include Biochemistry, Biophysics, Epidemiology/HSR, Genetics, Biostatistics, the Medical Humanities, the Family Therapy Training Program, and Pharmacology/Physiology​. Email to volunteer for an upcoming event or to share your suggestions for the upcoming academic year.

Current Officers

  • IMV:  Sydney Simpson, Andrew Martin, Zane Hayes, Alicia Healey, Erin Gibbons
  • Toxicology:  Kelly Hanson, Ashley Peppriell
  • Pathology:  Brianna Shares, Rachel Piselli, Kimberly Michielsen, Mark James
  • TBS:  Elizabeth Belcher, Savannah Moritzky, Hannah Murphy
  • Neuroscience:  Holly Beaulac, Anjali Sinha, Joshua Hinkle, Fei Shang

This Week

(*) URBEST Ugly Duck Coffee Pop-Up Cart

Monday, December 10 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm | Microbiology Hallway (Outside KMRB 2-11211), URMC
At URBEST, we’ve decided to forgo the holiday party idea and instead offer a URBEST Coffee Pop-Up with Ugly Duck. If you’d like to be social, we’ll have the Microbiology Conference Room (KMRB 2-11211) reserved 12/10 from 2:00 –3:30 pm for people to gather. The Ugly Duck coffee stand will be positioned near the elevators and Sokol (plant) bridge. If you’d rather power through your afternoon, studying for finals and getting projects done before the holidays, that’s fine too! Feel free to drop in (2:00 – 5:00 pm) and grab a specialty coffee or hot chocolate to go. For a coffee ticket, please contact .

(*) SMD Grad Student & Postdoc Philosophy Meeting

Monday, December 10 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm | Sarah Flaum Atrium, URMC
This networking opportunity with fellow SMD trainees will feature a DJ, massage therapists, and a caricature artist! Join us for refreshments and drinks. For more information about this event, please contact

(*) The Impact of Sensory and Language Experience on Perception

Tuesday, December 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC
Clinical * Translational Science Institute (CTSI) presents…Dr. Rain Bosworth, Department of Psychology; University of California;  San Diego, considers herself a developmental vision scientist, dedicated to studying how early sensory and language experiences shape visual abilities later in life. She will present her research showing that early sensory and language experiences during development do change vision and cognition in ways that reflect the dynamic adaptability of the human brain. Next, she will discuss these findings with an ecological context, asking a more holistic question: How do our sensory and language experiences impact the ways we interact with our multisensory environments? From this work, we can learn what the visual strengths are that the resilient, innovative human brain devises to accommodate to different forms of sensory input over the lifespan.  Questions can be directed to ASL Interpreters will be provided.

(*) CPD Sponsored Workshop: Job Search Strategies

Wednesday, December 12 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC
Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed. Participants will Gain an understanding of things to consider before beginning the job search; Learn where and how to locate employment opportunities; Learn about the hidden job market and gain an understanding of how to locate potential employment opportunities not advertised; Understand the importance of developing “a marketing plan” to better promote your candidacy for opportunities you may apply; Gain an understanding of how to promote the skills and experiences that you have to employers. For more information about the workshop, please contact Eric Vaughn at .

(*) Flourishing at Work and Being Present at Home: Some Skills and Strategies

Wednesday, December 12 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Evarts Lounge, School of Nursing, URMC

Facilitator: Ronald M. Epstein, M.D.- Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Improve your resilience and well-being though self-awareness and self-monitoring. Join us for a lively discussion focusing on intention (your sense of vision and purpose), attention (what you pay attention to and where you direct your energy), and habits (what you do every day to promote your goals). Complimentary lunch is provided. RSVP today!

(*) Graduate Student Society (GSS) Coffee Hour

Thursday, December 13 | 10:00 am-11:00 am | Natapow Conference Room, URMC
Free coffee, tea, and treats. Enjoy conversation with fellow students or just grab and go!

(*) Faculty and Student Experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Thursday, December 13 | 12:00 pm-1:00pm | Genrich Rusling, LeChase Hall, River Campus
Part of the Fall 2018 University Online Learning Symposium Series. Lunch will be provided and advanced registration is required. Register for this event at this link. Questions or accommodation request to

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, December 19 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 1-6200D, 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 discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), 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! Get a FREE copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us to discuss this summer! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at

(*) Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, January 8 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | 1-8513, URMC
All postdocs are invited to attend the PDA Monthly Meeting.

(*) URBEST Career Story: Elizabeth Evans, Ph.D.; Vice President of Preclinical Research at Vaccinex, Inc.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 11:00 am-1:00 pm | Location TBD

Come for the Career Story from 11:00 am-12:00 pm and stay for lunch that follows from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm.

See more upcoming events here.

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

Young Scientist Seminars

The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. It is a great opportunity for graduate students and postdocs interested in science communication and in sharing their work with an international audience of students, scientists, and educators. The YSS is a collaboration between the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and iBiology.

Participants in the 2019 YSS must apply to be selected. Four winners will attend a multi-day workshop in San Francisco led by iBiology, in collaboration with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a leading organization in training scientists to give effective talks. After this training, the selected winners record their 30-minute talks in a green screen studio, which are posted on as part of the Young Scientist Seminars. The winners will also receive a $500 honorarium.

More information about the 2019 YSS and application details can be found at: Applications are open until December 17, 2018. To watch the videos of the Young Scientist Seminars please visit:

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program (Application Deadline January 9, 2019)

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program supports early career life scientists in academic labs across the U.S.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool.

Following the “people, not projects” philosophy of HHMI, the competition is open to those dedicated to basic research from both doctoral and/or medical training paths in the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Fellows have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own curiosity for the duration of the award.

Fellows will receive funding through their academic institution for postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. The program provides opportunities for career development, including mentoring and networking with others in the HHMI scientific community

For more information on the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program including eligibility, application, award, and past fellow award winners; please visit the Program Website. Application deadline is January 9, 2019.

University of Rochester Diversity Conference Call for Proposals and Posters

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to submit workshop and poster proposals for the University’s 10th annual diversity conference on Monday, April 8. This year’s conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead,” will feature author, activist, and cultural commentator Samina Ali. Workshop proposals should focus on creating interactive experiences around topics of developing fearlessness and resilience to assist in developing inclusive environments, as well as exploring how leaders and leadership can affect environments. The deadline for workshop proposals is Friday, January 18.

L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship (Completed Application are due no later than February 1, 2019)

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships program. Celebrating its fifteenth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 75 postdoctoral women scientists nearly $4 million grants. L’Oréal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to manage the program’s application and peer-review process. Each year, the program attracts talented applicants from diverse STEM fields, representing some of the nation’s leading academic institutions and laboratories. For more information about the L'Oréal USA Women in Science program, please visit:

America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition

  • Taking place: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Deadline for Entry Form: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Want to see how emerging science can impact federal programs and regulations?  Want to discuss your ideas with the FDA?  We are now accepting applications for the Annual America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition.  Your proposed solution should align with the FDA Regulatory Science priority areas.  Please visit the CTSI website to learn more about competition guidelines, examples, evaluation criteria and for the entry form.  Your completed entry form is due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and the competition takes place on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  The winning team travels to Washington DC/Maryland regions to meet with the FDA.

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (K99/K00)

The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students recognized by their institutions for their high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. For full description and application instructions, please visit Application due date is February 22, 2019.

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Getting Ready to Teach in the American Classroom (Registration Closes February 1, 2019)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 2:00 pm (EST) | Online in CIRTL Blackboard Collaborate
This workshop will be a facilitated case study discussion–Compensation Strategies to Improve Communication–and will focus on strategies to build rapport with students early in the semester and throughout teaching a course. Sources of miscommunication between students and instructors will be investigated in order to provide participants with tangible strategies to increase effective communication (verbal and non-verbal) with others in and out of the classroom.  Registration opens December 10 and closes February 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST. For additional information and to register for this webinar, please visit

Teaching with Technology (Registration Closes February 22, 2019)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 1:00 pm (EST) | Online in CIRTL Blackboard Collaborate
Technology can help us increase teaching effectiveness and student learning. This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of digital tools to engage students in learning. Examples of digital tools are blogs and wikis, collaborative space, audio-video, social media, and mobile applications. Registration opens December 10 and closes February 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. For additional information and to register for this webinar, please visit

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit The majority of events are online and requires advance registration.

Relevant Reads

Driven to Distraction at Work

Dr. Hallowell now identifies the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work. He explains why commonly offered solutions like “learn to manage your time better” or “make a to-do list” don’t work because they ignore the deeper issues that are the true causes of mental distraction. 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.

Acing the Reverse Interview

What do you do when “Do you have any questions for us? Is the only question you are asked? Joseph Barber provides some strategies. Read Acing the Reverse Interview

The Post-Ac Life

Terri E. Givens describes her professional life after leaving higher education – and how she’s made it a very viable one. Read The Post-Ac Life

Moving internationally was tough-but I ended up finding my inner Wonder Woman

By Camila H. Coelho. Published in Science. Read Moving internationally was tough-but I ended up finding my inner Wonder Woman

To develop healthy coping skills during grad school, first I had to hit rock bottom

By Elizabeth A. Marchio. Published in Science. Read To develop healthy coping skills during grad school, first I had to hit rock bottom


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