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Opportunities to Explore - February 25-March 1, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 9 | 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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Annual Diversity Conference

This year, the University will host its 10th Annual Diversity Conference on April 8. The conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead," will feature award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator, Samina Ali as the keynote speaker. Ali will share her own personal story and appeal for women’s equality and justice. The talk will be followed by a variety of workshops throughout the day, including one entitled, "Leadership Response to a Racial Hate Crime in an Academic Medical Center," led by Robert Holloway, Linda Chaudron, Frederick Jefferson and others. Poster presentation proposals will be accepted until Friday, March 8. For information on how to submit a proposal, or to register, visit the event website.

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 ( Sign up for Introduction to Summer Teaching  by March 1.

Meet the Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Team

Elaine Smolock, Ph.D. - Director of Writing Services, Center for Professional Development

Elaine Smolock

Elaine serves as the Director of Scientific and Scholarly Advancement/Director of Writing Services and assists graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and alumni with writing assistance in the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA). In addition, Elaine also serves as PREP Education Director for GEPA.

While trainees are welcome to meet with Elaine to discuss any topic, trainees typically contact Elaine to discuss any writing project, including, but certainly not limited to, manuscripts, qualifying exams, grants, and dissertations. Each trainee who meets with Elaine will receive individualized assistance based on the trainee’s needs and writing project. To request a meeting with Elaine, please complete an online REDCap Center for Professional Development Service Request.

This Week

(*) Im/migrant Worker Conference: Health Care Barriers and Solutions

Saturday, February 23 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm | URMC School of Medicine
The University of Rochester community is invited to participate in the student-led conference, “Im/migrant Worker Conference: Health Care Barriers And Solutions” on Saturday, February 23. Due to generous donations from our sponsors, we are happy to offer registration at no cost to students, $5 for the general public and $13 for providers wishing to obtain 4.5 CME credits for attendance.  The conference will feature voices of im/migrant farm worker members of Alianza Agricola (Agricultural Alliance) as well as speakers from Finger Lakes Community Health, Rural & Migrant Ministry, SUNY Geneseo, and the New York Civil Liberties Union.

It is our goal that, by attending this conference, students, providers, professionals, and community members in the Upstate NY area will…

  1. Gain an awareness about the im/migrant worker communities in upstate NY and their barriers to healthcare.
  2. Acquire new skills to foster providing competent care to im/migrant workers.
  3. Engage with individuals who provide activism and advocacy for the im/migrant worker community, building partnerships for sustainable collaboration.

You can register for the conference on the Im/migrant Worker Conference: Health Care Barriers and Solutions webpage  or the events Facebook Event page.

(*) 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

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.

(*) 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.

(*) Research Calendar Workgroup

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).

(*) UR Graduate Student Tax Information Session

Tuesday, February 26 | 2:00-3:30pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
Event Agenda: A review of the UR graduate stipend tax letter and an example tax return. Please note – individual tax advice cannot be provided – this is a general overview and opportunity to ask general tax filing questions. The 2018 Fellowship/Assistantship information is now available in HRMS for viewing and printing.To view or print your letter, log-on to HRMS with your NetID and password. Once you are logged into HRMS, follow the path: Main Menu > Self-Service > Payroll and Compensation > View Fellowship/Assistantship Statements. Physical fellowship letters were only mailed to inactive students this year. Tax returns must be postmarked by April 15, 2019.

Who will benefit by attending: Graduate students who are US Citizens or Resident Aliens. Students who held Grad Fellowship Stipend or Grad Assistantship appointments (Job categories: 6000, 6001, 6002, 6003) between January 1, 2018 & December 31, 2018. An ISO representative will also be available to answer general questions for international, non-resident alien graduate students. Information on non-resident alien tax preparation can be found on the ISO Filing Your Taxes page.  Additional Information and Resources: University graduate appointment and taxation policies and resources are available for review on the Provost website.

(*) Research Calendar Workgroup

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).

(*) 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 for CIRTL “Teaching with Technology”. For more information, please contact  

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Fellowship Writing Workshop

Friday, March 1 | 10:0.0 am – 12:00 pm | CEL 2-7536, URMC
Presented by Elaine Smolock, Ph.D.; Director of Writing Services, Center for Professional Development

Objectives that will be covered include: Review the working parts of a F31/32 grants, including the Research Plan and the Training Plan. Attendees will learn how to develop specific ails and hypothesis driven science. The workshop will focus on the unique parts of the fellowship (examples include bio-sketch, activities planned, and dissertation research). Attendees are encouraged (though not required) to bring laptops and working drafts of their grants. Time will be blocked off for a Q&A session. Register at

(*) URBEST Career Story: Matt Kennedy, Oncorus Inc.

Friday, March 1 | 11:0.0 am – 12:00 pm | CEL 2-7544, URMC
Dr. Matt Kennedy is currently the Associate Director Molecular Virology at Oncorus and a UR alumnus. At Oncorus, they are building oncolytic viruses that are the next generation of cancer therapies. To be included in the lunch that follows (noon - 1 pm) please RSVP to

(*) 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 register to join 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!

Upcoming Events

(*) The Bottom Line: What You Need to Know About Interviewing

Tuesday, March 5 | 12:30 pm-2:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619)
The opening session will be led by Paul Dunman, Associate Professor of Microbiology and previous Wyeth (Pfizer) Scientist. Panelists include Shannon Loelius, intern at iBiology; Alexandra Fredrickson, consultant at Simon-Kucher and Partners; Ryan Connor, content expert at Computercraft Corporation; Mary Grantham, technical specialist at Novogene; Sreyoshi Sur, intern at Merck, and Luisa Davies-Caetano Director of the Upstate cGMP Stem Cell Facility Pizza will be provided! Register at

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

Wednesday, March 6 (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

(*) Sponsored by CPD & URBEST: Virtual Internships: Web-Based Job Simulations

Thursday, March 7 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)
Dr. Thi Nguyen, associate dean for graduate career and professional development at the Graduate School at Washington University, will showcase InterSECT a career exploration tool for PhD-level life scientists. The web-based job simulations will allow you to consider which careers are of interest to you before committing energy and time to reaching out to professionals in that field or attempting an internship. Coffee and cookies will be available. To attend the Virtual Internship Workshop, register at

(*) 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). Dr. Rubenstein’s complete curriculum vitae. RSVP at this RSVP for Careers in Medicine Conversation. Food will be served.

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

Wednesday, March 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

(*) The Annual Meyerowitz Lecture- “This Trainee is Terrible: How to Help the Struggling Learner”

Wednesday, March 20 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
Program is in honor and memory of Sanford Meyerowitz, M.D.

Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH; Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF; Senior Faculty Advisor for External Education, Academy of Communication in Healthcare; Director, UCSF-VALOR Program University of California, San Francisco

Open to all University of Rochester Affiliated Faculty, Students, Residents, Fellows, and Staff. Coordinated by the Offices of Medical Education and Faculty Development. To register, email Light lunch will be provided.

(*) Making Mentoring Work Symposium

Thursday, March 21 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Rush Rhees Library, Gamble Room 361, River Campus
Are you interested in learning what factors should you consider when choosing a mentor? Join us for an informative conversation identifying key skills and practices for cultivating meaningful mentor-mentee relationship This workshop is being facilitated by Dr. Vivian Lewis, who leads the Ever Better Mentoring Workshop series at the University. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Making Mentoring Work  today. For accommodations, or to RSVP email will be provided.

(*) Graduate Women In Science presents “Always Up!”

Thursday, March 21 | 3:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619), URMC
Jennifer C. Darnell, Ph.D. - Research Associate Professor, Rockefeller University, New York, NY; Professor, Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat (co-sponsored by the RNA Society and Lexogen). Check out the GWIS website for more information on seminars and travel awards.

Inclusive Excellence in STEM (Registration Deadline: April 3, 2019)

Saturday, April 13 |8:00 am-3:15 pm | Rochester Institute of Technology
Project Kaleidoscope Teach. Lead. Know. Differently. 2019 PKAL New York Regional Networking Meeting

Faculty, Administrators, and doctoral students from 2-year & 4-year, public and private institutions are welcome to join this meeting to discuss Faculty Development for Inclusive Excellence in STEM. This meeting will be led by several institutions in the Great Lakes region who received the Howard Hughes Inclusive Excellence Awards. Participating institutions will share their project goals and methodologies, and lead a workshop on developing Inclusive Excellence in STEM faculty and student achievement. Participants will have the opportunity to explore innovative inclusive classroom, research mentoring, and academic advising practice as well as developing concrete steps to implement new ideas at their own institution. Institutional change strategies will be explicitly discussed, along with common obstacles and strategies to overcome them. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Emily Walter from California State University, Fresno who will conduct the keynote entitled “I Need To Be Myself: Becoming an Agent of Inclusive Teaching Practice." Breakout sessions will be led by faculty and staff from HHMI-funded institutions and may focus on topics including…Inclusive classroom practices, Inclusive research mentoring, Developing an inclusive quantitative skill center, Classroom-based research experiences, and Transforming institutions. Registration deadline is April 3rd and you can register for the conference on the 2019 PKAL Upstate New York Regional Meeting registration page. The registration fee is $55 for professionals (faculty and administrators) and $25 for doctoral students, and includes lunch and conference materials. Questions related to the event, please contact Dr. Scott Franklin at

See more upcoming events here.  

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

2019 University of Rochester 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 here.

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 in the call for posters.

The Lasker Foundation Announces its 2019 Student Essay Contest

The Lasker Foundation is soliciting submissions for its 2019 Student Essay Contest. Trainees in the medical and biomedical workforce are asked to outline in 800 words or less an educational strategy that will increase interest in biomedical sciences among young men and women. The first-place award is $10,000 and a trip to New York City to meet the 2019 Lasker Award winners on September 20. Second- and third-place prizes are $5000 and $2500, respectively. Submissions are due April 11.

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!

Three Minute Thesis(3MT®) Competition

3MT is an academic competition that challenges doctoral students and postdoctoral appointees to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research trainees and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to practice your presentation skills, meet other trainees, and have a chance to win up to $1,000 in travel awards!

  • Sub-heats: * Registration Required * Thursday, March 21, 2019 (SMD) – 2:00 PM
  • The Final Competition: Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425, URMC)
  • Registration: Registration is limited to 80 participants across all graduate schools within the University of Rochester.  Completing the registration survey confirms your interest in this event, however participation is not guaranteed until you have received a confirmation e-mail after registration closes.  This will allow time for potential adjustments based upon the total number of interested registrants, and for the planning committee to determine sub-heat room assignments. Registration opens Monday, 3/04 at 8:00 AM.  Registration closes Friday, 3/08 at 4:00 PM. Bookmark the link now to register. For more information please visit

This event is sponsored by: SMD Center for Professional Development, ASE Graduate Studies Office, Graduate Student Society, and Graduate Student Association

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

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

Spring 2019 Online Workshops

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 dos and don'ts 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 this link.

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. For information on any of the courses or programs, please contact .

Volunteer Opportunity

The Terra Rochester-Finger lakes Regional Science & Engineering Fair is open to students in grades 6-12. They are looking for YOU to volunteer at the event on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center located at 657 East Avenue. Please visit the links below for further information.

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

Trainee Opportunity 

Job Title: Graphics and Web Page Designer and Artist Project Developer (8 Hours Per Week)

Job Description

With instruction and input from others: update and maintain a new web site for the URMC’s artist-in-residence project; and manage additional, innovative art-related projects linked to this residency.  In addition to website enhancement and development, the position also offers the opportunity to make a major contribution to the execution, management and coordination of several projects that could be used as part of a future professional portfolio.  These include beginning to end concept, design and printing of: (1) a full color brochure, (2) a 3x6 foot conference poster, (3) an accordion-folded, limited edition, artist bookwork and (4) three large-scale installations of printed artwork.  


Website building capabilities. Must be proficient in the design, editing and maintenance of websites. Layout and design.  Facility with Adobe Illustrator required. Strong organizational skills a must, plus the ability to work with indirect supervision and considerable independence to accomplish tasks. Background or interest in art and/or mental health and/or HIV preferred.

If you have questions or interested in this opportunity, please contact Wendy Keck at

Research Study

The BioEd Research Lab at Florida International University is collecting feedback on your experiences with science communication, including the science communication skills you are (or are not) receiving as part of your graduate training. This data will help us to develop effective science communication training modules focused specifically on needs identified by you, the graduate students who will directly benefit from these kinds of professional development opportunities.  

Our research depends on hearing from you and we hope you are willing to share your thoughts with us through the Graduate Student Communication Training Survey.

The McCartney BioEd Research Lab at Florida International University thanks you for your time and encourage you to share this with any other STEM graduate students in your networks. For additional information or questions, please contact

Relevant Reads

Thank You For Arguing

The time-tested secrets this book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to action—as well as Honest Abe’s Shameless Trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it’s also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians’ use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges—including The Yoda Technique, The Belushi Paradigm, and The Eddie Haskell Ploy. 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 passion for pathways: Careers in diversity and inclusion for STEM postdocs

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


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