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Opportunities to Explore - December 3-7, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 49 | 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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Have you checked out CPD’s subscription to BioCareers? If not, see what you may be missing in additional resources and tools available to all SMD trainees. BioCareers has a Job Board for scientists with over 2300 current jobs listed nationwide. In addition, there are free webinars, blogs, and information to assist you with everything from interviewing to networking development. Check out BioCareers anytime at

Diversity Conference Call For Proposals & 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.

This Week

(*) SMD Postdoc Town Hall and Lunch

Monday, December 3 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
SMD Postdocs, we want to hear from you! Join us for a town hall meeting with Richard Libby, Ph.D.; Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. Share your thoughts on the postdoctoral experience at UR SMD and enjoy a free lunch catered by Aladdin’s Natural Eatery. RSVP here at If you would like to request accommodations, contact at least three business days prior to the event.

(*) Postdoctoral Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, December 4 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Georgen Hall, Room 417, River Campus
Meetings are a monthly, one-hour meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at noon. The SMD and AS&E co-chairs, as well as the PDA advisors, and staff with interests in postdoc professional development are always present. Anyone from the general postdoc population at the University of Rochester is welcome to attend. Meetings typically focus on planning social and professional development events for postdocs. However, the association has also addressed a range of other pertinent matters including but not limited to changes to postdoc insurance, dissemination of information related to the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia, and revisions to campus policies. For more information, please email Anthony Franchini (SMD) or Jeffrey Tithof (AS&E).

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

  • Tuesday, December 4  (Every 1st Tuesday) | 1:00pm to 2:00pm | Dewey 1-160B
  • 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

(*) CPD Sponsored Workshop: Bio Careers Webinar Series: “The Job Search Process: What Companies Look for When Evaluating Talent”

Wednesday, December 5 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | 2-7539, URMC
In this seminar, Propel Careers will provide insight on the job search process and what companies look for when evaluating talent. Propel will discuss the importance of tailoring a resume and cover letter for a specific position. Propel Careers will also discuss how companies utilize resume databases and LinkedIn to identify talent. Propel will provide tips on how candidates can standout from the crowd. For more information about this event, please contact Trainees can also register and via the webinar by visiting the Gotowebinar site.

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

Thursday, December 6 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Genrich Rusling Room, 215 LeChase Hall, Warner School of Education, River Campus
Lunch will be provided. RSVP at the Survey Monkey for the event.

(*) Graduate Students Raising Families (GSRF) Cookies & Cocoa Hour

Thursday, December 6 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | CEL Room 2-7534, URMC
Join us for a causal get-together with fellow grad student parents! Cocoa, cookies, and coffee will be provided.

(*) The 2nd Annual Diversity in Science Seminar Series

Hosted by the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Friday, December 7 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | University of Rochester Medical Center (K-207), URMC
Former PREP scientists discuss their respective research and career paths. Invited speakers include Sara Snell, Ph.D.; Associate Scientist in Process Development Cytovance Biologics, Lanyn Taliaferro, Ph.D.; Program Officer and Company Liaison at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and Carlos Bonilla Ortiz, M.S. Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Rochester Medical Center – Center Biology of Disease. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Elaine Smolock, Ph.D. at

(*) Negotiating Salary – Grad Pro Development Series

Friday, December 7 | 1:30 pm-2:30 pm | Greene Center Conference Room (4-200)- Dewy Hall, River Campus
Negotiating salary is an important skill to have as you move forward in your career. This workshop will teach you how to leverage your skills and experiences to negotiate a fair salary. We will discuss where to find the information you need to negotiate well, along with some techniques and tips to use when you are negotiating. We promise negotiating is not as scary as you think! This workshop is geared towards graduate students, and is the final workshop in the fall graduate professional development series. Please note: If you or an event participant require disability-related accommodations, please contact David Cota-Buckhout ( as soon as possible, ideally at least 3-5 business days in advance of the event.

Upcoming Events

(*) URBEST Ugly Duck Coffee Pop-Up Cart

Monday, December 10 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm | Microbiology Hallway (Outside KMRB 2-11211)
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. More information about tickets will be sent out soon. For more information about this event, 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)
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 for Flourishing at work and being present at home today!

(*) Graduate Student Society (GSS) Coffee Hour

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

See more upcoming events here.

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

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.

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:

45th Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF)

(2019 ESRF Call for Abstracts)

February 19-22, 2019 | University of Miami Miller School of Medicine | Miami, Florida
The Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF) is a four-day international symposium held at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) in Miami, Florida. Each year, ESRF selects medical, graduate, M.D./Ph.D. students, and resident physicians from the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South Americas to present original basic science and clinical research in multiple biomedical fields. In addition to formal presentations, the forum includes the informal exchange of scientific ideas among students and faculty preceptors, the encouragement of student-initiated research, and the professional development of future leaders in biomedical research. Registration and abstract information can be found online at Early abstract submission is October 31, 2018 and regular abstract submission is November 30, 2018.

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.

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

How Economics Shapes Science

At a time when science is seen as an engine of economic growth, Paula Stephan brings a keen understanding of the cost–benefit calculations made by individuals and institutions as they compete for resources and reputation in scientific fields. She highlights especially the growing gap between the biomedical sciences and physics/engineering. 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 Marathon, Not a Sprint

Stephanie K. Eberle advises graduate students to start thinking about career development early in their education. Read A Marathon, Not a Sprint

5 Tips for Jump-starting Your Job Search Over the Holidays

The holidays may have you dreaming of good food, family time, and R&R. But they’re also the perfect time to power up your job search. Here are 5 tips for job hunting over the Thanksgiving break. Read 5 Tips for Jump-starting Your Job Search Over the Holidays

How to Run a Meeting

Meetings are a great equalizer – they subject nearly everyone to needless suffering, writes Stephen J. Aguilar, who offers advice for making them more productive. Read How to Run a Meeting

5 Copy-and-Paste Calls to Action You Can (and Should) Use in Your Emails

You’ve probably heard the advice that every single email you send should include a clear call to action for the recipient. It makes sense—if there’s nothing you need them to actually do with that email, should you really be sending it? Read 5 Copy-and-Paste Calls to Action You Can (and Should) Use in Your Emails


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