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Opportunities to Explore - February 4-8, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 6 | Trainee News

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

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Meet The Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Team

Rick LibbyDr. Rick Libby, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs

In addition to being Dean, Rick is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Genetics, and a member of the Center for Visual Science.

While students and postdocs are welcome to meet with Rick to discuss any topic, trainees typically meet with Rick to discuss concerns related to coursework, research or related academic progress, and program/committee/advisor dynamics. To request a meeting with Rick, please contact Benjamin Lovell at (585) 275-2933 or email Benjamin Lovell.

This Week

(*) Transforming Your Teaching for the Digital Age – Educational Technology for Classroom and Online Learning - Session 1: Creating an Educational Experience

Monday, February 4 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | Louise Slaughter Room (1-9555), URMC
Presented by: Eric E. Frederickson, EdD; Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership; University of Rochester and Lisa Brown, EdD; Assistant Director for Online Learning and Institute for Innovative Education; University of Rochester Medical Center

This workshop will provide an introduction to lesson design for instructors. Organization and planning tools will be reviewed to assist faculty in preparing for the design and development of a course, individual lesson, or educational experience that includes digital and online components. Attendees will be guided through the first 3 steps of development and will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of the foundational structure of the learning experience.

At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) Identify the first three steps in designing an online course or educational experience. (2) Use the course planning template to begin to design a lesson, course, or learning experience. (3) Describe the components of the Blackboard course template and how they aid in lesson design.

These sessions will be held at the Medical Center. Watch for more information about individual workshops. To register for these workshops, please email: Faculty, Students, Residents, Fellows and Staff are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

(*) Postdoc Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, February 5 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics, 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).

(*) URBEST Mentoring Up Workshop

Tuesday, February 5 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Location TBD
The Mentoring Up Workshop is a 1.5 hours session for trainees to learn about the concept of mentoring up. The workshop will be led by co-facilitators Drs. Tracey Baas and Meera Singh and is based on Dr. Steve Lee’s foundations that Mentoring Up empowers mentees to be active participants in their mentoring relationships by shifting the emphasis from the mentors’ responsibilities in the mentor-mentee relationship to equal emphasis on the mentees’ contributions. The workshop will be offered twice a year: February and May. Mentoring Up Refreshers will also be offered, which are monthly half-hour sessions that will discuss some type of conflict that is relevant to graduate education research, in essence a case study. Each Refresher will be led by one faculty guide and one co-facilitator. Trainees that complete the Workshop and at least six of the ten Refreshers will earn a Mentoring Up electronic badge. Trainees that earn electronic badges will have the option of becoming co-guides with the faculty guides for the monthly Mentoring Up Refreshers. Please register at:

(*) Building an Educator Portfolio to Plan and Advance Your Career

Tuesday, February 5 | 4:00 pm-5:30pm | CEL 2-7536, URMC
Sponsored by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry – Office for Faculty Development

2018-2019 Faculty Development Workshop Series in Teaching and Learning. Presented by Rita Dadiz, DO; Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Connie Baldwin, PhD; Professor of Pediatrics. Description:

The number of clinical educators in academic medicine has grown in recent years, yet no consistent set of standards has evolved to assess the quality, scholarly approach and impact of their contributions.  The educator portfolio (EP) documents educational activities in an organized format to showcase faculty achievements and scholarship.

The workshop leaders are experienced faculty who designed the EP template that has been included recently as an optional component of the application for faculty promotion at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. They have developed EPs for their own career development and promotion, and critiqued the EPs of many other educators.

In this workshop, after a brief didactic presentation covering the first two learning objectives, participants will work individually and in small groups to begin development of their own EP, using established scholarly frameworks (Glassick’s criteria and GNOME).  In small and large group discussions, participants will analyze several sample EPs, and critique elements of their own EPs to apply what they have learned.Learning Objectives- By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to: (1) Describe how the educator portfolio differs from the curriculum vitae in its content and use. (2) Describe the qualitative and quantitative components needed to fully document one’s educational efforts and their impact. (3) Begin to develop an educator portfolio using the URSMD template. (4) Analyze key sections of sample educator portfolios and discuss the “value” of this information in the evaluation of educators at academic institutions. To register for this workshop, please email Faculty, Staff, Residents and Students are invited to attend this seminar.

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

Wednesday, February 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

(*)#metoo: Navigating Sexual Harassment, Power Differentials, and Gender Inequity in Academic Medicine -  2018-2019 Diversity Seminar Series- 2019 Tana Grady-Weliky, MD – Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine

Wednesday, February 6 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (1-9425), URMC
Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan will raise awareness about the scope of gender inequities in academic medicine and provide education on how to recognize and handle sexual harassment. This talk and discussion will provide information on the historical evolution of women’s participation in the medical profession and evidence suggesting dysfunction in the pipeline to leadership in academic medicine.  Dr. Jagsi will review research that she and others have led to investigate the nature and causes of gender inequities, including unconscious biases, gendered expectations of society, and overt discrimination and harassment.  She will describe behavioral science and legal definitions of sexual harassment, share insights from decades of research in occupational psychology, and lead a discussion of targeted interventions to combat harassment and promote gender equity. Sponsor: URMC Office for Inclusion and Culture Development. Reception following in the Sarah Flaum Atrium. To RSVP for this workshop, please email: . You may direct any questions to the Office for Inclusion and Culture Development at:

Upcoming Events

(*) URBEST: Sharing Science In a Social World

Monday, February 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Hawkins Room (1-7438), URMC
Emily Boynton and Molly Miles from UMRC’s Department of Public Relations and Communications will discuss how the Medical Center and other academic institutions are sharing science in the social world we live in. They will provide examples of different types of visuals and videos that get great engagement on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. URBEST and The Public Relations and Communications team will accept original visuals and videos from students and trainees that highlight UR innovation and research until February 14. Three prizes will be awarded for best science storytelling, and the winning pieces will be featured on the UR Medicine Facebook page (URMC’s flagship social media page) and URBEST blog. Healthy Trash Plates (from will be provided! Please register at:

(*) Graduate Students Raising Families Hosts: An Open Q&A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, February 12 | 10:00 am-11:00 am | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC
Raising a family in grad school & early career: What is it ACTUALLY like? Need not be a parent to attend! Unique perspectives from local scientists with firsthand experience: Elizabeth Blecher & Jules Rhoo, PhD Candidates; Dr. Jacques Robert, Professor; Dr. Sarina Bellows, Analytical Chemist at ThermoFisher; and Dr. Elaine Smolock, CPD. Coffee, tea & snacks provided!

BioCareers presents: Job Search: “Building a Positive On-line personal brand Using LinkedIn, Blogs, and other Social Media Tools”

Wednesday, February 13 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Online Webinar
In this seminar, Propel Careers provides guidance for how to build and develop a professional on‐line personal brand using sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. The seminar will dive deep into Functionality of LinkedIn and how to customize a profile. Propel will discuss the importance of highlighting your background and experiences and ways to develop thought leadership to compliment your resume. Propel will discuss how organizations utilize these tools to identify talent for open positions. Propel will also discuss ways to leverage these tools to identify career opportunities. Register for this webinar online at this link.

(*) Environment Health Science Center (EHSC) Seminar Series: Dr. Tamarra James Todd

Thursday, February 14 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm | EHSC Conference Room (4-8820), URMC
Dr. James-Todd will present a seminar as part of the Environmental Health Sciences Center Seminar Series entitled:  Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Women's Health:  A translational epidemiological approach to environmental reproductive health.

(*) Students 2 Startups

Friday, February 15 | 3:30pm-5:00pm | Schlegel Hall 207, River Campus
Interested in a gig or internship at Rochester-based venture? Wondered what’s going on in the startup community in Rochester? The University of Rochester’s Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and Greene Center for Career Education & Connections invite you to an evening of innovation and networking. Companies and entrepreneurs will share their venture in a 3-5 minute pitch to student entrepreneurs. For additional information on this event, please contact Kathy Driscoll at .

(*) 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.

(*) 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

(*) 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.  

(*) 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.

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

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 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 . For more information, please contact  

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.

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!

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

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 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

Writing a Diversity Statement (Registration Closes February 8, 2019)

Employers are increasingly asking candidates to supply a diversity statement as part of their application. This session covers the essential elements of composing this important document. Starting with individual reflection on topics of inclusion, diversity, and equity, participants will draw upon personal and professional experiences to begin writing their story. We will discuss how inclusive teaching practices can be incorporated into the diversity statement. Participants will learn strategies for highlighting initiatives they have lead or participated in that focus on underrepresented students, working towards equity, and/or enhancing diversity. Examples may include professional development, creation of an inclusive learning community, student retention or outreach work, organizations and non-profits, and activities related to mentoring, research, committees, and teaching. For advanced students and postdocs, time will be spent showing examples of diversity statements and discussing how to incorporate the diversity statement into interview answers. It is never too early to begin working on a diversity statement, so special insight will be provided to new graduate students, regarding goal setting and identifying ways to engage with diversity efforts at their home institution. Workshop Schedule This workshop has two online sessions, which participants are required to attend, at 12-1:30PM ET / 11AM-12:30PM CT / 10-11:30AM MT / 9-10:30AM PT on Tuesday, February 12 and 19. Workload Participants will be expected to draft and refine their own diversity statement. For more information or to register for this workshop, 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. For information on any of the courses or programs, please contact .

AAU Campus Climate Survey

The University will soon ask all students to participate in a climate survey on sexual assault and misconduct, in partnership with the Association of American Universities (AAU). Universities use climate surveys to understand their 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.

Here are the key details for students:

  • All University of Rochester students—undergraduate or graduate students in any school or college—are encouraged to take the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct.
  • The survey link will be in your University email starting Monday, Feb. 4.
  • It should take about 20 minutes to complete
  • Some students will receive a $5 Amazon gift card online after completing the survey. (gift card recipients are randomly selected by the survey administrators)
  • It’s anonymous. The data will be analyzed by the research firm Westat, and then AAU will release aggregate results from participating universities and provide each institution with its own data set to decide how to share. The University’s results will be communicated broadly in fall 2019.
  • Achieving a good participation rate for this survey is really important to the University in order to fully understand the areas that need more resources or attention.
  • The survey ends on March 5.

Anyone in need of support or information regarding reporting sexual assault should see:

iBiology Course

iBiology Provides New Course on Working at the Bench

A new six-week course is freely available from iBiology, called "Let's Experiment: A Guide for Scientists Working at the Bench." This course "features scientists from a variety of backgrounds, who provide concrete advice on how to design and carry out experiments in biological research" and uses case studies for tangible examples. The course starts February 19, 2019.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Bryn Mawr College - Department of Psychology - Bucher-Jackson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Sciences

The Bryn Mawr College Department of Psychology seeks a Bucher-Jackson Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sciences for the academic year 2019-2020, beginning on August 1, 2019.  The fellowship is renewable for a second year.  This is a combined teaching and research fellowship, with the expectation that the fellow will teach two courses each year. The Ph.D. degree is required by the start date.

This fellowship is in the area of Behavioral Neuroscience. The postdoc will be studying the neurobiological response to stress, and how this may lead to behavioral phenotypes relevant to mental health such as cognitive impairment, sleep deficits, and changes in appetite in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Grafe. The successful candidate should have experience with rodent behavior. Proficiency with stereotaxic surgery and immunohistochemistry is desirable, but not required. This position will also involve mentoring undergraduate students in the lab. The teaching responsibilities may include core neuroscience courses, laboratory courses, or upper level courses in the area of the postdoctoral fellow’s expertise.

To apply for this fellowship, candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research proposal and statement of teaching philosophy by February 15, 2019 to the Bucher-Jackson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Sciences Search Committee via Interfolio at: In addition, you will need to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted via Interfolio to the Search Committee.  Applications received by February 15, 2019 will receive full consideration.

 Located in metropolitan Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr College is a distinguished liberal arts college for women and has strong consortia relationships with Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Bryn Mawr has a student body of 1,300 undergraduates, as well as 350 graduate students in coeducational graduate programs in social work, humanities and science. We are a diverse and international community of faculty, students and staff who share an intense commitment to intellectual inquiry and a desire to make meaningful contributions to the world. The College supports faculty excellence in both research and teaching and is committed to social justice and inclusion in the classroom and in the community at large. Bryn Mawr College is an equal-opportunity employer; candidates from underrepresented groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Relevant Reads

Zen and the Art of Making a Living

In this revised edition, Laurence Boldt updates and revises his revolutionary guide to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century workplace. The first part of this book helps readers to identify the work that they really want to do, while the second provides practical, active steps to finding or creating that work. 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.

Developing Your Teamwork Skills

Ads for both academic and nonacademic jobs highlight teamwork, writes Pallavi Esware who give tips on how to develop those skills and then demonstrate you possess them. Developing Your Teamwork Skills


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