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Opportunities to Explore - February 18-22, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 8 | 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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Meet The Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Team

Aleta Anthony

Aleta Anthony

Director of Graduate Enrollment

Aleta Anthony serves as the Director of Graduate Enrollment for PhD, Master’s, and Certificate programs for the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) in the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.

While students are welcome to meet with Aleta to discuss any topic, students typically meet with Aleta to discuss the admissions process for SMD programs including how to apply, application requirements, recruitment events, and general application questions.  To contact Aleta, please contact her directly at (585)275-0102 or email Aleta Anthony.

This Week

(*) URBEST Making a Name for Yourself

Tuesday, February 19 | 10:00 am-11:00 am | CEL 2-7520, URMC
Rebecca Crocker, Creative Marketing Program Manager at University of Rochester, will share ideas and discuss ways to create a positive professional image of yourself as a scientist through social interactions and social media.

(*) Tabling Event to take the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct

Tuesday, February 19 | 12:00 pm-3:00 pm | Flaum Atrium, URMC

Tuesday, February 19 | 3:30 pm-6:30pm | Helen Wood Hall
Students: Stop by to take the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct, and receive $5 (while supplies last). Or show a screenshot of your completed survey. Achieving a good participation rate for this survey is really important for the University community. This AAU survey will give insight into students’ experiences with sexual violence, harassment, relationship violence, and other sexual misconduct in order to align resources and prevention efforts with the areas of greatest need. It’s anonymous, takes about 20 minutes to complete, and ends March 5. The survey link was sent to your University email address on Feb. 4. For more information please visit this page with details on the survey.

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

Wednesday, February 20 (bi-weekly) | 10:00 am-11:00 am | 1-6200D Miner Classroom, 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 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 spring! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at Kyle.Trenshaw@Rochester.edu.

(*) CPD Sponsored Programming: What are you going to do with your PhD? (Career Planning for early stage doctoral students)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | 2-7536, URMC
Sponsored by The Center for Professional Development (CPD)

Planning for the future is something that many individuals will put off until it is time to make a decision. Sometimes those decisions can be difficult and not what we were hoping to achieve. This workshop will look at resources and ways to help you in planning for the future and how to navigate the career planning process. Item’s to be discussed include… how to utilize your IDP in your career planning, resources available through the University of Rochester, and strategies on developing a plan to make the career planning process manageable during your graduate school experience.  

(*) Podcast-Style Series---“Interview with an Expert” with Special Guest Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 19 | 1:00 pm | Podcast
The Graduate Student Leadership Committee of the Society of Toxicology is pleased to present another episode in our “Interview with an Expert” podcast-style series. Our fourth interviewee is Marissa Sobolewski, PhD, who recently became an assistant professor at the University of Rochester in 2018. Dr. Sobolewski will share her career path, academic development and advice for graduate students and postdocs who are interested in a tenure-track position in contemporary academia. This will be followed by a live Q&A from students/postdocs. If academia is a career pathway you are interested in pursuing or want to learn more about, this webinar is for YOU! If you are interested, please use the registration link for the podcast "interview with an expert" to join the live broadcast on February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST.

(*) Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Presents...Using Functional Genomics to Explore the Interface Between Viruses and Hosts

Wednesday, February 20 | 2:00 pm | K-307 (3-6408), URMC
Sara Cherry, Ph.D. - Professor of Microbiology; Scientific Director, High-throughput Screening Core; Director, Program for Chemogenomic Discovery University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

(*) Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Presents...Steering Through the Ups and Downs of Research Science

Thursday, February 21 | 3:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
Sara Cherry, Ph.D. - Professor of Microbiology; Scientific Director, High-throughput Screening Core; Director, Program for Chemogenomic Discovery University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

(*) Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences (PONS) Luncheon Roundtable Series: Stress and Anxiety Disorders Luncheon

Friday, February 22| 12:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room. 1-9525 & 1-9535, URMC
Catered lunch and discussion of current stress and anxiety disorder research with the experts: Thomas O’Connor, Ph.D.; Lisa Starr, Ph.D.; and Felicia Reed-Watt, MSHA, LCSW. For more information on upcoming Neuro-related events, please visit us at blogs.rochester.edu/pons/.

(*) From Science to Pharma- Free Medical Science Liaison Webinar: “How to become an MSL without industry experience”

February 23-25 | Offered Various Times Over the Weekend of February 23-25 | Online Webinar
A career where you will be using a lot of your scientific knowledge is in a medical science liaison role (MSL), where you will be liaison with top clinicians to bring innovative pipeline drugs to the market. And no, it is not a sales job, it is all about the (clinical) science. Join our free MSL webinar to learn more about this exciting new career as an MSL. Our next FREE MSL webinar is in the weekend of the 23-25 February where we discuss “How to become an MSL without industry experience.” Sign up for free at http://tiny.cc/Free_MSL_webinar_NPAe

In this webinar we will cover: What the MSL role really is about; The day in a life of an MSL; Strength and weaknesses of a scientist ; How to avoid getting your CV rejected 50 times ; How to avoid the rejection “You don’t have MSL experience”; Learn about your net worth as an MSL (3-4 times  your current salary)

After you have signed up for our free webinar, have a look at some of the stories from previous postdocs who are now MSLs. www.fromSCIENCEtoPHARMA.com/#Testimonials.

(*) URBEST Grand Gesture

Monday, February 25 | 10:00 am-12:00pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

We’re providing the Grand Gesture by reserving a room and providing hot coffee and snacks to all graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff who would like to attend. You provide Deep Work, getting those large important tasks and projects accomplished. No lectures, no discussion, just quiet, coffee and 2 hours of Deep Work. What you focus on is completely up to you! If you want to learn more, read Deep Work by Cal Newport or watch this summary on his book: https://www.you​tube.com/watch?​v=ZD7dXfdDPfg. For more information, please contact Tracey Baas at Tracey_Baas@urmc.rochester.edu.

(*) Research Calendar Workgroup (River Campus)

Monday, February 25 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Wallis 12, River Campus
The University and the Medical Center are collaborating on the creation of a web calendar to serve the needs of our research community and to house general research and scientific events. To populate this calendar with appropriate events, we want input from the research community on what kind of events you want to see! Topics to be discussed include: What events have you attended in the last six months? What events do you think should appear on a “Research Calendar”? How do you find out about the events you attend? To RSVP please visit this sign up form for the calendar workgroup(River Campus Location)

(*) Research Calendar Workgroup(URMC)

Thursday, February 28 | 10:00 am-11:00am | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC
The University and the Medical Center are collaborating on the creation of a web calendar to serve the needs of our research community and to house general research and scientific events. To populate this calendar with appropriate events, we want input from the research community on what kind of events you want to see! Topics to be discussed include: What events have you attended in the last six months? What events do you think should appear on a “Research Calendar”? How do you find out about the events you attend? To RSVP please visit this sign up form for the calendar workgroup (URMC Location)

Upcoming Events

(*) URBEST The Grand Gesture

Monday, February 25 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)
We’re providing the Grand Gesture by reserving a room and providing hot coffee and snacks to all graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff who would like to attend. You provide Deep Work, getting those large important tasks and projects accomplished. No lectures, no discussion, just quiet, coffee and 2 hours of Deep Work. What you focus on is completely up to you! If you want to learn more, read Deep Work by Cal Newport or watch this summary on his book

(*) Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) @UR presents “Teaching with Technology”

Thursday, February 28 | 12:45pm-2:30 pm | 2-7545, URMC
Sponsored by The Center for Professional Development (CPD) and Center for Excellence in Teaching (CETL)

Technology can help us improve teaching effectiveness and student learning. Digital tools such as blogs, wikis, collaborative spaces, social media and mobile applications, are increasingly being used in the college classroom to advance learning. Join a CIRTL@UR viewing party of 'Teaching with Technology' workshop, at which some of these tools will be introduced and unpacked. Registration is not required, but to be guaranteed a seat, please register at surveymonkey.com/r/82HJXCV . For more information, please contact Eric_Vaughn@urmc.rochester.edu.  

(*) Podcast-Style Series---“Interview with an Expert” with Special Guest Pheona Radcliff, PhD, MPH, DABT

Friday, March 1 | 1:00 pm | Podcast
The Graduate Student Leadership Committee of the Society of Toxicology is pleased to present another episode in our “Interview with an Expert” podcast-style series. Our fifth interviewee is Pheona Radcliffe, PhD, MPH, DABT, who is a senior toxicologist at Mondelez International. Dr. Radcliffe will share her career path and advice for graduate students and postdocs who are interested in food toxicology. This will be followed by a live Q&A from students/postdocs. If working in the food industry is a career path you are interested in or would to learn more about, this webinar is for YOU! If you are interested, please use the registration link to join the live broadcast on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET.

The Graduate Student Society hosts…A Daytrip to Corning Museum of Glass

Saturday, March 2 | 8:30am-5:30 pm | Corning Museum of Glass
Ticket includes: Bus transportation to and from Silver Clock Circle. Make your own glass ornament experience. Admission to the museum. Pizza for lunch. All URMC grad students welcome! Space is limited; get your tickets at the GEPA Office (G-9556) soon!

(*) Careers in Medicine Conversation with Seth Rubenstein, DPM, '79 sponsored by the Gwen Greene Center

Thursday, March 7 | 7:00 pm | Greene Center, Dewey Hall 4-200
Interested in a Career in Medicine? Join University of Rochester alum, Dr. Seth Rubenstein to hear about his career path and his insights about career in podiatric medicine and surgery. Dr. Seth Rubenstein began his private practice in Reston, Virginia in 1987. He is on the active staff of Reston Hospital and INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital. He has served as podiatry section chief at both hospitals. Dr. Rubenstein is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He currently serves as Vice President of the American Podiatric Medical Association. He has also received local recognition by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington, DC’s top sports medicine providers (2010, 2018), top podiatrists (2012) and by Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the area’s Top Doctors (2013 – 2018). For Dr. Rubenstein’s complete curriculum vitae, click here: https://www.footandankle-usa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/pres-elect.pdf. RSVP Using Handshake. Food will be served.

See more upcoming events here.  

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

2019 University of Rochester Diversity Conference: Finding the Courage to Lead- Poster Presentation Submission Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019

The poster submissions should demonstrate personal/professional research or community projects that connect to the conference’s overall theme. All poster proposal submissions are due Friday, March 8, 2019 by 5pm, EST. More information on display requirements, poster content, etc. can be found on the University of Rochester website.

University’s 10th Annual Diversity Conference: ‘Finding the Courage to Lead’

The University’s 10th annual diversity conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead,” on Monday, April 8, features award-winning author, activist, and cultural commentator Samina Ali. Ali’s keynote address weaves her own personal story with a passionate appeal for women’s equality and justice, followed by workshops throughout the day. Register for the diversity conference here.

ComSciCon 2019: Applications Now Open!

Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2019! The 7th annual Communicating Science workshop will be held in San Diego, CA, on July 11-13, 2019.Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st. Acceptance to the workshop is competitive. Attendance is free, and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their own peers. In addition to panel discussions (on topics such as Creative Storytelling, Science Journalism, and Diversity/Inclusivity), ample time will be allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students. Apply here!

Introduction to Summer Teaching: A workshop series for graduate students (Register by March 1st)

Summer courses are short and highly condensed, and they typically enroll fewer students than academic-year courses. These courses consequently present special challenges to instructors, challenges that can be intensified when the instructor has had little or no prior experience designing and implementing his or her own course.

This workshop will prepare graduate students for the special challenges of teaching summer courses, and it will give them hands-on experience designing course materials (including a syllabus) that they can use directly in their own teaching. The workshop on effective teaching for summer courses will consist of 4 half-day sessions, to take place throughout the spring semester (Wednesdays, March 20 and 27; April 3 and 10).

Topics to be addressed include: Setting course objectives; Developing a syllabus; Designing a course that will appeal to students looking to meet requirements and engage their interests; Approaches to active learning; Assessment; Classroom dynamics; Communicating course goals and objectives to students; Developing effective teaching practices for small class contexts.

By the end of the workshop, students will come away with a syllabus outlining course objectives, materials, and learning strategies that they can circulate to students on the first day of classes.

Attendance is required at all four of the workshops, since each one feeds into the one preceding and after it. For more information, contact Jenny Hadingham (Jennifer.hadingham@rochester.edu). Sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/summerteaching2019 by March 1.

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Diversity in the Classroom (Registration Close Date: February 18, 2019)

In this course, explore what is known—and theorized—about the ways that diversity affects learning and, in turn, help educators develop practical classroom strategies that address "equity," "inclusion," "diversity," and related terms. We will examine personally meaningful definitions of “equity,” “inclusion,” “diversity” and related terms, consider research on bias, and build a community of inquiry around ways diversity affects both our teaching and student learning. When you leave this course, you will have constructed: 1. a personally meaningful definition of "diversity" and related terms 2. knowledge of some of the fundamental literature on diversity that pertains to STEM and SBE (social/behavioral/economics) fields 3. a rationale for why you include the content you do in your teaching, and an understanding of how the selection of this content is influenced by your definition of diversity 4. a toolbox of tips and ideas on how you might address diversity in future courses you will teach (demonstrated in the Inclusive Teaching Plan assignment and the Diversity Statement Workshop activity) 5. a community of peers who are a resource for your teaching career 6. experience with learning in an online environment with students from diverse institutions Course Schedule This 9-week course has weekly online sessions on Tuesdays at 11:30AM - 1PM ET / 10:30AM - 12PM CT / 9:30 - 11AM MT / 8:30 - 10AM PT from February 26 to April 23. Workload Your instructors estimate participants will need to spend 2.5-3 hours per week on work outside of class sessions. For more information or to register for this course, please visit cirtl.net/courses/372.

Engaging Students in the Teaching of Statistics (Registration Close Date: March 11, 2019)

This course provides current and/or future instructors in statistics--in statistics departments or departments that make considerable use of statistics such as psychology, ecology, etc.--with a solid grounding in sound pedagogical practices that will engage their students. Instructors will focus on how backwards design, active learning techniques, and inclusive instruction can benefit all students. The course will include presentations on key points including teaching tips, group discussions, and a small-group mini-project focusing on integration of the five leaning objectives. Students who complete this course will: 1. Comprehend the role that backwards design plays in successful teaching 2. Be able to use Bloom’s taxonomy in developing learning objectives and teaching plans 3. Be able to construct assessment tools 4. Comprehend the importance of student background and diversity 5. Be able to employ inclusive teaching practices with a focus on active learning. Course Schedule This 4-week course has weekly online sessions on Thursdays at 2-4PM ET / 1-3PM CT / 12-2PM MT / 11AM-1PM PT from March 21 through April 18 (sessions are 3/21, 3/28, 4/11, and 4/18). Workload Your instructors estimate participants will need to spend about 2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions. For more information or to register for this course, please visit cirtl.net/courses/373.

Spring 2019 Online Workshops

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 cirtl.net/events/614.

Getting Hired at a Community College: Tips and Strategies from Faculty on Hiring Panels

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 1:00 pm (EST) | Online in CIRTL Blackboard Collaborate
Learn hiring tips from faculty that serve on the hiring committees at community colleges in Iowa, Texas, and Southern California. How might the interview differ from that of a 4-year teaching or research university? What factors should you consider in preparing your application materials and teaching demonstration? What are some common do's and don't's of seeking a job at a community college? Join us to learn the answer to these questions and more. Registration This drop-in, online event is open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must register in order to attend. Once you register, you will have access to the Blackboard Collaborate room where this online event will take place. To register and for more information, please visit www.cirtl.net/events/623

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit cirtl.net/events. The majority of events are online and requires advance registration. For information on any of the courses or programs, please contact Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu .

UR Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Slack Channel

The UR PDA now has a Slack Channel to facilitate collaboration and community between postdocs at U of R. The Slack Channel essentially is a community forum for postdocs to post UR-related needs, ask questions of other postdocs, and connect.  Saw a local event you want company to?  Need someone to give you comments on a proposal or manuscript draft?  Looking for a reagent?  Apartment/housing needs?  Etc.?  Please sign up with your UR email address and get connected at join.slack.com/t/urpda/signup.

UR Postdoctoral Association

UR Postdoctoral Association is seeking executive committee members for 2019!

The U of R Postdoctoral Association (URPDA) is the voice of the postdoc community across campus.  The URPDA works closely with the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) office and the Center for Professional Development (CPD) to advance postdoc issues, hold professional development events, and foster a sense of community for the postdoc population.  That said, the current co-chairs of the URPDA, Jeff Tithof, Ph.D. and Anthony M. Franchini, Ph.D., are seeking to expand the number of voices on the 2019 URPDA executive committee that directs PDA activity and long-term planning.  Postdocs, no matter how long they’ve been at U of R, are invited to join the executive committee, bring their own ideas to discuss at monthly meetings, or otherwise voice their concerns.  The URPDA currently holds public monthly meetings the first Tuesday of every month.  If interested in joining or have questions regarding the role, please contact  Anthony_Franchini@urmc.rochester.edu.  This is a great leadership experience to include on your CV for academic and industry positions!!!

Public Safety Proposal

The Public Safety Proposal Advisory Committee welcomes your anonymous input on the Department of Public Safety’s “Proposed Evolution of the Armed Peace Officer Program.” Learn more about the proposal in this Frequently Asked Questions Template. Your feedback will help inform the committee’s deliberations as it formulates recommendations to the Public Safety Review Board.

Relevant Reads

Discussion As a Way of Teaching

Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill suggest exercises for starting discussions, strategies for maintaining their momentum, and ways to elicit diverse views and voices. 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.

Is This the Year of Women in Science?

Forbes, February 11 - In 2018, Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD) was one of two women awarded the Nobel Prize. Strickland is the third woman in history to receive the Nobel Prize in physics, and the first in 55 years. With the numbers of women entering scientific fields growing each year, these numbers are expected to rise in the near future.

Full Disclosure Required

By Mehdy Shaddel. Even though job ads often don’t say, junior academics have a right to know with whom they’ll be working. Read Full Disclosure Required

A passion for pathways” Careers in diversity and inclusion for STEM postdocs

By Alaina G. Levine. A doctorate in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field prepares postdocs for an especially rewarding career: serving as a diversity and inclusion (D&I) professional, where they can make a difference by ensuring that other scientists and engineers have the same chance at success that they did. Read A passion for pathways” Careers in diversity and inclusion for STEM postdocs

Accommodations

“Need accommodations for any CPD or GEPA event?  Contact GradRegistrar@urmc.rochester.edu at least three business days prior to the event.”

Visit http://www.gepa-calendar.urmc.edu/ for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

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